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Supply specialists from 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, and contractors assigned to Army Field Support Battalion-Mannheim, 405th Army Field Support Brigade, count and report supply items loaded in a special storage container designed to act as a mobile supply room. The accounting and reporting of 4,776 lines of material containing tens of thousands of individual repair parts, tools and supply items – part of a full Army Preposition Stocks-2 issue designed to outfit an entire armored brigade combat team and valued at nearly $20 million – was done in 2- and 3-person teams. Usually, one or two logistics supply specialists physically check each item and account for it, and another specialist records their findings. From there, the information is uploaded into the Global Combat Systems Support-Army, a web-based automated logistics system. All 4,776 lines of material they accounted for was shipped from Coleman worksite in Mannheim, Germany to Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, and issued to 1st ABCT, 3rd ID, to help ensure the U.S.-based armored brigade stays up and running during its deployment to Germany. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Georgie Rodriguez)
Charles Hillyer is the operations officer for Logistics Readiness Center Bavaria, 405th Army Field Support Brigade. He said that first and foremost, LRC Bavaria supports the warfighters. That is 100 percent our function, he said, to be sure the warfighters can do their jobs, and that’s defend the best interests of the United States and our Allied and partner nations.
Senior noncommissioned officers listen intently to U.S. Army Sustainment Command‘s command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Maj. Marco Torres, during a special NCO professional development discussion at the 405th Army Field Support Brigade’s headquarters, March 15. During the NCOPD, the ASC command sergeant major emphasized the importance of leaders always making an effort to be there.
A U.S. Army Bradley fighting vehicle is loaded onto a German army Heavy Equipment Transporter at Coleman worksite in Mannheim, Germany. Elements from Germany armed forces’ Bundeswehr Logistics Command recently certified their HETs using 405th Army Field Support Brigade Army Preposition Stocks-2 at Coleman worksite. These newly acquired German HETs, are helping to deliver APS-2 vehicles and equipment from Coleman worksite to Grafenwoehr, Germany, where the APS-2 is being issued to the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, deployed to Germany from the U.S. This combined U.S.-German mission shows great solidarity and mutual cooperation, and demonstrates a combined strong and unremitting commitment to NATO Allies and partners. (Photo by Jason Todd)
A contractor assigned to support the 405th Army Field Support Brigade ground guides an M1A2 Abrams main battle tank as it is loaded onto a German rail car at Coleman worksite in Mannheim, Germany. The 405th AFSB recently began augmenting its line-haul heavy equipment transporter deliveries of Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 equipment from Coleman to Grafenwoehr Training Area with Deutsche Bahn, or German railway, assets. More than two dozen armored vehicles and equipment pieces – ranging from tanks to Paladin self-propelled howitzers to Bradley fighting vehicles and more – were shipped via rail March 10. This was the first of many rail movements to come over the next few weeks. The APS-2 is being issued to 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at an Equipment Configuration and Handoff Area. The 1st ABCT is deployed to Germany from Fort Stewart, Georgia. Their deployment supplements the more than 90,000 U.S. personnel already deployed to or based in Europe as part of the United States’ longstanding commitment to European security and close defense partnership with host nations. (Photo by Maj. Allan Laggui)
Joerg Weinmann is the transportation motor pool supervisor at Logistics Readiness Center Wiesbaden, 405th Army Field Support Brigade. Pictured here is Weinmann’s grandmother, Agnes Weinmann, who fled Czechoslovakia following World War II with his grandfather. When they arrived in Germany, Weinmann said the German government gave them a little house and the U.S. Army gave them jobs. His grandmother was a waitress at an Army club on Ayers Kaserne in Kirch-Goens, he said. (Courtesy photo)
Paratroopers assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, and Polish soldiers pose for a group photo in Poland, March 3. Using its Logistics Civil Augmentation Program, the 405th Army Field Support Brigade has established life support operations for thousands of U.S.-based Soldiers deployed to Europe, including elements of the XVIII Airborne Corps in Mielec and Zamość, Poland. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Claudia Nix)
Beverly Sowell is the supervisory traffic management specialist at the Personal Property Processing Office, Logistics Readiness Center Stuttgart, 405th Army Field Support Brigade. She said she and her eight employees help to ensure all the Department of Defense employees in the U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart community – plus their families – receive the absolute best assistance when it comes to shipping or receiving their household goods, unaccompanied baggage and their privately owned vehicles.
Shelbi Popwell is the Central Issue Facility property book officer and manager, Logistics Readiness Center Stuttgart, 405th Army Field Support Brigade. She said she enjoys the field of supply and logistics but also has a passion for management. “Since I’ve been in school working on my degree in management studies, I’ve noticed that a lot of the things I’m learning in school I’m able to use to be a better manager,” she said.
A line of military Heavy Equipment Transport line-haul trucks is staged at Coleman work site in Mannheim, Germany. Each truck is hauling equipment and vehicles, such as M1 Abrams main battle tanks as seen here, to Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany. There, the vehicles and equipment pieces will be issued to the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division deploying to Germany from Fort Stewart, Georgia. (U.S. Army Photo by Maj. Allan Laggui)
Richard Alabeh is a general supply specialist at Logistics Readiness Center Stuttgart, 405th Army Field Support Brigade. “When one of the directorates or sections at LRC Stuttgart needs supplies or equipment, it’s up to me,” Alabeh said. “They don’t know where I’m getting it from. All they want to see is the supplies and equipment they need in order to complete all their various tasks and missions. And I make that happen.”
Juergen Klett is a transportation assistant at the Transportation Motor Pool, Logistics Readiness Center Benelux, 405th Army Field Support Brigade. He’s German, but he's been living in Belgium for five years and working for the U.S. Army a total of 13 years. "I‘ve enjoyed working with different people of different nationalities and different cultures," he said. "We all work well as a team, which makes us strong and effective in all our tasks."
Special posters and an elaborately decorated cake adorned the 405th Army Field Support Brigade’s main conference room for its Black History Month observation and recognition event Feb. 22. Soldiers, Army civilians and local national employees from the 405th AFSB participated, both in person and virtually. (Photo by Cameron Porter)
Jorge Mercado is the 405th Army Field Support Brigade’s Logistics Readiness Center Benelux Supply and Services Division chief. He said LRC Benelux will stop at no lengths to ensure their community members in the U.S. Army Garrison Benelux footprint have what they need when they need it. (Photo illustration by Cameron Porter)
Silke Martin, the administrative officer for Logistics Readiness Center Rheinland-Pfalz, has served with the U.S. Army as a German local national employee for nearly 38 years. After much personal deliberation, she has made the decision not to return to work but that hasn’t stopped her coworkers and her supervisors from making it very clear what a special person she is to them. “Every organization has a superstar,” said LRC Rheinland-Pfalz Director Gregory Terry. “For us that is Silke Martin.” (U.S. Army courtesy photo)
As the program management office for the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program on the African continent, the 405th Army Field Support Brigade was tasked with providing base life support services this month for U.S. Africa Command’s premier and largest annual special operations exercise. About 400 service members from 10 African partner and allied nations are participating in exercise Flintlock 2022. This year the exercise is hosted by Cote d’Ivoire, also known as the Ivory Coast. For Flintlock 2022, U.S. Special Operations Command Africa wanted to use LOGCAP as a solution to provide base life support services, said Maj. Amanda Foster, Flintlock 2022 administrative contracting officer.
Connie Buchwald is the lead transportation assistant at the Personal Property Processing Office, Logistics Readiness Center Stuttgart, 405th Army Field Support Brigade. She said it’s hard to describe how wonderful her team really is, but every morning she looks forward to coming into work because of them. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)
Army Lt. Col. Oliver Davis, the executive officer for the 405th Army Field Support Brigade, presents a trophy to Staff Sgt. Rebecca Aremu, the administration noncommissioned officer in charge of the 55th Quartermaster Company, 16th Sustainment Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment. Aremu accepted the award Feb. 14 on behalf of her 55th QM Co. team, who manages and operates the Defender Café Warrior Restaurant on Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Kaiserslautern, Germany. The Defender Café Warrior Restaurant is the 2021 Europe Philip A. Connelly Military Garrison Award Competition winner and will next represent U.S. Army Europe and Africa in the 54th Annual Department of the Army Philip A. Connelly Competition. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)
Mike Stovall, maintenance director, Army Field Support Battalion-Benelux, 405th Army Field Support Brigade, and his team of host nation maintainers are responsible for all Army Prepositioned Stock-2 vehicles and equipment pieces at Eygelshoven, Netherlands – over 5,000 pieces. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)
Mirco D’Aversa is an equipment specialist and quality control coordinator in the maintenance directorate of Army Field Support Battalion-Africa, 405th Army Field Support Brigade on Leghorn Army Depot, Livorno, Italy. He said everyone at AFSBn-Africa is very professional, respectful and hardworking. If you work here, you’ll enjoy every day, he said. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)