Greywolf Brigade increases readiness during its Korea rotation
Soldiers of the Greywolf Brigade, are reaching its 90-day mark of a nine-month rotation to the Republic of Korea and although Brigade brought most of its combat platforms with it, a large number of wheeled and tracked vehicles, communication and life support equipment come from the Korean Enduring Equipment Set(KEES), according to a recent 1st Cavalry Division news release.
“There was a great deal of equipment and much of it has been passed from rotational brigade to rotational brigade every nine months,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Adelaide Borders, brigade maintenance technician. “That means we were inheriting equipment that had been ridden hard by previous units.”
It also meant the operational readiness rate, or the percent of vehicles that can conduct sustained operations, was lower than normal.
“When we first arrived, the equipment we brought with us and downloaded off the boat, our tanks and Bradley [Fighting Vehicles], were at 99% operational readiness,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Cerpico Arizala, maintenance technician, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment. “Because of that we were able to focus more of our efforts on maintaining and fixing the vehicles already here.
“Priority is almost always going to combat platforms, so having ours at nearly 100% made all the difference in getting our KEES fleet from 60% to almost 90% in less than 3 months,” he said.
Many of the maintenance technicians across the brigade faced similar issues, but also experienced unique problems. Challenges ranged from going directly into training early on, to a limited number of mechanics for the number of vehicles, to funding requirements.
“First thing we did was run everything through a 100% technical inspection,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 David Kremer, maintenance technician, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regt. “Everything we could drive, we ran through the bays and everything we couldn’t, we did a full TI (technical …read more
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