|(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,
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,
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
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
For more information about ECS-67, call 608-388-4266.