Tuesday, June 27, 2017
What is it?
PS, The Preventive Maintenance Monthly, or PS Magazine, published by U.S. Army Materiel Command's Logistics Support Activity (LOGSA), is an interactive tool that supports the Army's emphasis on preventive maintenance as a means of improving Army materiel readiness.
PS Magazine uses cartoon characters and graphics to add humor to maintenance challenges and equipment repair processes for the Soldiers, Army civilians and contractors that own, operate and maintain the Army's equipment.
What has the Army done?
A World War II publication, Army Motors, which used a few cartoon characters to discuss maintenance problems, became the model for a new publication. In June 1951, the first issue of PS Magazine was published using the cartoon format. The Army technical bulletin transitioned to an all-digital format in June 2017, publishing its 775th edition -- the last to run in print.
Through its mobile app and extensive website, PS continues to serves as a postscript to maintenance and supply training as it has for the past 66 years. The digital platforms provide up-to-date information for maintaining high equipment readiness standards.
The shift to digital has allowed LOGSA to post information quicker than the printed publications while reaching its primary audience -- today's younger generation of Soldiers -- through platforms they use daily to find information. The digital app delivers concise maintenance information, reports on changes in national stock numbers for repair parts, and often preventive maintenance information that is not yet available in other technical publications. The website provides broad search capabilities to answer a vast array of technical questions.
What continued efforts are planned for the future?
LOGSA will continue upgrades to the PS Magazine digital platforms to enhance:
LOGSA's goal is to have all maintainers load the PS Magazine app, available in the Apple Store and Google Play, on their mobile devices.
Why is this important to the Army?
As the Army continues to prioritize readiness, AMC and LOGSA are focused on materiel readiness. Through PS Magazine, LOGSA provides the most up-to-date information to equipment operators, maintainers and supply personnel so Soldiers can maintain their equipment to high readiness standards.
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