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Training

RTS-Maintenance has record training year

By Rob Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff

Regional Training Site (RTS)-Maintenance at Fort McCoy set a Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 training record by training more than 2,000 Soldiers in various maintenance-related classes. The total was more than the other three Army Reserve RTS-Maintenances combined, which are located at Fort Devens, Mass., Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., and Fort Hood, Texas, said Maj. Mark Siekman, RTS-Maintenance commandant.

Photo: Soldiers from the 81st Heavy Combat Brigade Team perform Preventive Maintenance Checks and Services on a HUMVEE during training at RTS-Maintenance. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Soldiers from the 81st Heavy Combat Brigade Team perform Preventive Maintenance Checks and Services on a HUMVEE during training at RTS-Maintenance. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

Siekman said the RTS-Maintenance staff handled the increase, which was up about 100 percent from the 1,028 personnel trained in FY 2007, by redesigning its business practices and increasing its training capability. They did the additional training without increases in staffing.

"We were rated the number one TASS (The Army School System) by the U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC) in Army Reserve maintenance sustainment training," Siekman said. "Much of the rate increase can be tied to the organization training Soldiers on the SAMS-1E."

SAMS-1E or the Standard Army Maintenance System Enhanced computer program is required training for all reserve-component maintenance Soldiers being mobilized and deployed. Siekman said the system, which replaced the ULLS-G (Unit Level Logistical System-Ground), helps maintenance personnel input and track information about unit-level maintenance and some supply activities.

The training was provided to more than 600 Guard and Reserve Soldiers, about 46 percent of all the reserve-component Soldiers Armywide who needed the training, he said.

RTS-Maintenance personnel also provided training to Soldiers involved in the Operation Platinum Wrench program at Fort McCoy, which is a USARC-directed maintenance program to provide hands-on training to maintenance Soldiers. In addition, the organization also supported training for more than 400 Soldiers being mobilized.

The organization is providing more ordnance corps training to maintenance Soldiers and units who need new equipment training and are transitioning to laundry, bath and water purification units. These Soldiers must know the new systems and be able to perform the maintenance for this equipment, he said.

"There’s no doubt the Army is operating at a high OPTEMPO," Siekman said. "If there are maintenance Soldiers who need training, and we have the staff and resources to do it, we will train them."

Siekman said he expects FY 2009 training, which began Oct. 1, to be the more of the same, in terms of training types, and expects another busy year.

For more information about RTS-Maintenance courses, visit the Army Training Requirements and Resources System Web site or call RTS-Maintenance at (608) 388-3836.

 

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