DVIDS – News – LRC Italy CIF Manager Says Mission at His ‘South of the Alps’ Facility Is Unlike Any Other in the Army
Name: Huseyin Kara
Job title: Responsible for the property book and responsible for the central issuing establishment
Assigned: Logistics Readiness Center Italy, 405th Army Field Support Brigade
Location: Lerino Compound, Vicenza, Italy
Experience: I’ve been working at LRC Italy for over six years, but this is my second time here. I did this same job at LRC Italy for over seven years prior, leaving in 2011. Between those two assignments, I was at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, for over four years working for the Central Management Office in as a regional representative supporting seven CIFs.
Other Service: I served 19 years in the military as an active duty soldier and supply specialist before deciding to take an early retirement option that the military was offering at the time. I retired as a sergeant first class eligible for promotion.
Hometown: Vicenza, Italy
Family: I have a daughter, Emma, who just turned 20.
Q: Can you explain what your duties are at LRC Italy?
A: I lead a team responsible for providing organizational support for individual clothing and equipment to thousands of US military forces south of the Alps. Our CIF is very unique. We are probably the only CIF in the army that, in addition to supporting a few thousand soldiers locally, here in Vicenza, also supports more than 500 military with remote operations. They’re posted to places like Turkey, Spain, Romania, Bulgaria, and other countries — and just like Amazon does — we ship their gear to them. These include, for example, US embassy attachés and soldiers assigned to the southern battalion of the allied forces of the US army’s NATO brigade. And our customers aren’t just the military either. We also support other services. For example, we have interservice agreements to support the Navy in Naples and Sigonella, Italy.
Q: Why is your mission at LRC Italy so important?
A: Besides everything I just mentioned, our main client is the 173rd Airborne Brigade, which is actually located in three different locations. And for that reason, again, our CIF operations are very unique. We will often go to them to provide materials instead of them coming to us. And the 173rd Airborne Brigade, at any time, can be called upon to deploy in 48 hours or less. It is our duty and our responsibility to provide them with the equipment they need when they need it, sometimes without notice. When you compare a 173rd Airborne Soldier and a Garrison Assigned Soldier, who both receive our CIF gear, the gear wash rate for the 173rd Airborne Soldier is approximately 1000% higher due to wear and tear extreme and higher than normal equipment damage rates. When you support 3,000 combat troops of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, that is equivalent to supporting 10,000 non-combat troops.
Q: What do you like about your job and what motivates you?
A: I’ve had opportunities for promotion, but I love my job and what I do every day. I wouldn’t change it for a higher rank or higher salary or anything. When I worked at Aberdeen Proving Ground, I was behind a computer all day and saw no soldiers. But here, I interact with soldiers every day, every hour. We provide them with good service and quality equipment, and I get a high level of satisfaction from that. I enjoy interacting with soldiers face to face every day and supporting them.
LRC Italy and 405th AFSB: LRC Italy is one of seven LRCs under the command and control of the 405th AFSB. LRCs perform facility logistics support and services to include supply, maintenance, transportation and food service management as well as apparel distribution facility operations, hazardous materials management, personal property and household items, passenger movement, management of non-tactical vehicles and garrison equipment, and property book operations. When it comes to providing day-to-day installation services, LRC Italy directs, manages and coordinates a variety of operations and activities in support of USAG Italy.
LRC Italy falls under the 405th AFSB, which is assigned to the US Army Sustainment Command and under the operational control of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, US Army Europe and Africa. The brigade is headquartered in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and provides material support to U.S. forces throughout Europe and Africa – providing theater support logistics; synchronize acquisition, logistics and technology; and leveraging the U.S. Army Materiel Command Materiel Enterprise 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.
|Date posted:||15.04.2022 00:56|
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