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Combat Equipment Base
Brunssum, Netherlands
5057'N 558'E

At Combat Equipment Base-Brunssum, seven soldiers among a work force of 250 Dutch nationals ensure that equipment that may be needed by soldiers in the field remains in top-notch condition for shipment anywhere in the world at a moment's notice. CEB-BR's mission is to receive, fix, store and configure Army materiel and get it to the soldiers who need it in a timely fashion. The stocks are stored in 20 humidity-controlled warehouses on 124 acres of land. Together, the structures provide 1 million square feet of space and house everything from tool kits to heavy equipment.

Among more than 500 line items stored and maintained at the site are a variety of small arms, M88A1 recovery vehicles, Humvees and 2.5- and 5-ton trucks. The facility has 28 maintenance bays with painting and derusting capabilities, and an on-site metallurgy shop to produce many small parts no longer in the Army inventory. Mechanics service about 40 vehicles a day, doing everything from minor adjustments to engine replacements. Upon completion, each vehicle undergoes roughly an hour-long QA inspection.

The CEB-BR ships needed equipment to units throughout the world. Since the beginning of the Army's deployment to Kosovo, the unit has shipped more than 12,000 items. The soldiers typically contract for commercial trucking companies to move materiel to the port of embarkation. Several soldiers also travel to the ports to provide last-minute fixes that may be necessary. CEB-BR personnel also supply equipment for the Army's Prepositioned Equipment Afloat program, store and maintain two 10,000-man chemical defense equipment sets to send at a moment's notice to soldiers in Bosnia and Kosovo, and maintain a 53,000-man set for potential use by other US Army, Europe,

The two combat equipment bases in the Netherlands are part of AMC CEG-Europe, which is responsible for $1.7 billion worth of equipment Europe-wide.

During an April 2000 a no-notice readiness exercise spanning several days, the Combat Equipment Base-Brunssum, Netherlands [CEB-BR] was handed the mission to prepare some 30 20-foot containers filled with 10,000 chemical protective gear sets for SFOR troops on duty in Bosnia. For the exercise, CEB-BR allowed for three eight-hour days to complete the mission, but it can do a 24-hour turn around when we are not constrained by extra overtime labor costs.

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