Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Usar Soldiers Breathe Life into Military Vehicles

Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Usar Soldiers Breathe Life into Military Vehicles

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CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - Just like junk yards in the United States, the junk yard in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait is concerned with salvaging parts and using those parts to return vehicles to service.

Fifteen Army Reserve Soldiers from the Onalaska, Wis., 458th Ordnance Company, are deployed to Camp Arifjan in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where they run the Controlled Parts Reclamation (CPR) point, stripping unserviceable vehicles for essential parts. They also visit other salvage yards to collect parts.

Their work has saved the Army approximately $732,000 in just four months of operation, according to CWO A.R. Ballard, 321st Theater Material Management Center (TMMC), forward fleet maintenance management officer in charge. The 321st is an Army Reserve unit from Baton Rouge, La.

Prior to implementing the program, vehicles went to the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office, the collection point for excess military property, and turned into scrap metal.

"It's a supplement to the overall logistics system," Ballard said about CPR. "It's been a $700,000 infusion of parts that cost zero dollars. We've saved because we didn't have to purchase the parts. This seemed like the fastest, easiest way to get those parts."

The 458th Ord. Co. team includes mechanics, inspectors, supply clerks, an administrative specialist and a warrant officer in charge. The inspectors identify usable parts, mechanics remove them and a welder removes major fasteners with a torch or impact wrench.

Salvageable parts include variant springs, frame rails, ballistic doors and glass, fuel tanks, gauge panels, hard-to-find bolts and items with long ship dates. The Soldiers then clean and tag the items by condition: A for brand new parts in original packaging. B is like new, but not in the original package; and F is serviceable or repairable, but needs to be tested or inspected. Finally, they transport the parts to a warehouse to be integrated into the system. …

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