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