Plan for possibel delays when traveling on A6 between Kaiserslautern-Centrum and Kaiserslautern-West from 8 p.m. tonight until 6 a.m. tomorrow.
Staff Delegation visits AFSBn-Mannheim
by Ronnie Schelby
Mannheim, Germany--On February 22, 2018, a Staff Delegation, comprised of members from the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, visited the Army Field Support Battalion-Mannheim, as part of a whirlwind tour of several U. S. sites located throughout Europe. Members of the Delegation included Margaret Dean, House Armed Services Committee (Majority), Brad Garrett, House Armed Services Committee (Minority), and Brad Patout, Senate Armed Services Committee (Majority). All of the Delegation members are experts in Department of Defense military construction and base operations.
The purpose of the trip was to see, first-hand, and discuss, the development, buildup, maintenance, and readiness of Army Prepositioned Stocks Sets, and the European Enduring Equipment Set.
The Delegation visited a number of APS and military sites throughout Germany, as well as in the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy.
German Young Social Democrats visit AFSBn-Mannheim
by Ronnie Schelby
405th AFSB Public Affairs
MANNHEIM, Germany- On February 21, 2018, the Army Field Support Battalion-Mannheim hosted members of the Jungosozialistinnen un Jungsozialisten in der SPD (Young Socialists of the Social Democratic Party, or JUSOS). This relationship-building visit offered these young adults a first-hand look at how the Army is prepositioning equipment for participation in exercises, throughout Europe, which affirm the United States' commitment to its NATO partners and allies, literally in their own back yard.
JUSOS is a youth organization of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD).
"We are encouraged to join JUSOS from the age of 15 years old," said Jacob Waiss, the current vice president of the visiting Mannheim Chapter. He explained that members come from all walks of life, including the political and business fields.
"We want to be able to influence the political members who make decisions for our Country," he continued. "Many bases have been closed throughout Germany. "It is important for us to know what is happening with the current ones."
The idea for this visit came about when members of JUSOS met with Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commander, U.S. Army Europe, at Heidelberg University, last November, prior to his retirement. During that meeting, JUSOS members asked Hodges if a visit to the Mannheim AFSBn could be arranged. On February 21, that request was fulfilled.
"Visiting this site has been a tremendous opportunity," said Waiss. "Our goal for today's visit was to discover how the U.S. Army works," he said. "We now have information and understand part of how the American Soldiers and equipment are rotating throughout Europe.
"We are happy to have the U.S. Army here in Germany," Waiss continued. "It is the best Army in the world."
Retired SMA visits AFSBn-Mannheim
by Ronnie Schelby
405th AFSB Public Affairs
MANNHEIM - Germany - On November 15, 2017, Kenneth O. Preston, sergeant major of the Army retired (left) discusses the Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 program with Command Sgt. Maj. Mark A. Morgan, command sergeant major, 405th Army Field Support Brigade (right) and John Galimore, site lead, Army Field Support Battalion, Mannheim Germany. Preston was visiting AFSBn-Mannheim in order to gain an understanding of the APS-2 sites, and how this programs supports the European Deterrence Initiative of U.S. Army Europe.
What happens during a government shutdown for 405th Army Field Support Brigade
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - Command Sgt. Maj. Major Mark. A. Morgan, command sergeant major, 405th Army Field Support Brigade (far right) stands with Sgt. 1st Class Keshon Henry, manager, Clock Tower Dining Facility, Kleber Kaserne, Kaiserslautern (center, holding trophy-right), and his team members as they accept the trophy, for first place in the 2018 Philip A. Connelly Award Competition for Europe, on December 21, 2017, at the 405th Army Field Command Brigade Headquarters, Daenner Kaserne, Kaiserslautern. The team previously won this prestigious award in 2016, then competed later that year, earning the title, "Best Dining Facility in the Army." The Clock Tower Cafe will compete again this year for this title.
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - Chief Warrant Officer 5 Brock Sanders, chief food advisor, United States Army Command, Europe (right) presents an award to Chief Warrant Officer 4 Felipe Cardozo, food advisor, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, for the Ever Vigilant Dining Facility, located in Grafenwoehr, Germany, at the 405th AFSB Headquarters, Daenner Kaserne, Kaiserslautern, Germany. The Ever Vigilant DFAC was a runner-up for the 2018 Philip A. Connelly Competition, Europe.
405th leadership meets with Mayor of Zutendaal
by Ronnie Schelby, 405th AFSB
Zutendaal, Belgium--Ann Schrijvers, mayor of Zutendaal, Belgium, meets with Col. Kurt P. Connell, commander, U.S. Army Garrison, BENELUX (left), Col. Rodney H. Honeycutt, commander, 405th Army Field Support Brigade, (second from right), and Command Sgt. Maj. Mark A. Morgan, command sergeant major, 405th AFSB (right) for a meeting at City Hall in Zutendaal on June 8, 2017. Other attendees at the meeting included members of the Belgian Ministry of Defense and other city officials.
The purpose of the meeting was to the discuss the upcoming opening of the next Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 site in Zutendaal, which is scheduled to open this fall.
405th AFSB leadership team hosts NATO logisticfs delegation.
Eygelshoven, Netherlands-Col Rodney H. Honeycutt, commander, 405th Army Field Support Brigade, Army Sustainment Command, Army Materiel Command, uses a terrain model of AFSBn-BENELUX to explain the layout of the Army Prepositioned Stocks-2, to a 40-member NATO logistics and resources delegation June 7, 2017. The purpose of the NATO delegation visit was to discuss the Army Materiel Command's operations, as well as the supporting role the APS-2 sites play in the U.S. Army Europe deterrence mission.
Hickey DFAC wins prestigious 2017-2018 Philip A. Connelly Competition
Chicago-Adriano Colella, dining facility manager (second from left), and Karl Rohrer, cook and shift leader, (second from right), the management team of the CSM Lawrence T. Hickey Dining Facility, Logistics Readiness Center, 405th Army Field Support Brigade, stand side-by-side with Col. Rodney H. Honeycutt, commander, 405th AFSB (left), and Command Sgt. Maj. Mark A. Morgan, command sergeant major, 405th AFSB (right), and proudly display their winning trophy during a ceremony at the Hyatt Regency May 19.
The Hickey DFAC, in Grafenwoehr, Germany, won the coveted Philip A. Connelly competition, recognizing it as the Best Garrison Dining Facility in the United States Army for Fiscal Year 2017-2018.
The Philip A. Connelly competition has been in existence since March 1968. This annual event is a partnership between the U.S. Army and the National Restaurant Association, and recognizes excellence in food service throughout the Army.
The award was presented to the DFAC personnel by Charles Milam, principal director of Military Community and Family Policy, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness), and Dawn Sweeney, president and chief executive officer, National Restaurant Association (Photo by Larry Westley, 405th AFSB).
Hickey DFAC wins prestigious 2017-2018 Philip A. Connelly competition
Eygelshoven, NETHERLANDS - Col. Rodney H. Honeycutt (left) ,commander, 405th Army Field Support Brigade, passes the guidon to MAJ. (P) Matthew E. Hedenskoog, (right), the new commander of the Army Field Support Battalion-BENELUX, during a Change of Command Ceremony March 9, 2017. (photo by Sgt. Onesine Kpessokro, 66th TRANS, IMCOM-Europe)
TLSC-E members recognized for completing coleman work site mission
by Ronnie Schelby
Mannheim, Germany - Command Sgt. Maj. Mark A. Morgan, command sergeant major, 405th Army Field Support Brigade (right), Col. Rodney H. Honeycutt, commander, 405th AFSB (2nd from right) and Eugene Warren, deputy general manager, Theater Logistics Support Center-Europe (center), recognize TLSC-E members for their hard work and dedication for completing the mission of maintaining the Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 equipment at Coleman Work Site during a ceremony on Feb. 24, 2017. The Coleman Work Site is managed by the 405th AFSB.
"These folks have worked here quite a while, from the very beginning of the European Activity Set mission, through the transition to APS-2," said John Galimore, program manager, Coleman Work Site. "They are all professionals in their individual fields; however, together they work like a finely-tuned piece of equipment," he said.
These TLSC-E professionals will continue preparing and maintaining equipment; however, they will now transition to other work sites, within the Kaiserslautern area, which are maintained by the 21st Theater Sustainment Command. Many will transfer to the Kaiserslautern Army Depot; others will work at the Miesau Army Depot, where they will continue to maintain the U.S. Army's new European Enduring Sets. The E3S equipment will be used by rotational units when they train in Europe. (Photo by Onesine Kpessokro, 66th Trans Co.).
Tanks are lined up on both sides of the warehouse ready for the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony celebrating the opening of the AFSBn-Benelux December 15, 2016. (Photo by Jason Morin, ASC)
405th AFSB supports 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Deployment
(Article courtesy 405th AFSBn-Germany)
VILSECK, Germany - the 405th Army Field Support Brigade, AMC's face to the field in Europe and Africa, recently mustered a vast array of enterprise logistics assets through a large teaming effort to support the deployment of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division (Iron Brigade) to the United States European Command Theater as the latest in Regionally Allocated Forces moving into the Atlantic Resolve Aarea of Operations.
405th AFSB has brought to bear a support package of AMC assets working with the Logistics Civilian Augmentation Program, 409th Contracting Support Brigade, and elements of the Logistics Assistance Program, as represented through the Logistics Assistance Representatives from Army sustainment Command and the Army Life Cycle Management Commands. LARs are a key and vital element to sustainment operations as they work with units in garrison, in the field, and around the globe, in support of combat operations.
This latest success of the 405th AFSB is part of an evolving effort to provide the tactical commander a more responsive presence forward, and reach back to the logistics enterprise. The recent support showcases an expansive presence of logistics professionals across the entire Atlantic Resolve area of operations, and, perhaps, a glimpse into support packages of the future.
405th AFSB provided a support package while teaming with the 838th Transportation Battalion in conducting port operations. That effort allowed the Brigade Logistics SupportTeam to move to work with the Army Field Support Battalion-Germany in positioning to have ready support to the Brigade as it moved into its assembly areas to prepare for their mission support.
At the same time, the AFSBn-Germany was moving elements into other forward positioned sites to provide the enhanced responsiveness of the enterprise.
Duelman Mayor welcomes 405th AFSB leaders and partners
by Ronnie Schelby
405th AFSB Public Affairs
Duelman, Germany--Col. Rodney Honeycutt, commander, 405th Army Field Support Brigade (center) presents Lisa Stremlau, Burgermeisterin, or Mayor, of Duelman, with an official 405th AFSB commander's coin during the town's New Year's celebration at Assembly Hall of the School Center, Duelman, January 15, 2017. Mayor Stremlau invited Col. Honeycutt and Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Morgan, command sergeant major, 405th AFSB (left) and other military partners, to the event in order for the 405th leadership team to meet and visit with local leaders and citizens. The 405th AFSB, other military partners and officials from Dulman will be holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony in May 2017 to celebrate the opening of the Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 Duelman, the second APS-2 location to be opened in Europe. The first site, located in Eygelshoven, The Netherlands, opened in December 2016. (Photo courtesyDulmener Zeotung newspaper, duelman, Germany)
Prepositioned equipment site officially opens in Netherlands
By Sgt. 1st Class Jacob A. McDonald
21st TSC Public Affairs
EYGELSHOVEN, Netherlands – U.S. and Dutch military and diplomatic leaders cut a ribbon to officially open the Army Prepositioned Stocks site in the Netherlands Dec. 15, which will store and service about 1,600 U.S. Army vehicles.
Located at the Eygelshoven Army Depot-BENELUX, the 500,000 square foot storage space is part of the European Reassurance Initiative and will house a brigade’s worth of equipment, including M1 Abrams Tanks, M109 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzers and other armored and support vehicles.
“It’s a multifunctional set of equipment,” said Col. Rod Honeycutt, commander, 405th Army Field Support Brigade, Army Materiel Command, whose unit manages the site.
Dutch and U.S. leaders said the facility, is an indication of the important partnership between NATO countries.
“We want to make sure that we are taking proportionate and measured steps to defend our alliance when needed,” said Dutch Gen. Tom Middendorp, Chief Defense Staff, Royal Netherlands Army. “We want to make sure we are sending a clear signal to Russia that we will not accept any violation of NATO’s territorial integrity…We want to send a message of reassurance and serious commitment to all NATO members.”
In stocking the warehouses, the Army used many of the vehicles that were part of the European Activity Set to train U.S. Forces in Europe and to reassure allies of U.S. commitment; most recently Soldiers from 3rd Infantry Division who trained across Europe earlier this year. The movement of the vehicles to this new site is part of the switch from EAS to the APS program, in which critical war stocks are prepositioned and maintained so the U.S. and its allies can rapidly respond to any potential threat within Europe and NATO.
“We are signaling our commitment and demonstrating the ability to prepare,” said Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commanding general, U.S. Army Europe. “That is what Eygelshoven represents. This is the manifestation of 28 nations committed to the security of each other.”
The APS facility includes six buildings, which will each house a battalion set of equipment. The buildings were used by the U.S. until 2006 when they were handed over to the Dutch. The buildings and the railhead have been updated to meet the needs of the new mission. 300 employees at the facility, including Dutch Ministry of Defense personnel, local contractors and Department of the Army Civilians, will be trained in railhead operations and will be able to move the equipment out to any crisis area in Europe with little notice.
“It will assist in the speed of assembly,” Honeycutt said. “When the supported unit comes in to sign for it…We break it out in the way that they are used to it at their home station. So, it’s the same set of equipment that they would have in the U.S.
“In our concept, the unit that draws this will never come here,” he added. “We will move it to where they are going to at a forward site. I think it takes a piece out of the puzzle and facilitates the speed of assembly.”
Three more APS sites are scheduled to open in Europe through 2017, allowing more freedom of movement for the U.S. and its allies.
ASC CG visits 405th AFSB
By Ronnie Schelby, 405th Army Field Support Brigade
During the week of 18-24 September, Maj. Gen. Edward M. Daly, commander, Army Sustainment Command, and Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony M. Bryant, senior enlister advisor, ASC, visited the 405th Army Field Support Brigade and a number of other U.S. Army support units. The purpose of the visit was to observe the activities of the Army prepositioned stocks and the European activity sets located throughout the European footprint. The visit provided Daly and Bryant with insight into the European Theater's readiness and sustainment posture.
Photo 1 - Maj. Gen. Daly (center) and Command Sgt. Maj. Bryant (left) met with Col. Rodney H. Honeycutt, commander, 405th Army field Support Brigade (right), and other members of the 405th AFSB during their visit to the brigade on Daenner Kaserne in Kaiserslautern, Germany September 21.
Photo 2 - Maj. Gen. Daly presents his commander's coin to Earl Ward, general engineer, 405th Army Field Support Brigade, at the headquarters building on Daenner Kaserne September 21.Ward was one of ten other members who received a coin from Daly for excellence.
Daly was in Europe to observe the Army Prepositioned Stocks and the European Activity sets located throughout the European footprint.
405th AFSB welcomes new leadership
Kaiserslautern, Germany--Col. Todd S. Bertulis (left), the outgoing 405th Army Field Support Brigade commander, Maj. Gen. Kevin O'Connell, commanding general of Army Sustainment Command; and Rodney H. Honeycutt, the new 405th AFSB commander, render hand salutes during the change of command and responsibility ceremony held July 11 at NCO Field on Daenner Kaserne. (Photo by Greg Jones, 21st TSC Public Affairs)
405th AFSB/LOGSA AOAP director receives award.
By Akwasi Edusei, AOAP.
Kaiserslautern, Germany - Maj. Gen. Kevin G.O'Connell, commander, Army Sustainment Command, presents the Coin of Excellence to Heidrun Bodeit, director of the Army Oil Analysis Program, 405th Army Field Support Brigade/Logistics Support Activity, on July 11, 2016 at Daenner Kaserne.
O'Connell was in Germany to officiate the 405th AFSB Change of Command Ceremony earlier that day, during which Col. Todd S. Bertulis relinquished command to Col. Rodney H. Honeycutt. (Photo courtesy AOAP)
Hello 405th AFSB Team. Meet Ronnie Schelby - she is the NEW PAO and Protocol Officer for the brigade. I've moved on to Marine Forces Pacific in Hawaii to be the new Protocol Officer there. Please email her for any updates or pics of your units achievements.
COL Todd Bertulis, Commander, 405th AFSB promoted CW4 Harvey Gould to CW5 on March 1, 2016, Vicenza in front of the Southern European Task Force Statue, Fallen Warrior Memorial