News: 1161st Transportation Company working and training hard
By Spc. Breanna Eden
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs
CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Soldiers of the maintenance section of the 1161st Transportation Company have been keeping their hands greasy continuing to provide outstanding maintenance support to the company.
Currently, the 1161st has approximately 150 vehicles and trailers to include M915s, M1151s, M1078s, M878s, M984s, and M1088s, to name a few. With only 11 soldiers assigned to the maintenance team, they have a heavy workload but are constantly working to overcome that challenge. Since arriving at Camp Taji they have completed an average of 25 scheduled services as well as 74 non-mission capable repairs per month, which brings them up to 3,360 man hours of labor. They have also given maintenance support to over 120 convoys.
The Maintenance Section also provides recovery support for the 1161st as well as the 96th and 498th Transportation Companies. They have been on several combat logistics patrols and enjoy the "on the road training." Some common repairs that they have dealt with while on the road are flat tires and vehicle recoveries.
In addition to completing counter improvised explosive device level II training, and combat lifesaver certifications and recertifications, the mechanics also completed a 40-hour Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle training class that focused on the electrical components and the unit maintenance repairs of the MRAP.
They also completed a two day class sponsored by the 776th Maintenance Company which allowed the mechanics hands on experience with these vehicles. The class itself consisted of MRAP recovery operations.
The maintenance section also had Soldiers go to the Iraqi side of Camp Taji and help instruct a week-long bonding / welding class for Soldiers in the Iraqi Army General Transportation Regiment, where they were taught the basic fundamentals of welding. The Iraqi soldiers were also shown Occupational Safety and Health Administration safety standards, such as the wearing of proper eye protection, protective gloves, and welding aprons to protect against sparks while welding metal parts. The maintenance Standard Army Maintenance System, Enhanced clerks have also been busy with training. Recently they completed a three day class that briefly overviews the updates of the new system on the SAMS-E computer.
Soldiers from 1161st Maintenance section have worked hard to provide great customer service to their unit, and have learned a great deal while being here at Camp Taji. They are also looking forward to bringing back their experience and sharing it with other Soldiers when they go home in March 2010.