DVIDS – News – Cameroonian now Army Supply Specialist Says ‘Sky’s the Limit’ at LRC Stuttgart


Name: Richard Alabeh

Job Title: General Procurement Specialist

Assigned: Stuttgart Logistics Readiness Center, 405th Army Field Support Brigade

Location: Panzer Kaserne, Stuttgart, Germany

Experience: I started working at LRC Stuttgart about four years ago. I worked in the Property Books Office for the first two and a half years, then accepted a promotion and assumed my current position as General Procurement Specialist at LRC Stuttgart. Before working here, I worked as a cashier for about a year at the Exchange on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart. Before that, I was studying at a university in Stuttgart where I obtained a master’s degree in natural resource management.

Hometown: Buea, Cameroon

Family: I have been married to my wife, Antoinette, for 11.5 years. We have a daughter, Empress-Liv, who will be 3 in September.

Q: Can you explain what you do as a general supply specialist at LRC Stuttgart?

A: I am the holder of a $25,000 government acquisition card for LRC Stuttgart. With the GPC, I receive acquisition requests from various directorates and sections, such as the Transportation Motor Pool, Central Issue Facility, Drivers Testing and Training Station and more. I receive their requests and then talk to the sellers to make the transactions happen. When I receive the supplies or equipment ordered, I contact the requesters and arrange pick-up or delivery. I also use an online accounting and procurement system tool that we are required to use by policy. For example, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to order medical masks using only this system. We couldn’t buy the masks on the economy with a GPC. When I started working in this position, I set up the operation of this online accounting and procurement system at LRC Benelux. It had never been used here before, and since then I have also trained other procurement specialists in the use of the system.

Q: Why is your position at LRC Stuttgart so important?

A: My position is important because orders for equipment, office supplies and work orders go through me. Without me, the accounting system would not work. Every organization should have a system of checks and balances. I am part of this system for LRC Stuttgart. When something needs to be ordered, the billing manager will provide an authorization signature, but the procurement process is entirely handled by me. This helps establish accountability. We are required to properly account for all government funding and assets, and I participate in this process. When one of the directorates or sections of LRC Stuttgart needs supplies or equipment, it is up to me to decide. They don’t know where I got this from. All they want to see are the supplies and equipment they need to complete all their tasks and missions. And I make it happen.

Q: What do you like about your job and what motivates you?

A: Working in logistics is exactly what I want to be. I really like that. There is no organization or business today that functions effectively without good logistics. By working for the US government, you have many opportunities for growth – not just to grow, but to gain more knowledge and exploit new opportunities. When your supervisors and leaders see that you are doing everything right, they will let you know. And they will also correct you when you are not. This is also where you grow and gain knowledge. The sky is the limit, but it’s up to you. If you have the knowledge and the will, no one can ever take it away from you.

LRC-Stuttgart and 405th AFSB: LRC Stuttgart is one of seven LRCs under the command and control of the 405th AFSB. LRCs perform facility logistics support and services to include supply, maintenance, transportation and food service management as well as apparel distribution facility operations, hazardous materials management, personal and household goods, passenger movement, and management of non-tactical vehicles and garrison equipment. When it comes to providing day-to-day installation services, LRC Stuttgart directs, manages, and coordinates a variety of operations and activities in support of U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart. LRC Stuttgart 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 the official website at www.afsbeurope.army.mil and the official Facebook site at www.facebook.com/405thAFSB.

Date taken: 25.02.2022
Date posted: 25.02.2022 04:18
Story ID: 415283
Hometown: BUEA, CM

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