By Kevin Fleming, 401st AFSB Public AffairsJune 25, 2018
CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait -- Australian Army Maj. Gen. Simon Stuart, Multinational Force and Observers Force Commander, toured an Army Prepositioned Stocks-5 warehouse here, June 23.
Stuart spoke with 401st Army Field Support Brigade leadership and maintenance experts about APS-5 capabilities and practices.
"What the team is doing here is a real game-changer," said Stuart. "This is really leading edge stuff."
Logistics and maintenance experts assigned to the Army Field Support Battalion-Kuwait led Stuart through the warehouse, stopping at each different combat vehicle platform to answer questions about how the Army maximizes effectiveness and lethality of combat equipment.
Speaking with a senior leader from a partner nation military builds chemistry and confidence in the teamwork required for combined joint efforts, said Lt. Col. Christopher Garvin, commander, AFSBn-Kuwait.
"Any opportunity to work with and share dialogue with our coalition partners benefits the total team," Garvin said. "These exchanges raise the professionalism and knowledge level for everybody. It ultimately enhances our mutual capabilities and interoperability."
The 401st AFSB transitioned APS-5's Armored Brigade Combat Team set from a "sleep status" under the Care of Supplies in Storage (COSIS) program to a Configured for Combat posture during 2017 in an effort to bolster materiel readiness in Southwest and Central Asia.
Stuart said he was impressed with the result of that transition because of how well the equipment is maintained and intelligently organized.
"You won't find better readiness anywhere," Stuart said. "One of the challenges with maintaining equipment is when it doesn't have a unit that owns it, it degrades very quickly. This unit owns the equipment, and makes sure the warfighting unit they are giving it to gets it in the best shape.
"They really are setting the standard in terms of combat-ready formations of equipment."
The MFO's mission is to maintain peace in the middle east by supervising "the implementation of the security provisions of the Egyptian-Israeli Treaty of Peace and employ best efforts to prevent any violation of its terms," according to its website.