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Zack Hadley (left) and Chet Coltharp are liaison officers from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command working with USARAF is involved in a myriad of events and activities on the African continent. Whether it’s a medical readiness exercise, an African partner-nation training, or a response to a natural disaster; a network of civilians and Soldiers work together to ensure USARAF mission objectives. (U.S. Army Africa photos)
March 5, 2014 - By Rich Bartell, U.S. Army Africa Public Affairs
VICENZA, Italy – This is the third in a series of articles detailing the roles of liaison officers from a variety of organizations working with U.S. Army Africa.
For Zack Hadley and Chet Coltharp, decisions based on their advice can often affect people and events thousands of miles from their office in Vicenza, Italy.
Hadley and Coltharp are liaison officers from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command who work with U.S. Army Africa.
“To some degree we have a world-wide reach. The 21st TSC supports missions as far as Afghanistan. However, with our connections to U.S. Army Africa and Africa Command, we help support missions throughout the African continent,” Hadley said.
“We coordinate theater level logistics and deployment support to USARAF operations and exercises across combatant and service component commands,” Hadley, a resident of Austin, Texas said.
Both men have worked as liaisons for the 21st TSC in Italy for nearly three years. Coltharp explains the skills sets important for a liaison officer.
“Key skills for a liaison officer working for the 21st TSC can include a full spectrum of military logistics, deliberate and crisis action planning, along with the normal management and administrative skills possessed by military personnel and civil servants,” he said.
Hadley added that communications skills are particularly significant.
“Perhaps the most important trait of a liaison officer is the ability to listen and communicate requirements and solutions. We have to deal with a multitude of requirements that involve logistics, equipment, personnel and travel to often austere locations,” Hadley said. “So it’s important that we understand our missions and expected outcomes and conversely, are able to know what and how we can meet those requests.”
According to Hadley, the 21st TSC provides theater sustainment throughout the European and African areas of responsibility in support of U.S. Army Europe, USARAF and AFRICOM. He said with a variety of integrated and interrelated units provide a vast number of services.
“As Europe's only sustainment command, we are uniquely positioned to provide quick and responsive support from a broad range of assets including engineer, medical, military police, and sustainment units,” Hadley said. “In addition to our active forces, the U.S. Army Reserve's 7th Civil Support Command can provide theater and expeditionary consequence management and civil affairs capabilities. Our Theatre Logistics Support Center Europe known as TLSC-E can also provide the only depot-level maintenance, supply and services support in Europe.”
Hadley said TLSC-E's multi-national workforce is comprised of roughly 2,000 local nationals and Department of Army civilians. The center provides field and sustainment maintenance for wheeled and tracked vehicles, materiel and chemical testing, common user land transportation, and supply functions to include munitions support for all ammunition, large caliber rockets, and missiles within the European Command area of responsibility.