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Team supports army's recap mission at Tobyhanna.

TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. -- A joint effort between Tobyhanna and the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command over the last six months has resulted in the successful completion of all technical manuals required to support the U.S. Army's Recapitalization (Recap) Van and Shelter Program, and met the accelerated fielding date for the Stryker Brigade Combat Teams 1 and 2, completed at Fort Lewis, Wash., in September and December 2003.

The CECOM Logistics Readiness Center's Generator Branch Recap team spent six weeks here over the summer working with depot technical publications and engineering personnel to help write, validate and verify the technical manuals.

The program is part of the U.S. Army's worldwide Recap Program, an effort to maintain and update systems already in use, such as communications-electronics shelters. The program includes rebuilding and adding state-of-the-art technology to enhance the Army's maintenance capability in the field. Program Manager-Force Sustainment System manages the Electronics Van-Shelter Recap program, under the direction of LTC Lawrence Silas.

The systems are brought to a like new condition, called 'near zero miles, zero hours,' with newer technology included. Soldiers use the shelters and vans as shops to repair communications-electronics equipment used by active Army and National Guard units, and to store tools and components needed for those repairs.

The teams worked together with Army personnel stationed at Tobyhanna and members of two Army Reserve units, the 276th Maintenance Company, Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico, and the 818th Maintenance Company, Fort Meade, Md., to complete the formal validation and verification of the four manuals. The two units were at Tobyhanna for their annual active-duty training.

"Having soldiers who specialize in the AN/ASM-146/147/189 and 190 systems perform the verification tasks is critical to ensuring that the documentation and procedures are accurate and valid, "said Michael Khalife, chief of Tobyhanna's Technical Publications and Provisioning Division. "We can have soldiers from the field prove that the support documentation sent with the equipment is suitable to their needs. If it isn't, we work directly with them to make the appropriate modifications to the documentation, hardware or both. Our ultimate goal is to support the soldier."

"The operator manuals are designed so that if the operator of a van or shelter can't perform their duties, someone else can use those manuals to operate the equipment and make repairs," added William Pardy, CECOM Weapons System Support/Logistics team leader.

The soldiers checked the manuals' accuracy by using them. "We performed the procedures from the operator's manuals first, then the same with the repair manuals. Some of the manuals were not accurate and we would tell the team immediately," said SSG Carlos Gonzalez of the 276th Maintenance Company, which assisted with the validation/verification of the AN/ASM 146 and 147 shelters. "Some of the information was too technical; an engineer would understand it, but not the average soldier."

Other reservists from the 276th who assisted were SSG Eduardo Lopez, SPC Samuel Morales, and PFC Elvis Torres. SPC Toby Hoffman, SPC Jerome Neal, SPC Barry Bates and PFC Eric Arce of the 818th Maintenance Company assisted with the AN/ASM 189 and 190 vans.

"We validate and verify the technical manual information against the equipment," said Carol Widmaier, CECOM technical publications team leader. "We have the soldiers perform each maintenance procedure using the technical manual. Illustrations and callouts are validated, and the repair parts special tools list illustrations are checked against the parts list. The soldiers worked with the teams to rewrite inaccurate or overly technical sections."

"This project really demonstrated the outstanding caliber of personnel the LRC has in its ranks," said Arcadio (Tito) Figueroa, contractor and lead logistician. "The team never hesitated to work many long and odd hours to accomplish the tasks at hand, under the leadership of the Project Leader, Ken Shedlock and the Weapons System Support / Logistics Manager, William Pardy. As I continue supporting the LRC projects, I will miss the cohesiveness and professionalism demonstrated by this team and the soldiers that supported it."

The CECOM Recap team consisted of: Kenneth Shedlock, mechanical engineer and project leader; William Pardy, weapons system support manager, senior logistician; Carol A. Widmaier, senior technical writer; Tito Figueroa, senior logistician; Douglas Silverman, technical writer; Carol Kyle, technical writer; Michael Van Blarcum, provisioner; and Stanley Quamina, provisioner.

The Tobyhanna Recap team consisted of: SGT Kory Lilly; Michael Khalife, chief of the Technical Publications and Provisioning Division; Bret Hunt, production controller; Richard Evans, technical writer; Robert Malewicz, technical writer; Art Schock, technical writer; David Whitbeck, technical illustrator; Thomas Scandale, equipment specialist; Thomas Marsico, equipment specialist; Fred Kerr, electronics technician; and Fred Ecklemann, Reserve Component training coordinator.

Tobyhanna is carrying out a multi-year, multimillion-dollar workload rebuilding (recapitalizing) and upgrading hundreds of storage and maintenance shelters and vans as part of this program.
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Title Annotation:U.S. Army's Recapitalization Van and Shelter Program
Publication:Army Communicator
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 22, 2003
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