|For the second consecutive year, the Installation
Materiel Maintenance Activity (IMMA) at Fort McCoy has won a top award
in the Department of the Army Award for Maintenance Excellence (AAME)
Todd Forrest of the Installation
Materiel Maintenance Activity works on component rebuilding.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
Eric Fox, the Control Division chief for the IMMA, said the
organization received the second-place award in the AAME medium category
for Armywide maintenance operations. Last year, IMMA received the
first-place award in the medium category for Directorate of Logistics
Bill Kaurudar, chief of the Maintenance Division for the Fort McCoy DOL,
Burt Reehling, the project manager for the IMMA contractor, and Fox
represented Fort McCoy at the AAME awards ceremony in Richmond, Va., in
“In the new category, we were competing against many more organizations
than we competed against last year,” Fox said. “We’re looking forward to
competing again next year.”
Fox said the competition helps make the IMMA and Fort McCoy names known
for having a quality maintenance work force.
To compete, the IMMA provided information about its personnel strengths,
accomplishments during the year, programs participation, such as The
National Maintenance Program (NMP), and readiness support for both
regular and mobilized personnel, and more, he said. IMMA met all
requirements, including environmental standards. An extensive quality
assurance program has helped maintain high standards, he said.
The competition involved IMMA providing in-depth documentation of the
work it accomplished in the past year, Fox said. IMMA was judged in the
categories of summary of its actions and mission accomplishments; the
effective use of maintenance resources; innovative management
accomplishments; and personnel quality-of-life programs.
The competition also included a site visit in March, and included
Army-level personnel inspecting IMMA operations, Fox said. Personnel
visited every section of the IMMA organization.
“Competing in this competition also allows us to spotlight our work,
such as in the NMP,” Fox said. “We’ve had a large workload increase for
maintaining equipment in that program. We also are involved in other
programs, such as the TACOM (Tank-Automotive and Armament Command)
Fox said increasing the workload in those programs and others will help
stabilize the IMMA work force as it transitions later this year to not
having the mission of maintaining/repairing equipment of units
mobilizing or demobilizing at Fort McCoy.