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US Army Field Support Command (FSC)
[ex US Army War Reserve Support Command (AWRSPTCMD)]

The U.S. Army Field Support Command (FSC), headquarters located at Rock Island, Illinois, is a one-star command that reports to the Commander, Operations Support Command. There are six Army Materiel Command (AMC) subordinate organizations -- AMC-CONUS, AMC Forward-Europe, AMC Forward-Far East, and AMC Forward-Southwest Asia plus AMC Combat Equipment Group-Europe (AMC CEG-E) and AMC Combat Equipment Group-Afloat (AMC CEG-A), each headed by a command-designated Colonel, who reports directly to the Commander, Field Support Command. The FSC has activities located in 15 countries around the world.

A new subordinate organization, the Army War Reserve Support Command (now the Army Field Support Command), was created in October 1996 to command and control all APS sets worldwide. The US Army Field Support Command (FSC), headquarters located at Rock Island, Illinois, is a one-star command that reports to the Commander, Operations Support Command. There are six Army Materiel Command (AMC) subordinate organizations -- AMC-CONUS, AMC Forward-Europe, AMC Forward-Far East, and AMC Forward-Southwest Asia plus AMC Combat Equipment Group-Europe (AMC CEG-E)and AMC Combat Equipment Group-Afloat (AMC CEG-A), each headed by a command-designated Colonel, who reports directly to the Commander, Field Support Command. The FSC has activities located in 15 countries around the world.

Following Operation Desert Storm, the Department of the Army consolidated all Army war reserve stocks, including former theater reserves, into five regional materiel stockpiles; CONUS, Europe, Pacific, Southwest Asia, and Afloat.

The Department of the Army established the Army War Reserve Support Command (AWRSPTCMD) to serve as the Army's centralized executing agent for all Army Prepositioned Stocks (APS). The Command officially stood up on November 25, 1996. The AWRSPTCMD began organizing and implementing the Army prepositioned stocks mission through its worldwide field organizational network. The AWRSPTCMD transitioned to the Field Support Command (FSC) on 31 March 2000.

The FSC employs over 3,000 personnel including active duty soldiers, department of the Army civilians, host country nationals, and contracted employees.

The Command plays a critical role in supporting the Army's Global Prepositioning Strategy in support of the deploying forces. Its prepositioning role provides the vital link in the Army's Strategic Mobility Triad of airlift, sealift, and global prepositioning.

Responsibilities include the management of eight prepositioned brigade sets of materiel, operational projects, and sustainment stocks all positioned either afloat or in overseas forward deployed locations.

Combat Equipment Group-Europe (CEG-E), headquartered in Kerkrade, the Netherlands, is responsible for maintaining and storing APS-2 stocks at Combat Equipment Battalion (CEB) Northwest's four sites in the Netherlands; CEB-North's sites in Belgium and Luxembourg; and CEB-South in Livorno, Italy. CEB-South also maintains inventory accountability for APS ammunition stored in Israel. CEG-E is also responsible for United States equipment stored at a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) facility in Norway in support of the NATO composite force.

Combat Equipment Group-Asia, headquartered in Goose Creek, South Carolina, is responsible for APS-3 (Army Prepositioned Afloat Program) and APS-5 stocks maintained in storage by CEB-Southwest Asia in Qatar and Kuwait, and oversees maintenance of watercraft and equipment aboard PREPO ships at Combat Equipment Base-Hythe, England.

Army War Reserve Support Command continued to evolve, as reflected in the announcement made in August 1998 to close the AWRSPTCMD sites in Coevorden, The Netherlands and Zutendaal, Belgium. Also, the Combat Equipment Group - Europe headquarters relocated to Eygelshoven, The Netherlands as a part of the realignment effort. The realignment completed in January 2000.

In early 1999 the Combat Equipment Base-Northeast Asia was renamed Combat Equipment Battalion-Northeast Asia (CEB-NEA) and realigned to report directly to AWRSPTCMD instead of reporting to the Combat Equipment Group-Asia (CEG-A). To keep the AWRSPTCMD structure consistent, Hythe Depot Activity, Hythe, England, was renamed Combat Equipment Base-North Atlantic. CEB-NA continues to report to CEG-A. The Combat Equipment Base-Southwest Asia became Combat Equipment Group-Southwest Asia (CEG-SWA) on 01 October 1999 when AWRSPTCMD assumed accountability for the brigade set in Kuwait. CEG-SWA reports directly to AWRSPTCMD instead of reporting to CEG-A.



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