By Justin Graff, 401st AFSB Public AffairsNovember 19, 2016
CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait -- The commanding general of U.S. Army Sustainment command visited the 401st Army Field Support Brigade here, Nov. 17, to get a closer view of how the brigade operates.
Maj. Gen. Edward Daly, commanding general, ASC, began his first battle field rotation of the 401st AFSB since taking command of ASC in August. He is also scheduled to visit two 401st Army Field Support Battalions and other brigade elements throughout U.S. Army Central Command footprint.
"It took me three months to finally get out here, but I'm here," Daly said. "It's a testament this team's professionalism. I knew I didn't have to worry about (the brigade) because it's such a competent and hard-working team here."
Despite traveling for 20 hours and arriving very late the night before, Daly appeared energetic at the start of an early morning briefing with brigade leadership which spanned several hours.
During the meeting, Daly encouraged the people in the room to ask questions and create meaningful dialogue.
"This has to be a conversation," Daly said. "We have a limited amount of time to maximize our dialogue and this conversation helps me better support you while you support the mission."
Daly discussed his ASC campaign plan and explained in detail his three primary lines of effort: Enable readiness, optimize acquisition strategies, and ready and resilient workforce.
"Which priority do you think is most important to me?" Daly asked, rhetorically. "It's the workforce. I can't achieve readiness without the people sitting around this table and the people who are out there moving materiel."
The opportunity for Daly to hold conversations with key logistics leaders here helps everyone involved better achieve readiness, said U.S. Army Col. Aaron Stanek, commander, 401st AFSB.
"It's valuable to be able to talk through what the 401st Army Field Support Brigade does to provide materiel readiness effects in the theater," Stanek said. "It should give him a sense of confidence that the AMC capabilities are being used wisely in theater and that we are nested our headquarters elements here.
"Logistics and materiel readiness in theater is commanders' business and I think there needed to be a commander to commander dialogue on gaining context about how we can shape, drive, and influence and provide resources to effect materiel readiness in our area of responsibility across CENTCOM."
Stanek called the visit a home run, praising his staff for contributing to the event's success.
"We had great teamwork from the preparation, through the actual presentation of the briefings," Stanek said. "I'm very thankful that the whole team came together and did a great job from the staff to the Army Field Support Battalions, the Logistics Support Element-Iraq, the LSE-Kuwait, and all the people that were providing support behind the scenes to make it all happen."
ASC has seven Army Field Support Brigades strategically located across the globe, each acting as an operational arm for Army logistics with unique mission sets and capabilities.