☷Born on Caserma Ederle in 1959 U S employee at LRC Italy with 44 years of service still there
U.S. Army ( By Press Release office)
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Ricky Hamrick , the Supply Support Activity accountable officer at Logistics Readiness Center Italy , 405th Army Field Support Brigade , supervises more than 15 local national employees at a supply warehouse on Lerino Compound in Vicenza , Italy . They support nearly 200 units , organizations and agencies in the U . S . Army Garrison Italy footprint with all their supply needs . Name: Ricky Hamrick Job title: Supply Support Activity Accountable Officer Assigned: Logistics Readiness Center Italy , 405th Army Field Support Brigade Location: Lerino Compound , Vicenza , Italy Experience: I’ve been working at LRC Italy for 3 . 5 years . Before that , I was working at Army Field Support Battalion - Mannheim as a quality assurance specialist for 1 . 5 years . Before that , I was living in Boston working as a contracting officer for the Defense Contracting Management Agency for 2 . 5 years and also in Vicenza , Italy , for DCMA as a procurement technician for almost 15 years . My first job with the Army was at Vicenza in 1987 . I was a cook at the club on post . I have nearly 44 years of service , total , which includes my time as an Army civilian and as a Soldier , much of it served consecutively . Other service: I’m a retired Sergeant Major with 27 years of service . I enlisted in the Army in 1978 . I served in the active Army , Alabama National Guard and Army Reserve . Hometown: I was born right here in Vicenza on Caserma Ederle at the old Army hospital that no longer exists . I’m an Army brat so every three years or so we moved , but I would say Blountsville , Alabama , is my hometown . Most of my family on the Hamrick side lives there Family: I’m married to a beautiful Italian lady from Vicenza named Ivana Luciana for 40 great years . We have three children and four grandchildren . Then 1st Sgt . Ricky Hamrick , the first sergeant for Southern European Task Force U . S . Army Reserve Augmentation ( first row directly behind the guidon ) poses for a photo with some of his Soldiers . Hamrick served 27 years in the active Army , Alabama National Guard and Army Reserve . He retired at the rank of sergeant major . He also has served 35 years as an Army civilian employee , starting out as a cook at the on - post club in Vicenza , Italy , in 1987 . Much of his service was consecutive , as a Reserve Soldier and an Army civilian . Q: Can you explain what your duties are at LRC Italy A: I have a warehouse where I receive supplies from all over the world for all the units , organizations and agencies we support in the U . S . Army Garrison Italy footprint – nearly 200 of them . I supervise more than 15 local national employees who work at the supply warehouse with me . I’m also a contracting officer representative for various contracts on the installations here , such as a dining facility kitchen repair contract I currently manage . I’m also the LRC Italy $25 , 000 single purchase limit government purchase card billing official for LRC Italy , and I’m the time and attendance manager for all the local national employees at the SSA , LRC Italy . Q: Why is the mission at LRC Italy so important A: It’s important because we support everybody . We support the 173rd Airborne Brigade and all the other Army units here . We support the Exchange . We support the schools . We support other agencies . We even supported the local hospitals in Vicenza and Livorno last year with COVID - 19 protective equipment and supplies . Using U . S . State Department funding , we purchased $500 , 000 worth of protective masks , gloves and personal protective uniforms and equipment – about 30 pallets of supplies – for the two Italian hospitals that provide medical support to our community members . Q: What do you enjoy about your job , and what motivates you A: I love what I do . That’s for sure . I’m a Soldier for life . I was born into a family of service before self – from my grandfather to my father and my uncles to now me . I love helping Soldiers , and I care about Soldiers . My job is to make sure they receive what they ordered – what they need – to successfully complete their missions . Almost 44 years and counting – I love what I do and wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world . LRC Italy and 405th AFSB: LRC Italy is one of seven LRCs under the command and control of the 405th AFSB . LRCs execute installation logistics support and services to include supply , maintenance , transportation and food service management as well as clothing issue facility operations , hazardous material management , personal property and household goods , passenger travel , non - tactical vehicle and garrison equipment management , and property book operations . When it comes to providing day - to - day installation services , LRC Italy directs , manages and coordinates a variety of operations and activities in support of USAG Italy . LRC Italy reports to the 405th AFSB , which is assigned to U . S . Army Sustainment Command and under the operational control of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command , U . S . Army Europe and Africa . The brigade is headquartered in Kaiserslautern , Germany , and provides materiel enterprise support to U . S . Forces throughout Europe and Africa – providing theater sustainment logistics; synchronizing acquisition , logistics and technology; and leveraging U . S . Army Materiel Command’s materiel enterprise to support joint forces . For more information on the 405th AFSB , visit the official website and the official Facebook site .
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