Although Army Field Support Battalion-Carson (AFSBn-Carson) was only established as a permanent battalion in accordance with Permanent Order 198-01 on Oct. 4, 2009, the predecessors and history can be traced back to the 1940s. In the 1940s, the Army hired technical experts called 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.
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.
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.
During Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, FSC 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 Oct. 1, 2004, four AMC forward units were redesignated as Army Field Support Brigades (AFSB); this included AFSB-SWA (now 401st AFSBlocated in Kuwait), 402nd AFSB currently in transition from Kuwait to Hawaii; 405th AFSB headquartered in Europe, and 403rd AFSB in Korea. 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 U.S. CONUS East (now 406th AFSB) established operations at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, while CONUS West (now 407th AFSB) set up at Fort Hood, Texas.
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. On June 7, 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 Oct. 1, 2006 The U.S. Army Sustainment Command (ASC) activated and the U.S. 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 June 1, 2008, 1/407th AFSB was redesignated as AFSBn-Carson (Provisional). The provisional designation was changed Oct. 4, 2009 with the establishment of the AFSBns as permanent in accordance with permanent order 198-01. AFSBn-Carson’s structure, through fiscal 2012, included brigade logistics support teams (BLST) in 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 (Fort Sill, Oklahoma) and the logistics support team (LST), Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Due to logical proximity, on April 1, 2015, LST-Sill was detached from AFSBn-Carson and reassigned under AFSBn-Hood. This move facilitated timely support to the customer base and expedited reporting.
In 2015, the 4th Infantry Division reorganized. In support of this reorganization, AFSBn-Carson also reorganized and implemented the area logistics support team (ALST) to support the 4th Sustainment Brigade and the remaining separate battalions on Fort Carson.