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THE YEAR IS 2104 AT THE FORT BANNEKER ARMY BASE, WHERE SOLDIERS ARE BEING TRAINED AT THE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY FACILITY.

HERE THEY LEARN TO OPERATE STATE OF THE ART WEAPONS THAT FUNCTION ON VOICE COMMANDS AND RETINA SCANS.

I'M FRANK TATE Frank Tate is the name of:
  • Frank Tate (boxer) (born 1964), American boxer
  • Frank Tate, founder of the record label 5 Minute Walk
  • Frank Tate (educator) (1863–1939), public figure in education in Australia
  • Frank Tate (Emmerdale
 REPORTING FOR GALAXY NEWS.

I'M AT THE NEW SUPERMAX WEAPONS TRAINING FACILITY HERE AT FORT BANNEKER.

THIS PLACE IS A MARVEL OF ENGINEERING, FOLKS.

HERE INSIDE, SOLDIERS HAVE BEEN PREPAIRING THEIR NEW WEAPONS SYSTEMS FOR MONTHS.

SERGEANT CHUNG, WHAT NEW EQUIPMENT ARE YOU GOING TO BE TRAINED ON?

MY UNIT'S BEEN WAITIN' TO GET OUR HANDS ON THOSE PHOTON CANNONS AND SONIC RIFLES WE'VE HEARD ABOUT.

SERGEANT JONES, THE EQUIPMENT ENGINEERS SAY THAT THE NEW WEAPONS ARE VIRTUALLY MAINTENANCE FREE.

YES, SIR!

THAT'S WHY THEY SAY NO MORE PMCS PMCS PMC Sierra (stock symbol)
PMCS Project Management Control System
PMCS partial mission-capable, supply (US DoD)
PMCS Preventive Maintenance Checks & Services
PMCS Professional Military Comptroller School
, NO MORE OIL CHANGES, NO MORE INSPECTIONS.

AND NO MORE HARD WORK! NICE, HUH?

THAT'S IT FOR THIS SEGMENT. WE'LL UPDATE YOU ON A LATER BROADCAST WHEN TRAINING IS OVER.

BACK TO YOU, JILL.

NOW THAT THAT REPORTER HAS LEFT, I THINK I'LL CHECK THE FIRING RANGE.

COMPUTER ... INITIATE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY DOORS.

SEE YOU LATER, SERGEANT CHUNG.

THIS PHOTON CANNON IS A POWERHOUSE. I'LL JUST VOICE ACTIVATE THE SCREEN TARGET.

POWER UP! FOCUS AND INITIATE RANGE PROGRAM DELTA.

UH-OH ... LOOKS LIKE IT'S OVER-HEATED. THE CANNON BARREL'S WARPED.

WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED TO MY PHOTON CANNON!? SYSTEM SHUTDOWN GAMMA ALPHA The Gamma Alpha Graduate Scientific Society is a non-profit fraternal organization (501(c)(7)) which fosters interdisciplinary dialogue among graduate students through its local chapters. !

MEANWHILE, AT THE AVIATION SECTOR ...

ATTENTION, EAGLE HAWK (Zool.) a large, crested, South American hawk of the genus Morphnus.
See under Eagle.

See also: Eagle Hawk
, THIS IS SERGEANT JONES.

EAGLE HAWK ... INITIATE TURBONIC ENGINE START UP!

I CAN HEAR THE ENGINE REVVING UP, BUT THE ROTOR BLADES AREN'T TURNING!

WHAT TH-? THIS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE.

EMERGENCY ENGINE SHUTDOWN GAMMA 3-2-1!

THAT DID IT ... THE FIRE'S OUT!

MEANWHILE, AT THE RIFLE RANGE, PFC PFC
abbr.
private first class

Noun 1. PFC - a powerful greenhouse gas emitted during the production of aluminum
perfluorocarbon
 MEYERS TAKES AIM ...

THIS SONIC RIFLE IS A GREAT WEAPON.

THIS WEAPON IS REALLY AUTOMATIC ... IT EVEN CLEANS ITSELF.

WHA-A-A!?

OH, NO! WHAT'S GOING ON What's Going On is a record by American soul singer Marvin Gaye. Released on May 21, 1971 (see 1971 in music), What's Going On reflected the beginning of a new trend in soul music. !?

I FIRED IT AT LAST CYCLE AND IT WORKED FINE!

AND AT THE POWER BLASTER The Power Blaster is a weapon from the TV show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The weapon is made up of five other weapons (Power Swords, Power Lance, Power Axe, Power Daggers, and Power Bow).  RANGE ...

THIS SUPER TANK'S A REAL FIGHTING MACHINE!

YEAH ... IT'LL PLOW THROUGH to execute a difficult or laborious task steadily, esp. one containing many parts; as, he plowed through the stack of correspondence until all had been answered.

See also: Plow
 ANY OBSTACLE.

GIVE' ER THE GUN AND LET'S GET MOVIN!

WHAT'S HAPPENED?

IT'S STOPPED DEAD IN IT'S TRACKS!

WHAT DO WE DO NOW?

LATER, IN THE BREAK ROOM ...

QUINCY, HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT ALL THE EQUIPMENT FAILURES?

THIS EQUIPMENT IS SUPPOSED TO BE MAINTENANCE FREE, ISN'T IT?

YEAH.

HEY, Y'KNOW, I RECALL SOMETHING ABOUT A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE The routine checking of hardware that is performed by a field engineer on a regularly scheduled basis. See remedial maintenance.

preventive maintenance - (PM) To bring down a machine for inspection or test purposes.

See provocative maintenance, scratch monkey.
 PROGRAM DATA BASE FROM YEARS AGO.

PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE? HUH. THAT'S A GOOD IDEA. LET'S SEE Let's See was a Canadian television series broadcast on CBC Television between September 6, 1952 to July 4, 1953. The segment, which had a running time of 15 minutes, was a puppet show with a character named Uncle Chichimus (voice of John Conway), which presented each  IF WE CAN ACCESS THE HOLOGRAPHIC See holographic storage.  PROGRAMS. MAYBE IT CAN HELP US NOW.

IN THE DATA BASE STORAGE CENTER, AFTER THE OLD PROGRAM HAS BEEN FED NEW DATA ...

LOOK ... THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTENANCE INFORMATION YEARS AGO.

MAYBE THEY CAN HELP US NOW.

SERGEANT CHUNG, YOU TOOK VIRTUALLY MAINTENANCE FREE TECHNOLOGY ... AND JUNKED IT.

THAT PHOTON CANNON BARREL HAD TO BE CHANGED EVERY 3,000 ROUNDS ... AND IT WASN'T.

SERGEANT JONES, THE ENGINE FIRE STARTED IN THE EAGLE HAWK BECAUSE TOO MANY ENGINE OIL GEL PACKS WERE USED.

THE BIRD'S SECONDARY SYSTEMS TO CHECK THE OIL SIGHT GAUGE SHOULD'VE BEEN INITIATED.

THE SONIC RIFLE BLEW UP BECAUSE OF A PLUGGED SONIC PORT THAT SHOULD'VE BEEN CLEANED.

... AND THE POWER BLASTER TANK CAN'T FUNCTION WITH DIRTY AIR INDUCTION SYSTEM FILTERS. YOU HAVE TO CHANGE THEM!

THIS IS FRANK TATE FOR GALAXY NEWS, BACK TO CHECK PROGRESS AT THE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY FACILITY AT FORT BANNEKER.

SERGEANT CHUNG, YOUR UNIT'S BEEN TRAINING FOR ABOUT A WEEK. TELL THE AUDIENCE HOT IT WENT.

THE OLD SAYING THAT THOSE WHO DON'T LEARN FROM HISTORY ARE DOOMED TO REPEAT IT IS TRUE.

WE CAN NEVER ELIMINATE PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE. EVEN ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY AND EQUIPMENT NEED PM ... OR THEY WON'T WORK!

"I SUSPECT THE ENGINEER-INVENTOR AFTER WHOM THIS BASE WAS NAMED WOULD AGREE."

"PM WILL NEVER BE AUTOMATIC. WE'VE GOT TO GET IN THERE AND DO IT."

THERE YOU HAVE IT ... PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE IS BACK ON LINE. WITH SERGEANT HALF-MAST , SERGEANT BLADE, BONNIE bon·ny also bon·nie  
adj. bon·ni·er, bon·ni·est Scots
1. Physically attractive or appealing; pretty.

2. Excellent.
, AND CONNIE GIVING ADVICE, PM'S FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT.

THIS IS FRANK TATE OF GALAXY NEWS SIGNING OFF ... UNTIL NEXT TIME!
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Title Annotation:Comic; Preventive Maintenance
Publication:PS, the Preventive Maintenance Monthly
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2004
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