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ECS preparing equipment to support exercises, military training

Story and photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff

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.

PHOTO: Dave Clark, an Equipment Concentration Site (ECS)-67 military-technician mechanic, does service work under the hood of a Humvee at ECS-67. Photo by Rob Schuette
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 those exercises.”

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 Dalsasso said.

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.

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