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Equipment Concentration Site
mission increases

Story & Photos by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff

The high operations tempo of military exercises and units training in those exercises at Fort McCoy are bringing more equipment and a bigger mission load to the Equipment Concentration Site (ECS)-67.

Dennis Dickinson, ECS manager, said equipment support the organization provides to the Combat Support Training Center (CSTC) and Patriot Warrior, the Regional Training Center-North predeployment training, as well as the mobilization mission conducted by the 181st Infantry Brigade at Fort McCoy have helped increase the organization’s workload. ECS also provides maintenance support to Area Maintenance Support Activities, the NCO Academy, Regional Training Sites Maintenance and Medical and the 3rd, 399th Regiment.

Photo: Jack Jarrett, an Equipment Concentration Site-67 Heavy Mobile Equipment Repair military technician, does an anti-freeze check on a five-ton cargo truck (923-82). (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Jack Jarrett, an Equipment Concentration Site-67 Heavy Mobile Equipment Repair military technician, does an anti-freeze check on a five-ton cargo truck (923-82).

During the CSTC and Patriot Warrior Exercises last summer we had to expand our mission operation hours to seven days a week to cover those exercises,” Dickinson said. “Our work force knows they’re here for the convenience of the troops. They help ensure the troops are trained properly and have the best equipment.”

ECS began getting new equipment to prepare for its increased training support mission in 2007. The equipment is stored at ECS, often times for units that train here, and ECS personnel maintain the equipment.

Tim Abbott, an ECS materiel handler/supervisor, said the organization is using the Standard Army Maintenance System to barcode equipment, which allows it to better track the equipment’s location and stage of repair/maintenance.

“It will help us track old, excess equipment that is being turned in as well,” Abbott said. “The units will get the new equipment to use. It will be better for the customers, consolidation and accounting for the equipment.”

Dickinson said the organization also is picking up an excess weapons mission from Fort Gillem, Ga., as a result of a Base Realignment and Closure action.

Photo: Steve Green, a VSE contractor who works at Equipment Concentration Site-67, works on a water distribution trailer. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Steve Green, a VSE contractor who works at Equipment Concentration Site-67, works on a water distribution trailer.

ECS will issue the equipment as units need it.

The expansion of the mission will lead, eventually, to an expansion of the building and parking space for equipment, he said.
The expanded building area will include more maintenance bays to conduct the work, he said.

An expanded mission also will mean more military technicians are hired to support the maintenance/repair work needed to keep the equipment up to standards, he said.

Chris Frick, the ECS Maintenance Branch supervisor, said the feedback from troops involved in the CSTC and Patriot Warrior Exercises was positive at a preplanning conference for next year’s training.

The military technicians in the ECS work force bring a high level of experience from their previous and current reserve-component assignments. Frick said this often includes being deployed or serving with other units on post, so they can provide or understand customer perspective from those standpoints, too.

“(Many of the) guys here have been over there and done it,” Frick said. “They have the experience to understand what the Soldiers training here are going through. Our people take our mission very personally because they have been mobilized.”

 

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