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A Group is a brigade-sized unit normally commanded by a Colonel. Combat service support brigades and groups are organized to control non-divisional units for corps and larger units. Engineer, air defense artillery, signal, aviation, military police, and transportation brigades are typical of such units. They may also be the building blocks of large unit support such as corps support commands and of combat support commands such as engineer commands. Divisions are supported by an organic brigade-sized support command of mixed combat service support battalions and companies.

Area Support Group

Area Support Groups provide command, control, communications and Base Operations support to assigned and attached units. Area Support Group were formed with the realignment of USAREUR communities in October 1991 from separate US Military Community Activities (USMCAs or MILCOMs) to the present Area Support Group and Base Support Battalion structure. The ASG ensures physical security and force protection; manage terrain for exercises and training; provide marshaling and staging areas, and control reception and onward movemen. The ASG also provides damage control and recovery due to crisis, war or natural disaster and provide direct combat service support in the form of housing, real property maintenance, and morale, welfare and recreation support for units located in or passing through the Area of Responsibility. On order, operational control of the ASG passes to the Theater Army Area Command to support deployment of tenant and/or transient units, and reception, staging, onward-movement and integration (RSOI). To expand Base Operations to support contingency operations, the ASG has command and control over the United States Army Intermediate Staging Base (ISB), which is the main staging area for the reception, staging, and onward movement of all troops passing through the area of operations (AO).

Combat Equipment Group

Combat Equipment Group - Europe [CEG-E] currently is managed by the Army War Reserve Support Command, which is subordinate to the Industrial Operations Command (IOC). The IOC, in turn, is subordinate to the Army Materiel Command. CEG-E has it's headquarters located in Kerkrade, The Netherlands, with three Combat Equipment Battalions (CEBs) and seven Combat Equipment Companies (CEC sites). The CEBs are located in Livorno, Italy; Bettembourg, Luxembourg; and Coevorden, The Netherlands. The CEC sites are located in Livorno, Italy; Bettembourg, Luxembourg; Zutendaal, Belgium; and Bunssum, Coevorden, Eygleshoven and Vriezenveen, The Netherlands.

CEG-E is responsible for Army Prepositioned Stocks (APS) -- formerly known as POMCUS -- configured to unit sets, and operational project stocks, as well as sustainment stocks associated with them. Equipment is stored in unit sets (i.e., all the equipment required to equip a company, for example) rather than by commodity so that, in theory, units from the United States can more easily draw equipment. Currently, CEG-E manages APS-2 stocks sufficient to equip three brigades, and a number of operational project stocks such as bridging equipment, and is in the process of shipping its excess stocks to other APS locations around the globe.

In addition, CEG-E is accountable for equipment stored in Bardufoss, Norway, belonging to a self-propelled field artillery unit of the Minnesota National Guard. This unit forms part of a four-nation NATO Composite-Force (other contributors are Germany, Norway, and Canada) and conducts regular training with this equipment located 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle. CEG-E is also accountable for the management of Class V stocks in Israel. This ammunition package is known as War Reserve Stocks Allies - Israel (WRSA-1). Finally, CEG-E also stores U.S. Air Force equipment on a reimbursable basis at Sanem, Luxembourg.

The mission of the Combat Equipment Group-Asia (CEG-A) is to oversee and manage operations related to Army Prepositioned Stocks afloat (APS-3), and APS-5. The CEG-A operates logistics support facilities for the storage, maintenance, modification, and related support of all classes of supply, less class VIII (medical). In March 1996, the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) directed the formation of a management structure designated as the Army War Reserve Support Command (AWRSPTCMD) for all APS assets. The AWRSPTCMD, a sub-command of the U.S. Army Industrial Operations Command (IOC) with headquarters at Rock Island, Illinois, has instituted a command and control element for APS-3 and APS-5 stocks called the Combat Equipment Group - Asia, located at Charleston, SC. CEG-A consists of an APS-3 equipment maintenance facility - formerly Combat Equipment Base-Afloat Charleston, SC), Combat Equipment Base-Southwest Asia (Qatar/Kuwait), Combat Equipment Base-Northeast Asia (Korea/Japan/Hawaii), and Combat Equipment Base-North Atlantic (Hythe, England), formerly called Hythe Army Depot Activity (HYDA).


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