The current model for the U.S. military presence in Singapore dates to 1990, when the U.S. Navy established a significant presence at Sembawang base facilities. Since that time, the U.S. Navy has enjoyed a base of operations at the highly strategic location in the Malacca Strait, the busiest sea lane on the globe. Freedom of commerce to traverse the seas and the world’s chokepoints without molestation is a bedrock mission of the U.S. Navy, and a presence in Singapore is vital. To support that presence, CSRA’s OCONUS Navy Network Team is there, as well as CSRA’s Military Sealift Command Afloat Team, supporting the logistics mission also resident at Sembawang.
On this leg of my trip, I had the opportunity to spend some time with Daniel McClanahan, our site lead in Singapore. Daniel leads a great team in a fantastic location. While time away from the continental United States can be a sacrifice, in Singapore I was reminded of the amazing and exciting opportunities presented by OCONUS work with CSRA. I found Singapore to be a beautiful and exotic city, where ultra-modern skyscrapers mix with centuries old Buddhist temples in a clean and safe environment. I was literally on the other side of the world, enjoying a country at the crossroads of Malay, Chinese, Tamil and English culture, while also seeing our U.S. Navy hard at work out at the tactical edge. I am always proud to see our CSRA OCONUS Navy Network team right there with them.
As I leave Singapore and the Pacific AOR, I am struck at how large an area our Pacific Fleet must cover to meet an ever expanding set of missions. Supporting that far flung Fleet presence is a dedicated team of CSRA engineers and technicians. Their willingness to operate on the tactical edge right alongside our Sailors and Marines makes me proud to be CSRA.
Please watch for my next post when I visit our CSRA teammates in the Kingdom of Bahrain supporting the mighty U.S. 5th Fleet. Stay tuned!