By Rebecca Montgomery, TACOM LCMC Rock Island Public AffairsJuly 14, 2008
The TACOM Life Cycle Management Command held a ceremony June 25 at Ultra Tech Machinery Inc., Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, to recognize completion of the first reset Mobile Parts Hospital module slated to be used in Iraq.
The MPH, managed by TACOM LCMC's Industrial Base Operations Directorate, is a self-contained, self-sustaining mobile manufacturing system that efficiently fabricates existing standard, custom parts, and new parts at or near the point of need to enhance Soldier readiness.
"Soldiers no longer have to wait weeks or even months for repair parts," said Jim Uribe, TACOM LCMC Industrial Base Operations MPH program manager. "In fact, technicians are often able to respond within hours to a request for manufactured items."
A subcontractor of Honeywell, Ultra-Tech Machinery Inc., completed the reset work in partnership with Alion Science and Technology.
Ultra-Tech's president, Donald J. Hagarty, said his company's main work was to rebuild the computer numerical control machine inside the MPH unit.
The reset ceremony was attended by Michael Dalton, deputy district director for Rep. Betty Sutton of Ohio, representatives of Cuyahoga Falls, Honeywell, Alion Science and Technology, American Engineering and Manufacturing and local media.
Three MPH modules - in operation at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, since October 2003, Balad Air Base, Iraq, since April 2005 and Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, since July 2005 - have produced more than 77,000 critical parts for U.S. and coalition forces.
Editor's note: Jim Uribe contributed to this article.