TUSCANY, Italy (Oct. 2, 2015) -- The Army Field Support Battalion-Italy, under the command of Lt. Col. Joe Greenlee, officially re-designated to Army Field Support Battalion-Africa, Oct. 1.
"The Soldiers, Department of Army civilians, and Italian employees of the Army Field Support Battalion [AFSBn] have served here for over 60 years executing the mission of the Army Materiel Command [AMC] and the Army Sustainment Command delivering readiness to warfighters around the globe on time, every time," said Col. Todd Bertulis, commander, 405th Army Field Support Brigade.
The depot at Camp Darby, Italy, has been in existence since 1951. It was originally constructed to support the U.S. forces in Austria during the occupation in 1951-1952. In 1954-1955, the depot became a part of the U.S. Army Europe Depot system.
The AFSBn receives, maintains, stores and issues Army Prepositioned Stocks; links national logistics capabilities and provides logistics solutions to Army units "South of the Alps," especially 173rd Airborne Combat Brigade, U.S. Army Africa, and other strategic partners, to support geographic combatant commander priorities and to enable readiness.
The ceremony marks a new chapter in the battalion's history and highlights AMC's commitment to being the premier provider of readiness to Africa.
Ultimately, AFSBn-Africa will be the portal to the AMC enterprise, helping to ensure Soldiers execute missions throughout the continent with trust in their equipment.
"We are proud to be a part of a great team of teams; we are ready; and we look forward to delivering readiness solutions to the United States Army Africa Command," Bertulis said.