Marines appreciate 401st AFSB support
August 15, 2011
"One team " one fight," said U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Michael G. Dana, 2nd Marine Logistics Group commanding general, referring to the relationship between the U.S. Marine Corps units at Forward Operating Base Leatherneck and the U.S. Army's 401st Army Field Support Brigade’s Logistics Task Force element located a few blocks down the street.
Dana met with Brig. Gen. Steven J. Feldmann, U.S. Army Materiel Command Responsible Reset Task Force deputy commanding general and Col. Michel M. Russell, 401st AFSB commander August 2.
"We appreciate the support," Dana added. "We get support from the SeaBees [U.S. Navy Construction Battalions] and the 129th [Combat Sustainment Support Battalion], but most important are the AMC folks down the street."
Dana added that units under his command boasting a readiness rate greater than 90 percent is "a testament to the support we receive."
Feldmann noted that continuing to build the relationship between the Marines and the 401st will be critical in assisting the Marines as they reduce their numbers in the drawdown process slated to begin this year. He said fixing equipment as far forward as possible will streamline moving it back stateside.
Dana called the Logistics Civil Assistance Program "the best experience" and said he had no complaints when Feldmann asked about LOGCAP support for the Marines.
"As we see ourselves offramping, we’re looking at what LOGCAP can provide," said U.S. Marine Corps Col. Jeffrey Reagan, II Marine Expeditionary Force C4.
The Logistics Civil Augmentation Program is an Army program which uses contractors in wartime and to support global contingencies for Department of Defense missions. They deliver a wide range of support services such as dining facilities, laundry, and lodging to deployed forces worldwide, freeing soldiers for combat missions