More than 20 sustainment and maintenance leaders from the XVIII Airborne Corps and 82nd Airborne Division units joined the Army Field Support Battalion-Bragg and the Fort Bragg Directorate of Logistics Material Maintenance Division for a maintenance terrain walk, Dec. 3.
The terrain walk included an overview of the DoL’s maintenance capabilities from Eric Mena, the MMD contracting officer representative and quality assurance representative. Then, the group conducted a walk-through of the armaments shop, on-the-move trailers and the new allied trades facility, just a few of the shops responsible for more than 22,700 items the MMD repaired over the last fiscal year.
“This was a great way to show our customer units exactly what capabilities are available in the DoL to assist them with passback maintenance and equipment reset as part of ARFORGEN (Army force generation),” said Lt. Col. Carmelia Scott-Skillern, AFSBn-Bragg commander.
The terrain walk also provided a forum for discussion on funding and passback maintenance, a process where non-mission capable equipment is evacuated from the unit to a higher level of maintenance at the DoL.
“The terrain walk familiarized us with the facilities and capabilities and also provided a forum for our maintenance leaders to meet the MMD team and ask questions that will help them with reset,” said Capt. Lanelle Pickett, the brigade logistics support team chief to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.
The terrain walk brought together a diverse group of maintenance professionals who collaborate to ensure material readiness for units across Fort Bragg.
AFSBn-Bragg and the DoL, both under mission command of the 406th Army Field Support Brigade, routinely work together to provide strategic-level sustainment and logistics. That relationship has strengthened since the Oct. 1 Army-wide realignment of all DoLs under Army Sustainment Command.
“We work hard to provide integrated logistics support to our customers, from the brigade logistics support teams who deploy with the BCTs to the Directorate of Logistics that provides in-garrison support. I think the terrain walk was a great way to demonstrate this capability,” said Scott-Skillern.
The participants were interested in learning more about MMD’s various shops and their daily operations. The AFSBn-Bragg plans to conduct more terrain walks in the future to provide an in-depth look at these sustainment and maintenance capabilities.