CHABELLEY AIRFIELD, Djibouti – When the 435th Air Expeditionary Wing command team wanted the life support services at the Chabelley airfield base in Djibouti to be more flexible and efficient, they turned to the 405th Army Field Support Brigade and its civilian logistics augmentation program for support.
Although the formal transition from Airfield Base Life Support, or BLS, to 405th AFSB LOGCAP will not take place until March 2022, work to provide more than 20 BLS services through a strong proposal and clearly defined were launched, and a first LOGCAP contractor assessment was carried out in November.
Some of the essential services that LOGCAP will provide are utility operations to include power generation and distribution, catering services via a full-service dining room, bulk water, facility maintenance and utilities. fuel and petroleum operations.
“With LOGCAP, the end user has a single focal point for all contractual issues,” said James Wilkerson, a 405th AFSB LOGCAP Africa support contractor. “If there are any issues with the contract, they will go through me first as a strategic planner for LOGCAP. “
“One of the advantages of LOGCAP, if a service is already activated – for example, you are maintaining 10 buildings and suddenly need to add two to the list – we can quickly expand existing services within 24 hours. time. “said Wilkerson, who served 21 years in the military and retired as a senior noncommissioned officer.” We can easily and quickly execute a letter of technical direction to increase or decrease service. “
“That alone provides much needed and required flexibility to the end user in the field,” said Wilkerson, who is located in Djibouti, Africa, at Camp Lemonnier and assigned to Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa.
For example, a generator explodes and the field commander needs a new generator immediately. He cannot wait six months for a new generator to pass through normal supply circuits because the mission is impacted.
“With LOGCAP, we can revise the contract at any time and have the generator replaced immediately – 48 hours by air, for example, or a few weeks by land,” Wilkerson said.
Being able to provide immediate flexibility as the requirements change supporting the order is what LOGCAP brings to the table – quality services, more flexibility and faster response times, he said. declared.
“By having this flexibility, it helps reduce logistics burdens,” said James Wilkerson, a 405th AFSB LOGCAP Africa support contractor.
The Civilian Logistics Augmentation Program, or LOGCAP, is a preferred source of strategic supply to the military for support and sustainment services for basic operations. LOGCAP services can include everything from laundry and catering to recreation, maintenance, power generation, information technology, medical services, physical security, and more.
The 405th AFSB is assigned to the US Army Sustainment Command and under the operational control of the 21th Theater Sustainment Command, of the US Army Europe and Africa. The brigade is headquartered in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and provides corporate materiel support to US forces throughout Europe and Africa – providing theater support logistics; synchronize procurement, logistics and technology; and leverage the US Army Materiel Command material business to support joint forces. For more information on the 405th AFSB, visit the official website at www.afsbeurope.army.mil and the official Facebook site at www.facebook.com/405thAFSB.