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June 10, 2011

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IMMA wins 2nd consecutive, Army-level award for maintenance excellence

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) competition.
PHOTO: Todd Forrest of the Installation Materiel Maintenance Activity works on component rebuilding. Photo by Rob Schuette
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 (DOL) organizations.

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 May.

“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) refurbishment program.”

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.

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