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Sanem, Luxembourg
Central Regional Storage Facility [CRSF]
4932'53"N 555'44"E

Sanem Luxembourg is a Forward Support Location [FSL] dedicated to War Reserve Materiel [WRM] storage. Combat Equipment Group - Europe [CEG-E], through Combat Equipment Battalion - Luxembourg [CEB-LU], stores U.S. Air Force equipment on a reimbursable basis at Sanem, which is a sub-facility of Bettenbourg. The distribution of War Reserve Materiel assets such as Bare Base from centralized storage sites also constituted a success story. Centrally stored WRM at Sanem, Luxembourg and other locations proved a valuable, cost-effective way to maintain equipment and vehicles, and ensure their availability to meet contingency tasking.

Per request from the Central Tank Management Office at Hill AFB, IMAs were used in support of the (CTMO) to determine the serviceability of the Air Force's War Reserve Material (WRM) fuel tank stockpile. The scope of this deployment was to open and inspect a sample of their 300 gallon and 370 gallon tank kits. The nine-member reserve deployed to Misawa AB from September 8th through September 30th, 2000. This operation is ongoing, requiring deployments to Kadena AB Japan, Osan AB Korea, and four deployments to Sanem Luxembourg. The team was inspecting 251 fuel tanks, 18 million dollars worth of assets. Estimated completion of this tasking was spring of 2002.

An advance party team of Air Force Reserve Ammunition Team (AFRAT) leadership and the Air Force Central Tank Management Office specialists arrived in Luxembourg the day before the Sept 11th attacks. Events of Sept 11th canceled the Sept 15th main party deployment, leaving the advance party stranded with mission requirements to be completed, none of the 8 main party members/workers available, and unable to get transportation back to the US. While experiencing the events taking place in the US for nearly two weeks from that remote overseas location, and working alongside local civilian and active-duty support personnel, these advance party members took the "bull by the horns", rolled-up there sleeves, donned coveralls, and got after the external aircraft fuel tank inspection and repair work originally planned for the main party at the Sanem depot.

Knowing the importance of these USAFE assets to a US terrorist response, they began working extended days while monitoring the situation developing in US and looking forward to finding transportation back to the US. As an example, these leaders were able to accomplished 90 % of the workload originally scheduled for the main party. Before leaving they managed to classify 15ea 600 gal tanks (90 tanks overall) to CCA. Ten other containers, and the 60 fuel tanks contained within them, were rejected and sent to disposal because of corrosion and found standing water within the containers. Other containers did not contain components needed to configure a tank. Nearly one third of the containerized tanks inspected were discarded as unserviceable. In some cases parts were cannibalized between containers to arrive at serviceable assets. All assets inspected/repaired WERE being tracked as serviceable CCA assets. Value of the assets inspected: $1.7M serviceable. $1.3M unserviceable. What they were able to inspect/repair was only a small percentage of the tank assets at Senem.

Of special note is just before the team left to return to the US, Sanem received a tasking to supply tanks for the US response. Tanks inspected/repaired by this team were supplied to meet the tasking. Had this team not been there just before, warfighters would have received a number of CC-A unusable tanks..

The 435th Materiel Maintenance Squadron had an opportunity to show off their newest asset, the "550 I" Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resources base kit, at US Air Forces in Europe's Central Regional Storage Facility in Sanem, Luxembourg, in November 2003. The kit, known as "tent city," is the first of its kind to be delivered in the US Air Force. The squadron expected to have four "tent cities," plus six related kits ready to be deployed by the year 2007.

The U.S. Air Force has chosen Luxembourg as the home for its new war reserve kits. This investment shows how strong the ties remain between the two countries - ties that were forged during World War II, ties between both governments and individuals. The upgraded kits will eventually replace the Harvest Eagle kits currently being used by the US Air Force downrange.

One of the biggest improvements is that the tents can now be assembled by four people instead of 12. Other improvements include more natural lighting and better ventilation, more compact shipping capability and more efficient environmental control of the tents."

Members from the 435th MMS and 435th Construction Training Squadron, together with personnel assigned to the Warehouse Services Agency, spent three days building the kits, which include lodging, dining, shower and latrine units to accommodate 550 people downrange.

The CRSF facility employs more than 100 WSA civilians working together with service members from the 435th MMS. This is USAFE's main War Reserve Materiel hub.



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