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Commander, Naval Region (COMNAVREG)
Commander, Naval Activities (COMNAVACT)

On 24 June 1997, the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Logistics) (CNO N4) published the "21st Century Shore Support Infrastructure Vision and Strategic Plan." This document outlined a new direction for the shore Navy. The stated goal: reduce the total Navy infrastructure costs in order to free resources for readiness and recapitalization. Stated objectives were to (1) apply state-of-the-market business practices and (2) reduce infrastructure costs.

Installation Claimant Consolidation (ICC) is a CNO initiative to realign Base Operating Support (BOS) resources into one major claimant or resource sponsor for each region as directed by CNO Msg. 192215Z DEC 97. ICC reduced the number of Navy Installation Major Claimants (IMC) from 18 to 8. In the Pacific, ICC moved BOS funding from non-CINCPACFLT claimants to CINCPACFLT. CINCPACFLT then passes BOS funding to its regional commanders, including the CNFJ Region. Objectives of ICC are to allow smaller, non-fleet claimants to focus on their primary technical support missions, consolidate installation management staffs, provide fleet claimants greater flexibility in execution, and generate economy of scale.

Regionalization is a CNO initiative that is one facet of the overall push to reduce the Navy shore infrastructure cost to reinvest funds in fleet recapitalization as directed by the CINCPACFLT CPF Msg. 090327Z JAN 98. Regionalization elements include efficient use of resources, streamlined organizations, single service providers in concentration areas, and use of best business practices. ICC facilitates regionalization. To the greatest extent possible, there are should be single service providers or one provider at a base performing the function for all tenants at that base. This method is a more efficient use of resources, streamlines organizations, and facilitates deployment of best business practices and enabling new technologies at the program level.

CINCPACFLT established six "Navy regions" within its area of responsibility (AOR). These regions are located in Southwest USA, Northwest USA, Hawaii, Guam, Korea, and Japan. The Fleet Commander directed Regional Commander flag officers to design a regional BOS management model that addressed the CNO objectives while tailored to the specific needs of the region. Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan (CNFJ) designed and implemented a regional BOS service delivery system known as "CNFJ Region."

Regional Area Coordinators provide policy guidance and assistance on a wide range of matters including legal, uniforms, casualty affairs assistance, community relations, consolidated civilian personnel support, ground defense coordination, and non-combatant evacuation planning and coordination.

Regionalization is the consolidation/realignment of functions/positions either geographically or organizationally to streamline and achieve savings through the elimination of duplicative positions. In the past, each base had its own organizations for providing Base Operating Support (BOS) services (facilities, IT, security, etc.) with its own program manager, management, administrative staff, and line workers.

The process brings together the separate BOS service providers in a geographic region and forms a single BOS service provider. OPNAV N46, the Fleets, Major Claimants, Regional Commanders and activity Commanding Officers have analyzed Navy Concentration Areas to consolidate or "regionalize" installation management functions. The goal of regionalization is to reduce BOS costs through the elimination of unnecessary management layers, duplicative overhead and redundant functions. Regionalization also facilitates better workforce utilization, development of more efficient organizations, opportunities to outsource across an entire region and, standardization of processes and regional planning and prioritization.

The basic principals of regionalization are:

  • No tenant should do what a host command can do.
  • No host should do what a regional complex can do.
  • No regional complex should do what the surrounding community can do more cost effectively.
  • The number of commands and tenants providing BOS services should be reduced to the minimum.

Phase I of Regionalization involved the transfer of billets and personnel under a regional command and the setting up of a matrix organization under the Regional Commandant. Phase II involves examining the impact of this consolidation on the new organization. The goal is to do away with the stove-piped organizations at each installation and come up with a flatter, more efficient service delivery organization. The needs of the customers and suppliers are considered, and each team is taking a new look at the way they provide services to the Region.

Navy Region Southwest, formerly Commander Naval Base San Diego, is the model for the Navy's future shore establishment structure. Gone are the days of independent organizations running their own "Fort Apaches," each spending money on common Base Operating Support (BOS) services. Among many others, BOS services include Base Security, Environmental and Property Management. The new name -- Naval Region Southwest-- is appropriate as its footprint now extends well beyond the traditional San Diego County line which once defined its purview. Today, air and naval stations throughout California and Nevada are part of the family that makes up the Commander Naval Base San Diego.

The Naval Base Commander serves as Navy regional coordinator, setting policy and providing the leadership and continuity necessary to sustain the combat-ready force, leading the combined efforts of commands and activities which support operational fleet units. As a subordinate of the Commander in Chief, US Atlantic Fleet and US Pacific Fleet, COMNAVBASE Jacksonville serves as the Immediate Superior in Command of operational and five support commands. The Commander also serves as the Navy's Regional Planning Agent, Regional Environmental and Public Affairs Coordinator and the US Environmental Protection Agency liaison, as well as the Casualty Assistance Calls Officer.

Commander, U.S. Naval Activities, United Kingdom is an echelon three command subordinate to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe. As the regional area coordinator for the United Kingdom and Northern Europe, COMNAVACTUK also exercises command over Naval Air Facility, Mildenhall, Navy Exchange, United Kingdom, U.S. Naval Medical Clinics, United Kingdom; and the Marine Corps Security Force Company, London.



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