By Jennifer Bacchus, AMCNovember 22, 2011
ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. (Nov. 22, 2011) -- Over a two-year span, Anniston Army Depot and General Dynamics Land Systems reset 1,000 Strykers.
The first reset vehicle was inducted Nov. 2, 2009, and the 1,000th vehicle was completed earlier this month.
If employees worked all 737 days in that time frame, that comes out to 1.36 vehicles completed per day.
"The employees have made a lot of sacrifices to make this happen. They spent a lot of time away from their families," said Jonathan Bullock, the depot's supervisor for Stryker Phase II.
The reset program is possible through a unique partnership between Anniston Army Depot and General Dynamics Land Systems, or GDLS, splitting the workload in half and ensuring access to parts, procedures and technical assistance needed to rebuild the vehicles in a timely manner, while maintaining quality.
"The level of cooperation in this partnership has never been done before," said J.W. Bailey, a section manager for GDLS.
The public private partnership, or P3 as it is commonly called, benefits GDLS, the Stryker's original equipment manufacturer, by giving them access to the Anniston workforce and benefits Anniston Army Depot through additional workload.
Each Stryker slated for reset through the program goes through the same three phases following a full technical and structural assessment by depot and GDLS employees.
Upon arrival at the depot, inspectors attempt to crank each vehicle for driving to the deslatting area, said Patrick Webber, the depot supervisor for phases I and III. Some are unable to remain operational for that trek, however, the 1,000th vehicle, ICV-0059, was driven the entire distance.
Phase I of the reset is all about preparing the hull for repairs -- the powerpack is pulled, fluids are drained and the winch and personal heater serviced.
During Phase II, the Stryker is assigned to a team of mechanics. These men and women will be with the same vehicle throughout the repair process.
After necessary repairs are made to the vehicle hull, the mechanics perform biannual inspections and fix or replace all components as dictated by the Stryker's technical inspection.
Throughout these repairs, the vehicle powerpack goes through its own maintenance process in the depot's full-up powerpack shop and is brought back to mission-ready condition.
As the Stryker nears its maintenance completion, the powerpack is reinstalled and the vehicle readied for a road test to check performance.
Once the vehicle is deemed fully mission capable, the floors and seats are installed and an outbound technical inspection is performed before the vehicle is sent to Phase III for a final wash and paint as well as inspection by the Defense Contract Management Agency.
This reset program is one of three programs worked through the General Dynamics Land Systems/Anniston Army Depot partnership. In addition, the two organizations build new Strykers and repair battle- and combat-damaged vehicles.
STRYKER RESET INFO
• General Dynamics Land Systems is the original equipment manufacturer of the Stryker.
• Through this public-private partnership, Anniston Army Depot provides 50 percent of the workforce for Stryker reset.
• Anniston Army Depot and GDLS also partner on new and battle- or combat-damaged Strykers.
• There are 10 Stryker variants.
• The first Stryker was inducted for reset Nov. 2, 2009.
• Vehicle number ICV-0059 was the 1,000th Stryker reset, which was completed Nov. 9, 2011.
• The reset process is done in three phases, inspection, repair and finishing and final inspection.