|Story and photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs
Maintenance and repair work is in full swing at Fort McCoy’s
Equipment Concentration Site (ECS)-67 to maintain and prepare military
equipment for Army Reserve units to use in exercises and other training
later this year, said Mike Dalsasso.
Dalsasso, ECS-67 manager, said the facility stores equipment that Army
Reserve units use during training at the installation, but do not have
storage space for at their home station.
Dave Clark, an Equipment
Concentration Site (ECS)-67 military-technician mechanic, does
service work under the hood of a Humvee at ECS-67.
“A lot of the exercises we have this year are engineer heavy,” he
said. “So we’re trying to ensure we have enough equipment to support
ECS-67 also supports the mobilization training center requests for
equipment, and vice versa, whenever possible. Dalsasso said the
Installation Materiel Maintenance Activity provides maintenance support
for larger equipment, as necessary.
The ECS work force includes both military-civilian technicians and
contracted mechanics, with the VSE Corporation being the contracting
agency, he said.
Chris Frick, the ECS-67 maintenance branch foreman, said about 90
percent of the organization’s workload is annual maintenance/services,
such as oil changes or transmission work.
ECS personnel also do repair work as needed.
Because a good portion of the ECS-67 work force is civilian-military
technicians, a number of personnel have been deployed to support
Operations Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn or Enduring Freedom, Frick and
The personnel bring their work experience at ECS-67 to the field to
support the troops, Dalsasso said.
“Employees also bring back the information and first-hand experience
from the field,” Frick said. “It helps them support and make it better
for the troops that train at Fort McCoy.
ECS-67 was issued additional equipment several years ago to support the
exercises and an increased training role at Fort McCoy and for the Army
Reserve, Dalsasso said.
Fort McCoy is one of the Combat Support Training Centers for the Army
Reserve and supports training during the third year of the Army Force
Generation five-year training concept.