405th AFSB assists the 1st Cavalry Division in its divestiture mission following DEFENDER-Europe 21 | Item
VILSECK, Germany – The German battalion of the 405th Army Field Support Brigade – headquartered in Vilseck, Germany – was recently tasked with supporting the 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division with the surrender of dozens of tanks, heavy assault bridges and pieces of support equipment.
In less than 30 days, the facilitator of the AFSBn-Germany working group completed the arduous process of empowerment and transfer of ownership for 1st Bde. in support of the cavalry division’s divestiture mission. The equipment was successfully transferred to AFSBn-Germany in three separate countries following Exercise DEFENDER-Europe 21 from US Army Europe and Africa. The countries where the transfers took place were Germany, Greece and Lithuania.
The German 405th AFSB Battalion worked closely with the U.S. Army Tank and Weapons Command, U.S. Army Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, 1st Cav. Div. (Front) and 405th AFSB headquarters to ensure operations were synchronized at each location and the mission was a success.
Task Force Enabler signed for more than 62 major pieces of equipment during the divestment mission, including 58 M1A2 Abrams tanks and four M104 Wolverine heavy assault decks. The AFSBn-Germany task force also took charge of and took possession of dozens of support items and accessories, such as demining blades, demining roller kits and hundreds of items from based.
“Our teams, consisting of 2-3 people at each of the sites, did an outstanding job supporting the 1st Cavalry Division with the responsibility and prompt handing over of all this equipment,” said Major Mitchell Brooks, operations officer. support for AFSBn. -Germany, 405th AFSB. “Then TACOM will take possession of these tanks and all that gear and begin the process of resetting and upgrading all of that before returning it to the force.”
The 405th AFSB is assigned to the US Army Sustainment Command and under the operational control of the 21th Theater Sustainment Command, USAREUR-AF. The brigade is headquartered in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and provides corporate materiel support to US forces throughout Europe and Africa – providing theater support logistics; synchronize procurement, logistics and technology; and leveraging the US Army Materiel Command’s physical enterprise to support joint forces. For more information on the 405th AFSB, visit the official website at www.afsbeurope.army.mil and the official Facebook website at www.facebook.com/405thAFSB.