ASC Commanding General visits 401st AFSB
June 7, 2012
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan--Maj. Gen. Patricia E. McQuistion, Army Sustainment Command commanding general, and ASC Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Spencer visited the 401st Army Field Support Brigade May 4-7 to see brigade operations and to promote one of the original AFSB commanders to the rank of brigadier general.
McQuistion's visit began at brigade headquarters at Bagram Airfield where she toured and was briefed on many of the brigade's missions including mine resistant ambush protected upgrades being conducted by Joint Program Office MRAP; Allied Trades, Mobile Parts Hospital; RDECOM's Field Assistance in Science and Technology Center prototype integration facility; Logistics Civil Augmentation Program, Redistribution Property Assistance Teams; and flew north to view the northern distribution network. She travelled to Kandahar to see RPAT operations there; the Joint National Maintenance Facility still under construction; and Stryker double v-hull fielding.
While visiting the various work areas, McQuistion was looking for ways to create linkages and partnerships to provide the best possible support to the maneuver units. She brought the mobile parts hospital site lead to the RFAST-C PIF each could gain a better understanding of the other's capabilities so they could refer customers to the most appropriate resource to supply their needs.
While in Kandahar, McQuistion promoted Brig. Gen. Kristin K. French to her current rank. French was the first commander of the 406th AFSB located at Fort Bragg, N.C. The next day, McQuistion attended a transfer of authority ceremony in which French as the 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) commander, assumed the role of Joint Sustainment Command-Afghanistan from the 4th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary).