DÜLMEN, Germany – German State Military Command Senior North Rhine-Westphalia Commander conducted a site visit to the Dülmen Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 construction site at Tower Barracks on October 26 to better understand the operations of APS-2, including the storage and maintenance of thousands of combat vehicles and pieces of equipment as well as life-saving medical equipment and supplies in support of theater readiness.
Dülmen APS-2 Site Manager Troy Furlow – along with representatives from U.S. Army Garrison Benelux, the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency, and the contractor supporting APS-2 operations at Dülmen – organized a walking tour and a briefing to the German army brigadier. General Dieter Meyerhoff, US Consulate General Düsseldorf, Political and Economic Consul Chapman Godbey, Liaison Officer Dülmen, Major General (Retired) Robert Bergmann, and others.
“Our focus included APS-2 issue operations, the differences between the US Army posture during the Cold War and the US Army medical materiel agency operations and capabilities, as well as that the maintenance of the APS-2 and the power projection capabilities of the APS-2,” said Furlow, who is assigned to the Army Field Support Battalion-Germany, 405th Army Field Support Brigade.
“We visited the track maintenance warehouse, the central receiving and shipping point, the AN/TWQ-1 Avenger unit set and the US Army Medical Materiel Agency warehouse,” said said Furlow.
The tour was coordinated by U.S. Army Europe and Africa Liaison Officer Steven Steinberger, head of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. He worked with the German state military command there and personnel from the 405th AFSB to include Furlow and his team in Dülmen to make the visit possible.
“The visits from our German counterparts are really important,” Furlow said. “They help to highlight the strength of our partnership with NATO. And it gives them an idea of our capabilities and what we have on hand in case we are called upon to further support operations in theater with our APS-2 capabilities.
The Dülmen APS-2 yard is comprised of approximately 140,000 square feet of hard space and approximately 480,000 square feet of humidity-controlled warehouse space with an additional 140,000 square feet of storage space in the maintenance and storage areas. This includes the US Army Medical Materiel Agency warehouse, which is approximately 80,000 square feet.
In addition to the APS-2 yard in Dülmen, there are four other APS-2 sites in four countries in Europe under the command and control of the 405th AFSB. These APS-2 sites help reduce deployment times, improve deterrence capabilities, and provide additional combat power for contingency operations.
The 405th AFSB’s APS-2 program enhances U.S. Army Europe and Africa’s readiness and ability to support the warfighter while simultaneously promoting stability and security in the region. By providing turnkey APS-2 power projection packages ready for deployment at a moment’s notice, the APS-2 program is a key component of the U.S. Army’s power projection and fighter readiness missions in Europe and in Africa.
The 405th AFSB is assigned to the US Army Sustainment Command and under the operational control of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, US Army Europe and Africa. The brigade is headquartered in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and provides material support to U.S. forces throughout Europe and Africa – providing theater support logistics; synchronize acquisition, logistics and technology; and leveraging the U.S. Army Materiel Command Materiel Enterprise to support joint forces. For more information on the 405th AFSB, visit the official site and the official Facebook site.