Washington D.C. and Norfolk, Va.
The MSC commander is located at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington D.C. with additional headquarters personnel in Norfolk, Va. All MSC vessels are assigned to one of the five program offices, performing a type-commander function, reporting through three distinct and separate chains of command:
- U.S. Transportation Command for defense appropriation matters
- U.S. Fleet Forces Command for Navy-unique matters
- Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition for procurement policy and oversight matters
In Norfolk, MSC personnel are responsible for crewing, training, equipping and maintaining government-owned, government-operated ships. These personnel also provide afloat IT support.
MSC Area Commands
MSC is represented by five geographic area commands (Atlantic, Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Far East), which exercise tactical control of all assigned USTRANSCOM forces and MSC forces not otherwise assigned to the numbered fleet commanders. The area command staffs are primarily responsible for the execution of strategic sealift missions. The MSC area commanders are U.S. Navy captains who serve as the primary points of contact for MSC customers and numbered fleet commanders in their respective areas. These area commanders also serve as the MSC commander’s direct link to MSC ships, providing maintenance oversight, logistics coordination and other needed services.
Most area commanders are dual-hatted; each one has a formal relationship with its geographically collocated numbered fleet commander. Under fleet command authority, the commander may exercise tactical control of our ships assigned to the fleet commander, usually as a task force commander.
Capt. Dean M. Vesely
Point Loma, Calif.
Capt. Michael Taylor
MSC Europe & Africa
Capt. John F. Rinko
Capt. Glen S. Leverette Jr.
MSC Far East
Sembawang Wharves, Singapore
Capt. James Hruska
Ship Support Units (SSUs)
Responsible to the area commands for local coordination, Ship Support Units provide enginerering, contracting and IT support to government-owned ships. SSUs also provide IT support to other MSC ships for government-owned systems, and in-theater administrative support (comptroller, supply and information technology).
MSC Offices (MSCOs)
Located in ports where MSC conducts regular, sustained operations, MSC offices provide direct support to MSC ships and act as liaisons with local commands. Responsibilities include coordination of logistics, husbanding services and port loading. Assistance to ships may also include coordinating voyage repairs, delivery of mail, bunkering, travel arrangements and administrative support.
MSC Liaison Officers
MSC headquarters has liaison officers at U.S. Fleet Forces Command, U.S. Transportation Command and the geographic combatant commands. These officers represent MSC in all mission areas and oerations in which their host command has interest. They direct staff inquiries to appropriate points of contact, and act as subject matter experts for informal questions. They alert MSC staff to developing requirements, tasks and initiatives.