One of Fort Bragg’s top priorities is readiness - to have Soldiers deployed anywhere in the world within 18 hours of notification.
In order to accomplish that mission, numerous organizations are involved to include the Army Field Support Battalion-Bragg (AFSBn-Bragg).
AFSBn-Bragg merged with the Logistics Readiness Center (LRC) in order for commanders in the field to have one place to go to for all logistical needs. Additionally, the two were brought together to synchronize Army Materiel Command (AMC) with assets and services on the installation.
“AFSBn-Bragg integrates, coordinates and synchronizes Army Materiel Command enterprise operations to provide sustainable logistics readiness support of service members and civilians” said Steve Wykel, operations planning specialist, LRC.
“We contribute to unit readiness in several ways,” Wykel said. “First we manage a host of AMC professionals stationed at Fort Bragg to assist tactical units in overcoming unique logistical challenges in addition to daily logistical support. Secondly, we manage and operate several installation work centers that support the individual Soldier and his/her unit’s equipment: Central Issue Facility (CIF), Subsistence Supply Management Office (SSMO) and the Installation Transportation Deployment Support Area (ITDSA).
This program contributes to Soldiers by way of transportation, CIF, food service, the Materiel Maintenance Division, and the Maj. Gen. Strom Thurmond Strategic Deployment Facility.
“Movements out of Fort Bragg are more complicated than other premiere power projection platforms because we’re an expeditionary installation,” said Shannon T. Stout, chief, Unit Movements Branch, ITO, LRC.
This means that things have to happen on a much more compressed timeline with little to no warning,” he said. “If you don’t schedule time for maintenance, your equipment will schedule it for you. The same thing goes for transportation and movement planning.”
If a unit does not take the time to practice and be prepared then they will not successfully be able to get out the door and complete the mission, in a timely matter.
With lessons learned from past experiences, including recent Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercises (EDRES), the AFSBn-Bragg is always looking for new ways to improve readiness.
“It’s a very complex mission and what makes us different than most other locations is that we’ve pretty much got it all dialed in,” Stout said. “We know what it takes to do every one of those complex tasks and when to do it. We have a lot of talented people within the AFSNBn that give a lot of themselves to accomplish each and every mission, but talent in and of itself means nothing without consistent effort and practice.”
There are ninety-four facilities in the logistics campus on the installation, with 1,300 contractors. In an average day an estimated 450 Soldiers are issued organizational clothing and individual equipment from the Supply and Services Division. Within the Transportation Division, an average of 314 official travel customers are processed, and the Maintenance Division has about 510 customers a day.
Sometimes Soldiers will get up to an 18-hour deployment alert, which means that Soldiers need to be packed and in the air within 18 hours.
“One of the functions that we have done, as mangers of central stocks, is stock over 300,000 MRE’s or Meals Ready to Eat on the installation along with chemical defense equipment,” said Wykel. “When a unit is rapidly deploying, Soldiers only need to go to one location to pick up these stocks. Now they are not driving between two or three different warehouses across the installation. They can go to one facility and pick it up, and still be ready to meet their 18-hour deadline.”
Once a unit gets a notification of deployment, within an hour, work centers, such as the privately owned vehicle (POV) center are open and ready to help the deployment process.
Additionally, within two hours representatives like Stout and Wykel are in briefings with units in order to help them meet and head-off potential logistical choke points.
Since the 1950s, Fort Bragg has always been our nation’s premier power projection platform. Units here are at a more heighten state of readiness than at most other Army installations. With the dedication, technical expertise and willingness to improve systems, AFSBn-Bragg ensures our readiness and ability to rapidly deploy forces will continue.
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