About the 401st AFSB

The 401st Army Field Support Brigade (AFSB) headquarters is located at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, where it leverages the full might of the Army Materiel Enterprise at the tip of the spear in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

The 401st AFSB executes, directs and manages field and sustainment level logistics for U.S. and selected coalition forces in Afghanistan. They serve as the single-entry point for integration and synchronization for acquisition, logistics and technology between the tactical and the materiel enterprise while enhancing unit readiness and improving combat capability in accordance with ARCENT and USFOR-A priorities. The AFSB uses a building block approach to supporting the Afghanistan Combined/Joint Operations Area (CJOA).

The 401st AFSB command and controls two Army Field Support Battalions; 3-401st AFSB which is located at Bagram Airfield and responsible for supporting regional command east and north; and 4-401st AFSB which is located at Kandahar Air Field and responsible for supporting regional command south and west. Each AFSBn has command and control of a logistics support element (LSE) and multiple logistics task forces (LTF) positioned at the seven regional support activities (RSA) throughout the CJOA. Additionally, every deployed brigade combat team (BCT) that deploys receives direct support from an attached brigade logistics support team (BLST). The BLST may reach back to the LSE and AFSBn for support, as needed.

The 401st AFSB provides its headquarters, the Army Sustainment Command (ASC), and the materiel enterprise partners a forward presence and executes the following critical programs and missions in support of OEF in Afghanistan:

  • OEF expansion (planning/establishing Army Materiel Command (AMC) capabilities)
  • Assist Program Managers and Program Executive Offices with new equipment fielding
  • Mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle (MRAP) and MRAP all-terrain vehicle (M-ATV) retrofit support
  • Battle-damaged equipment repair
  • Backup field and sustainment maintenance
  • Backup field and sustainment maintenance
  • Theater Provided Equipment (TPE)
  • Theater Sustainment Stocks (TSS)
  • Army Prepositioned Stocks (APS)
  • Electronic Sustainment Support Center (ESSC)
  • Small Arms Support Center (SASC)
  • Logistics Assistance Program (LAP)
  • ARFORGEN (Redeployment, Retrograde and Reset)

Senior command representatives (SCRs) and logistics assistance representatives (LARs) from the AMC’s Life Cycle Management Commands (LCMC) are an integral part of the 401st AFSB team. The SCRs and LARs are on the ground in Afghanistan supporting units and assisting the AFSB staff in leveraging and synchronizing materiel enterprise capabilities. This integrated team approach is pivotal to the materiel enterprise success.

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