ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- Command Sgt. Maj. Emmett Maunakea of Program Executive Office Soldier toured the depot's Small Arms Repair Facility April 16.

"Anniston is such an important piece for PEO Soldier," said Maunakea. "A lot of the rebuilding for our weapons takes place here."

Maunakea was particularly interested in seeing two upgrade processes -- the M2 to M2A1 and the M4 carbine product improvement program.

"The weapon is probably the biggest thing identified with the Soldier, so it's good to see the rebuild processes here," he said.

PEO Soldier is responsible for everything assigned to an individual Soldier -- from their uniform to the gear they carry.

They also work to ensure equipment performs the way it should. As part of that process, the product management offices for PEO Soldier are always looking for better materials and technology to make equipment lighter and more durable for the warfighters.