Story & Photo By Tom Michele, Eagle Systems &
Video production specialists from the Tank-Automotive
and Armaments Command (TACOM) in Warren, Mich., spent three days at Fort
McCoy’s Regional Training Site (RTS)-Maintenance recording a training
video for Armywide release.
The subject for the video was the repair and maintenance of
air-conditioning systems in tactical vehicles, such as high-mobility
multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV), mine-resistant, armor-protected
vehicles (MRAP), and large trucks.
Sgt. 1st Class Chad Kleifgen,
RTS-Maintenance chief instructor (in front of camera), and
Instructor Staff Sgt. Dan Schauf (on the mine-resistant,
ambush-protected vehicle) work with a production crew at Fort
McCoy to produce an instructional video. Robert Warren operates
the camera while Maj. Stephen Skelton, left, and Maurice Peyton,
right, hold script cue cards. Skelton is the RTS-Maintenance
commandant. Warren and Peyton are with the Tank-Automotive and
Armaments Command, Warren, Mich., which is producing the video.
Maurice Peyton, an audio-video developer, and Robert
Warren, a multi-media design technician, brought their video equipment
to RTS-Maintenance to stage what is planned to be a 45-to 60-minute
“Fort McCoy has the right training facilities and the technical experts
we needed,” Peyton said afterward. “Major Stephen Skelton and his crew
went above and beyond to help us.” Skelton is the RTS-Maintenance
“One of my co-workers suggested McCoy as the site,” Peyton said. “I
called Major Skelton and he was very interested in assisting.”
Warren, the technician, said, “Major Skelton was ‘right on point’ and
had everything ready to go. Everything ran smoothly.”
Some of the video was set in front of an MRAP at RTS-Maintenance. Chief
Instructor Sgt. 1st Class Chad Kleifgen served as the narrator, as
Instructor Staff Sgt. Dan Schauf worked on the air-conditioning system
under the opened vehicle hood.
Skelton introduced various segments, and the two sergeants rotated
positions as narrator and mechanic.
“It went very well,” Skelton later said. “TACOM said they plan to
distribute about 10,000 copies to major commands in June. The video will
be a great showcase and promotional tool to help get the RTS-Maintenance
at Fort McCoy story out throughout the Army.”
“We were selected over the active-duty site at Fort Lee,” Skelton said.
TACOM coming to Fort McCoy shows everyone that Army Reserve training is
just as relevant as active-duty training under the Total Army School