U.S. Army Field Support Command (AFSC)

Tuesday December 13, 2005

The U.S. Army Field Support Command links America's arsenal to the 21st-century expeditionary Army. By synchronizing and integrating all facets of logistics support and expertise, AFSC delivers sustaining readiness power forward to the battlefield. The command's evolution mirrors the Army's transformation from a heavy, industrial-based organization to an expeditionary, flexible, information-based structure.

Designated in July 2003, AFSC is a major subordinate command of the Army Materiel Command and the parent of Joint Munitions Command (JMC).

AFSC's missions:

- Maintains the Army Prepositioned Stocks (APS) program readiness and accountability of prepositioned equipment and materiel - including prepositioned sets, sustainment stocks, and operational project stocks - worldwide. During Operation Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom, the APS program issued nearly 100,000 items from tanks to toolboxes used by combat units units.

- Operates the Logistics Assistance Program (LAP/Logistics Support Elements (LSE), providing a single entry point for logistical support to combatant commanders. Integrated into Army Field Support Brigades and Battalions, LAP oversees equipment readiness, with nearly 800 supply and maintenance specialists located around the globe.

- Maintains the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) providing support to Soldiers around the world. Through contract services, LOGCAP provides a full spectrum of logistics services including: base camp operations and maintenance, facilities management, transportation, fuel distribution, power generation, water and ice production, supply operations, airfield operations, construction, postal services, vehicle maintenance, laundry and bath services, seaport and airport services, and firefighting.

- Through the Joint Munitions Command, JMC manufactures, procures, stores, issues and demilitarizes conventional ammunition for all U.S. military services and selected non-DOD customers. Ammunition life cycle management is performed through a partnership with the Program Executive Office for Ammunition (PEO-AMMO) and the Armament Research Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), located at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey. JMC's centralized ammunition management expands the ability to supply combat units with the right munitions, at the right time and in the right place.

AFSC is located at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill. and is a subordinate command of U.S. Army Materiel Command at Fort Belvoir, Va. AFSC maintains a nationwide network of ammunition production and storage facilities and has a global presence wherever U.S. forces are deployed. AFSC currently employs approximately 7,300 federal civilians, 170 military personnel, and over 57,000 contractors - all of whose main goal is to provide support for the American warfighter.

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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

In order to recruit and retain America's finest, we are working hard to provide Soldiers with the best training, pay, housing, workplaces, medical care, and family support. (Transcript)

Kenneth O. Preston
Sergeant Major of the United States Army

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