Multiple Reserve units provide unique capabilities to austere European exercise

By Maj. Marvin Baker | 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command | April 21, 2016

April 20, 2016 — For the Army Reserve, the test will be primarily with the 364th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), a Marysville, Wash. based Army Reserve unit, as the lead sustainment command deployed in the theater of operations.
 
The 364th ESC is a deployable expeditionary command that manages the Army’s supply systems in conjunction with other logistics, transportation, and personnel units. The ESC provides theater-level logistics command and control for the theater commander. 

During Anakonda 16, the ESC will lead active component and National Guard sustainment units in addition to Army Reserve Soldiers who will conduct theater opening activities such as receiving all material coming into Polish sea and airports headed to nearly 27,000 joint service members deployed across Poland for this three-week exercise, said Capt. Trista Budzynski of the 364th ESC’s logistics section. 

The Army’s supply systems work well in the continental United States or in long-established areas of operations Budzynski said.  

“However, we will be doing this mission in austere conditions,” Budzynski said. “That means we have to think about our work in a different way than we have during our past deployments. We will not be on an established forward operations base. We will have to establish our own life support systems,” she added.