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    Sagami Depot Logistics Task Force Commended for Support by the 40th Infantry Division Commander

    Sagami Depot Logistics Task Force Commended for Support by the 40th Infantry Division Commander

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Lani Pascual | U.S. Army Capt. Jacob Melendez, Sagami Depot’s Logistics Task Force...... read more read more

    SAGAMIHARA, JAPAN

    06.24.2021

    Story by 1st Lt. Abraham Gonzalezsilva 

    40th Infantry Division (Mech)

    Sagamihara, Japan — The 40th Infantry Division, based out of Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, California, commends the support provided by the Logistics Task Force at Sagami Depot during restriction of movement for Orient Shield 21-2, June 5-23, 2021. Due to COVID-19, Soldiers who enter Japan must complete a 14-day restriction of movement prior to participating in bilateral training.
    Historically, armies have won or lost wars as a result of logistical shortfalls. In the reality of today’s battlefield, a unit’s mission logistical support is vital. A Logistics Task Force supports the unit with everything it needs for life support. This support may be food, transportation, and basic daily supplies to successfully complete the mission.
    For Orient Shield 21-2, the support effort was further complicated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which caused U.S. Army logistics teams to completely rethink how to safely move and welcome personnel into Japan. For the 40th Infantry Division’s participation in the exercise, one logistics team operating out of Sagami Depot, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, stood out as the key player ensuring the unit could succeed.
    “Regardless of COVID-19, the Army would’ve had something like this at initial arrival as units come in, to get them briefed and prepped for the actual exercise,” said U.S. Army Capt. Jacob Melendez, Sagami Depot’s Logistics Task Force Officer-in-Charge. “We as the Logistics Task Force are here to support and to ensure that every unit’s needs are met,” said the Redondo Beach, California native.
    This Logistics Task Force team is just one piece of a network of Logistics Task Force located across Japan set up to in-process all the units participating in the several bilateral exercises.
    “We have multiple different exercises we support throughout the year: Orient Shield, Yama Sakura and Keen Edge. Different events require different exercise responsibilities,” Melendez said.
    U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Laura Yeager, commander of the 40th Infantry Division, thanked the Sagami Logistics Task Force leadership for their outstanding and attentive support to the unit and presented each of them the distinctive 40th Infantry Division challenge coin during a ceremony on June 16.
    “It’s always great to help your fellow Soldier. I think it’s important for the unit to get all the necessary assistance here in Japan, since they’re new,” said U.S. Army Master Sgt. Roberto Vieyra, Sagami Depot Logistics Task Force noncommissioned officer-in-charge. “That’s our job, to assist. Our team is more than happy to ensure that your mission is successful here in Japan.”

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    Date Taken: 06.24.2021
    Date Posted: 06.30.2021 17:37
    Story ID: 399946
    Location: SAGAMIHARA, JP 

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