FORT HOOD, Texas -- The 407th Army Field Support Brigade conducted Brigade Logistics Support Team University training here March 9-13.

The purpose of the training was to inform and share knowledge about U.S. Army Materiel Command operations with personnel from the brigade's Army Field Support Battalions, while developing relationships that facilitate increased levels of support to supported Brigade Combat Teams.

The BLST-U was established by the 407th ABSB in December 2010.

Classroom material was organized in a top-down arrangement: from AMC, a four-star command, to Army Sustainment Command, a two-star command, to the 407th and its subordinate battalions.

Mornings were dedicated to classroom study and afternoons were spent visiting AMC sites and Logistics Readiness Center operations at the installation.

The classes were designed to build further understanding of the interface between tactical logistics to installation logistics.

The next phase of the course, which is still in development, will transition to building the "BLST Toolbox." The toolbox will include input from LRCs, Life Cycle Management Commands, and Logistics Information Warehouse information technology. LIW serves as the single authoritative source allowing leaders to maintain situational awareness of equipment Army-wide.

Phase II will be conducted in a practical exercise format through site visits focusing on Deployment Ready Reaction Field Operations, Railhead Operations, and Arrival and Departure Airfield Control Group Operations. The students will also visit LCMC assets at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command headquartered at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, and the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.

"As a young logistics captain, the BLST-U course afforded me a great opportunity to discuss the operations of a BLST Team with AFSBn commanders and experienced BLST chiefs," said Capt. Christopher Donnahoe, 407th AFSB future operations officer. "It also gave me firsthand experience of the logistical capabilities available on Fort Hood that most Army logisticians never get to experience. This training has facilitated my increased understanding of
strategic-level logistics."