BAGRAM AIRFIELD, AFGHANISTAN — Gunslingers from the 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, hosted a Forward Logistics Base Conference on Jan. 10 at the Jirga Center at Bagram Airfield.
The conference was intended for officers and noncommissioned officers-in-charge stationed at outlying forward operating bases in Afghanistan to discuss logistical and sustainment operations and capabilities.
The leaders discussed problems, solutions and successes they’ve encountered during their mission operations and shared their experience with the incoming officers and sergeants.
The meeting also was beneficial for all units to understand how their missions impacted other bases as well as the overall retrograde mission of the brigade.
Lt. Col. Kenneth W. Letcher, commander of the 553rd, hosted this briefing so everyone could meet with one another to share their ideas and additional resources that could potentially assist other retrograde missions.
“Our battalion (forward logistics base) officers-in-charge are the face for the sustainment brigade on any given base. It’s good for all of the elements of the sustainment brigade to know who they are working with when they get out to another forward operating base,” Letcher said.
This conference enabled soldiers to gain a better understanding of the logistical and retrograde capabilities that are available on outlying bases. Knowing what capabilities other commanders have allows them to assist one another giving commanders a better overview of the assets available which will save unit funds and tax payer dollars.
Sgt. 1st Class Scott D. Smith, the NCO in charge for Tactical Base Gamberi, said it is important for leaders to come together and see how they can assist other units.
“I think being on a smaller installation we have the ability to gain a better insight of what the overall mission is. Being so small we (Gamberi) have to reach out to other (bases), battalions, and brigades more often for assistance,” Scott said. “As we shrink down we have to have that overall perspective.”
Command Sgt. Maj. Jill Crosby, of the 553rd, said the meeting was extremely beneficial for all service members and contractors who attended.
“This meeting gives situational awareness with what is going on in the area of operations now. They (logistics base commanders) know what their counterparts are doing so everyone gets a better idea for what the 4th (Brigade) is doing,” Crosby said.