Ambassador visits CRSF

by Airman 1st Class Trevor Rhynes
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg, his Deputy Chief of Mission, representatives from the Logistics Readiness Group and the Logistics Readiness Division of U.S.  Air Forces in Europe visited the Central Regional Storage Facility in Sanem, Luxembourg Tuesday.

Robert A. Mandell, appointed as the Ambassador to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in November, was given the opportunity to see the facility that provides a large part of equipment USAFE contributes to U.S. Africa Command, Central Command and European Command.

“Last year the site at Sanem aided in the support of 22 operations in 23 nations, including support to operations Odyssey Dawn and Unified Protector,” said Maj. Wes Wenzel, commander of the 86th Materiel Maintenance Squadron, which oversees site operations. “The partnership between the men and women of the 86th MMS and the team at Sanem directly contributed to the success of those operations.”

The CRSF has more than 800,000 square feet of storage where it holds 85 percent of the war reserve material maintained by the 86th Material Management Squadron.

Mandell was impressed with the capacity of the CRSF.

“The facility is very impressive,” said Ambassador Mandell. “It provides a large amount of material that troops need while deployed.”

The Ambassador also added that he is impressed with the skill level of employees at the CRSF.

Employed through the warehouse service agency, they routinely inspect, repair and supply equipment from the facility.

Mandell believes the facility is important for a partnership with an allied nation.

“It’s good to work with an allied nation concerning something that supports a large mission like this,” said Mandell.  “It is a great way to strengthen our relationship with the government of Luxembourg.”

The Ambassador was appreciative of the opportunity to see what the only U.S. Defense presence in Luxembourg has to offer.

“This visit was important for me because now I have a much better understanding of what this facility is capable of,” said Ambassador Mandell. “With this understanding I am better able to work with the Luxembourg Government on how to manage this space.”