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The 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, Joint Base Balad, Iraq

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"We don't want to buy infrastructure that will hold us back. We need an infrastructure that we can modernize in increments to stay abreast of changes in technology."

- Maj. Gen. Nick Justice, commanding general, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, while addressing industry representatives during a panel session during the Team C4ISR Symposium at the Baltimore Convention Center Aug. 25, reinforced that the latest technology, for technology's sake, does not necessarily increase the warfighter's capability.

Army asks industry to support warfighter requirements

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"Becoming a Ranger-qualified leader in our Army today is an awesome achievement. Because it is such a small population of personnel across the Army and throughout our history, just becoming a Ranger has a huge meaning to those men who have volunteered and made the grade. But it's not about what it does for the individual. More importantly, it is about what that individual is now expected to live up to, every day, in leading their men in accordance with the principles of the Ranger creed - leading the way by setting the standard for others to follow."

- LTC Kyle Feger, the Ranger Training Brigade's deputy commander, praising the Ranger School as the "single-most important leadership course" in the Army, as it gives Soldiers the confidence and tools to take charge of their units and lead them through any situation.

Calling all Soldiers: Instructors, junior NCOs in demand at Ranger Training Brigade

CALENDAR

August 2010

Anti Terrorism Awareness Month

National Immunization Awareness Month


Aug 26: Women's Equality Day See related website: Women in the U.S. Army

Aug 31: End of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF); Transition to Stability Operations

September 2010

Suicide Prevention Month

National Preparedness Month

Sept 15- Oct 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month


Sept 1: Operation News Dawn begins

Sept 11: Patriot Day

Sept 25: Gold Star Mother's Day

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TODAY'S FOCUS

The 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, Joint Base Balad, Iraq

What is it?

The 402nd Army Field Support Brigade (AFSB) is the single face to the field for Army Materiel Command (AMC) sustainment logistics forming a Materiel Enterprise in Iraq, Kuwait, and Qatar that integrates acquisition, logistics, and technology to protect, equip, and sustain the warfighter. The 402nd AFSB works hand-in-hand with United States Forces - Iraq, the 103rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, and the 1st Theater Support Command (TSC) to provide unparalleled operational and strategic support to the warfighter.

The 402nd AFSB is headquartered at Joint Base Balad, Iraq and is comprised of more than 8,000 military, Department of the Army Civilians, and contractors assigned to four battalions. Each of the brigade's four battalions is assigned a unique functional mission ranging from operational sustainment of equipment to management of Army pre-positioned stock commodities.

What has the Army done?

The 402nd AFSB (one of seven AFSBs assigned to the Army Sustainment Command, a two-star command headquartered at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill.) is staffed and equipped to accomplish a broad range of missions. The unit's large workforce is capable of performing depot-level maintenance and direct liaison with life cycle management commands. The 402nd AFSB's vast industrial sites in Iraq, Kuwait, and Qatar provide unprecedented capacity for sustainment maintenance and logistical support.

The 402nd AFSB core mission of sustainment logistics is absolutely vital as the Responsible Drawdown of Forces (RDoF) continues in Iraq. The Army Materiel Command, and the Army Sustainment Command, will continue to resource the 402nd AFSB so it can provide unequalled warfighter access to AMC's Materiel Enterprise.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?

As the RDoF in Iraq continues, the 402nd ASFB will evolve to provide mission-focused and condition-based sustainment to support to United States Forces - Iraq, US Army and Central Command units. The 402nd AFSB will transform to provide sustainment commensurate to the troop strength and equipment density levels within Iraq. As the RDoF reaches its conclusion, the 402nd AFSB subordinate battalions in Iraq will be ready to relocate, re-structure, or deactivate. The Army Prepositioned Stocks battalions in Kuwait and Qatar will continue to provide world-class support to ARCENT (3rd Army) and the 1st TSC.

Why is this important to the Army?

The non-doctrinal Redistribution Property Assistance Team (RPAT) and mobile RPAT, which so effectively assisted bringing property into theater for the Iraq surge, are now the hub for all equipment retrograded out of Iraq. The Soldiers, civilians, and contractors assigned to the 402nd AFSB will carry out the myriad tasks associated with the RDoF in Iraq.

Resources:

AKO log in required: 402nd AFSB webpage

Army Sustainment Command webpage

Army Materiel Command webpage

Related article: ASC commanding general visits 402nd AFSB in Iraq

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