CAMP ARIFJAN, KUWAIT -- The 402nd Army Field Support Brigade commander, Col. John Kuenzli and Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA (ALT) director, Col. Michael Zarbo, had the honor to jointly cut the ribbon during a ceremony marking the opening of the 402nd AFSB/ASA(ALT) Materiel Enterprise Center on March 13.

"On the sign it says 'Providing America's Warfighters with the Decisive Edge and Advantage,' if you go to Army Materiel Command web page you will see AMC mission Statement 'Providing America's Warfighters with decisive edge,' and if you go to ASA (ALT) web page you will see ASA(ALT) mission statement 'Providing America's Warfighters with decisive advantage,' said Kuenzli.

"It is very easy for us to stand here today and combine those two mission statements and put them on the sign of the 'Materiel Enterprise Center,' as a small symbol of our AMC and ASA (ALT) partnership," said Kuenzli.

The effort has been in the works for several years. The ribbon cutting ceremony marked a huge success for 402nd and ASA (ALT) in Kuwait in terms of putting members of each organization side-by-side in their daily work.

"What you see here today is truly groundbreaking. In terms of missions, ASA (ALT) and AMC share a lot of common. Nonetheless, over the years, a wall of sorts, has been erected. With the arrangement you see here today, Colonel Kuenzli and I are breaking down the walls and shelving the old mindset," said Zarbo.

"What we do is not mutually exclusive. In fact, especially in this day of fiscal scrutiny, uncertainty and belt-tightening, this move makes greater sense today more than ever," Zarbo said. "We still both report to our own separate commands, but we pool our resources on the ground to arrive at the best collective solution for who we serve, the recipient of our products and services, the Soldier. We don't pay lip service when we talk 'Materiel Enterprise' here -- we've redefined it and live it."

"We have broken the "us versus them" mindset in Kuwait, let me assure you of that."