405th AFSB APS-2 float bridge system employed in Poland during DEFENDER-Europe 22
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A float ribbon bridge system from the Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 worksite in Zutendaal, Belgium, is used by U.S., Polish, French and Swedish military forces to cross the Vistula River between Ryki and Kozienice, Poland, during DEFENDER-Europe 22, May 13. The float bridge is part of the 405th Army Field Support Brigade’s APS-2 program. This was the first time a float bridge system from the Zutendaal APS-2 site was transported to Poland and used during a DEFENDER-Europe exercise. (Photo Credit: Michał Czornij) VIEW ORIGINAL
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2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A float ribbon bridge system from the 405th Army Field Support Brigade’s Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 worksite in Zutendaal, Belgium, is launched at the Vistula River in Poland, May 13. The 74th Multi-Role Bridge Company, deployed from Fort Hood, Texas, to Poland for DEFENDER-Europe 22, was issued the float bridge at an Equipment Configuration and Hand-off Area in Radom, Poland, during the last week of April by personnel from the 405th AFSB’s Mannheim and Benelux battalions. (Photo Credit: Michał Czornij) VIEW ORIGINAL

RYKI, Poland — An entire float ribbon bridge system from the 405th Army Field Support Brigade, or AFSB, was employed and used by U.S., Polish, French and Swedish military forces to cross the Vistula River between Ryki and Kozienice, Poland, during DEFENDER-Europe 22, May 13.

The float bridge, which came from Army Field Support Battalion-Benelux’s Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 worksite in Zutendaal, Belgium, was launched by the 74th Multi-Role Bridge Company, or MRBC, deployed from Fort Hood, Texas, to Poland for the exercise. Over the course of about two hours, several dozen M1 Abrams tanks, M2 Bradley fighting vehicles and various other Army transport trucks and equipment pieces crossed the bridge.

The 405th AFSB’s Benelux and Mannheim battalions worked together to prepare, ship and issue the bridge system to the 74th MRBC, which when erected and launched can extend up to 210 meters. This was the first time a float bridge system from the Zutendaal APS-2 site was transported to Poland and used for a DEFENDER-Europe exercise.

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1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The 74th Multi-Role Bridge Company, deployed from Fort Hood, Texas, to Poland for DEFENDER-Europe 22 employs a float ribbon bridge system across the Vistula River between Ryki and Kozienice, Poland, May 13. The float bridge, which came from Army Field Support Battalion-Benelux’s APS-2 worksite in Zutendaal, Belgium, was used by U.S., Polish, French and Swedish military forces to cross the river as part of DEFENDER-Europe 22. (Photo Credit: Michał Czornij) VIEW ORIGINAL
405th AFSB issues float bridge, dozen boats to Fort Hood unit for DEFENDER-Europe 22
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A bridge bay arrives in Radom, Poland, April 25, from Army Field Support Battalion-Benelux’s Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 worksite in Zutendaal, Belgium. The bridge bay is one of over 150 major end items that make up the float ribbon bridge system. Other major end items include over a dozen bridge erection boats and boat cradles, over 40 more bridge bays and adapter pallets, and more than 40 bridge transporters. The APS-2 bridge system was issued to the 74th Multi-Role Bridge Company, deployed from Fort Hood, Texas, to Poland for DEFENDER-Europe 22. (Photo Credit: Jason Todd) VIEW ORIGINAL

More than 150 major bridge system end items were issued to the 74th MRBC, 62nd Engineer Battalion, for the multinational training exercise at an Equipment Configuration and Hand-off Area, or ECHA, in Radom, Poland, during the last week of April.

This included over a dozen bridge erection boats and boat cradles, over 40 bridge bays and adapter pallets and more than 40 bridge transporters. In addition, more than 400 other APS-2 items were issued to the bridge company — weapons, radios, generators and even a bulldozer — as well as thousands of repair parts, basic issue items and tools.

Army Maj. Leonard Weschler, Army Field Support Battalion-Mannheim’s executive officer, was the ECHA site lead in Radom. He said the ECHA operations demonstrated the 405th AFSB’s capability to manage and run operations of increased complexity and showed “we’re able to mix and match expertise from two battalions to ensure mission success.”

The commander of AFSBn-Mannheim, Lt. Col. Brian Astwood, stressed to the Soldiers of the 74th MRBC how important they are to operations in Europe when he visited the ECHA site and observed operations. He told them they’re bringing a vital capability and expertise to Europe that doesn’t exist here without them and the APS-2 MRBC equipment set.

405th AFSB issues float bridge, dozen boats to Fort Hood unit for DEFENDER-Europe 22
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A contractor assigned to Army Field Support Battalion-Mannheim, 405th Army Field Support Brigade, guides a bridge transporter carrying a bridge erection boat and boat cradle in Radom, Poland, April 28. The equipment was issued to the 74th Multi-Role Bridge Company, deployed from Fort Hood, Texas, to Poland for DEFENDER-Europe 22 at an Equipment Configuration and Hand-off Area in Radom. For the first time ever, an entire float ribbon bridge system from Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 was issued to a U.S.-based MRBC deployed to Europe for training. (Photo Credit: Maj. Leonard Weschler) VIEW ORIGINAL
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2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from the 74th Multi-Role Bridge Company, 62nd Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, conduct an inspection on a float ribbon bridge system in Radom, Poland, April 29. The Fort Hood, Texas, and III Corps bridge company is deployed to Poland for DEFENDER-Europe 22. For the first time ever, an entire float ribbon bridge system from the Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 worksite in Zutendaal, Belgium, was transported to Poland and issued to a U.S.-based MRBC deployed to Europe for training. (Photo Credit: Maj. Leonard Weschler) VIEW ORIGINAL

Army Lt. Col. Aaron Jones, the commander of AFSBn-Benelux, is responsible for the Zutendaal APS-2 site where the float bridge is normally stored and maintained. He said it was important for his team to see photos of the 74th MRBC employing the bridge during DEFENDER-Europe 22 because it helps validate the importance of their work at the APS-2 site.

DEFENDER-Europe 22 is a series of U.S. Army Europe and Africa multinational training exercises within U.S. European Command’s Large Global Scale Exercise construct taking place in Eastern Europe. DEFENDER-Europe 22 demonstrates U.S. Army Europe and Africa’s ability to conduct large scale ground combat operations across multiple theaters in support of NATO and the U.S. National Defense Strategy.

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 the U.S. Army Materiel Command materiel enterprise to support joint forces. For more information on the 405th AFSB, visit the official website and the official Facebook site.