SUPPLY AND LOGISTICS
In every imaging facility, someone is in charge of
ordering and maintaining supplies. Large imaging
facilities have an Aviation Storekeeper (AK) assigned
to manage supplies and equipment. In small imaging
facilities and aboard ship, you may be assigned this
responsibility as the division supply petty officer.
Many Sailors are afraid of the Navy Supply System at
first. This is understandable since it is such a large
system. What is even more astonishing is that it is only
part of an enormous supply system that includes all of
the U.S. government and even provides services to
Allied Military Forces in NATO. Obtaining the
supplies you need from a system such as this is not easy.
This chapter provides you with some information and
insight into the supply system so you can approach it
with confidence. As a first step, you must know the
various sources from which supplies are procured.
The Federal Government attempts to "buy
American" whenever possible. The supplies you order
are made under contract, purchased in wholesale lots,
and are sometimes bought as individual pieces by
various government agencies including the Navy.
When ordering supplies, you tap into this vast reservoir
of materials. The Navy Supply System draws on its
own resources, the resources of other U.S. government
services, or on the resources of U.S. government
civilian agencies to fill your order. The supply system
must catalog every item available from the government
to accomplish this.
As a Photographers Mate, you must become
familiar with the Naval Supply Systems Command
(NAVSUPSYSCOM). This command manages the
inventories of the types of supplies you use the most.
Navy inventory managers are responsible for assigned
groups or categories of items of supply. Navy inventory
managers include the systems commands and also
project managers, bureaus, offices, and inventory
control points (ICPs) under the command of
NAVSUPSYSCOM. They are stocked at locations
close by to ensure supplies are readily available to the
Stock points consist of Fleet and Industrial Supply
Centers (FISCs). The mission of these activities is to
furnish supply support to fleet units, shore activities,
transient ships, and overseas bases. They do this by
procuring, receiving, storing, issuing, and shipping or
making other distribution of Navy, Defense Logistics
Agency (DLA), and General Services Administration
(GSA) controlled materials. The Defense Logistics
Agency manages supply items used commonly by each
of the military services. The following activities are
stock points for the Navy Supply System:
FISC Pearl Harbor
FISC Puget Sound
FISC San Diego
The following scenario will provide you with some
insight on methods used by inventory managers and
stock points to fill a supply order (fig. 5-1):
1. USS Chance submits a requisition to FISC San
Diego for a piece of equipment.
2. FISC San Diego receives the requisition from
USS Chance, reviews their records, and determines that
the item is not stocked at the center. FISC San Diego
then refers the requisition to NAVSUPSYSCOM.
3. NAVSUPSYSCOM receives a requisition
referral from FISC San Diego, reviews their master
records, and determines that the equipment is stocked
and available at FISC Oakland. NAVSUPSYSCOM
refers the requisition to them.
4. FISC Oakland receives a requisition referral
from NAVSUPSYSCOM and issues the item to USS