Army Materiel Commanding General visits Panzer Kaserne

The Army Materiel Command Commander, Gen. Dennis L. Via and senior leaders visited U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s Logistics Readiness Center on Panzer Kaserne, Sept. 16, 2015 during a week-long tour through Europe. – U.S. Army Photo.

USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs Office

The Logistics Readiness Center Stuttgart welcomed Army Materiel Command senior leadership to U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s Panzer Kaserne in Böblingen, Germany Sept. 16 as part of a week-long tour through Europe.

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The Army Materiel Command Commander, Gen. Dennis L. Via and senior leaders visited with personnel Sept. 16, to view the services and facilities provided to the Stuttgart military community on Panzer Kaserne. – U.S. Army Photo.

The Logistics Readiness Center Stuttgart provides logistical support to U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart community members, such as property processing, accountability and shuttle bus services, just to name a few.

The AMC Commander, Gen. Dennis L. Via, Executive Deputy to the Commanding General, Lisha Adams, and Command Sgt. Maj. James K. Sims and members of his staff attended the visit joined by the 405th Army Field Support Brigade Commander Col. Todd Bertulis, and Command Sgt. Maj. Stanley Richards.

This visit gave the LRC the opportunity to inform senior leadership face-to-face on how they support customers and contribute to the senior commands’ mission and the military.

The tour began at the LRC headquarters for a brief introduction to employees and an overview of the community services that the LRC provides. The group continued on to view a few of the service facilities on Panzer Kaserne, namely the Vehicle Inspection Point and the Central Issue Facility.

The Vehicle Inspection Point has incurred some positive changes over the past quarter. USAG Stuttgart is the first to implement an online POV inspection appointment system in Europe which stemmed from problems with long lines and waiting lists during high in and out processing times. While in transition to the online system, the 405th AFSB also began a telephone hotline service for service members to make appointments until the online system common access card appointment system hosted through SharePoint was in full swing.

A $1.6 million renovation project is also in place to, most importantly for Stuttgart military community members, add a third vehicle inspection bay, and update the vehicle registration space. The U.S. Army Sustainment Command contributed $1.2 million to the garrison to aid in funding the project’s completion, which is currently in the design phase. The renovation is anticipated to be complete by the end of 2016.

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The Army Materiel Command Commander, Gen. Dennis L. Via visited the Logistics Readiness Center on Panzer Kaserne, Sept. 16, viewing the efficient, space saving storage system. – U.S. Army Photo.

The Central Issue Facility was the next stop, where the LRC Supplies and Services Division supports active duty military personnel with equipment for training and deployments. The CIF Stuttgart is unique in operation to other U.S. Army military bases because it services a joint military community, and also co-stores equipment with U.S. Marine Forces. In the last two years, the CIF installed a more efficient, space saving system eliminating the need for two additional storage warehouses that can now be used for other storage needs.

During the visit, Gen. Via recognized several LRC Stuttgart personnel for their dedicated service with coins and pins including Birgit Thompson, Darryl Frazier, T. C. James, D.J. Jackson, Bruce Brown, Chantay Dengel, Chan Lee, Tewolde Ygzaw and Karl-Heinz Mueller, Director of Logistics Readiness Center Stuttgart.

Departing Panzer Kaserne, the tour continued at the U.S. Africa Command headquarters at USAG Stuttgart’s Kelley Barracks meeting with senior leadership to conclude the day.

To view the photo album of AMC Commander, Gen. Dennis L. Via’s visit to USAG Stuttgart, click here.