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    AFSBn-Afghanistan bids farewell to commander

    “It has been 373 days since being in country,” said Robinson during his comments. “There were days that I counted to the end, but not nearly as many days as the Blacksmith team made count across the Combined Joint Operation Area-Afghanistan.
    Robinson addressed the Soldiers, civilians, contractors and his guest, thanking all for his success as the battalion commander and for their support.

    “It’s been a true pleasure serving the First Team [1st Theater Sustainment Command],” said Robinson.

    During his comments he also thanks Col. Michael Lalor, commander of the 1st Armored Division Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade for his support. The AFSBn-Afghanistan and the 1st AD RSSB works hand-in-hand to complete tough logistical issues across the CJOA-A.

    “Col. Lalor, thank you for the guidance and adding us as part of the Muleskinner wagon train,” said Robinson.
    During his tenure, Robinson’s battalion modernized vehicles for U.S. military and coalition forces; as well as provided materiel support to more than 22 locations across Afghanistan. Through the technical and tactical skill of his command, Soldiers, civilians, contrators, and coalition forces were able to drive upgraded vehicles, communicate on tactical radios, utilize properly functioning weapons, and have computers and printing capabilities.
    “Under Lt. Col. Robinson’s watch, this battalion worked tirelessly to integrate and synchronize all of the Army Material Command’s capabilities to the Army, joint, and coalition forces within the CJOA-A,” said Col. Carmelia J. Scott-Skillern, commander of the 401st AFSB.
    The AFSBn-Afghanistan is a battalion which consist of more than 2,500 Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians and contractors, which is headquarters at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.
    “You have provided mission command of two logistic task force elements, two brigade logistic support teams, the maintenance contact teams, and seven maintenance support teams that provided the Army enterprise sustainment to all units in the battlespace; as well as to the theater reserve force set, route clearance package, and engineer equipment park,” said Scott-Skillern.
    Scott-Skillern thanked Robinson for fostering a positive command climate and for treating his team with dignity and respect as his fulfilled his tough and diverse mission.
    Robinson will continue his service near Washington, D.C., where he will continue to work logistical operations across the Department of the Army.
    After Scott-Skillern completed her closing comments, Knieriem had a few words for the Soldiers, civilian, contractors, and guest.
    “Thank you Lt. Col. Robinson for your outstanding transition,” Knieriem stated during his opening remarks as the new AFSBn-Afghanistan commander.
    “To the Soldiers and civilian of the AFSbn- Afghanistan Family, thank you for the warm welcome,” said Knieriem. “I know that I will be counting on each of you to ensure we lead this organization well with dignity and respect. I would be remised if I did not mention our support networks back home, our Families who keep us going every day.”
    As the ceremony came to an end, Knieriem had one final thing to say.
    “Team, my philosophy is simple and only five words, ‘Do what’s right, support others’,” said Knieriem. Thank you and I am looking forward to meeting and working with each of you on the many challenges ahead.



    Date Taken: 08.03.2017
    Date Posted: 08.16.2017 00:54
    Story ID: 244979
    Location: AF

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