Tom Michele, The Real McCoy Contributor
of radio and electronic equipment, wheeled and tracked vehicles and a
lot of small arms weapons go into the maintenance shop at Fort McCoy’s
Installation Materiel Maintenance Activity (IMMA).
Derrick Elder uses a laser
temperature gun to test the exhaust temperature on a Humvee at
the Installation Materiel Maintenance Activity. (Photo
by Tom Michele)
mission is what its name implies, "Maintenance." The work is
performed under a contract with the Logistics Solution Group.
129 civilian-contract employees at the IMMA facility dive into,
through, over and under all of this gear and bring life back to it and
then send it back to the units it came from.
might be a simple, yet complex, case of just "getting the sand
out" of the equipment that just came back from the deserts of
Iraq and Afghanistan.
lot of deployed equipment flowing through IMMA also made its journey
through the McCoy facility before going overseas.
of the gear IMMA works on is destined to go with mobilizing units
headed to support Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. And
then IMMA gets it on the return trip to the United States and the
units’ home stations.
Wessels, project manager at IMMA, said there are four primary
maintenance operations at IMMA. "We support base operations
customers, a huge variety of United States Army Reserve (USAR)
projects and equipment, work with the Army’s National Maintenance
Program and with the Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command and also
RESET equipment proj-ects. And, finally, we are a power projection
platform for mobilization and demobilization."
"We do the inspections and
repairs to equipment prior to it going with the Soldiers on
deployment, so the equipment functions well for the Soldiers
IMMA Project Manager
provides units going through pre-deployment training at McCoy with
training set equipment to use so they don’t need to bring their own
and while theirs is being shipped overseas," Wessels said.
"The ‘training set’ has become a huge element of rolling
stock for units to use here, and where our heavy, tactical and ground
support automotive shops and inspection section comes into play. Mob
Soldiers don’t come to our facility, but some of their equipment
does. Our people repair it and get it back to the Soldiers to take
mobilization effort at McCoy is obviously huge, but even that is still
just 20 percent of IMMA’s workload, according to Wessels. The other
80 percent is for Base Operations, USAR Command support and the RESET
work is extremely important to the Mob Soldier," Wessels said.
"We do the inspections and repairs to equipment prior to it going
with the Soldiers on deployment, so the equipment functions well for
the Soldiers, and so they will accomplish their mission."
also said, "Our work is important to Fort McCoy because Fort
McCoy is helping the mobilizing Soldier. Our motto here is ‘We give
110 percent to the Soldier.’"
Amaral, heavy and tactical vehicle shop supervisor, said, "Our
role is to keep vehicles operational for the mobilized Soldiers, like
the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) armored vehicles and
Armored Security Vehicles (ASV) that first came here this year. Units
arrive at Fort McCoy for mobilization and the vehicles are available
for them. We also have the training sets for units to sign out for
their mobilization training, annual training or extended combat
Nick Koenig uses a small wrench to tighten bolts on an engine crankcase breather of a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle truck.
(Photo by Tom Michele) (A The Real McCoy Extra)
heavy and tactical vehicle shop’s function is to maintain equipment
readiness," Amaral said. "That is our focus. Part of that
process is the validation of the equipment, just like the Soldiers and
their units go through the validation process so they can go
said his shops work on everything in the Army inventory, from chain
saws at the very lightest, to the Armored Vehicle Launch Bridge
tracked vehicle as the largest.
between are M1151A full up-armored Humvees, the Light Medium Tactical
Vehicle two and one-half-ton and five-ton trucks that are among the
newer trucks in the inventory, five-ton and Heavy Expanded Mobility
Tactical Truck (HEMTT) recovery vehicles, HEMTT cargo vehicles,
Buffalo armored vehicles, MRAPS, ASVs, Bobcats, power generator
trailers, even the McCoy installation refuse truck.
on the list are the combat support hospital trucks, tents and
environmental control units to supply heating and air conditioning to
the hospital milvans (International Organization for Standardization
Brooks, production control and supply supervisor, said, "Our
section meets with the Soldiers when they arrive and informs them of
the procedures to open work orders so their equipment can get repaired
at IMMA. Then we track the parts needed to repair and maintain the
vehicles, get the parts, then repair the equipment and return it to
the Soldiers in the time frame needed by the Soldiers."
explained her section also tracks the equipment coming through IMMA
because, if the equipment won’t be ready for the Soldiers in time to
take overseas, IMMA will inform the Mobilization Unit In-processing
Center (MUIC) to procure replacement equipment.
lot of it is about supply," Brooks said. "If we don’t have
parts on our shelves, we will order them through our Army depot. If we
can’t get a good ship date from depot, we can go to local community
venders, if one is available, to get parts in a timely manner. And
that has happened."
is all important because, if the Soldier is without a supply and
production system, the work wouldn’t happen for the Soldier,"
is a public affairs specialist for Eagle Systems and Services Inc.,
contractor for CONUS Support Base Services.)