• Kyle Anderson, chief, Test Support Division, Army Cold Regions Test Center, Fort Greely, Alaska, briefs then Maj. Andrew DeKever, incoming commander, Army Field Support Battalion-Alaska (Provisional), on the effects of cold weather pertaining to vehicles and personnel.  (Photo by Jon Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

    Kyle Anderson, chief, Test Support Division...

    Kyle Anderson, chief, Test Support Division, Army Cold Regions Test Center, Fort Greely, Alaska, briefs then Maj. Andrew DeKever, incoming commander, Army Field Support Battalion-Alaska (Provisional), on the effects of cold weather pertaining to...

  • Kent Hubert, automotive equipment specialist, Army Support Activity, Tactical Maintenance, demonstrates the ease of driving a Small Unit Support Vehicle (SUSV) during the morning hours at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The vehicle, which can be used to transport troops, can drive in any depth of snow, making it extremely valuable for emergencies. (Photo by Jon Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

    Kent Hubert, automotive equipment specialist...

    Kent Hubert, automotive equipment specialist, Army Support Activity, Tactical Maintenance, demonstrates the ease of driving a Small Unit Support Vehicle (SUSV) during the morning hours at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The vehicle, which can...

  • Ghazi Alahmadi, heavy-wheeled vehicle mechanic, reroutes lines for the coolant tank on a HUMVEE version of a field logistical ambulance Feb. 6 at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.  (Photo by Jon Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

    Ghazi Alahmadi, heavy-wheeled vehicle mechanic...

    Ghazi Alahmadi, heavy-wheeled vehicle mechanic, reroutes lines for the coolant tank on a HUMVEE version of a field logistical ambulance Feb. 6 at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. (Photo by Jon Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

  • Mike Guzman, customer service representative, Directorate of Logistics, Fort Wainwright, Alaska, proudly displays his toy action figures Feb. 6 which are designed to boost morale of Soldiers going through the Central Issue Facility. Guzman said he started with four Spiderman figures and now has nearly 75 figures on display. (Photo by Jon Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

    Mike Guzman, customer service representative...

    Mike Guzman, customer service representative, Directorate of Logistics, Fort Wainwright, Alaska, proudly displays his toy action figures Feb. 6 which are designed to boost morale of Soldiers going through the Central Issue Facility. Guzman said he...

  • William Pugh, director of Logistics, Fort Greely, Alaska, stands near a mountain range a few miles from the installation. Pugh first came to Alaska as a Soldier in 1977 and has lived there since 1982. Pugh said he plans to retire in December after 37 years of federal service. (Photo by Jon Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

    William Pugh, director of Logistics, Fort...

    William Pugh, director of Logistics, Fort Greely, Alaska, stands near a mountain range a few miles from the installation. Pugh first came to Alaska as a Soldier in 1977 and has lived there since 1982. Pugh said he plans to retire in December after 37...

  • Diana Zuniga, fabric worker, Army Support Activity, Tactical Maintenance, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, repairs a tent liner. Zuniga has been serving in this position since June 2001. (Photo by Jon Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

    Diana Zuniga, fabric worker, Army Support...

    Diana Zuniga, fabric worker, Army Support Activity, Tactical Maintenance, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, repairs a tent liner. Zuniga has been serving in this position since June 2001. (Photo by Jon Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

  • Newly promoted Lt. Col. Andrew DeKever passes the unit colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Rodger Mansker,  404th Army Field Support Brigade during an Army Field Support-Battalion-Alaska (Provisional) change of authority ceremony Feb. 10 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The morning also saw outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Nathaniel Rivers, retire after nearly 31 years of Army service. (Photo by Jon Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

    Newly promoted Lt. Col. Andrew DeKever passes...

    Newly promoted Lt. Col. Andrew DeKever passes the unit colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Rodger Mansker, 404th Army Field Support Brigade during an Army Field Support-Battalion-Alaska (Provisional) change of authority ceremony Feb. 10 at Joint Base...

  • Outgoing Army Field Support Battalion-Alaska (Provisional) commander, Lt. Col. Nathaniel Rivers, addresses attendees at the change of authority/retirement ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Rivers played in the NFL for three years with the New York Giants prior to enlisting in the Army. (Photo by Jon Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

    Outgoing Army Field Support Battalion-Alaska...

    Outgoing Army Field Support Battalion-Alaska (Provisional) commander, Lt. Col. Nathaniel Rivers, addresses attendees at the change of authority/retirement ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Rivers played in the NFL for three years...

  • Col.  Leafaina Yahn, commander, 404th Army Field Support Brigade, awards Lt.  Col. Nathaniel Rivers the Legion of Merit during his retirement ceremony Feb. 10 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Rivers' wife, Ramona, proudly looks on. (Photo by Jon Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

    Col. Leafaina Yahn, commander, 404th Army...

    Col. Leafaina Yahn, commander, 404th Army Field Support Brigade, awards Lt. Col. Nathaniel Rivers the Legion of Merit during his retirement ceremony Feb. 10 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Rivers' wife, Ramona, proudly looks on. (Photo by...

ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- The Army Field Support Battalion-Alaska (Provisional) is the "Arctic Face to the Field."

The battalion, part of the 404th Army Field Support Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., is one of seven Army Sustainment Command brigades. ASC falls under the Army Materiel Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala.

The mission of the AFSBn-Alaska (P) is supporting Soldiers regarding transformation and modularization, and Army Force Generation. This support includes Reset for both field and sustainment, Left Behind Equipment, New Equipment Fielding, Pre-Deployment Training Equipment, the Army Support Activity, and the Directorate of Logistics -- maintenance, sustainment, and supply operations.

Currently, all Army Directorates of Logistics are under operational control to ASC. The plan is for the DOLs to come under administrative control Oct. 1. This will allow ASC to take complete responsibility of all DOL missions to achieve centralized management of logistics functions to garrison and field units.

All this while enduring long Alaskan winters with heavy snowfall, strong winds, and temperatures falling to minus 50 at times. For example, as the temperature drops, the electrical current decreases. At minus 40, the power available is nearly gone.

The AFSBn-Alaska (P) experienced a change in leadership Feb. 10 as newly promoted Lt. Col. Andrew DeKever took over as battalion commander from Lt. Col. Lt. Col. Nathaniel Rivers, who retired after nearly 31 years of Army service. DeKever was promoted the day before in a separate ceremony hosted by Col. Leafaina Yahn, commander, 404th Army Field Support Brigade.

Yahn lauded Rivers by saying he "personified excellence in your command."

And she praised DeKever for being selected as the next commander, not by seniority, "but by a proven record of excellence."

"I am honored to be a part of this brigade," said DeKever, a recent graduate of the Command and General Staff College's Intermediate Level Education at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. "I wish you (Rivers) a long and happy retirement."

During Rivers' farewell remarks, he said the change of authority/retirement ceremony was a "double-edge sword" depending on one's perspective.

Interestingly, prior to enlisting in the Army in 1982, Rivers played three years with the NFL's New York Giants. While being part of an NFL team was rewarding, Rivers said his Army career allowed him to perform on the "first team" every day.

Yahn presented Rivers the Legion of Merit, Certificate of Retirement signed by the Army chief of staff, Letter of Appreciation signed by the commander in chief, the national colors, and a retirement lapel pin.

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