• Lt. Col. Stanley J. Sliwinski, Jr., (center) AFSBn-Kandahar, 401st Army Field Support Brigade commander, looks on as Capt. Lee W. Berry, AFSBn-KAF S-3 (Operations) briefs the Honorable Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisitions, logistics and Technology, and Gen. Dennis L. Via, Army Materiel Command commanding general, on battalion missions Jan. 16 at the theater vehicle maintenance facility which will serve as the KAF RPAT yard when the battalion moves into the facility which is currently under construction.

    AMC Command team visits 401st AFSB

    Lt. Col. Stanley J. Sliwinski, Jr., (center) AFSBn-Kandahar, 401st Army Field Support Brigade commander, looks on as Capt. Lee W. Berry, AFSBn-KAF S-3 (Operations) briefs the Honorable Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisitions...

  • Lt. Col. Todd W. Burnley, AFSBn-Bagram, 401st Army Field Support Brigade commander, points out where vehicles are received, processed and stored for retrograde back to a depot in the U.S. to Gen. Dennis L. Via, Army Materiel Command commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald T. Riling, AMC command sergeant major, Jan. 15. The 401st AFSB is charged with retrograding thousands of vehicles and pieces of non-rolling stock that have been used for more than a decade in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

    AMC Command team visits 401st AFSB

    Lt. Col. Todd W. Burnley, AFSBn-Bagram, 401st Army Field Support Brigade commander, points out where vehicles are received, processed and stored for retrograde back to a depot in the U.S. to Gen. Dennis L. Via, Army Materiel Command commanding general...

  • Spc. Tishawn C. Scovil, 247th Quartermaster Co., CENTCOM Materiel Recovery Element, assigned to AFSBn-Bagram, 401st Army  Field Support Brigade shows the Honorable Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisitions, Logistics and Technology, and Gen. Gen. Dennis L. Via, Army Materiel Command commanding general, some of the ammunition the AFSBn-Bagram ammunition abatement team Soldiers found and removed from vehicles slated to be retrograded to the U.S. Removing all munitions, brass and explosives from vehicles safeguards the workforce at depots across the U.S. who work on the vehicles to return them to a like-new status to be available for future requirements.

    AMC Command team visits 401st AFSB

    Spc. Tishawn C. Scovil, 247th Quartermaster Co., CENTCOM Materiel Recovery Element, assigned to AFSBn-Bagram, 401st Army Field Support Brigade shows the Honorable Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisitions, Logistics and Technology...

  • Donald V. Phillips, Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services Bagram site director points out some pieces of equipment slated for disposal to Gen. Dennis L. Via, Army Materiel Command commanding general, Jan. 15.

    AMC Command team visits 401st AFSB

    Donald V. Phillips, Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services Bagram site director points out some pieces of equipment slated for disposal to Gen. Dennis L. Via, Army Materiel Command commanding general, Jan. 15.

  • Jonathon Shearer, an ammunition handler at the Bagram Ammunition Supply Point shows Gen. Dennis L. Via, Army Materiel Command commanding general, ammunition Jan. 15. Shearer deployed from Blue Grass Army Depot in support of the Joint Munitions Command ammunition inspection mission.

    AMC Command team visits 401st AFSB

    Jonathon Shearer, an ammunition handler at the Bagram Ammunition Supply Point shows Gen. Dennis L. Via, Army Materiel Command commanding general, ammunition Jan. 15. Shearer deployed from Blue Grass Army Depot in support of the Joint Munitions Command...

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- General Dennis L. Via, U.S. Army Materiel Command commanding general and Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald T. Riling, AMC command sergeant major visited 401st Army Field Support Brigade elements at Bagram, Shank and Kandahar Jan. 15-16 during the first AMC command team visit to Afghanistan since Via assumed command in August 2012.

The Honorable Heidi Shyu, assistant sof the Army for Acquisitions, Logistics, and Technology, joined the AMC command team and divided her time on the ground between experiencing 401st missions and meeting personnel who field, sustain and retrograde some of the equipment, technologies and capabilities her programs have brought to the Warfighter.

Beginning in Bagram, the team was briefed on redistribution property assistance team processes and procedures for retrograde of rolling and non-rolling stock; upgrades being installed on certain mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles; the Research, Development and Engineering Command Field Assistance in Science and Technology Center and the ammunition supply point. They also had the opportunity to meet the Soldiers, U.S. Army civilians and contractors who conduct 401st missions.

Via also stopped at Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services to see how equipment slated for disposal is handled.

They next moved to Forward Operating Base Shank to visit the AFSBn-Bagram Logistics Task Force that provides the same types of mission support as their parent battalion provides albeit on a smaller scale at their forward location.

The last stop was at AFSBn-Kandahar where they saw the theater vehicle maintenance facility which will serve as the KAF RPAT yard when the battalion moves into the facility that is currently under construction.

Throughout the quick two-day visit, Via took every opportunity to engage Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilians and contractors who carry out the 401st mission to be AMC's face to the field. Via shook many hands and presented a number of coins to Soldiers and civilians.

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