ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala.--A maintenance company from the North Dakota Army National Guard became more familiar with depot production processes after it completed its annual training here yesterday.

Nearly 30 members of the 3662 General Service Maintenance Company from Bismarck, N.D., spent two weeks training in the shops and building a relationship with civilian depot personnel in the event the two groups work together at forward repair bases in theater.

The Soldiers in the 3662 company regularly conduct maintenance on humvees and hefty military trucks at bases in North Dakota and Iowa. Their training at Anniston Army Depot included hands-on instruction in the turbine and reciprocating engine value streams as well as the small arms repair shop.

"It's good for the Soldiers to see the maintenance operation at the depot and how it's all accomplished within a bay-style production line," said Chief Warrant Officer Richard Rhone, commander of the visiting detachment.

Typically, the detachment repairs equipment on an as-needed basis in a process similar to the way it's done by mechanics in a vehicle body shop, said Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Lovelace. The training here prepares the Soldiers for work in maintenance depots overseas if they ever receive orders to deploy.

"Now we'll know what to expect," said Lovelace. "And then we'll always have that relationship with the depot if we're ever assigned to the same work."

Spc. Brook Torpen, an automated logistics specialist with the detachment, said the 3662 is familiar with engine component repair, as well as X1100 transmission maintenance. The hands-on training at ANAD introduced the Soldiers to small arms repair as well as maintenance on the AGT 1500 turbine and 6V Detroit engines.