409th CSB relocates to Sembach

Story and photo by Rachel Clark
409th Contracting Support Brigade

The 409th Contracting Support Brigade is moving its headquarters operations to Sembach Kaserne.

Throughout the month of October, 409th CSB personnel relocated to a building on the former air base. The move is part of the Army transformation directed by U.S. Army Europe.

Sgt. 1st Class John Hickman, 409th Contracting Support Brigade, unpacks files in the new 409th CSB headquarters location in Sembach.
Sgt. 1st Class John Hickman, 409th Contracting Support Brigade, unpacks files in the new 409th CSB headquarters location in Sembach.

“The relocation of the unit into one building will enhance efficiencies within the headquarters, as well as improve effectiveness of our contracting business operations,” said Col. William J. Bailey, 409th CSB commander. “We are also closer to our largest contracting customer, Installation Management Command-Europe.


“We have a plan in place that allowed us to move our personnel without impacting our mission,” Bailey continued. “We sent our advanced team to set up operations and minimize impact on our contracting business.”

The move to Sembach centrally locates all headquarter staff elements into one building. The unit was previously located in three geographically dispersed locations on Panzer and Kleber kasernes.

“Consolidating the staff should reduce time away from work to attend meetings as they will be at one location,” said Angela Fryer, 409th CSB property book officer.

“Besides having the headquarters staff in one building, the amenities here at Sembach are pretty nice. It’s definitely an upgrade,” said Stacy Stewart, 409th CSB procurement analyst.