BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- General Dennis L. Via, U.S. Army Materiel Command commanding general and Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald T. Riling, AMC command sergeant major visited 401st Army Field Support Brigade elements at Bagram, Shank and Kandahar Jan. 15-16 during the first AMC command team visit to Afghanistan since Via assumed command in August 2012.
The Honorable Heidi Shyu, assistant sof the Army for Acquisitions, Logistics, and Technology, joined the AMC command team and divided her time on the ground between experiencing 401st missions and meeting personnel who field, sustain and retrograde some of the equipment, technologies and capabilities her programs have brought to the Warfighter.
Beginning in Bagram, the team was briefed on redistribution property assistance team processes and procedures for retrograde of rolling and non-rolling stock; upgrades being installed on certain mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles; the Research, Development and Engineering Command Field Assistance in Science and Technology Center and the ammunition supply point. They also had the opportunity to meet the Soldiers, U.S. Army civilians and contractors who conduct 401st missions.
Via also stopped at Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services to see how equipment slated for disposal is handled.
They next moved to Forward Operating Base Shank to visit the AFSBn-Bagram Logistics Task Force that provides the same types of mission support as their parent battalion provides albeit on a smaller scale at their forward location.
The last stop was at AFSBn-Kandahar where they saw the theater vehicle maintenance facility which will serve as the KAF RPAT yard when the battalion moves into the facility that is currently under construction.
Throughout the quick two-day visit, Via took every opportunity to engage Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilians and contractors who carry out the 401st mission to be AMC's face to the field. Via shook many hands and presented a number of coins to Soldiers and civilians.