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Installation Materiel Maintenance Activity
Coordinated efforts by contracted and government personnel at Fort
McCoy’s Installation Materiel Maintenance Activity (IMMA) resulted in
the organization winning top recognition in its Army-level category for
the second time in three years.
Andrew Seitz of the Logistics
Solution Group, which provides contractors to accomplish the
Installation Materiel Maintenance Activity mission, rebuilds an
engine for use in a Humvee.
The IMMA took first place in the Army Award for Maintenance
Excellence (AAME) Army Reserve, All Others, Medium Category competition.
Bill Kaurudar, Maintenance Division chief for the Directorate of
Logistics (DOL) during the fiscal year (FY) 2011 competition, said the
IMMA took first place in the AAME competition in FY 2009 and second
place in FY 2010 in its category.
“The award shows our work force knows how to follow the maintenance
rules in place and do things right,” Kaurudar said. “We verify the work
is done right.”
The IMMA will receive its award at the Combined Logistics Excellence
Award banquet June 5.
Kaurudar said IMMA faces many challenges in the upcoming year as
mobilization work no longer is a major mission.
“We are building up our reimbursable work,” Kaurudar said. “We have
gained work from the TACOM because we’re known for our quality and we
have sought work that other organizations can’t handle or don’t want
because they don’t have the resources to do it. We also are building up
our National Maintenance Program workload.”
In the past five years, the IMMA has gone from a rate of 4.5 manpower
years to 40 manpower years in the National Maintenance Program, an
almost 10-fold increase, he said.
Eric Fox, the DOL Production Control supervisor, said the AAME
publicizes the IMMA’s work capabilities, the quality of its work and
helps put the organization in line for further work.
The IMMA work force does many rebuild projects, such as rebuilding
engines, generators, Bobcat construction equipment, water distributors,
air compressors, etc., he said.
“It will hopefully help our workload as we transition from Installation
Management Command control to Army Sustainment Command control,” Fox
said. “We’re heading into a new time with many challenges during our
Burt Reehling, the project manager for Logistics Solution Group, which
provides contractors to accomplish IMMA work, said the contracted
employees on the floor deserve the credit, as they produce the product
and follow the rules.
“The employees, from the oldest to the youngest, are trained on the
rules, re-informed about the rules and execute the work,” Reehling said.
“Everyone works together and does what we need to do to put out a good
Kaurudar said IMMA also provides backup capabilities to the Equipment
Concentration Site (ECS)-67 work force. Backup capabilities may include
providing maintenance support when ECS-67 military-technician personnel
are deployed. Kaurudar said other back-up services may include
performing higher levels of maintenance on equipment than ECS-67
personnel are authorized to do.
Equipment Concentration Site-67
Employees at Equipment Concentration Site (ECS)-67 at Fort McCoy are
excited they won the Army Award for Maintenance Excellence (AAME) in
their category for the first time, said Michael Dalsasso.
Tony Reeves, a
military technician for Equipment Concentration Site-67 at Fort
McCoy, performs annual service work on a light medium tactical
Dalsasso, ECS-67 manager, said the fiscal year (FY) 2011 award was
for the Army Reserve Table of Distribution and Allowances (TDA) Medium
The organization, a tenant activity at Fort McCoy aligned with the 88th
Regional Support Command (RSC), has the missions of maintaining and
storing equipment for Army Reserve units that train here and of
supporting exercises and other training at Fort McCoy, as requested.
“The award shows we’re moving in the right direction,” Dalsasso said.
“It shows we’re managing our work well and the employees are following
the regulations as written. We have a lot of younger workers here who
perhaps don’t fully understand what it means. But they’re happy because
it shows we’re doing quality work.”
ECS-67 also submitted an entry in FY 2010. The organization didn’t win,
but Dalsasso said the feedback from the competition helped the
organization improve its processes and win the FY 2011 competition.
Feedback from this year’s competition will be used to further improve
Chris Frick, the ECS-67 maintenance branch foreman, said the award is
particularly satisfying because it shows the organization supports its
normal mission as well as exercises without sacrificing work quality.
“We hope that from a customer standpoint winning the award will help
them feel safe that we will take good care of their equipment whether
they are coming here to use it or the equipment is used to support an
exercise or other training,” Frick said.
The Fort McCoy exercise season begins in the next several weeks, so
ECS-67 workers will be exceptionally busy for the next few months.
Dalsasso said the ECS-67 customer service rating in the Interactive
Customer Evaluation is 4.8 out of 5.
The organization will receive the award at the Combined Logistics
Excellence Award banquet June 5.
Steve Jacobson, 88th RSC chief of maintenance, said in addition to
ECS-67, another 88th RSC organization, the Area Maintenance Support
Activity-35 of Elkhorn, Neb., won in the Army Reserve TDA Small
“Both organizations put in an award packet, which was submitted to the
88th for evaluation,” Jacobson said. “After our board it went to U.S.
Army Reserve Command Headquarters for their board. Winners then are
forwarded to the Department of the Army (DA), and they must achieve an
85 percent rating at DA level to win the competition.”
“Having two award winners shows our maintenance organizations do quality
work and provide quality service to customers supported by the 88th
RSC,” Jacobson said.
The 88th is responsible for 40 AMSAs and six Equipment Concentration
Sites in its 19-state region, which extends from Ohio to Washington