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From left to right: Lt. Col. Rebecca Milkowski-Gerdelman, Col. Brad Bane, Lt. Col. Denny Bernacki and Master Sgt. Randolph Leyba march across the parade field during the Army Field Support Battalion-Germany change of command and assumption of responsibility ceremony in Grafenwoehr, Germany, June 24. (photo by Markus Rauchenberger)
The 405th Army Field Support Brigade commander, Col. Brad Bane, passes the Army Field Support Battalion-Benelux colors to Lt. Col. Blake Smith, signifying Smith’s official appointment as commander of AFSBn-Benelux. Smith assumed command of the battalion from Lt. Col. Aaron Jones during a ceremony at the Zutendaal Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 worksite in Belgium, June 16. Katie Smith receives a bouquet of roses as a gesture of appreciation and a way of welcoming her to the battalion. (photo by Pierre-Etienne Courtejoie)
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Outgoing Army Field Support Battalion-Africa Commander Lt. Col. Miguel Flores, 405th Army Field Support Brigade Commander Col. Brad Bane and incoming AFSBn-Africa Commander Lt. Col. Alexander Amato render honors to the National Colors at the AFSBn-Africa change of command ceremony June 10 at Leghorn Army Depot, Italy (photo by Vincenzo Vitiello)
Outgoing Army Field Support Battalion-Africa Commander Lt. Col. Miguel Flores, 405th Army Field Support Brigade Commander Col. Brad Bane and incoming AFSBn-Africa Commander Lt. Col. Alexander Amato render honors to the National Colors at the AFSBn-Africa change of command ceremony June 10 at Leghorn Army Depot, Italy (photo by Vincenzo Vitiello)
Personnel from the 405th Army Field Support Brigade’s Mannheim and Benelux battalions conduct equipment turn-in operations at an Equipment Configuration Hand-off Area in Branwieo, Poland, with the 74th Multi-Role Bridge Company, deployed from Fort Hood, Texas, to Poland for DEFENDER-Europe 22. Following their successful participation in DEFENDER-Europe 22, the 74th MRBC turned the Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 equipment set back over to the 405th AFSB. The coordinated issue and follow-up return, reception and inventory of thousands of vehicles and equipment pieces between the 405th AFSB and multiple U.S.-based units deployed to Europe for DEFENDER-Europe 22 successfully demonstrates the viability of the Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 program in Europe. (photo by LaShaun Chappell)
More than 25 Polish high school students from the Stanislaw Mikolajczyk Economic and Technical School in Paslek, Poland, and their instructors pose for a photo with Army Field Support Battalion-Mannheim personnel at an Equipment Configuration and Hand-off Area in Braniewo, Poland. The students were afforded the opportunity to see, touch and learn about the 405th Army Field Support Brigade’s Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 sets at the ECHA site following DEFENDER-Europe 22. (photo by Cpt. Aaron Carpenter)
Army Field Support Battalion-Benelux provided mission command at an Equipment Configuration and Hand-off Area, or ECHA, at Tapa Barracks, May 8-10, issuing hundreds of Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 vehicles and equipment pieces to a Colorado Army National Guard unit for DEFENDER-Europe 22. Over 500 pieces of fully mission capable APS-2 equipment sets and vehicles were transported from Army Field Support Battalion-Germany’s APS-2 worksite in Dülmen, Germany, to Estonia for the exercise. The gaining tactical unit was Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 169th Field Artillery Brigade, a Colorado-based Army National Guard unit from Aurora.
A float ribbon bridge system from the Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 worksite in Zutendaal, Belgium, is used by U.S., Polish, French and Swedish military forces to cross the Vistula River between Ryki and Kozienice, Poland, during DEFENDER-Europe 22, May 13. The float bridge is part of the 405th Army Field Support Brigade’s APS-2 program. This was the first time a float bridge system from the Zutendaal APS-2 site was transported to Poland and used during a DEFENDER-Europe exercise. (Photo by Michał Czornij)
Biondi Andrea is an electronics mechanic and small arms repair specialist assigned to the maintenance directorate of Army Field Support Battalion-Africa, 405th Army Field Support Brigade, at Leghorn Army Depot in Livorno, Italy. He’s been working at Leghorn for 39 years. He said the Soldiers he and his team support couldn’t complete their missions without the proper equipment in good working condition. “We keep our equipment fully mission capable and ready for issue 24/7,” he said.
When the 1st Battalion, 109th Field Artillery Regiment arrived in Lithuania recently to take part in U.S. Army Europe and Africa’s premier annual training exercise, all of the equipment the Pennsylvania Army National Guard unit needed for DEFENDER-Europe 22 was lined up and ready to go. More than 900 pieces of fully mission capable Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 from the 405th Army Field Support Brigade was issued to the Army National Guard Soldiers from the 55th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 28th Infantry Division, at a forward Equipment Configuration and Hand-off Area, or ECHA, in Pabradė, May 10-12.
Soldiers from the 62nd Engineer Company sign for and conduct inventories on Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 equipment at the Equipment Configuration and Hand-off Area in Lešt’, Slovakia, May 9. The equipment the engineers signed for was issued to them by the 405th Army Field Support Brigade. Part of the 405th AFSB’s Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 program, this particular set of equipment was transported from Army Field Support Battalion-Benelux’s APS-2 worksite in Eygelshoven, Netherlands, to Slovakia for DEFENDER-Europe 22.
The command team from the 405th Army Field Support Brigade and the commander of Army Field Support Battalion-Mannheim visited Mannheim’s Lord Mayor at the City Hall March 4. Army Col. Brad Bane, Command Sgt. Maj. Kofie Primus and Lt. Col. Brian Astwood met with Dr. Peter Kurz to discuss the partnership between the city of Mannheim and the Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 worksite at Coleman Barracks in Mannheim. (Photo by Petra Lessoing)
Pictured here is just a fraction of the hundreds of spouses who are part of our 405th Army Field Support Brigade total team. To recognize and honor them, the Soldiers, Army civilians and local national employees assigned to the 405th AFSB send our appreciation, respect and love to them on Military Spouse Appreciation Day, May 6. (Graphic illustration by Cameron Porter)
Recently the 405th Army Field Support Brigade’s Mannheim and Benelux battalions worked together to prepare, ship and issue an entire bridge system for the 74th Multi-Role Bridge Company, deployed from Fort Hood, Texas, to Poland for DEFENDER-Europe 22. For the first time ever, an entire float ribbon bridge system from the APS-2 worksite in Zutendaal, Belgium, was transported to Poland and issued to a U.S.-based MRBC deployed to Europe for training.
Command Sgt. Maj. Kofie Primus will culminate his command time with the 405th AFSB during a relinquishment of responsibility ceremony scheduled for 1 p.m. May 26 at Armstrong’s Club in Vogelweh, and will officially assume responsibility as the command sergeant major of 21st TSC from Command Sgt. Major Sean Howard June 3 at 10 a.m. on NCO Parade Field, Daenner Kaserne.