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Army Prepositioned Stock 4 (APS-4)

Army Prepositioned Stock 4 (APS-4) is in Japan and Korea to support the Pacific theater, consisting of one 2x1 brigade set (two armor battalions and one mechanized infantry battalion). The major maintenance and storage facilities for AWR-4 are at the Materiel Support Center-Korea at Camp Carroll and at Sagami Army Depot, Japan. The management cell for APS-4 is in Korea and administers, plans, and executes the AWR-4 program.

As of 2002 there were shortfalls in APS-4 pre-positioned equipment and supplies to support combat operations in the Korean Theater of Operations are also of major concern. The Army maintains a strategic inventory of sustainment supplies as part of Army Pre-positioned Stocks (APS). These stocks sustain forward-deployed and initial follow-on ground forces, and include major end items such as engines, repair parts, medical supplies, packaged petroleum products, barrier/construction materials, operations rations, and clothing required to sustain combat operations.

Additionally, as of 2002 there were significant shortfalls in Army APS-4 Sustainment Stocks designated to replace projected combat losses, especially critical during the early stages of a major theater war (MTW) on the Korean Peninsula. Within these sustainment stocks, Class VII (Major End Items) and Class IX (Repair Parts) have the most serious shortfalls. Finally, less than 30 percent of Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit Technology chemical protection suits (to support operations in a nuclear, chemical, biological environment) were available in sustainment stocks. The combination of these shortfalls degrades our ability to conduct sustained combat operations on the Korean Peninsula.

The annual Army Prepositioned Stocks-4(APS-4) draw exercise took place for a demonstration of Army forces drawing prepositioned equipment at Camp Carroll on 05 March 2009 as part of the Key Resolve/Foal Eagle 2009 Exercise. The APS-4 draw exercise is designed to efficiently deliver its equipments, including major end items such as engines, repair parts, medical supplies, packaged petroleum products, barrier/construction materials, operations rations, and clothing required in order to sustain combat operations. The Army Field Support Battalion-Northeast Asia is responsible for the maintenance and storage of APS-4 equipments located at Camp Carroll and Busan Storage Facility in Korea.

Active-duty and Army Reserve Soldiers from across the globe tested the readiness of the Army's prepositioned set four [APS-4) during military exercise Pacific Reach 2009 at Yokohama North Dock, Tokyo, Japan. Pacific Reach is a validation of the issue and turn-in process of the Army's prepositioned set. The exercise, which was underway from Aug. 1 through 20, took the watercraft from the Japan stock and runs them through procedures to raise their operational level and prepare them for missions in the future. Units taking part in the exercise came from as far away as Morehead City, NC; Fort Eustis, VA; Tacoma, WA; and Fort Shafter, Hawaii.



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