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Tobyhanna army depot, Pa.-An electronics mechanic leader at Tobyhanna Army Depot has developed screening and repair procedures for an electronics system that will save Soldiers in the field time and money.

Stephen Bucklaw was alerted that units had to send their KIV-19/ 19A Trunk Encryption Devices to the manufacturer just to check them for possible maintenance. If the warranty was expired, then the unit had to pay shipping and repair costs. The devices encrypt and decrypt communications data.

"Screening the KIV-19 and 19A here or in the field saves units shipping costs and gets the systems back into service quicker, provided major repairs aren't needed," said Bucklaw, who has worked in the depot's Communications Security and Tactical Missile Systems Directorate for about seven years. "The FRA (Forward Repair Activity) at Camp Liberty in Iraq notified us that they were being asked to perform these functions."

Bucklaw researched technical materials from the manufacturer and Army manuals for the KG-194 and 194A Trunk Encryption Devices because the KIV-19 is replacing them. He developed the screening and repair procedures for minor maintenance at the FRA and Tobyhanna.

"This maintenance can be simply replacing defective circuit boards or other components. We can purchase the stock from the manufacturer," he explained. "We can replace defective units with our warehouse stock, screen them, repair if possible or send them to the manufacturer if necessary."

Bucklaw earned a $1,000 award for his suggestion.

Editor's Note: This suggestion was reviewed by COMSEC, the depot's Productivity Improvement and Innovation Directorate and the Communications Security Logistics Activity, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and approved in May 2005.

Tobyhanna Army Depot is the Defense Department's largest center for the repair, overhaul and fabrication of a wide variety of electronics systems and components, from tactical field radios to the ground terminals for the defense satellite communications network. Tobyhanna's missions support all branches of the Armed Forces.

Tobyhanna Army Depot is part of the U.S. Army CommunicationsElectronics Life Cycle Management Command. Headquartered at Fort Monmouth, N.J., C-E LCMC's mission is to research, develop, acquire, field and sustain communications, command, control computer, intelligence, electronic warfare and sensors capabilities for the Armed Forces.

Mr. Ricchiazzi is with Tobyhanna Army Depot's Public Affairs Office, Tobyhanna, Pa.
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Title Annotation:Tobyhanna Army Depot
Author:Ricchiazzi, Anthony
Publication:Army Communicator
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 22, 2005
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