By Capt. Jackie WrenNovember 3, 2015
FORT RUCKER, Ala. - On Hatch Road, across from the Equestrian Center, sits a large yard with 1,800 of Army vehicles parked on grassy rolling mounds. Maybe you've passed a small convoy rolling out one morning, or perhaps you have passed the field on the way to golf course and wondered: who owns this and what do they do?
Equipment Concentration Site (ECS) 151 is a U.S. Army Reserve equipment and storage facility under the command of the 81st Regional Support Command (RSC), and has been located at Fort Rucker, Alabama, over 30 years. The ECS is made up of the large vehicle storage yard on Hatch Road and the maintenance facility on Knox Field Road. The ECS 151 team is made up of 36 dual-status military technicians and 11 contractors, responsible for the maintenance and storage of supported army reserve unit equipment.
The ECS 151 Maintenance Branch provides critical Field Level Automotive and Communication and Electronic equipment maintenance support for 23 USAR Units, consisting of 4,135 pieces. The equipment is maintained to the Army maintenance standard, TM 10 series and TM 20 series following AR 750-1 guidelines.
The ECS 151 Storage Branch provides storage, accountability and maintenance for USAR units that don't have the parking space or maintenance assets to maintain the equipment at home station. The ECS currently provides storage for 59 USAR units consisting of 1,786 pieces of rolling stock valued at over $224 million. ECS 151 ensures its supported units equipment remains in a Fully Mission Capable (FMC) condition and is ready and available for mission completion at all times.
ECS 151 also serves as the 81st RSC's New Equipment Fielding Facility (NEFF) Site, receiving, staging and fielding the latest Force Modernization Equipment to USAR units. To date, ECS 151 has fielded 4,375 pieces of Force Modernization equipment valued at over $574 million. Which means that some of the Army and Army Reserve's newest and most modern equipment starts right here.
ECS 151 also provides support to Fort Rucker tenant units and activities through providing or movement of vehicles for a variety of purposes. Some of the tenant units and activities the ECS has supported are: U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center (Safety Center), U.S. Army Warrant Officer Career College/Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCC/WOCS), Non-Commissioned Officer Academy (NCOA), Logistics Readiness Center (LRC) (formerly DOL), 1-58th Airfield Operations Battalion (AOB) (AC), Knox Airfield Fire Station, and the Alabama National Guard Unit Training Equipment Site (UTES).
Among its peers, ECS 151 is one of the most recognized shops for its diligence and productivity in maintenance. The Fort Rucker team has been the recipient of the FY 13 USARC Army Award for Maintenance Excellence (AAME), 81st RSC FY 14 ECS of the quarter award for 1st, 3rd, and 4th quarters, 81st RSC FY 14 ECS of the year award, 81st RSC FY 15 ECS of the quarter award for 1st and 2nd quarter, and the FY 15 81st RSC AAME winner (packet is currently being considered for the Department of the Army level competition).
ECS 151 is one of eight within the 81st RSC footprint that supports over 53,000 Army Reserve Soldiers and civilians in over 275 Army Reserve Facilities in North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
The large yard on Hatch Road has a large mission that supports the readiness and missions of a large part of the Army Reserve.