183rd SMT conducts upper echelon maintenance at Camp Leatherneck

7th Sustainment Brigade
Story by Staff Sgt. Alexander Burnett

Date: 04.21.2011
Posted: 04.25.2011 05:48
News ID: 69302
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CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - The 183rd Maintenance Support Team, 298th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion conducts high echelon equipment repairs at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.

The team deployed from Fort Carson, Colo., with 12 personnel assigned to provide higher level maintenance support for an entire battalion. The soldiers assigned range from construction equipment maintenance specialists to all wheel mechanics to air conditioning maintenance specialists. The soldiers work on generators, air conditioning units, palletized load systems, mine resistant ambush protected vehicles, heavy expanded mobility tactical trucks and forklifts.

“If there is something out there that we don’t know how to fix we will figure it out or find someone who can fix it,” said Staff Sgt. Kalasinh Sihabouth, the 183rd MST Noncommissioned Officer in charge. “If it can’t be fixed at a motor pool, we will take care of it.”

Word of the team’s success and capabilities spread throughout Camp Leatherneck and soon they were conducting maintenance for more than just the Army. The Marines, Navy, British Army and some civilian contractors all send projects to the MST.

“It’s a great learning experience for all of us, getting to work on all the different vehicles and pieces of equipment,” said Spc. Thomas Uzialko, a 183rd MST all wheel mechanic. “Because of all the different specialties we have, combined with all the different kinds of equipment, we are always training.”

In the event of a service that is beyond the Soldier’s experience, the team acts as a liaison to the civilian contractors on Leatherneck.

“We do everything we can to handle all repairs in-house,” said Sihabouth. “We will take the initiative by doing research, going through the manuals and any other information we can to figure out how to fix whatever is broken. After we have exhausted every resource we will hand it over to the contractors.”

The 183rd SMT will continue to conduct its mission until it redeploys in four months. They continue to train on new pieces of equipment to ensure the highest level of service.

“We will continue to learn as much as possible so our soldiers can handle any mission set before them,” said Sihabouth.