405th AFSB issues APS-2 to US-based engineers in Slovakia for DEFENDER-Europe 22
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A contractor from Army Field Support Battalion-Mannheim conducts preventative maintenance checks and services on a M113 armored personnel carrier at the Equipment Configuration and Hand-off Area in Lešt’, Slovakia, May 4. A full complement of rolling stock and equipment pieces was issued to the 62nd Engineer Company for DEFENDER-Europe 22 from the 405th Army Field Support Brigade. (Photo Credit: Lt. Col. Miguel Flores) VIEW ORIGINAL
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2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from the 62nd Engineer Company attach an axe to an M88 recovery vehicle at the Equipment Configuration and Hand-off Area in Lešt’, Slovakia, May 9. The engineers are deployed to Slovakia from Fort Carson, Colorado, for DEFENDER-Europe 22. All the equipment and rolling stock they received came from the 405th Army Field Support Brigade’s Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 worksite in Eygelshoven, Netherlands. (Photo Credit: Cameron Porter) VIEW ORIGINAL

LEŠT’, Slovakia – When the Soldiers from the 62nd Engineer Company left Colorado, they didn’t exactly know what to expect. A couple of layovers and 48 hours later the engineers from Fort Carson were standing in Slovakia in front of a line of armored personnel carriers, tactical vehicles, recovery wreckers and more – everything they’ll need for DEFENDER-Europe 22.

“All the necessary paperwork and equipment were ready and staged when we arrived,” said 1st Lt. Alexander Zakrzewski, 2nd platoon leader, 62nd Eng. Co. (Sapper), 4th Engineer Battalion. “We were really impressed, and our operators are really excited to run this equipment during DEFENDER-Europe 22.”

The equipment the engineers signed for was issued to them by the 405th Army Field Support Brigade. Part of the 405th AFSB’s Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 program, this particular set of equipment was transported from Army Field Support Battalion-Benelux’s APS-2 worksite in Eygelshoven, Netherlands, to the Equipment Configuration and Hand-off Area in Slovakia for DEFENDER-Europe 22.

405th AFSB issues APS-2 to US-based engineers in Slovakia for DEFENDER-Europe 22
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A line of M113 armored personnel carriers stand at the ready at the Equipment Configuration and Hand-off Area in Lešt’, Slovakia, May 9. The APCs, which came from the 405th Army Field Support Brigade’s Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 worksite in Eygelshoven, Netherlands, were issued to the 62nd Engineer Company deployed to Slovakia from Fort Carson, Colorado, for DEFENDER-Europe 22. (Photo Credit: Cameron Porter) VIEW ORIGINAL
405th AFSB issues APS-2 to US-based engineers in Slovakia for DEFENDER-Europe 22
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A Soldier from the 62nd Engineer Company ground guides a vehicle at the Equipment Configuration and Hand-off Area in Lešt’, Slovakia, May 9. The 405th Army Field Support Brigade issued a full complement of Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 rolling stock and additional equipment pieces to the U.S.-based engineer company deployed to Europe for DEFENDER-Europe 22. (Photo by Lt. Col. Miguel Flores) (Photo Credit: Cameron Porter) VIEW ORIGINAL
405th AFSB issues APS-2 to US-based engineers in Slovakia for DEFENDER-Europe 22
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from the 62nd Engineer Company conduct inventories of basic issue items at the Equipment Configuration and Hand-off Area in Lešt’, Slovakia, May 9. The 405th Army Field Support Brigade issued a full complement of Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 rolling stock and additional equipment pieces to the U.S.-based engineer company deployed to Europe for DEFENDER-Europe 22. (Photo Credit: Cameron Porter) VIEW ORIGINAL

One of the 405th AFSB’s other battalions – Army Field Support Battalion-Africa from Leghorn Army Depot in Livorno, Italy – was responsible for command and control at the ECHA site as well as equipment issue.

Sherwin Harris, who normally serves as the director of supply at AFSBn-Africa in Livorno, is the ECHA site lead in Lešt’, Slovakia, with over watch by AFSBn-Africa Commander Lt. Col. Miguel Flores. Harris said that when the APS-2 equipment arrived, the team immediately began downloading the vehicles and equipment sets from the line-haul transporters and lining them up at the ECHA site to be inspected for possible damage during transport.

“Now that the gaining tactical unit has arrived, together we are conducting inventories and preventative maintenance checks and services on every piece of equipment before they sign for them and take them out for training during DEFENDER-Europe 22,” said Harris.

According to Joshua Steinlicht, the quality assurance supervisor at AFSBn-Benelux, all the rolling stock issued to the 62nd Eng. Co. came from AFSBn-Benelux’s ASP-2 worksite in Eygelshoven. This included M113 armored personnel carriers, M88 recovery vehicles, light medium tactical vehicles, 10-ton wreckers, trailers and more.

405th AFSB issues APS-2 to US-based engineers in Slovakia for DEFENDER-Europe 22
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Army Cpt. Jeffrey Li, the operations officer for Army Field Support Battalion-Africa, provides an overview of the Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 Equipment Configuration and Hand-off Area in Lešt’, Slovakia, May 4. The 405th Army Field Support Brigade issued a full complement of APS-2 rolling stock and additional equipment pieces to the U.S.-based engineer company deployed to Europe for DEFENDER-Europe 22 at the ECHA site. (Photo Credit: Lt. Col. Miguel Flores) VIEW ORIGINAL
405th AFSB issues APS-2 to US-based engineers in Slovakia for DEFENDER-Europe 22
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from the 62nd Engineer Company conduct inventories of basic issue items at the Equipment Configuration and Hand-off Area in Lešt’, Slovakia, May 9. The equipment the engineers signed for was issued to them by the 405th Army Field Support Brigade. Part of the 405th AFSB’s Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 program, this particular set of equipment was transported from Army Field Support Battalion-Benelux’s APS-2 worksite in Eygelshoven, Netherlands, to Slovakia for DEFENDER-Europe 22. (Photo Credit: Cameron Porter) VIEW ORIGINAL

“Having everything staged and ready to go when they got here made it easier for the gaining tactical unit to fall in, do the inventories and sign for the equipment,” Steinlicht said. “They said this equipment is in better condition than their home station equipment. The M113 armored personnel carriers, they said look brand new.”

“It’s insane,” said Spc. Tyler Kilcullen, a tracked vehicle mechanic with the 62nd Eng. Co., 4th Eng. Bn., 36th Engineer Brigade, III Corps.

“It’s unlike any equipment I’ve ever seen in the Army – super clean,” Kilcullen added. “It looks like it’s fresh off the line.”

“We’re a recovery asset so if one of the armored personnel carriers breaks down and can’t be driven, we have to go out and tow it back,” Kilcullen said. “It’s not that we don’t like to go out and play, but the less we have to tow the better.”

405th AFSB issues APS-2 to US-based engineers in Slovakia for DEFENDER-Europe 22
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – An Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 equipment piece arrives at the Equipment Configuration and Hand-off Area in Lešt’, Slovakia, May 4. Army Field Support Battalion-Benelux provided the APS-2 vehicles and equipment for the DEFENDER-Europe 22 Lešt’ ECHA site from its Eygelshoven APS-2 worksite in the Netherlands. (Photo Credit: Lt. Col. Miguel Flores) VIEW ORIGINAL
405th AFSB issues APS-2 to US-based engineers in Slovakia for DEFENDER-Europe 22
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A contractor from Army Field Support Battalion-Mannheim conducts an inspection on a M113 armored personnel carrier at the Equipment Configuration and Hand-off Area in Lešt’, Slovakia, May 4. The APC, which came from Army Field Support Battalion-Benelux’s Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 worksite in Eygelshoven, Netherlands, was issued to the 62nd Engineer Company deployed to Slovakia from Fort Carson, Colorado, for DEFENDER-Europe 22 along with a full complement of rolling stock and equipment. (Photo Credit: Lt. Col. Miguel Flores) VIEW ORIGINAL

The operations officer at AFSBn-Africa, Cpt. Jeffrey Li, said the key to success for this ECHA mission was the coordination, planning and communication done between AFSBn-Africa, AFSBn-Benelux, the 405th AFSB headquarters, the contractors and enablers, and the gaining tactical unit leading up to the actual execution.

“Prior to coming here and meeting the gaining tactical unit face-to-face, we had already established a high degree of trust and transparency,” said Li. “That made all the difference.”

Zakrzewski said DEFENDER-Europe 22 is his second major training exercise – his first being a rotation to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California. He said he’s excited to be here working with the 405th AFSB and soon with the Slovakian Army’s 12th Nitra Mechanized Infantry Battalion.

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1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers, Army civilians and contractors from the 405th Army Field Support Brigade’s Mannheim, Africa and Benelux battalions, and the 62nd Engineer Company pose for a group photo May 9 at the Equipment Configuration and Hand-off Area in Lešt’, Slovakia, during DEFENDER-Europe 22. Army Field Support Battalion-Mannheim provided the contractors for the ECHA mission. Army Field Support Battalion-Africa was responsible for command and control of the ECHA site. And Army Field Support Battalion-Benelux provided the Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 vehicles and equipment for the U.S.-based engineer company deployed to Slovakia for DEFENDER-Europe 22. (Photo Credit: Cameron Porter) VIEW ORIGINAL
405th AFSB issues APS-2 to US-based engineers in Slovakia for DEFENDER-Europe 22
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from the 62nd Engineer Company load basic issue item equipment onto a forklift at the Equipment Configuration and Hand-off Area in Lešt’, Slovakia, May 9, with the help of contractors from the 405th Army Field Support Brigade during DEFENDER-Europe 22. (Photo Credit: Cameron Porter) VIEW ORIGINAL
405th AFSB issues APS-2 to US-based engineers in Slovakia for DEFENDER-Europe 22
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from the 62nd Engineer Company conduct inventories of basic issue items at the Equipment Configuration and Hand-off Area in Lešt’, Slovakia, May 9. The 62nd Eng. Co. Soldiers signed for the Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 equipment from the 405th Army Field Support Brigade at the ECHA site. (Photo Credit: Lt. Col. Miguel Flores) VIEW ORIGINAL

“Our sappers will be running this APS-2 equipment – hopefully doing mounted and dismounted breaches, mine clearing line charge missions and hasty defenses – basically counter-mobility, mobility and survivability, our big three as engineers, while working with our Slovak partners during DEFENDER-Europe 22,” said Zakrzewski.

“Having something that’s good to go from the start is definitely a big morale booster,” he added.