"Spring Currents 2006"
Mid~Atlantic Currents Spring 2006 Vol. 38, Issue 1 Naval Reserve Readiness Command Mid-Atlantic Mid-Atlantic Currents has a new look. Instead of having a newsletter layout, we've provided a summary of Currents stories for this issue, and you can then click on a story summary for the full story and photos. We think this will be easier to read one story from beginning to end without jumping from one page to another and easier to print out one or more stories. If you have comments, please send them to CDR Erica Smith, Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org We'd also appreciate stories for our next issue, with or without photos. Click key words for link to full article: REDCOM Mid-Atlantic Leadership Changes Hands - In a time-honored ceremony, Capt. Robin Linn turned over command of Navy Reserve Readiness Command Mid-Atlantic to Capt. Ronald Harrell. From the Commander – A note from Capt. Ronald L. Harrell, REDCOM Mid-Atlantic. Adelphi Physician Awarded Bronze Star - Marine Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler, commanding general of First Marine Expeditionary Force awarded the Bronze Star to Cmdr. Louis C. Tripoli at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md. Erie Seabee Awarded Purple Heart - Equipment Operator 3rd Class Kenneth D. Reynolds was awarded the Purple Heart and recognized for saving the life of a fellow Seabee in the Iraqi desert after an IED explosion. Record-Setting Navy Career - A retirement ceremony was held at NOSC Fort McHenry, documenting a record-setting, 43-year Navy career of Master Chief Storekeeper Melvin L. Johnson. Postcard from the Front - Capt. Bill Marsh from NOSC Ebensburg shares his observations about mobilization to Baghdad and his initial training with the Army. NOSC Adelphi Reads Across Maryland - Full Time Support staff members from Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Adelphi, MD combined with other invited members of the local community to participate in the annual Read Across America Campaign at Cool Spring Elementary School. NOSC Fort McHenry Welcomes Laser Marksmanship Advocate - NOSC Fort McHenry Commanding Officer Cmdr. Jerry Hupp and his staff demonstrated the Laser Marksmanship Training System (LMTS) to visiting Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (Maryland 6th District), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Projection Forces. School’s in for NOSC Little Creek Sailors - As the Navy’s new 21st Century standards take effect, shipmates at every command will have to be the fittest and most educated sailors ever. Little Creek Encourages Drug-Free Lifestyle - NOSC Little Creek is using Campaign Drug Free (CDF) to promote a drug-free lifestyle among the youth in the Hampton Roads area one child at a time. REDCOM Reservists Mobilized to Continue Customs Inspection - 445 Navy Reservists mobilized by the Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group (NAVELSG) began four weeks of intensive training in Williamsburg to fulfill a customs inspection mission in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. REDCOM Mid-Atlantic Leadership Changes Hands By Cmdr. Erica Smith, REDCOM Mid-Atlantic WASHINGTON NAVY YARD – In a time-honored ceremony on Feb. 24, Capt. Robin Linn turned over command of Navy Reserve Readiness Command Mid-Atlantic to Capt. Ronald Harrell. The guest speaker, Rear Adm. Robert Clark, Maritime Partnership Programs director and commander of U.S. Navy Forces Europe and SIXTH FLEET, said the REDCOM’s readiness has significantly improved under Capt. Linn’s command, and, “REDCOM Mid-Atlantic is an extremely professional organization with its service to the fleet and support to the Sailor.” Rear Adm. Clark awards Capt. Linn with a Legion of Merit In his remarks, Capt. Linn noted that although technology has changed so much in our work and daily lives, “The enduring quality that comes with this great institution does not change. The Navy is a great institution in a great country.” With a nod to all of the reservists scattered throughout his five-state region, he said, “The citizen Sailor is a critical link, and the Navy reserve is hometown America.” Capt. Linn is reporting for duty to Naval Facilities Engineering Command at the Navy Yard. Capt. Harrell was most recently assigned as the assistant chief of staff for the reserve component, US Naval Forces Korea. He briefly thanked his family for their support and said he looks forward to leading the REDCOM. Return From the Commander Capt. Ronald L. Harrell REDCOM Mid-Atlantic I greatly look forward to working close with all the Full Time Support, Reserve Component and civilian personnel in the region. I have already had the opportunity to come out and meet with many of you and have been very impressed with the difficult mission that you are grappling with. This is a very dynamic time for our country, especially the Reserve Component, as they are an integral part of the Global War on Terror. More and more of our Sailors are being asked to mobilize and everyone understands the tremendous burden this places on you and your families. We are the heartbeat for these Patriots and mainstay for the loved ones they leave behind. Please stay engaged with each and everyone who is mobilized. If they have concerns or questions that are not getting answered, contact the staff here in DC to get further clarification or assistance as required. With all these changes underway, we continue to reorganize our staff to provide the best resource for the taxpayers. In the coming year, our command will soon realign with Readiness Command Northeast and become responsible for the centers in North Carolina. I expect the command headquarters to move to Norfolk in the summer of 2007. This added responsibility will make it paramount that we have the communication possible to maintain the health and readiness of our force. Captain Carlson, the current commander for REDCOM Northeast, and I are committed to making this transition as seamless as possible. Our Deputy Commander, Capt. Paul Haley, is engaged throughout the area. He is conducting Commander’s Call with each of the centers over the next several months on drill weekends. I encourage you to meet him when he comes to your area. I recognize the many challenges in your life already and commend you for serving our Nation in a time of war. Return Adelphi Physician Awarded Bronze Star By Lt. Cmdr. Kris Bradsher, NOSC Adelphi Marine Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler, commanding general of First Marine Expeditionary Force awarded the Bronze Star to Cmdr. Louis C. Tripoli at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md. on Feb. 12, 2006. Rear Adm. Donald Gintzig, Deputy Commander, Task Force Navy Family, Associate Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Health Care Operations, Deputy Director for Reserve Affairs, presented the award on behalf of Lieutenant General Sattler. Cmdr.Tripoli directly contributed to the strategic success of U.S. Marine Forces in Al Anbar Province and served as trusted doctor for the Marines, Soldiers, and Sailors in the unit. He placed himself in harm’s way on numerous occasions during Operation AL FAJR, the battle to liberate Fallujah. Cmdr. Tripoli successfully influenced the Iraqi Ministry of Health to reconstruct and resupply the medical clinics and hospitals in Fallujah, bringing much needed medical care to the Iraqi non-combatants in the war-torn city. The Bronze Star is awarded for heroic or meritorious achievement of service in connection with operations against an opposing armed force. “I accept this award on behalf of my wife and the Marines of the 4th Civil Affairs Unit,” said Tripoli. “Lou’s confidence gave me confidence,” said Cmdr. Tripoli’s wife, Michelle. Cmdr. Tripoli’s family includes his wife, son Philip and daughter Marissa. Capt. Bruce Doll, commanding officer Navy Reserve Operational Health Support Unit, National Naval Medical Center Bethesda commended the Tripoli family stating their commitment to the Navy was “above and beyond” expectations. Cmdr. Tripoli’s expertise and efforts not only contributed to the operational success of Operation AL FAJR, he also helped train Iraqi security forces, which reinforced the American commitment to Iraq. Cmdr. Tripoli personally planned and executed the humanitarian evacuation of an Iraqi child who would have otherwise died. Cmdr. Tripoli and the Marines of the 4th Civil Affairs Group put together an effort involving family, friends, volunteers, and interested people from all over the U.S. to save the life of “Baby Tabby.” She suffered from congestive heart failure, a large hole in her heart and large tumors growing from her face and neck that were slowly killing her through suffocation and starvation. The Marines first found Baby Tabby near Abu Ghraib Prison. Overcoming numerous obstacles, they were able to get Baby Tabby to the U.S. for treatment. Cmdr. Tripoli entered the Navy in 1996. In his civilian career, he is the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Correctional Medical Services, Inc. located in St. Louis, Mo. Commander Tripoli remains active in a humanitarian role by requesting other health care facilities to provide needed care to other Iraqi children such as Baby Tabby. For related information on Baby Tabby visit www.4tabby.com. Return Erie Seabee Awarded Purple Heart By Journalist 2nd Class Barrie Barber, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Navy Reserve Office of Information FORT BELVOIR, Va. (NNS) -- Equipment Operator 3rd Class Kenneth D. Reynolds was awarded the Purple Heart in a March 4 awards ceremony and recognized for saving the life of a fellow Seabee in the Iraqi desert after an IED (improvised explosive device) explosion. Rear Adm. Raymond Alexander awarded the medal to Reynolds, who received the award for wounds he received in action. While injured, the Seabee extinguished flames that engulfed the driver of a Medium Tactical Replacement Vehicle (MTVR) in November 2004 during a mission to Al Asad Air Base. Reynolds had previously received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat "V" for his valor in saving the life of the severely injured driver, Equipment Operator 3rd Class Matthew A. Terrick. Reynolds, a Reservist serving with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 23 Detachment 0723 based in Erie, Pa., and his fellow Seabee drove over a triple-stacked land mine during the night in an area where insurgents lurked. When the landmines exploded, the force tore through the frame of the MTVR, Reynolds said. "It was just flames shooting up through the floorboard," he said. "It was like a blowtorch. The whole driver's side door was in flames." He and Terrick dove out the passenger side of the truck. Reynolds shoveled sand on his fellow Seabee to put out the flames that had ignited his clothing. The raging MTVR fire ignited the gas tank, and the truck exploded. They crawled through the sand in darkness and waited for a convoy. Unbeknownst to them, a Marine Reconnaissance unit saw the explosion and rushed to where the two drivers were lying in the sand. "They came flying through the desert," Reynolds said. The Marines asked the men to identify themselves. Once Reynolds told them who he was, a Navy hospital corpsman with the reconnaissance unit began first aid while the Marines helped. "I give them a lot of credit," Reynolds said. Reynolds suffered a concussion, three broken teeth and later had to have his knee replaced because of a war-related injury. Terrick, who was assigned to Det. 1223 in Pittsburgh, Pa., suffered a broken leg and burns to his body. But Reynolds doesn't call himself a hero. "I just felt like I did what needed to be done," he said. "I don't know what a hero feels like. You're just in a situation and you do what you need to do at the time. I have more feelings toward the guys where things did not work [out] for them." His fellow Seabees said Reynolds' shyness from the spotlight is typical of his quiet, can-do approach. "He's a soft-spoken, hard-working, humble Seabee who does his job day in and day out and who doesn't like to draw attention to himself," said Cmdr. Robert A. Oliver, NMCB 23 operations officer who served in Iraq with Reynolds. Cmdr. Susanne Openshaw, NMCB 23 commanding officer, said Reynolds resumed his role as a Sailor with a hard-working reputation when he returned from deployment. "He's been very proactive with jumping right back in his role as a Reservist," she said. "He's back 100 percent and contributing to his detachment in the battalion." NMCB 23 Command Master Chief, CMDCM (SCW) Lou Schwalbendorf, said Reynolds, a former Marine, has the drive to get the mission accomplished. "He's just a can-do guy," Schwalbendorf said. "He did a great job in Iraq." Return Record-Setting Navy Career By Cmdr. Jerry Hupp, NOSC Fort McHenry Today's Reservists are men and women who serve at home and abroad, at sea, ashore and in the air. They can be found on station, around the world, 24/7/365, augmenting the Fleet. In fact, this week, over 27,000 Reservists, or 35% of the Navy Reserve, is providing global operational support. Our Navy could not accomplish its mission without its reserve component. In January, a retirement ceremony was held at NOSC Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Md., documenting a record- setting, 43-year Navy career of Master Chief Storekeeper Melvin L. Johnson. Cmdr. Hupp, NOSC Fort McHenry commanding officer said, “Recently I read and then re-read Master Chief Johnson’s personal biography. Something jumped out at me. Master Chief joined the Navy two days before I was born, August 1, 1962. Over forty-three years ago, Seaman Recruit Johnson made a commitment to the US Navy. His commitment has not faltered throughout his expansive career. “My predecessor, conveyed to me early in our turnover process the immeasurable value of SKCM Johnson’s leadership not only during recent critical times seen by this Center, including the destruction caused by Hurricane Isabel in 2003 and the travesty of the Water Taxi accident in 2004….but during the day-to-day and month-to-month routines of Center operations in proactively ensuring both the care and feeding, and the mobilization readiness of our Reserve Component Sailors. His depiction of Master Chief Johnson was “right on”. Master Chief Johnson has been the driving force behind the integration of efforts between our Active and Reserve Components locally. His efforts have directly led to the successes enjoyed by Navy Operational Support Center Fort McHenry both well before, and after, I took command. And for this Master Chief, I thank you.” Vice Admiral Cotton, and each of the members of the official party, provided their personal views on how Master Chief Johnson has made a difference, not only in their careers, but also in the careers of thousands of Active and Reserve Component Sailors across five decades. Each speaker thanked Master Chief Johnson for his dedicated service from a grateful Navy and Nation. At the ceremony’s conclusion, Master Chief Johnson was “piped ashore” for the last time. Return Postcard from the Front Ebensburg Officer Begins Journey to War Capt. Bill Marsh from NOSC Ebensburg has been mobilized on 18-month orders since Nov. 2005. He was in the VTU and volunteered to mobilize with an Army Civil Affairs Division. Here, he shares his observations about mobilization and his initial training with the Army. He has generously agreed to let us reprint his e-mail diary entry. We hope to hear more from him as his passage continues to Baghdad. Hello All, My training at Fort Bragg is almost complete and I will probably be in Baghdad by the end of the month. I was actually home over the weekend on a 96 hour pass and just said goodbye to my wife and children this morning. That was no fun. But now I'm ready to go. My wife wrote in an e-mail last week that this whole thing seems like a dream to her, like it's not really happening. The next morning I was standing in line for breakfast in the chow hall and the young lady in front of me had an M4 rifle slung across her back. And I thought to myself, this IS like a dream. Real people don't bring automatic weapons to breakfast, but in the last four months I have seen it so often and done it myself so often that it now seems normal. When I go to bed at night at 2200 or 2230 I can often hear gunfire off in the distance and I wish the American public could somehow be more aware that these young people are out there laying in the dirt, in the dark, training to go to war for us. My whole experience to date has been very inspiring. At this point there is nothing more the Army can do to get us ready. The training we received was more than adequate in my opinion. It's time to move forward and learn through experience. Our official mobilization orders call for one year "boots on the ground" in Iraq and we're all anxious to get that clock started. In the Army things change daily, and sometimes hourly, but at the moment I am assigned to the Plans and Liaison Department at the Civil-Military Operations Directorate at the US Embassy complex in Baghdad. It's in the "green zone" and seems to be as safe as any place in Iraq. The Embassy is actually one of Saddam's former palaces on the Tigris River. If that assignment holds up I would think I would have pretty good internet access and will try to keep everyone updated on my adventure. My heart is always with the troops and I have made many friends who will be walking the streets every day, but the reality of my paygrade is to be a staff guy in Baghdad. I'll have to get used to it. The attached photo was taken about a month ago. The M249 is a light machine gun that fires the same ammunition as the M16 rifle. It's usually called a "SAW" - Squad Automatic Weapon. A few weeks ago my group of about 120 soldiers fired 35,000 rounds of M16 ammo in one week. And of course we have to pick up all the empty shell casings at the end of the day. That's all for now. Please feel free to write a short note if you can. I have internet access in my barracks at Fort Bragg. Take care, Bill Marsh Return NOSC Adelphi Reads Across Maryland By Damage Controlman 2nd Class Quincy McGlothen, NOSC Adelphi HYATTSVILLE, Md. - On Friday, March 24th, Full Time Support staff members from Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Adelphi, MD combined with other invited members of the local community to participate in the annual Read Across America Campaign at Cool Spring Elementary School. This wonderful event gave members of the Navy the opportunity to interact with young children and help them to get excited about reading. Each one of the Navy personnel was asked to read story books to two classes of children. The books chosen were all written by the celebrated children’s author and illustrator Theodore Geisel, a.k.a Dr. Seuss. After a brief introduction and basic instructions by school principal, Frances J. Tolbert, the volunteers donned traditional red and white striped Cat In The Hat hats and headed off to their assigned classrooms. The volunteers read storybooks to over 300 children between kindergarten and the sixth grade. The children were very excited to have special visitors in their school and were very inquisitive and eager to learn about what people do in the Navy. One first grader said, “I like clothes from Old Navy.” Everyone involved in this event agreed that it was a great success. As a partner in education with the Cool Spring Elementary school, this is not the first time, nor will it be the last time that Sailors from NOSC Adelphi will be counted upon to participate in school activities and serve as role models and mentors to the youth in our local community. Principal Tolbert expressed sincere thanks in the form of letters of appreciation, presented to each and every volunteer for taking time from their work day to make a difference in the lives of these young children. NOSC Adelphi recently partnered with Cool Spring Elementary for the annual Read Across America event. Participating FTS staff members pictured from left to right: Damage Controlman 2nd Class (SW) Quincy McGlothen, Personnel Specialist Seaman Dallas Beaver, Lt.Cmdr. Lanny Johnston, Yeoman Chief Petty Officer (SW) Chris Shelton, Personnel Specialist 2nd Class (AW) Samuel Hamilton. Not pictured, Yeoman 2 nd Class (SW) Stephen Ray Return NOSC Fort McHenry Welcomes Laser Marksmanship Advocate By Cmdr. Jerry Hupp, NOSC Fort McHenry In February, NOSC Fort McHenry Commanding Officer Cmdr. Jerry Hupp and his staff demonstrated the Laser Marksmanship Training System (LMTS) to visiting Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (Maryland 6th District), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Projection Forces. Congressman Bartlett has been a proactive leader in the effort to ensure that all Navy Sailors have the best equipment possible to meet their marksmanship qualifications and is a strong advocate for LMTS. During the training session, FTS staff members used the LMTS and shot lead-free blanks with the M9 pistol and M16 rifles. With LMTS, Sailors are able to conduct indoor marksmanship training without interruption. Sailors and their trainers receive immediate feedback by reviewing their shot locations, which are plotted and reported to the LMTS scoring device located on a nearby computer screen. Duplicating live-fire recoil and handling characteristics of a real weapon, LMTS cannot chamber or discharge live ammunition or conventional blank cartridges in 5.56 caliber, an important safety feature. LMTS is currently located at every NOSC in the Navy. Each year enhancements are made to their LMTS suites to include the latest in technology, allowing Sailors to sustain their marksmanship skills in the Global War on Terror. Return School’s in for NOSC Little Creek Sailors By Lt.j.g. Matthew Stern, NOSC Little Creek As the Navy’s new 21st Century standards take effect, shipmates at every command will have to be the fittest and most educated sailors ever. Gone are the days of the ever-expanding waistline and of being eligible for senior enlisted advancement with just a high school diploma or less. Effective in 2008, an in-rating Associates Degree will be required to be eligible for Chief Petty Officer, and in 2010 a Bachelors Degree will be needed to make Senior Chief Petty Officer. NOSC Little Creek is proud to announce that it is one of the commands at the tip- of-the-spear, ensuring that its Sailors are ready and able to compete for those future leadership ranks. Sixteen out of 38 enlisted FTS Sailors have already taken the first step by enrolling at an accredited college or university. Little Creek also boasts one Sailor who is working on her Ph.D., one who has completed his Graduate Degree, another with her Bachelors degree, and two more who are expected to complete their Associates Degrees by the end of the summer. These sailors are preparing themselves for eligibility to lead the Navy well into st the 21 Century. It is also incumbent upon the leaders of today to guide and prepare their people for success for the future. Let’s all give these self-disciplined, hard-chargers a round of applause. Way to go, tomorrow’s Chief Petty Officers! Return Little Creek Encourages Drug-Free Lifestyle By Navy Counselor 1st Class (SW) Adrian Currie, NOSC Little Creek NOSC Little Creek in Norfolk, VA is using Campaign Drug Free (CDF) to promote a drug-free lifestyle among the youth in the Hampton Roads area one child at a time. CDF has been a great resource to augment current drug education initiatives in the community. Mentor Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Nicholos Minor said, “The simplicity of the CDF message has allowed our team to conduct presentations in diverse settings.” The Little Creek Team has presented to over 7,000 students during the 2005-2006 school year, encompassing childcare centers, community centers, and elementary schools. “The program teaches life skills, as well as drug intervention. The challenge is conveying this message understandably to the kids,” said Navy Counselor 1st Class Adrian Currie. To ensure every child understands the benefits of being drug-free, the team uses songs, role playing, games, and question & answer sessions. The CDF Team at NOSC Little Creek consists of Commanding Officer, Cmdr. James Hughes; Cmdr. Darla Krupski; Cmdr. Tori Ward; Lt.j.g. Matthew Stern; Electronics Technician Chief Petty Officer Andre Duncan; Storekeeper Chief Petty Officer Gary Glover; Navy Counselor 1st Class Adrian Currie; Machinists Mates 1st Class Scott Mascarello and Anthony Freeman; Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jaqueline McNamar; Yeoman 1st Class Lillian Castro-George; Electronics Technician 1st Class Frances Ilisie; Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Nicholos Minor; Hull Maintenance Technician 2nd Class Cheryl Etheridge; Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Kerry Steele; Yeoman 2nd Class Lakesha Arnold; Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Lezlie Ramos; Damage Controlman 3rd Class Anthony Trujillo; and Personnel Specialist Seaman Recruit Jeffrey Mayes. Return REDCOM Reservists Mobilized to Continue Customs Inspection By Lt. Karin R. Burzynski, NAVELSG Public Affairs, NOSC Richmond WILLIAMSBURG, VA.--On February 13 about 445 Navy Reservists mobilized by the Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group (NAVELSG) began four weeks of intensive training in Williamsburg to fulfill a customs inspection mission in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. They will relieve the Navy Customs Battalion “PAPA,” which is currently mobilized and fulfilling this mission in Kuwait and Iraq. About 47 Sailors were mobilized from Readiness Command Mid-Atlantic for this mission, including the battalion’s commanding officer Cmdr. Mark Failor. Customs inspectors are the first line of defense against the introduction of foreign plant and animal pests and diseases to the United States and help prevent contraband from entering this country. These Sailors, who are being drawn from more than 106 Navy Reserve operational support centers across the U.S. representing 42 states and two U.S. territories, will serve as Department of Defense customs inspectors in Iraq and Kuwait. "The customs inspection mission is a concrete example of maximizing the Navy's resources to meet the needs of this very unique and important requirement," said Vice Adm. John Cotton, Chief of the Navy Reserve. As members of the newly formed "Navy Customs Battalion QUEBEC," they will execute a two-fold mission: ensure returning military equipment conforms to United States Department of Agriculture standards; and ensure all gear returning with personnel serving abroad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom complies with United States customs regulations. Cmdr. Mark Failor of Ashburn, Va., a mobilized Reservist, will lead the newly formed battalion. "Navy personnel will work directly for the Army to provide this combat service support mission," Failor said. These Sailors will relieve the Navy’s second customs inspection battalion “PAPA,” Sailors who were mobilized in July 2005 to train to perform this mission. The Reservists, who represent a diverse array of Navy job specialties, reported to their reserve centers on or about February 6. From there they traveled to the Naval Mobilization Processing Site in Norfolk, Va., for mobilization briefings and medical screenings. Each reservist has orders for one year, with the possibility of an extension for an additional year. The predeployment training will include: customs and agriculture inspection; weapons; chemical, biological and radiological defense; self and perimeter defense; non- tactical vehicle operation; and combat life saving and first aid. The training will take place at NAVELSG facilities in Williamsburg at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Cheatham Annex and at Army training sites in nearby Fort Eustis. "When it comes to training, good enough will never be good enough. We have to always be better and the training cycle will continue even when these Sailors are deployed," Failor said. "We are committed to making sure that each Sailor receives the training he or she needs to meet, or exceed, the mission requirements," he added. ABOUT NAVELSG: The Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group is an operational force of the Navy's newest type command, the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command. NAVELSG is to deliver expeditionary logistics capabilities with mobilization ready Navy Reserve Force Sailors and equipment to theater commanders in support of the national military strategy. NAVELSG consists of a full-time and selective reserve support staff, Navy Cargo Handling Battalions, Navy Supply Support Battalions, an Expeditionary Logistics Response Center, and Naval Ordnance Reporting and Handling Battalion. The command supports more than 3,200 Navy Reservists located throughout the United States, encompassing over 90 percent of the U.S. Navy's Supply and Transportation Expeditionary Units. Return