Maj. Gen. David Wilson, Commanding General of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command toured the U.S. Navy Ship Red Cloud prior to the download of Army Prepositioned Stock 3 at Subic Bay, Philippines Feb. 23, 2022, in support of bilateral exercises Salaknib and Balikitan 22.
In support of Pacific Pathways 2022, Wilson, along with the 836th Transportation Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Joseph R. Batiste, toured the U.S. Navy Red Cloud to identify and assess the operational flexibility and strategic assets which enable joint strategic operations and interoperability. APS allows organizations, such as the 8th TSC to plan, integrate, and synchronize sustainment efforts with joint forces, partners, and allies to increase a commander’s operational reach and to enable interoperability and strategic operations.
“Our partnerships underpins the Theater Army’s most competitive advantage—an integrated and interoperable cross-theater sustainment network to provide the necessary logistics, personnel services, and health services support required to retain freedom of action,” said Wilson. “APS operations allow us to do just that, as we are the U.S. Indo-Pacific materiel integrators that plan, integrate, and synchronize theater distribution and sustainment operations with our joint logistics enterprise partners, stabilizing and securing the Indo-Asia Pacific Region.”
While in the Philippines, Wilson spoke to key leaders about the APS’ capability, capacity, and ability to reduce deployment timelines, improve sustainment capacity and capabilities, while also providing combat power to support contingency operations worldwide utilizing APS 3 Fixed-Forward operations.
While the rolling stock was still on the vessel, the vessel master, Douglas Nagy, spoke with Wilson about the capabilities of the U.S. Navy Red Cloud, how the rolling stock is secured to the deck, and the strategic capabilities this vessel has as it supports the Indo-Pacific area of operations.
“The Theater Army and Joint Force unique intra-theater sealift capabilities to move personnel, equipment and supplies to the desired location,” said Wilson. “This capability extends operational reach and supports freedom of action that enables unified land operations in the Indo-Pacific Command’s area of responsibility.”
While the APS3 mission demonstrates the 8th TSC’s Command’s command and control of the APS3 Fix-Forward operation, Wilson visit demonstrated that the U.S. remains committed to the republic of the Philippines, promoting military-to-military relations, as well as advancing interoperability and coordination with the AFP, to promote regional security and stability.