DVIDS – News – The leader of the “South of the Alps” army witnesses the strategic impact of the APS-2 site in Italy


LIVORNO, Italy – The commanding general of Task Force Europe South – Africa and the commander of the 405th Army Support Brigade conducted a site visit of the Army Prepositioned Stocks -2 construction site in Livorno, September 21.

During the site visit and key leader engagement, Lieutenant Colonel Commandant Alexander Amato and his team hosted Major General Todd Wasmund and Colonel Crystal Hills, offered them a tour of the APS-2 construction site at Leghorn Army Depot and briefed them on the battalion’s power projection capabilities.

“Helping the commanding general of SETAF-AF and the commander of the 405th AFSB was important for several reasons,” Amato said. “By offering them a tour, we were able to highlight our maintenance and storage capabilities, explain the strategic impact and relevance of Camp Darby and the Livorno Army Depot, and highlight the value of our local Italian workforce.”

Amato said the commanding general of SETAF-AF, who is the senior officer in charge south of the Alps, was impressed with the extent of maintenance and storage facilities and the battalion’s power projection capabilities, but “amazed by the many years of skill inherent in mostly Italy’s local national workforce, asking specifically how we could continue to retain this level of talent in the future.”

Amato said he was thrilled because the site visit and engagement of key leaders gave him the opportunity to show off his team – the people who make up AFSBn-Africa.

“AFSBn-Africa is like a family and I am extremely proud of our achievements. The team here continues to excel, going above and beyond to support rotational forces, ongoing operations and our APS-2 mission,” said Amato, whose battalion is heavily involved in ongoing operations in Europe supporting the NATO-led mission following Russia’s unprovoked and unwarranted action. the invasion of Ukraine earlier this year.

As the Army continues to modernize and expand APS-2 capabilities and ensure equipment sets and facilities are located, sized and configured to best meet national defense strategy and to the theater-specific requirements of two separate geographical combat commands – AFSBn-Africa continues to scale to the right size and modernize as well. And in addition to APS-2, the battalion is also tasked with linking national logistics capabilities and providing logistics solutions to army units and joint forces south of the Alps – to include Europe and the US Army Africa, SETAF-AF, the 173rd Airborne Brigade, and other strategic partners.

The 405th AFSB is assigned to the US Army Sustainment Command and under the operational control of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, US Army Europe and Africa. The brigade is headquartered in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and provides material support to U.S. forces throughout Europe and Africa – providing theater support logistics; synchronize acquisition, logistics and technology; and leveraging the U.S. Army Materiel Command Materiel 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 site at www.facebook.com/405thAFSB.

Date taken: 22.09.2022
Date posted: 22.09.2022 06:05
Story ID: 429845
Location: LIVORNO, IT

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