ARMY FIELD SUPPORT BATTALION
As part of the Army’s force structure transformation, the Army Field Support Battalion-Drum transitioned from the 10th Logistics Support Element and activated as a permanent battalion in June 2009 under the 406th Army Field Support Brigade. The battalion is comprised of Active Duty Military, Department of the Army Civilians, and contractors who are dedicated to supporting the warfighter and the nation.
Army Field Support Battalion-Drum's mission is to serve as the single face to the field for U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) by synchronizing acquisition, logistics, and technology while embracing continuous improvement to enhance the combat readiness of the 10th Mountain Division, 18th Airborne Corps, as well as Reserve, and National Guard forces that execute operations across a nine state Area of Responsibility. Since December 2013, AFSBn-Drum assumed mission command of eight Logistics Readiness Centers (Carlisle, Devens, Dix, Hamilton, Picatinny, Natick, Polk, and West Point). On order, the battalion is capable of rapidly deploying an early entry module (Commander, Senior Enlisted Advisor, and Executive Officer), Brigade Logistics Support Teams (BLST) and Logistics Assistance Program (LAP) individuals in support of contingency operations.
The heart of the battalion continues to be the Logistics Assistance Representatives (LARs) assigned to the Army Life Cycle Management Commands: Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM), Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM), Tank-Armament and Automotive Command (TACOM), Joint Munitions Command (JMC) and the Army Sustainment Command (ASC). They are the critical AMC logistics operators both in garrison and while deployed. Most Soldiers on Fort Drum interact with the Army Field Support Battalion-Drum and AMC during equipment RESET and the New Equipment Training and Fielding processes.
Battalion BLSTs and LAP personnel have deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn in Iraq, and Hurricane Sandy Relief in New York and New Jersey. Teams and individuals continue to deploy in support of contingency operations worldwide.