Maintenance troops partner with garrison DPW

| September 27, 2013 | 0 Comments
A Soldier assigned to 325th BSB, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, fixes a civilian generator as part of a partnership program with DPW. The program was designed to give soldiers training on civilian generators and air conditioners. (Photo by Sgt. Jeffery Russell, 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

A Soldier assigned to 325th BSB, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, fixes a civilian generator as part of a partnership program with DPW. The program was designed to give soldiers training on civilian generators and air conditioners. (Photo by Sgt. Jeffery Russell, 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

325th Brigade Support Battalion
3rd Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A partnership program between the 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Bde. Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, and U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s Directorate of Public Works, here, is helping Soldiers.

The program is designed to allow the brigade maintenance Soldiers to employ their military occupational skills on civilian equipment.

The Soldiers’ main responsibilities are for generators and air conditioning equipment at garrison installations on Oahu. This program gives Soldiers essential maintenance knowledge that they will require outside the military and will help them be more competitive in the civilian workforce.

Previously, Soldiers rarely saw or received training on how to maintain industrial equipment on a daily basis.

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The journey was started in late summer by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Luis Orozco, Company B, in order to get his personnel a foot in the door on equipment that has been seen downrange and on humanitarian missions.

“The goal for this program is to get Soldiers in a complete maintenance concept, in order to fix all equipment, regardless of it being military or civilian,” said Orozco.

While deployed, there were numerous pieces of civilian equipment to be worked on, but Orozco didn’t have any Soldiers trained to work on the equipment. It had to be fixed by other agencies.

“Not being able to fix a piece of equipment is a no-go, and I saw a need for maintainers, besides logistics assistance representatives, since they can be hard to utilize due to the fact that they were always employed elsewhere,” said Orozco.

Having maintenance Soldiers trained on civilian equipment gives an organization a quicker turnaround.

“I’m hoping that this program will open up to other units that are in need of this type of training,” said Orozco. “The program is there to get the maintainers a better understanding of all types of equipment, so if the time comes, the Soldier can work on a civilian piece of equipment.”

Brigade Soldiers have worked on 10 kilowat to 2,000 kilowat generators, located at different locations: Fort Shafter, Tripler Army Medical Center, East Range and Helemano Military Reservation.

“Thanks to this program, a Soldier will be able to apply his newly found knowledge on maintenance with no or little help from our civilian counterparts,” said Orozco.

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