|By Rob Schuette, The
Real McCoy Staff
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.
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)
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
information about RTS-Maintenance courses, visit the Army Training
Requirements and Resources System Web site or call RTS-Maintenance at