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Strengthening NATO Forces: Army Prepositioned Stock Utilized for Defender 24 in Europe
May 7, 2024
Pfc. Ayana Thompson, assigned to the 43rd Multi-Role Bridge Company, 20th Engineer Battalion, and Dominique Maes, a host nation Department of Defense civilian employee from Army Field Support Battalion-Benelux conduct preventive maintenance checks and services on a vehicle from the Army Prepositioned Stock-2 (APS-2) program at Drawsko Combat Training Center, Poland, May 1, 2024. Maes traveled from the APS-2 worksite in Zutendaal, Belgium, and traveled to Poland to issue equipment for DEFENDER 24. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rene Rosas)

APS-2 grid set in Czechia for DEFENDER 24, ready for issue to WV Army National Guard
May 2, 2024
An Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 staging grid is set at Libava, ready to issue an entire cavalry APS-2 equipment set to the 1st Squadron, 150th Cavalry Regiment from the West Virginia Army National Guard for DEFENDER 24. The 405th Army Field Support Brigade’s Army Field Support Battalion-Africa has established an Equipment Configuration and Hand-off Area in Libava, and over the course of the next couple of days the battalion from Livorno, Italy, will be conducting technical inspections of all the tactical vehicles, basic issue items and support equipment with Soldiers from the 1st Squadron, 150th Cav. Regt., the gaining tactical unit.

DEFENDER is the Dynamic Employment of Forces to Europe for NATO Deterrence and Enhanced Readiness, and is a U.S. European Command scheduled, U.S. Army Europe and Africa conducted exercise that consists of Saber Strike, Immediate Response, and Swift Response. DEFENDER 24 is linked to NATO’s Steadfast Defender exercise, and DoD’s Large Scale Global Exercise, taking place from 28 March to 31 May. DEFENDER 24 is the largest U.S. Army exercise in Europe and includes more than 17,000 U.S. and 23,000 multinational service members from more than 20 Allied and partner nations, including Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Croatian army conducts mil-to-mil APS-2 maintenance exchange with AFSBn-Africa in Italy
April 30, 2024
Marco Gragnani, a supervisory maintenance operations specialist and an Italian local national employee with Army Field Support Battalion-Africa (third from left), provides a few soldier maintainers from the Croatian army a tour of one of AFSBn-Africa’s maintenance facilities at Leghorn Army Depot in Livorno, Italy. Soldier maintainers from Croatian army were at Leghorn April 16-20 as part of a bilateral military-to-military APS-2 maintenance exchange with AFSBn-Africa. (Photo by Maj. Duane Dumlao, AFSBn-Africa executive officer)

405th AFSB welcomes new commander at assumption of command ceremony
April 25, 2024
Army Maj. Gen. David Wilson, the commanding general of U.S. Army Sustainment Command, and Col. Ernest J. Lane II, the commander of the 405th Army Field Support Brigade, render honors at Lane’s assumption of command ceremony April 24 on NCO Field at Daenner Kaserne in Kaiserslautern, Germany. And Lane and his family cut the cake at his reception, following the ceremony (Elisabeth Paqué, Training Support Center Kaiserslautern VI photographer)

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