FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command leaders visited Fort Leonard Wood this week to present awards to the Fleet Management Expansion team here.
Earlier this year, the FMX team won the calendar year 2020-2021 Chief of Staff of the Army’s Award for Maintenance Excellence, Active Army-All Others category, and was also designated the calendar year 2020-2021 Chief of Ordnance “Best of the Best” maintenance team.
Marion Whicker, executive director of TACOM’s Integrated Logistics Support Center in Warren, Michigan, and Jeriel Music, TACOM FMX director, presented the awards on Sept. 1 to Clay Nagel, director and TACOM support officer at the Fort Leonard Wood FMX, who accepted on behalf of the 224-person team here.
Whicker noted that Fort Leonard Wood’s FMX team has won the AAME four times and the “Best of the Best” award three times since 2012, when the FMX mission transferred to Army Materiel Command and TACOM.
“When awards become commonplace, sometimes you can fall on your laurels, but that is not the case with the organization that I have seen over the last two days,” she said. “I’ve seen a lot of great things that I will bring back to TACOM and AMC that the Fort Leonard Wood team does. Their untiring efforts to ensure the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence has first-class maintenance support is clearly demonstrated with all these achievements.”
Fort Leonard Wood’s FMX team maintains a fleet of more than 42,000 pieces of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command equipment used in instruction at the Engineer, Military Police and Chemical schools, as well as the 58th Transportation Battalion.
They are tasked with providing responsive, reliable and uninterrupted field-level maintenance support.
There are a couple reasons for the Fort Leonard Wood FMX team’s exceptional success, Nagel said.
“First, a motivated civilian workforce dedicated to mission accomplishment and Soldier success,” he said. “Second, the partnership between the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and the FMX team.”
FMX teams operate at four Army training sites — Fort Leonard Wood; Fort Lee, Virginia; Fort Jackson, South Carolina; and Fort Benning, Georgia — and at the Detroit Arsenal in Warren, Michigan, providing field-level maintenance in support of 75 critical training fleets and more than 122,000 pieces of TRADOC training equipment.
The equipment the teams maintain supports 335 training programs of instruction for more than 266,000 Soldiers participating in Army institutional training.
The FMX teams are part of the Field Support Operations Directorate within TACOM’s ILSC.
TACOM is responsible for the synchronization, integration and delivery of Soldier and ground systems materiel readiness solutions to ensure the Army is the world’s most lethal and versatile fighting force.