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    Maintaining the Force

    Maintaining the Force

    Photo By Sgt. Frank Zuniga | A soldier with the 1035th Support Maintenance Company, Missouri Army National Guard...... read more read more

    ZACAPA, GUATEMALA

    05.12.2014

    Story by Sgt. Frank Zuniga 

    119th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

    ZACAPA, GUATEMALA – Soldiers from the 1035th Support Maintenance Company from the Missouri Army National Guard have been repairing and maintaining an assortment of vehicles and equipment since the beginning of Beyond the Horizon 2014 – Guatemala. Led by U.S. Army South, Beyond the Horizon is a humanitarian and civic assistance mission deploying U.S. military engineers and medical professionals to Guatemala for training and to provide humanitarian services.

    The 1035th has operated over 100 different pieces of equipment since the mission began. Their spectrum of operations isn’t limited only to vehicles.

    “We’ve worked on anything from adjusting brakes on a M1094 Medium Tactical Vehicle to repairing a Bobcat Skid Loader,” said Staff Sgt. Adam J. Erickson, the shop foreman, “but we’ve also been doing check ups on the generators.”

    Maintaining generators in the area of operation is a crucial part of the day-to-day activities for the 1035th.

    “There are 15 generators and air conditioning units … and it’s up to us that they stay up and running,” said Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Graham, the maintenance noncommissioned officer in charge. “These units run for 24 hours a day and must be checked on daily,” said Graham.

    Besides repairing vehicles and making sure generators are running, the soldiers of the 1035th support four different sites where new buildings are being constructed.

    “We support all the sites in anyway we can. It could be that they need a crane, or they need something welded … it doesn’t matter. We help them in anyway we can,” said Graham.

    Perhaps the biggest obstacle the 1035th has is acquiring parts needed for vehicles or equipment.

    “It’s not like at home, where you can go out and easily find the part or something similar to the part you need,” said Graham.

    Still, the personnel of the 1035th are more than happy with the way they are performing their duties.

    “We make due with what we have. There haven’t been any major issues that have affected the sites. The personnel here have gone through some great training and know what they’re doing,” said Erickson.

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    Date Taken: 05.12.2014
    Date Posted: 05.19.2014 18:15
    Story ID: 130386
    Location: ZACAPA, GT 

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