By Scott Prater | Mountaineer staff
FORT CARSON, Colo. — Senior Army field support and logistical leaders gathered at Fort Carson Dec. 10-12, 2019, to build relationships and develop solutions for issues faced by today’s 407th Army Field Support Brigade units.
Army Field Support Battalion — Carson (AFSBn-Carson) hosted the 407th Army Field Support Brigade Readiness Summit at various locations on post over a three-day span.
Commanders and senior enlisted leaders from Army field support battalions at Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Bliss, Texas, and logistics readiness centers from other Army installations toured Fort Carson facilities and joined AFSBn-Carson leaders for discussions and briefings.
“We try and conduct a summit like this every year,” said Lt. Col. Jana Fajardo, commander, AFSBn-Carson. “We are all disbursed, so the best way to facilitate conversation is to get people together, so they can side bar and bring up issues in a focused manner. For instance, if all of our battalion commanders indicate there is an issue, then that’s probably important enough to raise that issue with the brigade commander and the chief of staff.”
Col. Scott P. Noon, commander, 407th Army Field Support Brigade, and Col. Steve Allen, deputy commanding officer, Army Sustainment Command, participated in briefings and discussions on a wide variety of topics.
“Our focus for this summit centered on readiness,” Fajardo said. “This is a great way for different units in our brigade to see what other units are doing. We toured leaders around Fort Carson. They saw our Central Issue Facility (CIF), which is probably one of the best in the Army. And, they saw our railhead, which is not so great, and why we are asking for money to improve it.”
Representatives from the Defense Logistics Agency also attended the summit and briefed about the supply system across DOD and what AFSBn leaders can do to help their units improve in that area.
Attendees listened to briefings from the Tank-automotive and Armament Command, the Communications Electronics Command, Aviation and Missile Command and Life Cycle Management Command.
“That’s where we learned about some of the different changes that are happening, and in turn, allowed us to discuss different friction points,” Fajardo said. “This was a very strategic level logistics summit and I think everyone learned a lot. It was also a great way for us to share our best practices at Fort Carson and allow people from other AFSBns to see some areas where we struggle, so they can then share some of their best practices with us.”