Thursday, March 5, 2015

Oregon Soldiers assist West Point Academy with equipment repair

Spc. Andrew Cobb, 3670th Component Repair Company, Oregon National Guard, conducts repairs on optical devices at the Logistics Readiness Center, West Point, New York, Feb. 5. (Photo by Kathleen Silvia, West Point LRC)

Story by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, with significant contribution by Capt. Maribel Ortega 

What happens to Army field equipment when it gets dirty, banged up or needs to be repaired? If you’re at the Army’s Logistics Readiness Center in West Point, New York, you call the Oregon Army National Guard.

Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers from Oregon’s 3670th Component Repair Company, 821st Troop Command, spent their two-week active duty at West Point Academy in New York, Jan. 25 – Feb. 7.

The mission was to conduct technical inspection of all optics and night vision equipment and provide training and equipment needs for West Point’s future sustainment capabilities. The equipment is used during the summer for training by cadets who attend the academy.

The Oregon National Guard 3670th CRC is the first National Guard unit across the nation to be approved and funded for this unique ARNG/RC mission support to AMC Facilities. This includes Armament Section for weapons repair and Electronics Section for PVS and Radio repair.

The Soldiers were led by 1st Lt. Andrew Leckie and Sgt. 1st Class Peter Hachey.

According to the unit’s company commander, Capt. Maribel Ortega, the mission was an extremely valuable training opportunity for the unit’s Soldiers.

From front, final testing of optical devices is conducted by Pfc. Brian Andrews; Staff Sgt. Dustin Miller; Pfc. George Costa and Spc. Andrew Cobb at the Logistics Readiness Center, West Point, New York, Feb. 3. (Photo by Kathleen Silvia, West Point LRC)

“This is extremely valuable training for all Soldiers, to be able to travel with equipment and perform their actual MOS for a military instillation that was badly in need of our assistance,” Ortega said. “This high-operational tempo over the course of 11 production days allowed Soldiers to have high moral and enjoy a valuable experience and training at an installation such as West Point.”

During the two-week period, Soldiers performed service and repair on more than 1,600 individual pieces of equipment, including 808 night vision and 800 aiming lasers. Soldiers also had an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the M-110 sniper rifle, 240 Bravo weapon, the .30 cal. Browning machine gun, and various other WWII weapons.

"She and her staff should be credited with the amazing technical skills and professionalism they displayed in conducting these repairs for us. It was a win-win," said Kathleen Silvia, West Point LRC, Logistics Operations about Ortega and the unit’s Soldiers.

Ortega added that her Soldiers worked at an extremely strong pace, leading them to complete more than the original estimate.  As they completed their tasks early, they were able to take a field trip to New York City to experience the sights in one of the U.S.’s largest cities.

“This was a huge boost for moral, and allowed the Soldiers to tour of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Rockefeller Center and the World Trade Center Memorial. It’s always important as Soldiers to remember those who came before and what we are fighting to defend for our country,” Ortega added.

The 3670th Component Repair Company is already approved and funded to perform two more Annual Training rotations in March and April at West Point and two additional rotations at White Sands Missile Range, NM.  LRCs (WP or WS) have specific mission and workload needs for Installations/LRCs and the National Guard units across the nation can assist in providing the manpower through Annual Training. Soldiers work on their unique MOS skills and accomplish training on their METL tasks for the year.

The U.S. Army Sustainment Command manages 72 LRCs worldwide that provide field maintenance expertise, transportation services, and base logistics support.