• Master labor contractors assigned to the Army Field Support Battalion-Northeast Asia at Sagami General Depot, Japan, prepare air delivery items for issue to Logistics Task Force 35 in support of Operation Tomodachi.  To date, the battalion has issued more than 1,779 pieces of equipment to distribute humanitarian assistance supplies to Japanese citizens from the Sendai area.  Army equipment has also been used to remove debris from the Sendai Airfield and assist in returning it to a functioning airport.

    403rd AFSB provides support to Japan

    Master labor contractors assigned to the Army Field Support Battalion-Northeast Asia at Sagami General Depot, Japan, prepare air delivery items for issue to Logistics Task Force 35 in support of Operation Tomodachi. To date, the battalion has issued...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Gabriel Jimenez and Jackie Smothers, both from the Army Field Support Battalion-Northeast Asia, Sagami General Depot, Japan, ensure that all equipment is properly prepared and inventoried prior to being staged for issue.  To date, 1,779 pieces of equipment have been issued to Logistics Task Force 35 in support of Operation Tomodachi in Sendai, Japan.

    403rd AFSB provides support to Japan

    Sgt. 1st Class Gabriel Jimenez and Jackie Smothers, both from the Army Field Support Battalion-Northeast Asia, Sagami General Depot, Japan, ensure that all equipment is properly prepared and inventoried prior to being staged for issue. To date, 1,779...

  • Kazuya Kobayashi, an Army Field Support Battalion-Northeast Asia employee, positions a pump on the Inland Petroleum Distribution System test loop at Sagami General Depot, Japan.  Recently, AFSBn-NEA has been conducting pressure testing of all the pumps that were released for issue by the Department of the Army in support of Operation Tomodachi.  The test loop ensures that the Inland Petroleum Distribution System pumps are fully mission capable prior to staging them for issue.

    403rd AFSB provides support to Japan

    Kazuya Kobayashi, an Army Field Support Battalion-Northeast Asia employee, positions a pump on the Inland Petroleum Distribution System test loop at Sagami General Depot, Japan. Recently, AFSBn-NEA has been conducting pressure testing of all the pumps...

SAGAMI DEPOT, Japan, April 5, 2011 -- Army Sustainment Command's 403rd Army Field Support Brigade is providing support to the Japanese tsunami relief efforts.

Since mid-March, the 403rd has been issuing Army Prepositioned Stocks-4, known as APS-4, equipment from its warehouses at Sagami Depot, south of Tokyo.

The equipment was requested by United States Army-Japan and was approved by Headquarters, Department of the Army, for use in the relief efforts.

Among the APS-4 materiel requested and issued are: generators, heaters, forklifts, a food sanitation center, floodlights, cargo bags, cords, webbing, tie-down straps, skid boards, pallets, and a number of trucks to haul the equipment and supplies.

The materiel was signed over and picked up by the 35th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, located at Sagami Depot, and transported north to an operating base near the vicinity of Sendai, said Robert Foster, logistics management specialist from ASC's Field Support Directorate.

"There are a number of units up there - Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force - it is a real joint effort," Foster said. "The folks operating up there are outside the 50-mile radius that the U.S. State Department has warned of radiation from the Fukushima Reactor."

Providing command and control over APS operations at Sagami Depot for Army Sustainment Command is Lt. Col. Douglas Pietrowski, commander of Army Field Support Battalion-Northeast Asia, who traveled to Japan from Korea.

Foster emphasized that once the APS-4 equipment is signed over, it can be used in any number of ways.

"We are not sending personnel, just loaning equipment," said Foster. "Once there, it can be used for a variety of requirements."

Besides heavier equipment, Sagami Depot has also issued sling-loading equipment for helicopters to deliver supplies to remote villages in northern Japan. It has also issued more than 93,000 cases of meals, ready-to-eat to feed tsunami-stricken victims.

Some dependents of ASC personnel have been voluntarily evacuated back to the United States from Sagami Depot as well as the nearby Yokohama North Dock in Tokyo Bay.

If the need arises to evacuate more personnel, 8th Army-Korea has requested and been approved to draw APS-4 inventory such as cots, sleeping bags, blankets, and generators to set up evacuation centers in Korea.

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