CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Army's deputy chief of staff for logistics got some face time with personnel supporting the Army Sustainment Command's Prepositioned Stock Program located at Charleston, S.C., and walked away confident of mission operations.

"I could not be more comfortable with operations here at Charleston, knowing you and your team are on duty," Lt. Gen. Mitchell H. Stevenson told Bob O'Brien, general manager, Army Strategic Logistics Activity Charleston (ASLAC), during a late-March visit.

Stevenson's mission was to review operations that the ASLAC provides in support of the Army Prepositioned Stocks (APS-3) Program at Charleston. The site is a government-owned, contractor-operated facility that provides maintenance services for all afloat prepositioned stocks except ammunition.

The Army's other afloat prepositioned operations are located at Diego Garcia in the India Ocean, and Korea and Guam in the Pacific Ocean.

Stevenson's visit also included learning about the MRAP (mine-resistant ambush protected)/MATV (MRAP all-terrain vehicle) integration support services that the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) provides to the Army at its site located at the Naval Weapons Station, Charleston.

Upon arrival at the Charleston AFB, Stevenson was greeted by Col. Kenneth Dyer, commander, 406th Army Field Support Brigade; Col. Martha Meeker, commander, 628th Air Wing; and O'Brien.

After a series of briefings on critical support missions that ASLAC performs, Stevenson toured the USNS Watson, which was at the pier loading APS-3 equipment and supplies.

The Watson has since deployed to its area of operation in the Pacific Ocean. It is the first ship to be loaded and deployed in support of the Army's 2015 Strategy.

This strategy, in part, positions equipment afloat for land-based, modular heavy brigade combat teams and for modular infantry brigade combat teams at strategic locations worldwide.

The strategy will give combatant commanders responsive capabilities to a range of activities, while reducing lift requirements in the early phases of military operations, according to ASC brochures.

Stevenson was also briefed on the operational enhancements that the ASC and ASLAC have implemented to decrease force stand-up timelines, enhance combat support and improve APS-3 readiness.

Hands-on demonstrations of enhancements such as a deployed TMDE (test, measurement and diagnostic equipment) calibration laboratory, use of refrigerated containers to store MREs (meals, ready to eat), use of stackable storage frames to facilitate storage, force hand-off of secondary loaded supplies, specialty containers to support deployment, maintenance of ancillary weapons, and new corrosion control procedures to protect equipment in long-term humidity-controlled storage on the ship.

The trip concluded with a tour of the Navy's SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic where the Stevenson received mission briefings and a walking tour of the services SPAWAR provides to the Army for integration of networking and communications capabilities for MRAP and MATV vehicles.


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