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February 08, 2013

Spotlight

Equipment Concentration Site-67

(Editor’s note: “SPOTLIGHT” is a continuing series about tenant activities and missions at Fort McCoy.)

What is it?
Equipment Concentration Site (ECS)-67 provides maintenance and storage of equipment for U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) units that train at Fort McCoy. The facility is responsible for 3,600 pieces of rolling stock (Palletized Load Systems, trucks, forklifts, etc.) and 9,800 pieces of non-rolling stock (skid-mounted generators, pumps, tents, weapons, etc.).
PHOTO: Wheel service on a Palletized Load System is performed at the Equipment Concentration Site-67
Terry Clinton of Equipment Concentration Site-67 performs a wheel service on a Palletized Load System while conducting annual service on the equipment.
(Photo by Theresa Fitzgerald)

Aligned under the 88th Regional Support Command (RSC) located at Fort McCoy, the ECS-67 is one of six ECS shops within the 88th command. It has been a tenant activity on the installation since 1975. The employees include military technicians and contractors. Military technicians have dual employment status and are assigned to a USAR unit. Their military occupational specialty must be compatible to the civilian position held at ECS-67. The contractors are either mechanics or administrative personnel and augment the work force.

The ECS-67 has two branches, storage and maintenance.

The storage branch is responsible for property book accountability using the Property Book Unit Supply Enhanced website and annually reports accountability back to the units. The branch also prepares equipment loan agreements for all the exercises conducted on post.

The maintenance branch prepares all work orders, schedules annual services, repairs, and orders, and tracks parts needed to complete the services. Parts are ordered through the Standard Army Automated Retain System 1 or through local channels when needed immediately.

Parts received are pushed to the shop so the mechanics can complete the service or repair. The maintenance branch has three shops to handle maintenance needs. One shop is used for combat engineer equipment, one for tactical wheel equipment and one for trailers, generators and special equipment. ECS-67 partners with the Installation Materiel Maintenance Activity for repairs involving engine rebuilds.

What have they done?
In 2011, ECS-67 took first place in the Army Award for Maintenance Excellence for the Army Reserve Table of Distribution and Allowances, Medium Category.

The secondary mission of ECS-67 is to provide area maintenance support activity for any USAR unit that comes to Fort McCoy for weekend battle drill training or extended combat training.

Equipment is loaned and maintenance is provided for those training missions supporting the Army Force Generation exercises such as the Warrior Exercise, Combat Support Training Exercise, Essayons, Red Dragon, and Golden Medic. Additionally, equipment and maintenance support is provided to local units, i.e. the Staff Sgt. Todd R. Cornell Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Regional Training Sites-Maintenance and Medical, and units in Onalaska.

From October to March, the ECS-67 performs annual services and makes repairs to prepare the equipment for upcoming military exercises.

Coordination is made with the 86th and 78th Training Divisions, gathering data as to what is needed to support the exercises and then staging the equipment prior to an exercise.

ECS-67 also supports the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Army Concert Tour event by providing generators and forklifts.

What do they have planned?
The ECS-67 facility, building 3050, currently is undergoing remodeling of the break room and restroom areas.

The remodel will increase the number of bathroom stalls available for females and add showers to support the staff. All restrooms will be made handicap accessible. Construction should be completed by the end of March.

Another construction project planned at ECS-67 is a new total equipment maintenance facility, which includes a new 40,000-square-foot warehouse and a 35-acre maintenance equipment parking site. The project is scheduled to break ground in May.

Why are they important?
By providing equipment storage ECS-67 allows more viability for units to train on Fort McCoy. It also saves the government money by avoiding the costs of moving or transporting equipment between unit home stations and Fort McCoy for training. By providing maintenance support to the units, it allows the maintenance Soldiers in the units to conduct training during weekend battle assemblies versus working on equipment in the motor pools.

Resources:
For more information about ECS-67, call 608-388-4266.

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