|Story & Photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Office
The Fort McCoy Installation Materiel Maintenance Activity (IMMA) has won
the Department of the Army Award for Maintenance Excellence (AAME) in
the medium category for IMCOM Directorate of Logistics (DOL)
organizations for fiscal year 2009.
The AAME will be presented formally in June at the Combined Logistics
Excellence Award Ceremony hosted by the Chief of Staff of the Army, in
Brian Seely (left) and Andrew
Seitz of the Installation Materiel Maintenance Activity
(Logistics Support Group) work on engine rehabilitation at the
The IMMA provides materiel maintenance sup-port to all Fort McCoy
base operations, reserve-component training units, and tenant
activities. By employing skilled technicians and support personnel, the
IMMA ensures customers receive quality service within the proper
mission-priority sequence. During FY 2009 this included completing
repairs to more than 10,000 pieces of mobilization/demobilization
Bill Kaurudar, chief of the Maintenance Division for the Fort McCoy DOL,
said this first-ever Army maintenance excellence award for IMMA is a
testament to the organization’s contract work force and contractor, the
Logistics Solutions Group (LSG) of Hopewell, Va., who do quality work to
support customers’ needs.
The IMMA had applied for the award previously, but the maintenance
awards were mainly for field maintenance organizations. For the first
time ever, the IMMA was able to submit its nomination in a specific DOL
“The award process is very comprehensive and in-depth,” Kaurudar said.
“You have to address all aspects of the operation.”
The contractor is very responsive to what needs to be done.
Kaurudar said, “We have an excellent working relationship, and their
team effort is the key to success.”
The IMMA provided information about its personnel strength,
accomplishments during the year, programs participation, such as The
National Maintenance Program, and readiness support for both regular and
mobilized personnel, and more, he said. IMMA must meet all requirements,
including environmental standards.
LSG personnel compiled data for a nomination packet to submit for the
competition. Kaurudar said an on-site inspection team from the U.S. Army
Ordnance Center and School visited the installation March 8. The
inspectors went to every section of the organization.
“They had a checklist with more than 100 questions, and they went
throughout the building to get answers to their questions,” Kaurudar
During the March 8 review, the Inspection Team presented the IMMA facility with a
Commander’s Coin from the Army Chief of Staff.
The coin was presented on-site as immediate recognition of the standard
of work done at the Fort McCoy IMMA.
Burt Reehling, the IMMA project manager for LSG, and Eric Fox, alternate
IMMA project manager, said the IMMA work force shows ambition to do
quality work and takes great pride in its achievements.
“The award means we’re meeting and exceeding the standards,” Reehling
An extensive quality assurance program has helped maintain high
The IMMA’s reputation has drawn repair and maintenance business from
such organizations as the Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM)
and the U.S. Army Reserve Command, Reehling said. This kind of work
strengthens Fort McCoy’s relevance as a qualified national provider for
select maintenance missions.
Fox said he hopes the Army-level award keeps the Fort McCoy IMMA name in
the maintenance spotlight and helps the organization maintain and
continue to expand its maintenance workload.
Reehling said the LSG Corporate-level personnel have been very
supportive of their requests, and helping the IMMA work force accomplish
its work. The organization will not rest on its laurels and already is
planning to enter next year’s competition, while continually striving to
improve, providing a safe environment for its customers and staff, and
doing quality work, Reehling said.
IMMA employees also are encouraged to actively support the community and
they have provided volunteers for the Army Concert Tour, the Armed
Forces Day Open House and various other activities.
Kaurudar and Fox, along with Dawn Sharp, Contracting Officer
Representative for the IMMA contract, will attend the Awards Ceremony to
accept the award.