KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – The 405th Army Field Support Brigade is receiving much-appreciated assistance from Germany as part of its mission to move an entire armored brigade combat team of pre-positioned Stock-2 vehicles and equipment from the Army of Mannheim, Germany to the training area of Grafenwoehr, Germany.
By augmenting the commercial and military heavy equipment carriers already used to move APS-2 equipment, the German Railroad and now the German Army, or Bundeswehr, are doing their part to help with the mission.
Elements of the Bundeswehr Logistics Command of the German Armed Forces recently certified their newly procured HETs using vehicles and equipment from the 405th AFSB APS-2 at the Coleman yard in Mannheim.
From there, Bundeswehr HETs were authorized and able to support the 405th AFSB by delivering multiple loads of APS-2 vehicles and equipment from Mannheim to Grafenwoehr. This combined U.S.-German rail and HET mission demonstrates high interoperability and demonstrates strong mutual solidarity and cooperation while demonstrating a strong and unwavering commitment to NATO Allies and partners.
At Grafenwoehr, APS-2 equipment is issued to the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, deployed to Germany from Fort Stewart, Georgia. The deployment of 1st ABCT complements more than 100,000 U.S. service members already deployed or based in Europe as part of the United States’ longstanding commitment to European security and close defense partnership with host nations.
The 405th AFSB fully activated its APS-2 sites in February, and for the first time in the brigade’s APS-2 program history, it equips an entire armored brigade combat team deployed to Europe from the United States. .
When vehicles and equipment arrive in Grafenwoehr, the AFSB-Germany Army Field Support Battalion is tasked with receiving, staging and issuing the APS-2 in a equipment configuration and transfer area, also known as ECHA. This includes tracked vehicles such as the M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks, M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles and M109 Paladin self-propelled howitzers, as well as joint light tactical vehicles, palletized loading systems and material handling systems charging, heavy extended mobility tactical trucks, generators and Suite.
In place to help reduce deployment times, improve deterrence capabilities and provide additional combat power for contingency operations – APS-2 is part of an Army program in which equipment sets are stored around the world for use when a combatant commander needs additional capabilities. There are seven APS regions around the world, in total, and APS-2 is Europe.
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 AMC’s materiel business to support joint forces. For more information on the 405th AFSB, visit the official site and the official Facebook site.