Bundeswehr tests new heavy equipment transporters, helps deliver Army Preposition Stocks-2
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A U.S. Army Bradley fighting vehicle is loaded onto a German army Heavy Equipment Transporter at Coleman worksite in Mannheim, Germany. Elements from Germany armed forces’ Bundeswehr Logistics Command recently certified their HETs using 405th Army Field Support Brigade Army Preposition Stocks-2 at Coleman worksite. These newly acquired German HETs, are helping to deliver APS-2 vehicles and equipment from Coleman worksite to Grafenwoehr, Germany, where the APS-2 is being issued to the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, deployed to Germany from the U.S. This combined U.S.-German mission shows great solidarity and mutual cooperation, and demonstrates a combined strong and unremitting commitment to NATO Allies and partners. (Photo Credit: Jason Todd) VIEW ORIGINAL
Bundeswehr tests new heavy equipment transporters, helps deliver Army Preposition Stocks-2
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A German soldier ground guides a driver as he loads a U.S. Army Bradley fighting vehicle onto a German army Heavy Equipment Transporter at Coleman worksite in Mannheim, Germany. These newly acquired German HETs are helping to deliver 405th Army Field Support Brigade Army Preposition Stocks-2 vehicles and equipment from Coleman worksite to Grafenwoehr, Germany, where the APS-2 is being issued to deployed U.S. forces. The 405th AFSB fully activated its APS-2 sites, and for the first time in the brigade’s APS-2 program history it’s tasked with outfitting an entire armored brigade combat team deployed to Europe from the United States. (Photo Credit: Jason Todd) VIEW ORIGINAL

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The 405th Army Field Support Brigade is receiving some much appreciated help from Germany with its mission to move an entire armored brigade combat team’s worth of Army Prepositioned Stock-2 vehicles and equipment from Mannheim, Germany to Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany.

Augmenting commercial and military line-haul Heavy Equipment Transporters already being used to move the APS-2 equipment, the German railway and now the German military, or Bundeswehr, are doing their part to assist with the mission.

Elements from the German armed forces’ Bundeswehr Logistics Command recently certified their newly purchased HETs using 405th AFSB APS-2 vehicles and equipment at the Coleman worksite in Mannheim.

From there, the Bundeswehr HETs were authorized and able to support the 405th AFSB by delivering multiple loads of APS-2 vehicles and equipment from Mannheim to Grafenwoehr. This combined U.S.-German rail and HET mission demonstrates great interoperability and shows great solidarity and mutual cooperation while demonstrating a strong and unremitting commitment to NATO Allies and partners.

At Grafenwoehr, the APS-2 equipment is being issued to the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, deployed to Germany from Fort Stewart, Georgia. The 1st ABCT’s deployment supplements more than 100,000 U.S. personnel already deployed to or based in Europe as part of the United States’ longstanding commitment to European security and its close defense partnership with host nations.

Bundeswehr tests new heavy equipment transporters, helps deliver Army Preposition Stocks-2
A German soldier ground guides a driver as he loads a U.S. Army Bradley fighting vehicle onto a German army Heavy Equipment Transporter at Coleman worksite in Mannheim, Germany. These newly acquired German HETs are helping to deliver 405th Army Field Support Brigade Army Preposition Stocks-2 vehicles and equipment from Coleman worksite to Grafenwoehr, Germany. There, the 405th AFSB’s Army Field Support Battalion-Germany is tasked with reception and staging of the APS-2 in preparation for issue to 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at an Equipment Configuration and Handoff Area. The 1st ABCT is deployed to Germany from Fort Stewart, Georgia. Their deployment supplements the more than 100,000 U.S. personnel already deployed to or based in Europe as part of the United States’ longstanding commitment to European security and close defense partnership with host nations. (Photo Credit: Jason Todd) VIEW ORIGINAL

The 405th AFSB fully activated its APS-2 sites in February, and for the first time in the brigade’s APS-2 program history it’s outfitting an entire armored brigade combat team deployed to Europe from the U.S.

When the vehicles and equipment arrive in Grafenwoehr, the 405th AFSB’s Army Field Support Battalion-Germany is tasked with reception, staging and issue of the APS-2 at an Equipment Configuration and Handoff Area, also known as an ECHA. This includes tracked vehicles such as the M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks, M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles and M109 Paladin self-propelled howitzers, as well as Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, Palletized Load Systems and Load Handling Systems, Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks, generators and more.

In place to help reduce deployment timelines, improve deterrence capabilities and provide additional combat power for contingency operations – APS-2 is part of an Army program in which equipment sets are stored around the world for use when a combatant commander requires additional capabilities. There are seven APS regions across the globe, in total, and APS-2 is Europe.

The 405th AFSB is assigned to U.S. Army Sustainment Command and under the operational control of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, U.S. Army Europe and Africa. The brigade is headquartered in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and provides materiel enterprise support to U.S. Forces throughout Europe and Africa — providing theater sustainment logistics; synchronizing acquisition, logistics and technology; and leveraging AMC’s materiel enterprise to support joint forces. For more information on the 405th AFSB, visit the official website and the official Facebook site.