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NEWS | Oct. 27, 2021

Cafeteria worker, now LRC Italy production controller says Army provides opportunities to excel

By Cameron Porter 405th Army Field Support Brigade

Name: Giorgia Simonetti

Job title: Production Controller

Assigned: Maintenance Division, Logistics Readiness Center Italy, 405th Army Field Support Brigade

Location: Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy

Experience: I’ve worked as a production controller in the Maintenance Division, LRC Italy for almost two years, but I’ve been with LRC Italy for five years. Before working in the Maintenance Division I was a supply clerk at LRC Italy’s Central Issue Facility. I started as a part-time food service worker at the Vicenza American High School’s cafeteria on Caserma Ederle and did that for three years. 

Hometown: Vicenza, Italy

Family: I’m engaged to my fiancĂ©, Pietro Rotondo, and we’ll be married next year.

Q: Can you explain what you do and what your team is responsible for at LRC Italy?

A: As a production controller, I perform a variety of duties. I open and close and verify the status of maintenance work orders for commercial and tactical equipment. I work with the inspection shop, armament shop and mechanical shop. On a daily basis, I interact with, service and assist multiple customers who come to the LRC Italy Maintenance Division for assistance. I take their requests and coordinate with the various maintenance shops – tracking the process from start to finish until their work order requests are completed and they are satisfied with our support.

Q: Why is your team’s work at LRC Italy so important?

A: We support not only U.S. Army Garrison Italy but also the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team and U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa as well as intelligence, transportation, finance and signal units stationed here. We conduct critically important maintenance and repairs on these organizations’ tactical equipment – such as trucks, armament, night vision goggles, et cetera, et cetera. 

Q: What do you enjoy about your job, and what motivates you?

A: I like my work because I like the contact I have with my customers every day. I’m in the front office so I service a lot of people, which I really enjoy. I can practice my English, and I enjoy interacting with my customers. Working for the U.S. Army has given me the opportunity to learn new skills and the opportunity to meet certain career progression goals. I started out working in a cafeteria at the high school. Now I’m a production controller at LRC Italy, 405th AFSB.

LRC Italy and 405th AFSB: When it comes to providing day-to-day installation services, LRC Italy directs, manages and coordinates a variety of operations and activities in support of U.S. Army Garrison Italy. LRC Italy reports to the 405th AFSB, which is assigned to U.S. Army Sustainment Command and under the operational control of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, U.S. Army Europe and Africa. The brigade is headquartered in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and provides materiel enterprise support to U.S. Forces throughout Europe and Africa – providing theater sustainment logistics; synchronizing acquisition, logistics and technology; and leveraging U.S. Army Materiel Command’s materiel enterprise to support joint forces. For more information on the 405th AFSB, visit the official website at www.afsbeurope.army.mil and the official Facebook site at www.facebook.com/405thAFSB.