Daenner Kaserne, Germany
Outside the Kaiserslautern Industrial Complex [KIC] main gate is the General Support Center - Europe. Across the street from the GSC-E is Daenner Kaserne, home of the 2143rd U.S. Army Maintenance Battalion, the Kaiserslautern Regional Support Detachment and Army Reserve units - the 310th TAACOM forward, 313th and 330th Support Centers, and the 793rd and 1177th Movement Control teams, which support the command year-round. The 2143rd hosts Army National Guard companies on a rotating basis during the year to perform direct and intermediate-level maintenance on heavy equipment throughout the European theater.
The Wildpark is an outdoor "zoo" about a ten minute walk from Daenner Kaserne. It is full of animals indigenous to Germany, plus a small herd of American buffalo. It is free and apparently open all day.
The 330th Support Center, based at Daenner Kaserne in Kaiserslautern, was the first Army Reserve unit to mobilize and deploy in support of the Bosnia Peace Mission. The unit served on active duty from Dec. 11, 1995 to Sept. 5, 1996. The reservists conducted operations in support of the Kaiserslautern-based 29th Support Group and 21st TAACOM while serving in Hungary, Croatia and Bosnia.
The Kaiserslautern U.S. Army Reserve Center was formally dedicated 17 October 2000 in honor of a great Army Reserve hero of World War II, and famed Texan, Maj. Gen. James Earl Rudder. Participating in the dedication was RudderTs son, James Earl Rudder, Jr. The center, on the U.S. ArmyTs Daenner Kaserne, is home to five of the commandTs 23 units, and their Kaiserslautern Regional Support Detachment, which supports the centerTs units. The Rudder Army Reserve Center represents the model for reserve unit consolidation in Europe by the 7th ARCOM, with the objective of co-locating units in key locations throughout Germany and in Italy. The initiative is designed to consolidate the units for improved efficiencies in operations near their supported parent active Army organizations of U.S. Army, Europe and in end-state communities consistent with USAREURTs long range stationing plans.
On October 10, 2000, ITT Industries, Systems Division was awarded a $135 million contract with the US Army to provide facility engineering services in support of the Kaiserslautern Army Military Community installations in Germany. Systems Division has been the base maintenance contractor for the Kaiserslautern Army Community for 20 years and was selected after a successful recompete for the next 10 years. With its headquarters at Daenner Kaserne in Kaiserslautern, the project has responsibility for maintaining Army facilities in an 1,100 square mile area encompassing installations in Kaiserslautern, Pirmasens, Miesau, and Landstuhl. The Kaiserslautern Military Community is the strategic logistics center in support of all military activities in Europe. Working through its five workcenters located throughout the Kaiserslautern Army Community, the Kaiserslautern Project focuses on strong customer relations with the Directorate of Public Works (DPW) and with the installation commanders within the community. Maintenance is an important part of the contract since many buildings the project maintains date from the 1930s; some buildings were built prior to the First World War.
The General Support Center-Europe (GPCE) is the U.S. Army's largest warehouse in Europe. It can supply anything from tents to chemical and biological protective equipment
By End-State 2005, Phase III of Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment (OCIE) Centralization will be completed. A single Consolidated CIF (CCIF) will be established at Kaiserslautern and all current CIFs in the ASGs will transition to Customer Service Points (CSPs). Army owned inventory at the Main CIF will be reduced with in-theater backup stock provided by Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) at Germersheim. Advanced communications and high-tech methods of determining and transmitting sized item requirements will reduce the amount of OCIE stored at CSPs. Soldiers will be able to access their clothing records over the Internet. The Internet will become the basic tool to inform soldiers of OCIE deployment issues, in-processing procedures, cleaning and wear advice, asset visibility, policy and regulatory requirements. The total number and location of CIF/CSPs will remain constant through 2005. Requirements to execute the action plan include modern, reliable, ADPE equipment and high-speed communications, including Internet connections, at CCIF, Customer Service Points and units. Soldier/unit based information will be promoted over the Internet with a fully integrated USAREUR Web page allowing soldiers access to their clothing records, wear policy, cleaning and care tips, in-out processing assistance, deployment requirements, new item descriptions and fielding timelines, etc. A plan will be developed to integrate technology, such as body scanning equipment, and improved / alternate delivery systems, mailing OCIE shortages to soldier's home address, into overall CIF operations concept. Funding will be required to continue CIF operations. Minimal manpower savings will be realized as staff reductions at CSPs are balanced by increases at Main CIF. Inventory reductions at CSPs and Main CIF will generate savings in OMA funded inventory. DLA owned stocks forward positioned at Germersheim reduce in-theater OST for OCIE to less than 5 days.
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