By Ms. Jennifer Leigh King (AMC)June 6, 2008
Col. Bobby Ray Pinkston, commander of the 405th Army Field Support Brigade, and his staff recently presented the brigade's semi-annual training brief to 21st Theater Sustainment Command leadership, including Maj. Gen. Yves Fontaine and Command Sgt. Maj. David Wood.
During the brief, which was attended by more than 25 people from both the 21st TSC and the 405th AFSB, Pinkston and his battalion commanders explained their training focus for the next six months and updated leadership on the current training status.
"We are a small organization but probably the most complex organization that you have under your command, and we're involved in a variety of things," Pinkston said to Fontaine, "but we're doing things right."
Fontaine emphasized that the brigade's mission essential task list is of great importance to him because it supports his vision as a commander.
"I'm trying to establish the 21st TSC as the single point of contact for logistics in theater, and we must synchronize our visibility," he stated. "I believe in unity of effort and unity of command, and I think this brigade is looking very good."
The integrity and preservation of U.S. Army Materiel Command assets in the European theater of operations was a topic of great discussion during the briefing.
"We need to maintain the momentum of how we do business with U.S. Army Europe and with their new commander whenever he arrives," Fontaine said. "We are all on the same team, and I want AMC capabilities in this theater. I do not want to go have to go all the way to the States to get the support that I need."
Fontaine closed the meeting by pledging his support to the brigade, saying, "I am a resource provider, so if you have a resource gap, let me know and I will fill it. My philosophy is one direction, one team, and one coach."