AFSBn-Carson continuously coordinates, integrates, and synchronizes sustainment level capabilities in order to provide logistics support operations to 4ID and Fort Carson, Reserves, and National Guard Units in the designated area of influence; when directed, AFSBn-Carson deploys to provide mission command of assigned capabilities.
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Lt. Col. Gerard Acosta was born in the Panama Canal Zone, Panama. In 1999, he graduated from the University of South Florida, and was commissioned as an infantry officer, branch detailed Quartermaster.
After completing the Infantry Officer Basic Course, he initially served as the assistant brigade S4, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (IBCT), and later as a mortar platoon leader, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (SBCT), Fort Lewis, Washington.
After the Quartermaster Transition Course, Acosta served as the Battalion S4, Special Troops Battalion, I Corps, and later attended the Combined Logistics Captain Career Course. His following assignment was as an aide de camp to Brig. Gen. Robert Radin, Combined Forces Land Component Command, C4/Commanding General, Army Materiel Command, Southwest Asia, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
Concluding his deployment, he returned to Fort Lewis to serve as the Group S3 plans officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 593rd Sustainment Brigade and later assumed command of the 24th Quartermaster Company, 80th Ordnance Battalion. Concluding a 14-month Operation Iraqi Freedom combat deployment with 24th Quartermasters Company, Acosta served as a congressional fellow for Senator Chambliss and later Senate Armed Services Committee for the 110th/ 111th Congress, Washington DC.
Concluding his congressional fellowship program, Acosta served as the brigade S3 chief of plans, 4th Brigade Combat Team (ABN), 25th Infantry Division, and later as the battalion operations and battalion executive officer for the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion (ABN). Concluding an Operation Enduring Freedom combat deployment with the 4th Battalion, 25th BCT (ABN), Acosta served as a CENTCOM J5 security cooperation officer/ joint logistics planner, United States Embassy, Cairo, Egypt.
Most recently, He served as the Division G4 (Forward), 4th Infantry Division Mission Command Element, Germany.
Acosta is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Infantry Bradley Leaders Course, Infantry Mortar Leaders Course, Combined Logistics Captain Career Course, Petroleum Officer Course, Defense Security Cooperation Agency Planners Course, Airborne School, and Air Assault School. Acosta holds a Doctorate Degree in Economics from Walden University, Graduate Degree in Legislative Studies from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from the University of South Florida.
Acosta’s awards include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. Acosta is further certified as a Demonstrated Master Logistician by the Society of Logistics Engineers.
Master Sergeant Michael J Drake II assumed duties as the Army Field Support Battalion Carson Senior Enlisted Advisor, 407th Army Field Support Brigade, in September 2016.
A native of Worland, WY, Master Sergeant (MSG) Michael Drake entered the United States Army in September 1995 and completed Basic Training at Ft Jackson, South Carolina. He graduated from Advanced Individual Training at Ft Jackson, South Carolina as a Light Wheel Vehicle Mechanic.
MSG Drake’s assignments include: B Co 16th Signal BN, Ft Hood, TX; HHC 226th Medical Logistics BN, 3rd Medical Brigade, Miesau Germany; DSTB, 1st Calvary Division, Ft Hood, TX; PM Heavy Tactical Vehicles Ft Hood, TX; 225th Brigade Support BN, 2BCT, 25th ID, Schofield Barracks, HI; 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, Ft. Carson, CO; 2-4 General Support BN, 4th Combat Aviation BDE, Ft. Carson, CO; Army Field Support Battalion-Carson, Ft Carson, CO.
MSG Drake’s duty positions include: Squad Leader, Recovery NCOIC, Training NCO, Maintenance Supervisor, Senior Maintenance Supervisor , Equal Opportunity Leader, Unit Prevention Leader, Instructor/Writer, Maintenance Management NCO, Platoon Sergeant, Operations Sergeant, First Sergeant, Maintenance Operations NCO, and Senior Enlisted Advisor.
MSG Drake’s military and civilian education include: Recovery Course, Warrior Leader Course, Unit Prevention Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, Equal Opportunity Leader Course, Total Army Instructor Trainer Course, Combat Life Saver Course, Senior Leader Course, First Sergeant Academy and the Unit Safety Officer Course. MSG Drake is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science.
MSG Drake’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star (3OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (4OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4OLC), Military Outstanding Voluntary Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, and Army Superior Unit Award (1OLC).
Although AFSBn-Carson was only established as a permanent battalion in accordance with Permanent Order 198-01 on 4 October 2009, the predecessors and history can be traced back to the 1940s. In the 1940s, the Army hired technical experts termed Civilian Master Mechanics through the Army’s Technical Services with the purpose of conducting hardware and equipment repairs. In the 1950s, the role of the Civilian Master Mechanics expanded to include teaching, advising and supply assistance, much like the Logistics Assistance Representatives (LAR) of today. With this expanded requirement, they were also renamed as Mechanical or Equipment Advisors.
With the activation of Army Materiel Command (AMC) in 1962, the advisors were aligned under the Technical Service Program and organized under Customer Assistance Offices (CAO) headed by Colonels located at worldwide locations in most areas of strategic interest. In the 1970s, the roles and missions of the CAO expanded to include supply support, management of modification work orders and select item management. With this expansion, they were also redesignated as Logistics Assistance Offices (LAO).
The Army began aligning LAOs with maneuver divisions in the 1980s to support projected tactical requirements in a large scale ground campaign with the primary role of providing divisional units reach back capability to the Army’s large industrial complex. The term LAO was used to indicate LARs working in a garrison environment while the term Logistics Support Element (LSE) was adopted to denote an LAO deployed with LARS and AMC civilian contractors operating on the battlefield. This structure would remain virtually unchanged over the next decade of providing support to the Warfighter.
Following Operation Desert Storm in 1991, the Department of the Army consolidated all Army war reserve stocks, including former theater reserves, into five regional materiel stockpiles; CONUS, Europe, Pacific, Southwest Asia, and Afloat. A new subordinate organization, the Army War Reserve Support Command (later redesignated the Army Field Support Command), was created in October 1996 to command and control all APS sets worldwide. The Department of the Army established the Army War Reserve Support Command (AWRSPTCMD) to serve as the Army's centralized executing agent for all Army Prepositioned Stocks (APS). The Command officially stood up on November 25, 1996. The AWRSPTCMD began organizing and implementing the Army prepositioned stocks mission through its worldwide field organizational network. The AWRSPTCMD transitioned to the Field Support Command (FSC) on 31 March 2000. The US Army Field Support Command (FSC), headquarters located at Rock Island, Illinois, was a one-star command that reported to the Commander, Operations Support Command. Within FSC, there were six subordinate organizations -- AMC-CONUS, AMC Forward-Europe, AMC Forward-Far East, and AMC Forward-Southwest Asia plus AMC Combat Equipment Group-Europe (AMC CEG-E)and AMC Combat Equipment Group-Afloat (AMC CEG-A), each headed by a command-designated Colonel, who reports directly to the Commander, Field Support Command.
During Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, FSC has continued to mature into its role as the logistics integrator for all theaters. The growth was most obvious in Southwest Asia as the brigades headquartered at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait and Balad, Iraq steadily continued to expand in mission, size, and execution. On 1 October 2004, four AMC forward units were redesignated as Army Field Support Brigades (AFSB); this included AFSB-SWA (now 401st AFSB), Iraq (now 402d AFSB in Kuwait), Europe (now 405th AFSB), and Far East (now 403d AFSB). In addition, in March 2005, AFSBs CONUS East and CONUS West were formed out of the former AMC-CONUS to provide support to forces stationed in within the US. CONUS East (now 406th AFSB) established operations at Ft Bragg, NC while CONUS West (now 407th AFSB) set up at Ft. Hood.
With the expanding role for FSC, AMC consolidated command and control by assigning the LAOs in CONUS to the AFSB in their respective areas of operation. At the same time FSC units supporting the development and deployment of Stryker units from Ft. Lewis transformed into AFSB Stryker, later redesignated AFSB Pacific (now 404th AFSB). Official names changes caught up with rapid transformation in August 2005. By the end of FY 2005 AFSC had seven AFSBs providing support to forces in the field. Only AFSB CONUS East and West were completely new - the other five Brigades were simply transformations from the AMC Forward or LSE configuration.
One of the most significant challenges facing FSC was the maintenance and accountability of Left Behind Equipment (LBE) and force generation requirements to meet demands of the theater Combatant Commander. To leverage existing CONUS based structures and synchronize other AMC entities in support of the growing LBE and force generation missions, AMC redesignated the LAOs as provisional battalions. On 7 June 2006, the colors of the newly designated battalions were uncased as were the official colors of the redesignated 407th AFSB (formerly AFSB CONUS-West). As the first provisional Army Field Support Battalion activated, the LAO at Fort Carson received the designation 1/407th AFSB and picked up the tag line “Always First”.
On 1 October, 2006 The US Army Sustainment Command (ASC) activated and the US Army Field Support Command was inactivated. More than a name change; the unit transformed and gained missions to become the CONUS Theater Support Command while also maintaining the seven globally deployed and CONUS based Army Field Support Brigades.
On 1 June 2008, 1/407th AFSB was redesignated as AFSBn-Carson (Provisional). The provisional designation was changed on 4 October 2009 with the establishment of the AFSBns as permanent in accordance with permanent order 198-01. AFSBn-Carson’s structure, through Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12), includes Brigade Logistics Support Teams (BLST) direct support to each of the four Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs) of the 4th Infantry Division, a BLST designated for the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Ft. Sill, Oklahoma) and the Logistics Support Team (LST), Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.
Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) brings change to AFSBn-Carson with the addition of a fifth BLST, based at Fort Carson, in direct support of the Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), 4ID. This BLST, authorized on the FY13 TDA with an effective date of 04 October, 2012, incorporates the traditional BLST Chief and LMS structure, with additional skilled Army Aviation and Missile Lifecycle Management Command (AMCOM) LARs specific to the unique needs of the varying airframes and aviation specific systems found across today’s modular CAB. AFSBn-Carson officially established the CAB BLST on 04 January 2013. With the addition of the CAB BLST, AFSBn-Carson’s authorized structure now includes five BLSTs in direct support of 4th Infantry Division brigades, one BLST in direct support of 39th IBCT and the LST at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.
Single Soldier Housing Office: 719-526-9709
The Single Soldier Housing Office (SSHO) is located in building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. The Directorate of Public Works (DPW) Housing Division manages the SSHO. Unit leaders continue to lead Soldiers who live in the barracks. Unit leaders continue to be responsible for good order and discipline. The SSHO augments unit leaders by managing the barracks. Single Soldiers and unit leaders should contact the SSHO with questions associated with the barracks and call the SSHO to submit service requests for room repairs.