News: Generator Mechanics power up Vibrant Response
CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. – During the 11th Theater Aviation Command’s two-week annual training here this month, only the tireless work of a group of six individuals separated the unit’s quality of life and mission success from living in the dark.
Here for Vibrant Response 13, a major incident exercise conducted by U.S. Northern Command and led by U.S. Army North, the generator and wheeled mechanics of the 11th TAC consistently worked to provide mobile energy for their entire unit.
The generators the team maintains provide Soldiers with air conditioning and electricity to keep the unit operational. Staff Sgt. Sergio Garcia, a wheeled-vehicle mechanic and motor sergeant with the 11th TAC, said it took two months to prepare the needed gear for the training.
“We had to make sure that each individual piece of equipment was ready to go,” he said.
Garcia added his five squad members currently oversee eight generators on location. For Pvt. Trevor Dean, one of those squad members, this was an excellent learning opportunity, especially because it was his first field mission with the unit.
“What I learned in (Advanced Individual Training) was a lot different than what I’m doing in the field,” said Dean, who has been in the Army for less than a year. “If there was something wrong with the inside of the generator at school, we would send it off to get it fixed. In the field, we fix it ourselves.”
It is very gratifying work, he added.
Because of this group of knowledge-filled, hard-working mechanics, the 11th TAC is ready to respond to any crisis and any mission anywhere.