401st AFSB continues to support Afghan National Army
By Summer BarkleyDecember 9, 2011
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (Dec. 9, 2011) -- The 401st Army Field Support Brigade continued its support of the Afghan National Army November 30 and December 1 when 90 M1114 vehicles were inspected by Afghan Army Lt. Col. Ibrahim Wardak, liaison officer to NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan and Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, in preparation for final turn over to the ANA.
Wardak inspected the vehicles that are being sold to Afghanistan National Security Forces under a Foreign Military Sales agreement. The vehicles were brought to a fully mission capable plus safety status by mechanics in the Army Field Support Brigade, or AFSBn-Bagram, 401st AFSB M1114 shop. They were signed for by Maj. Robert L. Hill, NTM-A/CSTC-A Security Assistance Officer who then authorized release of the vehicles to Wardak.
Wardak said he wanted to inspect every serial number and ensure each vehicle is in the required FMC + safety status before his soldiers took actual possession of the vehicles.
"We are so happy to have these vehicles," Wardak said. "This program helps our operations. Our main job is to fight against terrorists and these vehicles will help our operations."
"This is part of what we do," said Col. Michel M. Russell, Sr., 401st AFSB commander. "My folks work hand in hand with ANA Soldiers."
AFSBn-Bagram, in partnership with 101st Sustainment Brigade, began a maintenance mentorship program in March 2011 to bring Afghan Soldiers to the battalion to work on the M1114 vehicles in order to increase their vehicle maintenance skills. This program is in direct support of the Counter Insurgency program as outlined by Gen. David Petraeus and is one of Russell's priorities for the brigade.