By Ms. Joyce Costello (IMCOM)June 9, 2009
PISA, Italy -- Senior Army logistics leaders toured Camp Darby, June 8, to see first hand how units there contribute to the ArmyAca,!a,,cs mission, to include supporting U.S. Army Africa.
Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, commanding general, U.S. Army Materiel Command, said the units under her command can "bring the power of enterprise" to assist U.S. Army Africa, U.S. Africa CommandAca,!a,,cs land component. Dunwoody met with Maj. Gen. William B. Garrett III, commander of U.S. Army Africa.
Aca,!A"We can assist U.S. Army Africa better now that we understand their requirements,Aca,!A? Dunwoody said.
Dean Popps, Army Acquisition Executive, Acting Assistant Secretary of Army (Acquisitions, Logistics and Technology) joined Dunwoody during the Camp Darby visit. U.S. Army Africa reflects another dimension in the U.S. ArmyAca,!a,,cs versatility and expanding global role, Popps said.
"Its missions, which include humanitarian assistance, military mentoring and medical assistance in Africa are most impressive," Mr. Popps said. "The commandAca,!a,,cs relationship with units here at Camp Darby is vital to achieving success."
The two leaders, which previously visited Iraq, had seen first hand the magnitude of the work that 3/405th Army Field Support Brigade was doing in support of deployed servicemembers.
"To be able to see the important work and the equipment that is being utilized and to see its coming back here (Camp Darby) to be repaired and replaced by a work force that has a sense of urgency is very heart warming," said Dunwoody.
Popps added that the Acquisition community is entering into an era where "we are required to take a very holistic and global view of everything we do."
"Camp Darby in itself is a wonderful place that does wonderful things and is sitting in a gracious host nation; it is part of a complex ballet that is going on around the world so, it's very important for us to see this today, to reach out and touch out the people who work here in both uniform and civilian workforce," said Popps.
According to Dunwoody, "we could not accomplish what we are doing without the gracious host that Italy is, but also the great workforce that Italy provides us."
The Army Materiel Command and 3/405th Army Field Support Brigade has a huge mission on the Camp Darby military installation repairing the left behind equipment for deployed units, as well as maintaining the Army pre-position stocks.