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The future of PM.

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 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, 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!

MEANWHILE, AT THE AVIATION SECTOR ...

ATTENTION, 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 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!?

I FIRED IT AT LAST CYCLE AND IT WORKED FINE!

AND AT THE POWER BLASTER RANGE ...

THIS SUPER TANK'S A REAL FIGHTING MACHINE!

YEAH ... IT'LL PLOW THROUGH 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 PROGRAM DATA BASE FROM YEARS AGO.

PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE? HUH. THAT'S A GOOD IDEA. LET'S SEE IF WE CAN ACCESS THE HOLOGRAPHIC 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, 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
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Date:Sep 1, 2004
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