Supporting SHAPE, Chièvres, Brussels, Brunssum – transport manager very proud of his team | Article
Name: Anthony Atkins
Job title: Head of Transport Division
Awarded: Benelux Logistics Readiness Center, 405th Army Field Support Brigade
Location: SHAPE, Belgium
Live: I have worked at LRC Benelux for six years. I started as a quality control inspector and a year later became a traffic manager. A few months later, I was promoted to Head of Transport Division, LRC Benelux. Before coming to Belgium, I was at the Space and Naval Warfare Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where I worked as a traffic manager and configuration specialist for five years.
Other Service: I served 24 years in the Air Force and retired as a Master Sergeant. My last active duty assignment was superintendent of the traffic management flight.
Hometown: Greenville, Alabama
Family: I have been married to my wife, Anne Marie, for almost 20 years, and have three sons and one daughter.
Q: Can you explain to us what are your functions at LRC Benelux?
A: I oversee four sites – SHAPE, Chièvres, Brussels, Brunssum – in all aspects of transport, with over 50 people working under my management. The transportation branch includes personal property, test drives, quality control, and transportation fleet. For example, the Personal Property Processing Office is responsible for advising and assisting all members of the community within the U.S. Army Garrison Benelux footprint – which includes the four areas I mentioned – with their household goods, unaccompanied baggage, non-temporary storage and personal belongings. Vehicles. They ensure that members of our community are well-informed and aware of their rights, whether it concerns their views, storage or shipments – anything relating to personal property. For our fleet of transport vehicles, we have a fleet of non-tactical vehicles that supports the entire USAG Benelux community. We also have seven heavy armored vehicles that support distinguished guests, flag officers and important visitors, such as special delegates in Brussels, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and even the US President during his visit. For driving tests, in the Netherlands, we are authorized to issue host country licenses to members of our community. In Belgium, we help our customers with training and provide them with the instructions they will need to receive their licenses directly from the Belgian government. Of course, safety is the most important thing when it comes to driving in our community. Our primary goal is always to help our community members better understand the rules of the road here to help keep them safe.
Q: Why is your mission at LRC Benelux so important?
A: We do our best to support the USAG Benelux community and help make life a little easier for members of our community while stationed overseas. Some members of our community have never been outside the United States, but we work hard to make their transition here as smooth as possible and their life here as productive, enjoyable, and satisfying as possible. We achieve this by providing them with the best transportation services possible. I think our mission is extremely vital. We are here to help ease their transition concerns when they come here and when they leave.
Q: What do you like about your job and what motivates you?
A: I love seeing people smile based on the service we provide them. Even during the times when they are not always smiling, my team and I will continue to work extremely hard to help find other ways to help them and to make sure they are well supported. I am extremely proud of what we do and feel great when we receive positive feedback from members of our community. I’m only as good as the people around me and I have a great team that I’m very proud to serve with. I try to tell them how much I appreciate them as much as possible. I understand that I am here only because of the soldiers and their families, and I love what I do.
LRC Benelux and 405th AFSB: LRC Benelux is one of seven LRCs under the command and control of the 405th AFSB. LRC performs facility logistics support and services to include supply, maintenance and transportation as well as operations of apparel distribution facilities, hazardous materials management, personal property and household goods, passenger travel, non-tactical vehicle and garrison equipment management, and property book operations. When it comes to providing day-to-day installation services, LRC Benelux directs, manages and coordinates a variety of operations and activities in support of USAG Benelux.
LRC Benelux reports to the 405th AFSB, which is assigned to the US Army Sustainment Command and under the operational control of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, US Army Europe and Africa. The brigade is headquartered in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and provides material support to U.S. forces throughout Europe and Africa – providing theater support logistics; synchronize acquisition, logistics and technology; and leveraging the U.S. Army Materiel Command Materiel Enterprise to support joint forces. For more information on the 405th AFSB, visit official site and the official facebook website.