By Staff Sgt. Toshiko FraleyJanuary 4, 2011
FORT JACKSON, S.C. - Supporting dozens of Army Reserve units and ensuring hundreds of vehicles are ready to roll at a moment's notice is the job of a small group of military technicians here.
Tucked away in a nearly remote corner of post, the 81st Regional Support Command's Equipment Concentration Site 124 supports all Reserve units in the region by storing equipment and maintaining the upkeep of military vehicles, communication equipment and small arms.
Leaning forward with the shop's mission and positive attitude of the 42 employees is the responsibility of ECS manager Billy Adams.
Adams said unit commanders do not have to worry about scheduling maintenance of their own vehicles, because his team takes the initiative to make sure all equipment and vehicles stored at the facility is ready to go for each unit to accomplish their mission.
Every piece of equipment at the ECS has a yearly service number to help technicians track scheduled maintenance.
Throughout a week, the warehouse leader, service technicians and an inspector walk around the large property where trucks, Humvees and trailers are kept -- looking for potential issues.
"If they see a tire that is low, it gets fixed," Adams said about his team being proactive.
ECS 124 has a double mission according to Adams. From storing bulking equipment to helping maintain a large number rolling stock, the Army Reserve team stays busy throughout the year.
"Here, we are able to assist those units who are unable to store their own equipment and don't have the tools to maintain them," he said. "We also work on equipment that the units keep at their unit which is like the Air Maintenance Support Activity mission."
The team's goal is to have each maintenance request complete within 30 days, but Adams said there are elements like budget and availability of parts that can extend that time.
Units overseas or scheduled to deploy also have priority for parts and maintenance, said Adams.
Silas W. Silvers Jr., a heavy mobile equipment repairer supervisor, said as long as there is a military there will be equipment that needs to be repaired.
"People's lives depend on our work," he said while repairing a transmission case on a large truck.
For the Reserve military technician team, ethics play a very important role in their daily mission.
Silvers said the 81st RSC mission is an important part of the equation to take the Soldiers to the fight. He said he always remembers something he read on the back of the Army's Preventive Maintenance Monthly.
It read, "Would you stake your life right now on the condition of your equipment'"
Silvers asks his team members if they would stake their fellow Soldier's life on their work.
"It has to be done right. That's somebody's life," he said.
As Soldiers arrive each weekend to battle assemblies across North and South Carolina, ECS 124 mechanics, technicians and support staff take pride in their work knowing Reserve Soldiers have the best equipment for today's mission at home and abroad.