Today’s Army must maintain equipment we have

| May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments


Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick M. Ganacias
84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade
8th Theater Sustainment Command
As leaders in the Army, we must strive to be the very best in our profession by developing our future leaders, building the team and accomplishing the mission.
Engineers cannot execute the latter without our equipment.
Most Soldiers may think of a pre-9/11 Army when they hear “bridging the basics” or “how it used to be.” Bridging the basics is about a basic fundamental of Soldiering. It’s about one of the key fundamentals of leadership. It’s about the basics of maintaining assigned
Being at war for the past 13 years has taken a toll on both deployed and rear detachment equipment. One of the basic fundamentals we need to get back into is equipment maintenance. This warfighting capability can and will impact unit readiness.
It’s time to re-engage the Command Maintenance Discipline Program (CMDP) and understand its purpose for all units.
All users of military equipment must take the time to read the regulations, standard operating procedures and technical manuals in order to effectively reinforce the standards of maintaining equipment readiness. The purpose of the CMDP is to establish maintenance discipline as regulatory guidance and to standardize maintenance requirements.
The CMDP provides unit personnel with a listing of maintenance policy requirements, which serves as a checklist for internal management controls and eliminates repeat findings of noncompliance with policy.
As a result, CMDP makes the unit more efficient with respect to time management and predictability for Soldiers and their training.
How do we get back to the basics of equipment maintenance, you ask?
The first thing is to understand your role. The operator or crew assigned to the equipment is responsible for conducting preventive maintenance checks and services (PMCS) and annotating deficiencies on the equipment inspection and maintenance worksheet, DA Form 5988E or DA Form 2404.
The operator is often the first to detect changes to the equipment’s condition and performance. PMCS is crucial to the success of unit maintenance operations; therefore, first-line supervisors should remain actively engaged during such process.
By conducting quality assurance and quality control, maintenance personnel will ensure the right part is ordered to repair the deficiency and update equipment status in TAMMS, or The Army Maintenance Management System. Often, the mechanics are also responsible for installing the parts as they arrive. Therefore, unit leaders must supervise maintenance operations to ensure that operators, crews and maintenance personnel work as a team to sustain equipment to standard.
The method in which the 84th Engineer Battalion will ensure equipment maintenance discipline is by focusing on bridging the basics by incorporating maintenance discipline into leader development programs, changing the culture by enforcing standards and accountability, and conducting CMDP evaluations. All personnel are responsible for maintaining assigned equipment and to ensure its serviceability and operational readiness.
Today, as the Army downsizes and operates under budgetary restrictions, leaders must execute due diligence and take care of our existing equipment and resources.
Our current equipment may be the only equipment we get for a long time. Hence, all Soldiers must reinforce standards to bridge the basics of PMCS.

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