BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan – The 514th Support Maintenance Company, 419th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, armament shop provides field level maintenance support for all units throughout Afghanistan in need of vehicle maintenance and repair of weapons systems.
The shop is one of five commodity shops in the only maintenance company in Afghanistan.
In addition to providing field level maintenance and annual gauging services, the shop has conducted nonstop reset missions for several redeploying units.
According to Army Regulation 750-1, equipment reset activities are conducted to restore the Army’s personnel and equipment to a desired level of combat capability commensurate with future missions. The purpose of reset operations is to reverse the effects of combat stress on equipment and return a unit to fully ready status.
In support of the Army’s reset program, the shop created mobile teams to travel across Afghanistan to outlying units.
“A small arms reset mission is no easy task especially when it is performed in a deployed environment,” said Warrant Officer Jason Gresham, a Dallas, Texas, native, 514th SMC armament technician. The importance of the armament section is beyond compare and is a combat multiplier for the entire force.”
Gresham is able to strategically manage his shop and ensure maintenance support is continuously provided.
“We have a Bagram team and a mobile team that is able to reset any unit at any location throughout Afghanistan,” said Gresham.
The 514th SMC provides the mobile teams to allow units flexibility and to minimize disruption in daily battle rhythm events.
“The 514th Support Maintenance Company was an integral asset to the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade’s ability to execute unit level reset tasks while deployed to Afghanistan,” said Maj. Centrell Jones, brigade logistics support team chief for Task Force Thunder, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade. “The 514th SMC’s leadership and Soldiers were flexible and extremely accommodating to each aviation task force’s mission and location.”
The 159th CAB is one of many customers the armament shop has worked with both on and off Bagram.
“The 514th SMC exuded the qualities of a very professional and technically proficient team,” said Jones. “As a result of the 514th SMC’s diligence and dedication, the 159th CAB will redeploy with approximately 35 percent of all reset requirements complete and well on its way to being postured for the next mission anywhere in the world.”
The armament shop has saved the Army nearly $6 million by conducting the reset mission in theater.
“To date, we have saved each unit more than $270,000, which is the cost of hiring a civilian reset team upon redeployment,” said Gresham.
The armament shop has multiple reset missions still scheduled for the remainder of their deployment. It is their mission to support and sustain the warfighter by allowing them to be prepared and ready for any upcoming missions.
The 10th Sustainment Brigade’s logistics and sustainment efforts are good stewardship of taxpayer funds and protecting the American taxpayer’s long-term investment in its high-quality military equipment.
|Date Posted:||07.14.2014 01:33|
|Location:||BAGRAM AIR FIELD, AF|
|Hometown:||DALLAS, TX, US|
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