Photo by Tom Michele, Eagle Systems & Services
Thousands of weapons are brought for inspection and repair into Fort
McCoy’s Installation Materiel Maintenance Activity (IMMA) annually.
weapons go through a very important journey at IMMA and provide
mobilizing Soldiers with fully mission-capable weapons for deployment,
according to IMMA Project Manager Burt Reehling.
Brian Smith inserts a bolt into
the receiver of an M-249 light machine gun that he has
disassembled on his workbench at Fort McCoy’s Installation
Materiel Maintenance Activity (IMMA). Smith is one of four
gunsmiths in IMMA’s Small Arms Maintenance Section.
weapons help Soldiers survive on the battlefield and to be operational
and ready, added IMMA Small Arms Weapons Repair Supervisor Charles
said more than 5,600 weapons came through IMMA in Fiscal Year 2009 for
mobilization-demobilization inspection-repair. Ninety-five percent of
the Small Arms Repair Section work is for mob-demob.
explained when weapons are brought to IMMA for technical inspections the
Small Arms Section ensures the weapon is configured with the correct
parts, as most systems have different set ups, such as different sights,
or operating mechanisms. The IMMA crew ensures weapons operate properly.
Then maintenance and repair is performed as necessary.
inspect 100 percent of crew-served weapons that mobilization units
have,” Reehling said. That includes the M-240 and M-2 weapons. “We try
to get the weapons in here before units go out on the ranges and get
those weapons back to them within five days.”
Anhalt, Brian Smith, Terry Voeller and Andrew Yohnk are the team of
gunsmiths at IMMA who are “very dedicated to providing Soldiers with
fully mission-capable equipment,” Reehling said.
said the quartet also provides training for unit armorers and is on-site
at the live-fire ranges to perform repair of malfunctioning weapons. “We
take along a tool box and parts that may be needed to replace worn or
most of the weapons that come through IMMA for repair and maintenance
are the M-16/M-4, the crew also deals with significant quantities of
M-249 squad automatic weapon light machine guns, M-240 medium machine
guns, M-203 grenade launchers, MK-19 grenade machine guns, M-9 pistols
and M-2 heavy machine guns, Smith said.
described the work of the section as, “the best arms room in the world.
We treat these firearms as if we owned them personally.”
exactly and strictly follow the Army standard for weapons maintenance to
ensure the weapons are fully mission capable when they leave this room,”
Smith said. “We emphasize to the Soldiers to use the Army’s ‘10 Manual’
pocket operations manual for Preventative Maintenance Checks and
Services to include cleaning, maintenance and operations.”