ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Illinois -- For nearly four years, the U.S. Army Sustainment Command and the U.S. Army Materiel Command have integrated installation logistics in AMC's Materiel Enterprise. These activities are now formally recognized as Logistics Readiness Centers supporting 77 Army and other-than-Army installations.

ASC, as AMC's operational arm, manages the LRCs through its Army Field Support Brigades.

With this transformation and additional capabilities, ASC can access the full might of the Materiel Enterprise to provide the Soldier with the right equipment, on time and in good condition, as well as supply premier support services both at home and abroad.

The following are highlights of some LRC personnel. Throughout the year, ASC Public Affairs will be providing more highlights:

TIMOTHY BLANTON, LRC-STEWART

Timothy Blanton, a Heavy Mobile Equipment Mechanic with the Logistics Readiness Center-Stewart at Fort Stewart, Georgia, works on heavy mobile combat equipment, which includes diagnosing and repairing major components like engines, transmissions and final drives.

He has served as a Department of Defense civilian for 16 years.

"I work on some of the most advanced tanks in the world," said Blanton. "So, I take a lot of pride in my work. I do the best job that I can do because I know there is a Soldier out there fighting in the equipment that I have worked on."

DAVID SAENZ, LRC-CARSON

David S. Saenz, logistics management supervisor, Logistics Readiness Center-Carson at Fort Carson, Colorado, oversees the logistics planning and synchronization with the higher headquarters and senior command; performs quality assurance and surveillance of the contract; ensures audit readiness; manages the government purchase card; and performs S2 (Intelligence and Security) functions, to name a few.

Saenz served 23 years of active duty Army service and is in his tenth year as a Department of the Army civilian. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in professional aeronautics and maintains an FAA flight license (single engine, heavy multi-engine rotary wing).

He is a recent graduate of the Journey to Leadership Tier II program, a 10-month leadership course offered through U.S. Army Sustainment Command. He says the best part of his job is providing needed services to the warfighter.

SHIRLEY CAREY, LRC-HOOD

Shirley Carey has served as the chief of the Personnel Services Branch, Transportation Division, Logistics Readiness Center-Hood, in Fort Hood, Texas for 13 months. She oversees the operation of Fort Hood's Personal Property Shipping Office and Passenger Movement Office; ensuring resources and training are available to accomplish the mission.

"[I like] mentoring peers and employees to develop tomorrow's leaders," said Carey. "I enjoy growing a strong team which sometimes includes the difficult task of resolving conflict but the end results are so rewarding, the battle was well worth it."

Carey has been in government service for 33 years, mostly at Fort Hood, but also spent five years in Germany in the European Travel Service Office. She has an associate degree in Business Administration; she is the recipient of two Commander's Awards for Civilian Service and one Superior Civilian Service Award for performance. She is also a recent graduate of U.S. Army Sustainment Command's Journey to Leadership Tier II program.