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Leaders of Defense Logistics Tour Sigonella

By Joe Yanik/NAVSUP FLC Sigonella Public Affairs
Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuels) Bernard Willis explains the mechanics of the Pantograph fueling system to Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment Robert H. McMahon.
U.S. Navy photo by Joseph Yanik.

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment Robert H. McMahon and the Department’s seniormost personnel responsible for military logistics met with NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella Commander, Capt. Dion English May 9 to tour the installation’s logistics facilities that enable the support of the warfighter.

On the flight line, the group observed a simulated refueling demonstration of a P-8A Poseidon aircraft using the Pantograph underground hydrant system. Due to its capacity to transfer high volumes of fuel from storage tank to aircraft tank, the Pantograph provides a more efficient method of responding to fueling requests on the flight line than the traditional method of deploying refuel trucks.

While at Sigonella, the group also toured the Defense Logistics Agency warehouse and U.S. Air Force Global Hawk facilities, the munitions magazines, as well as

NATO and Italian Air Force facilities. Collectively, the tour highlighted the many facets of logistics support that occur at Naval Air Station Sigonella.