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    Soldiers build leadership, repairer skills in Construction Equipment Repairer ALC at Fort McCoy

    Soldiers build leadership, repairer skills in Construction Equipment Repairer ALC at Fort McCoy

    Photo By Scott Sturkol | Soldiers in the in RTS-Maintenance’s Construction Equipment Repairer Advanced...... read more read more



    Story by Scott Sturkol                   

    Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office           

    Thirteen Soldiers from across the Army completed more than 240 hours of training to become advanced leaders in the service’s “91-Lima” career field during training at the Regional Training Site (RTS)-Maintenance facility in April and May at Fort McCoy.

    The Soldiers were students in RTS-Maintenance’s Construction Equipment Repairer Advanced Leadership Course (ALC).

    “This class had 13 students, and they were taught in two phases of instruction,” said Sgt. 1st Class Charles K. Abert, course manager at RTS-Maintenance. “The first block included 141 hours of training, and the second block was 103 hours.”

    The course introduces students to subjects such as shop safety and management of operational, maintenance, and historical records and forms on construction-related equipment, Abert said. The students also learn about the Army Oil Analysis Program, tool-control procedures, and prescribed load-list operations.

    “The (military occupational specialty)-specific training they receive in the course includes troubleshooting electrical, diesel engine, hydraulic, brake, and power-train systems,” Abert said. “They also receive 40 hours of Global Combat Support System (GCSS)-Army training with actual live system-usage dispatching and ordering parts.”

    The advanced troubleshooting is especially helpful for the students as they go back to their units to lead other troops in equipment-repair efforts, Abert said.

    “Everything they learn here will definitely help them,” Abert said. “They also learn about the new Army evaluation system and critical thinking skills, and the networking they gain from each other is always great for them.”

    Sgt. Robert Kurka, a student in the course from the 262nd Engineer Company of Westbrook, Maine, said the course helped him build skills that will better support his unit.

    “This is a good course, and I would definitely recommend it,” Kurka said. “I learned a lot about running a maintenance section and working together as a team with people you don’t know. Also, learning about different methods of training is something I can incorporate into our operations.”

    Gaining skills in using the GCSS-Army operations was helpful for student Staff Sgt. Noah Poe with the 771st Support Maintenance Company of Hohenwald, Tenn. “It was great to learn more about that system, which is new, and it will definitely help with what we do at my unit,” he said.

    Student Staff Sgt. Jonathan Belton with the 881st Engineer Support Company at Rockingham, N.C., also said the GCSS-Army training as well as the overall course curriculum are a good foundation for building leaders.

    “This (training) will help me better work with our leadership, our motor sergeant, and provided me with what I need to know to become a senior (noncommissioned officer),” Belton said. “Also, with GCSS-Army … just being able to learn more about parts ordering will allow me to better help our (support staff).”

    Helping other Soldiers prepare for ALC is one skill where student Staff Sgt. Anthony Frost said he’ll use once he gets back to his unit.

    “Maintenance management like this is crucial to learn and was an awesome experience here,” said Frost, who is with the 411th Engineer Company at Iowa City, Iowa. “I know that if I can grasp this training, my (Soldiers) can grasp it. So, in turn, I can go back and help my Soldiers prepare for ALC when their time comes. Simply getting this training will help make our unit more productive and efficient.”

    RTS-Maintenance at Fort McCoy trains Soldiers in both active- and reserve-component.

    Fort McCoy has supported America's armed forces since 1909. The installation’s motto is to be the “Total Force Training Center.” The post’s varied terrain, state-of-the-art ranges, new as well as renovated facilities, and extensive support infrastructure, combine to provide military personnel with an environment in which to develop and sustain the skills necessary for mission success.



    Date Taken: 05.24.2017
    Date Posted: 05.24.2017 15:53
    Story ID: 235127
    Location: FORT MCCOY, WI, US 
    Hometown: HOHENWALD, TN, US
    Hometown: IOWA CITY, IA, US
    Hometown: ROCKINGHAM, NC, US
    Hometown: WESTBROOK, ME, US

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