Akizuki Army Ammunition Depot
On 1 July 1966, the consolidation of US Army Logistical Center Japan (USALCJ) and the US Army Depot, Japan was directed by Department of the Army. In addition to the installations at Tokorozawa and Sagami, there are also four subdepots for the storage of petroleum products and ammunition. They are: the Sasebo POL Subdepot located about 800 miles from Sagami Depot; the Akizuki Ammunition Subdepot, about 540 miles from Sagami Depot; the Tsurumi POL Subdepot, about 24 miles from Sagami Depot; and the Ikego Ammunition Subdepot, about 31 miles from the Sagami Depot. Designed by the Japanese Navy for the storage of ammunition and petroleum products, these facilities have been used by the U. S. Army since the termination of World War II. These facilities were constructed during the period of l900 to 1935, and they now required extensive maintenance and repair; however, they do provide a significant portion of the U. S. Army active and reserve storage capability in the Far East. Other remote storage facilities utilized by the depot include cold storage plants, a small POL storage area, and a facility used for storing inert ammunition.
On 1 September 1969, the U. S. Army Depot Command, Japan was discontinued and the existing organizational elements of the Depot Command and the staff elements of Headquarters, U. S. Army Japan were merged into a single unified U. S. Army Japan organization. The unified U. S. Army Japan organization operated under a directorate-type structure in which staff and operational functions were combined until the activation on 7 August 1971 of the U. S. Army Supply and Maintenance Activity (Provisional), Sagami. (USASMAS) Concurrently, the U. S. Army Japan, Directorate for Supply and Storage (less the U. S. Army Ammunition Depot Complex. Akizuki), Directorate for Maintenance, and Directorate for Quality and Engineering were designated as organizational elements of USASMAS.
US Army Garrison, Honshu, was redesigned the 9th Area Support Group (PROV) on 16 January 1986. The 35th Supply and Services Battalion (PROV) located at Sagami Depot and the 196th Ordnance Battalion (PROV) (USAADA) located at Akizuki, also, were established on this date. The 9th Area Support Group terminated its provisional status on 15 October 1987, and was activated as the 17th Area Support Group. The 35th Supply and Service Battalion (PROV) and the 196th Ordnance Battalion (PROV) also dropped their provisional status on 15 October 1987 and were activated as the 35th Supply and Service Battalion and the 83d Ordnance Battalion, respectively.
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