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NEWS | Nov. 15, 2023

405th AFSB Army Expeditionary Civilian Workforce deployers explain why they signed up

By Cameron Porter 405th Army Field Support Brigade

The Army Expeditionary Civilian Workforce program has deployment opportunities in a temporary duty status for six, nine, or 12 months available for Army civilians worldwide, to include many with the 405th Army Field Support Brigade in Europe.

Let’s meet a couple of the 405th AFSB’s newest AECW personnel and find out why they signed up for the program.

Malissa Mello

AECW position: Logistics Management Specialist, Plans and Operations, 405th AFSB

Permanent Organization: U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command

Number of years as an Army civilian: Eight

Hometown: Jersey Shore, New Jersey

Why AECW?: I signed up for the AECW program because I was looking for a unique and broadening opportunity to serve. The AECW program has provided me with an opportunity to develop within my Army career while serving in a high OPTEMPO overseas organization supporting operations in Europe.

Jessica Lawrence

AECW position: Supply Management Specialist, Logistics and Supply, 405th AFSB

Permanent Organization: U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command

Number of years as an Army civilian: Four

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

Why AECW?: The AECW program is a great opportunity for me to broaden my experience level, and the AECW program has provided me with a chance to make a difference in support of our Soldiers stationed overseas in Europe.

“Mallisa and Jessica are two great examples of the outstanding talent we benefit from, thanks to the AECW program,” said Joseph Scheff, the director of the 405th AFSB. “These volunteer deployers are bringing a wealth of experience to the theater and serving a critical mission.”

“We welcome them and all our AECW employees. It’s my intent to ensure each and every one of our AECW deployers has a rewarding and comfortable experience while serving with us,” Scheff said.

According to the Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service the program provides interested personnel with extraordinary opportunities to support operations of national interest. Deployments under the program offer opportunities to work and live in foreign countries, opportunities to experience work challenges not found at their day-to-day jobs, and opportunities to make a difference working alongside Soldiers supporting America’s mission around the globe.

“Our ability to leverage the talent of the Army Expeditionary Civilian Workforce program and its broad range of occupations represented by the Army’s entire civilian workforce is instrumental in our current operational efforts across the brigade’s multiple lines of effort,” said Thomas Moore, the 405th AFSB’s AECW program manager.

Army civilians who are interested in applying for the AECW program may submit a resume, recent SF-50, DD214 (if former military) and a signed request for deployment form through their supervisory chain and human resources department. For more information, contact the AECW program office at

The 405th AFSB 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 and the official Facebook site at