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Maintenance Management: Is There a FED LOG® Download Alternative?
By | Feb. 26, 2024
MSG Half-Mast was asked how to update non-networked MSDs with the latest version of FED LOG®. Read on for his answer...

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Packaging: 2024 DoD Shelf-Life Course Dates
By | Dec. 14, 2023
The DoD Shelf-Life (SL) course, a two-day resident program of instruction, has dates available in 2024. Keep reading to find out what they are and how to register...

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Log/Maint Management: Advanced Manufacturing at CECOM
By | Oct. 27, 2023
There’s a new development called advanced manufacturing that can help improve readiness rates by increasing parts availability. CECOM is quickly adopting this technology. Learn more here…...

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Logistics Management: 2023 Army Logistics Excellence Award Winners
By | Oct. 19, 2023
Read on to find out which units won the Fiscal Year 2023 Army Chief of Staff Logistics Excellence Awards...

Packaging: DD Form 2477 Updated
By | Sept. 13, 2023
There’s an update to DD Form 2477. Keep reading to find out how it affects you...

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Packaging: FY24 PACK 2 Course Schedule
By | Sept. 6, 2023
The PACK 2 Military Packaging Design Course is open for enrollment. Read on to find out more about the course and how to sign up!...

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MRZR Polaris: Not Army Supported, So No RPSTL
By | Aug. 14, 2023
The MRZR Polaris utility vehicle is a unit-purchased item. That means there’s no RPSTL because the Army doesn’t maintain them, and spare parts and equipment must be a local purchase. Keep reading to learn more...

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Maintenance Mngt: SOUMs, MAMs and MIMs, Oh My!
By | Aug. 10, 2023
There’s a great one-stop-shop for SOUMs, MAMs and MIMs, as well as other safety and maintenance messages. Keep reading to learn more...

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Packaging: Properly Managing CPG 5 Items
By | Aug. 10, 2023
CPG 5 covers the proper Care of Supplies in Storage (COSIS) of items containing hazardous materials (HAZMAT). Keep reading to learn more!...

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Ground Vehicles: Electrical Terminal NSNs
By | July 26, 2023
This article initially appeared in PS 549 (Aug 98), p.58. Warfighters, get an electrical terminal kit with NSN 5940-00-525-0907 or just replace the terminals that you are low on. Get the terminal NSNs here...

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Corrosion: Training the Basics
By | July 7, 2023
Maintenance leaders, PS has an excellent PowerPoint presentation that you can download and use to train Soldiers on basic corrosion information or tailor to your equipment and vehicles. Read on...

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Packaging: Managing CPG 4 Items
By | June 29, 2023
CPG 4 covers Shelf-Life (SL) Type 2 expendable items. Units can benefit from effectively managing extendable items. To learn about the proper COSIS for SL Type 2, read on!...

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Packaging: Turn-In AFES Bottles Correctly
By | June 26, 2023
Need to turn in AFES bottles but not sure how? Keep reading to find out what you need to do...

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Packaging: Managing CPG 3 - SL Type 1
By | May 24, 2023
CPG 3 covers Shelf-Life (SL) Type 1 Non-Expendable items, which require exacting care and management. To learn tips on the proper COSIS for SL Type I, read on!...

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M1022-Series Dolly Set Mobilizer: Tire and Wheel Assembly NSN
By | May 10, 2023
Maintainers, the current TM for the M1022-series dolly set mobilizer doesn’t include the NSN for the tire and wheel assembly. Get it here...

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Ground Vehicles: View New CARC Spot Painting Videos
By | May 9, 2023
TACOM CPC has released new CARC spot painting videos. There’s a video for using aerosol paints and a video for using pint and quart kits. Get more info...

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Log Management: CY 2022 Petroleum Excellence Winners
By | May 5, 2023
The annual Petroleum Excellence awards recognize superior performance in petroleum management and fuel handling. The CY22 Petroleum Excellence awards are announced. To find out where to get the list of winners, read on…...

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I Own This Campaign: Nominate a Deserving Warfighter
By | May 5, 2023
Taking ownership and pride in assigned vehicles and equipment is vital to ensuring personal, unit and fleet readiness. Without this personal investment and active involvement, Warfighters fail to ensure preventive and...

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Ground Vehicles: Want to Order in Bulk?
By | April 14, 2023
There are items you can order in bulk for your vehicles and equipment. Ordering in bulk can save units money and ensure high-usage items are available when needed. Here’s how to find what you can order in bulk...

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Maintenance Mgmt: Army Software Factory PMCS App Update
By | April 13, 2023
The Army Software Factory (SWF) has added a new feature to the PMCS app. It allows users to add Unit Identification Codes (UICs) to their equipment lists. Keep reading to find out more...

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GCSS-Army: Introducing My Workplace UI5
By | March 28, 2023
The new AIT UI5 interface offers improvements to make materiel management easier. Read on to find out how...

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Small Arms: Firing Range NSNs
By | March 22, 2023
This article initially appeared in PS 762 (May 16). With spring comes trips to the firing range. Here’s a list of NSNs you may need to run your range successfully. Keep reading to get the list…...

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Log Management: DLA Technical Assistance
By | March 21, 2023
Need help with DLA system access or technical issues? DLA has several ways to assist you. Keep reading to learn what they are!...

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Log Management: DLA Battery Network Program
By | March 13, 2023
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has a Battery Network (BATTNET) Program designed to increase the shelf life and safety of batteries as well as reduce premature disposals. Keep reading to learn more about this program...

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Small Arms: Replacing Lower Receiver?
By | Feb. 28, 2023
When the lower receiver is changed out, the job isn’t done until the paperwork is complete. Keep reading to see what must be done…...

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Packaging: Managing COSIS ESDS Items
By | Feb. 27, 2023
COSIS ESDS items require special care and handling. There are a number of important requirements to keep in mind to avoid damage to these high-value items. Read on to learn the details!...

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PS Magazine: A One-Stop Shop for 70 Years of PS
By | Feb. 14, 2023
This article initially appeared in PS 783, p.61. Want a peek at PS history? We have the website for you! Get a glimpse of the PS gang from years gone by…...

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Packaging: Managing COSIS MOP 50 Items
By | Feb. 3, 2023
Need know more about COSIS Priority Group (CPG) 1 - MOP 50 items, what they are and tips on their proper care? Read on!...

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Small Arms and Ammunition: Keep Good Accountability
By | Jan. 30, 2023
Lost or stolen military weapons and ammo could end up in the wrong hands and used indiscriminately. Do your part to stop this from happening by maintaining proper accountability of weapons and munitions entrusted to your...

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Half-Mast Sends: Keep on Trucking
By | Jan. 26, 2023
The war in Ukraine is offering a lot of lessons. The question is: Are we learning them? An informative CNN article offers some insights on the importance of maintenance and logistics basics that are worth heeding. And we...

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PS Magazine Year-In-Review: Top 10 Website Downloads
By | Jan. 13, 2023
The PS Magazine website features helpful documents, posters and charts that were downloaded over 80,000 times. You might be interested to learn what the most downloaded items were. Read on to find out...

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Packaging: New COSIS Approach
By | Jan. 11, 2023
The new COSIS priority groups will help you prioritize which stored items need to be inspected. Click on the link to learn more about these CPGs...

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Log Management: DLA Price Challenge Request
By | Dec. 19, 2022
If an item seems overpriced, DLA might be able to help. Keep reading to find out how...

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Log/Maint Management: Ordnance Goes “Under the Hood”
By | Dec. 19, 2022
The Ordnance Corps has a new video podcast on YouTube® that covers helpful topics. Read on to learn more...

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Safety: Are You and Your Vehicles Ready for Winter?
By | Nov. 22, 2022
This article initially appeared in PS 792 (Nov 18), p. 12. Maintenance leaders, winter is here and requires more preparation and maintenance for vehicles. But that’s not all, read on…...

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JLTV: Visit UTAP for Additional Vehicle Training Info
By | Nov. 14, 2022
If you’re looking for additional training material, lesson plans, schematics and more for the JLTV, just visit UTAP. Read about it here…...

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PS Magazine: New How-To Video Section Optimizes Website Experience
By | Nov. 4, 2022
PS introduces the new PS How-To Videos section which has several short tutorials (two minutes or less) designed to optimize your experience using this website. Get more info here…...

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Log Management: DLA’s Self-Help Page
By | Nov. 1, 2022
Use DLA’s Self-Help page to try to resolve issues and answer basic questions about doing business with DLA. If you still need help, contact the DLA Customer Interaction Center. Read on for the details...

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PS Magazine Posters: Help Spread the Word
By | Oct. 28, 2022
The Nov 2019 PS Magazine was its last 64-page, cartoon-illustrated issue. Taking its place is this website, and we STILL need your help to promote it. Attached are two versions of a poster you can print out and put in day...

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Logistics: DLA Makes It Easier to Stay on Target
By | Oct. 26, 2022
DLA has made it easier to order over 50 types of qualification targets. Keep reading to learn more...

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Maint Managment: Soak Up Motor Pool Spills, Then Dispose Properly
By | Oct. 24, 2022
It’s important to use the right process to soak up oil spills in the motor pool. Read on for more info...

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AUSA 2022 Interview with GEN Daly, AMC CG
By | Oct. 12, 2022
GEN Edward Daly, AMC Commanding General sits down with Jen Judson of Defense News to discuss logistics lessons learned arising from the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Keep reading for the video link...

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Log Management: Introducing SLES
By | Sept. 23, 2022
The Shelf-Life Extension System (SLES) can help you determine if shelf life Type II can be extended as usable items. Keep reading to find out how. ...

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Corrosion: Keep Corrosion at Bay
By | Sept. 14, 2022
To help prevent corrosion, keep plenty of desiccant on hand. Get the NSN here…...

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Log/Maint Management: AdvM DR and JAMMEX Integration
By | Aug. 31, 2022
AdvM DR integration with JAMMEX will offer expanded capabilities and conveniences for users across the DoD. Read on to find out more...

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Maintenance Management: Read IETMs with IADS
By | Aug. 24, 2022
IADS will make it easier to view IETMs. The program is available for download now and doesn’t require administrator rights to install on a government computer or laptop...

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Log/Maint Management: 2022 Logistics Excellence Award Winners
By | Aug. 10, 2022
Congratulations to the winners and runners-up of 2022’s Chief of Staff of the Army Combined Logistics Excellence Awards (CLEA)! The CLEA consist of the Army Award for Maintenance Excellence (AAME), Deployment Excellence Award...

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Logistics Management: Two Types of Shelf Life
By | Aug. 2, 2022
Did you know there are two types of shelf life (SL) items, Type I and Type II? Read on to find out the difference between the two types and how one of them allows you to extend an item's shelf-life...

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GCSS-Army: Help Desk Contact Info Changes
By | July 26, 2022
Take note! The phone number and email address for the GCSS-Army Enterprise Help Desk changed in April 2022. Keep reading to get the new contact info...

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Publications: FAM Chart Update Info
By | July 21, 2022
Need a list of publications to update your familiarization or FAM chart? Wondering what format you should use to store your publications? MSG Half-Mast has answers to both questions in this article...

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PS Magazine: An Authoritative Readiness Resource
By | July 20, 2022
Sometimes we get questions about the authority of PS Magazine. Here's the scoop on that...

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PMCS: Get SWF’s New PMCS App
By | June 14, 2022
The Army Software Factory (SWF) has released a new application aimed at helping Soldiers conduct PMCS by providing easier access to technical manuals (TMs) and an improved PMCS experience. Keep reading to learn more...

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MSD-V4: How to Perform Initial Login
By | June 13, 2022
It’s finally time to use the newly fielded Maintenance Support Device Version 4 (MSD-V4) and you have questions. How do I log into the system? Where do I go for help if needed? We have the answers...

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Maintenance Management: The Rise of IADS
By | June 9, 2022
Interactive Authoring and Display Software (IADS) is on the way to eliminate paper technical manuals (TMs) and the need to upload electronic technical manual (ETM) revisions from CDs to give Soldiers a digital, interactive TM...

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Logistics Management: DLA Fuel Card Intro
By | May 11, 2022
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is offering a new fuel card. Read on to learn more about it...

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Logistics Management: DLA Menu of Services QR Code
By | May 2, 2022
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) recently launched a webpage that highlights its products and support services. You need the QR code in this article to access it. Read on!...

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Logistics Management: MDL Moved to milSuite
By | March 24, 2022
Leaders, have you been looking for the latest Master Divestiture List (MDL)? If so, here's where to find it today...

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MSD: CM Tool Update Available
By | March 16, 2022
An update for the maintenance support device (MSD) V4 that protects the device from unauthorized Windows updates when it’s connected to a network is available on CM Tool. Here's more info on that update...

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Logistics: Not Optional Says the Army Chief of Staff
By | March 16, 2022
In a recent article appearing in Breaking Defense, writer Valerie Insinna captured the observations of three top American generals about key lessons learned so far from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. One of the lessons...

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Set Up a Virtual TDY with PS Magazine
By | March 3, 2022
PS Magazine was created in 1951 to help Soldiers with maintenance and logistics issues. We’re still here to help after 70 years and we’d like to invite combat, combat support and combat service support units across the Army...

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I Sustain This Recognition Program: Nominate a Deserving Civilian Sustainer
By | March 2, 2022
Maintaining equipment to meet combat readiness requirements and stay in the fight, even under the most arduous of circumstances, often relies on the support of civilian sustainers and maintainers. Here's how you can recognize...

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AOAP: Temporary Gap in Service and Workarounds
By | March 1, 2022
Starting on Feb 20, 2022, the contract that supports the Army Oil Analysis Program (AOAP) will experience a gap in service. Read on to learn more about its impact...

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Publications: Are Paper TMs Still Available?
By | Feb. 15, 2022
We have multiple vehicles without a -10 TM available for the operators to perform PMCS. That means that a lot of equipment gets dispatched without maintenance or the knowledge of how to properly operate them. Is there any way...

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Logistics & Maintenance Management: 2021 Year-In-Review
By | Jan. 26, 2022
From January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021, the Logistics/Maintenance Management section of the PS Magazine website welcomed 6,667 visitors who viewed 9,385 articles. As a part of the PS Magazine year-in-review, we took...

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Packaging: New COSIS Video from PSCC
By | Dec. 17, 2021
Army Sustainment Command’s Packaging, Storage, and Containerization Center (PSCC) has released the latest video in their Care of Supplies in Storage (COSIS) series, Module 6: Care & Remediation of Electrostatic Discharge...

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Log Mgmt: AR 750-1 Is Authority for Correct MEL Calculation
By | Dec. 13, 2021
Over the last several years, the guidance on calculating Maintenance Expenditure Limits (MELs) has been unclear. Here’s the bottom line: The governing guidance for MEL computations is AR 750-1. And here's the correct...

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FedMall—Oct 12 Deadline to Keep Accounts Active
By | Oct. 7, 2021
There’s an Oct 12 deadline to ensure folks keep their FedMall accounts active. The FedMall website will be moving to a new platform and DLA needs to ensure users’ log-on info is up-to-date and activated before this migration...

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Logistics Management: AMPS Is the Gateway to DLA
By | Sept. 24, 2021
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Account Management and Provisioning System (AMPS) allows requests for access to DLA business applications. After the request is submitted, AMPS allows users to track the request and receive...

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Log/Maint Management: 2021 AAME, DEA and SEA Award Winners
By | Sept. 1, 2021
Congratulations to the winners and runners-up of this year’s Chief of Staff of the Army Logistics Excellence Awards (AAME), Deployment Excellence Awards (DEA) and Supply Excellence Awards (SEA)!...

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The Future is Now: AMC Implements Additive Manufacturing Digital Thread
By | Aug. 24, 2021
To be successful, AMC has to not only focus on present challenges but anticipate future opportunities that will enable it to sustain Army readiness smarter, faster, safer and more cost-effectively. One emerging technology...

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PS Magazine: A Trusted Source for Readiness Information
By | July 20, 2021
For 70 years, Soldiers—as well as other service personnel—have relied on PS Magazine to get the late-breaking, correct information they need to keep their fleets combat ready. Still, a question continues to pop up in motor...

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Logistics Management: 2020 Petroleum Excellence Awards
By | July 8, 2021
The US Army’s annual Petroleum Excellence Awards enhance petroleum readiness by recognizing achievements in petroleum management and fuel handling, while promoting awareness and strict adherence to petroleum operations...

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Logistics Management: Tire Shelf Life vs Service Life
By | July 2, 2021
Dear Editor, there’s been some confusion in the field about the difference between a tire’s shelf life and its service life. (Read on to discover the difference)...

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Log Management: Take Advantage of DLA’s RTD Program
By | May 26, 2021
Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Disposition Services offers a variety of serviceable property through the reutilization, transfer and donation (RTD) program. Department of Defense (DOD) units and other agencies eligible for...

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MSD V4: Don’t Connect to the Network
By | May 7, 2021
Don’t connect your rugged or light MSD V4 to any networks under any circumstances until further notice...

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Modernization Displacement and Repair Sites: MDRS 101
By | Feb. 25, 2021
Soldiers, you may have heard that the Army has a new program being established to support modernization and equipment divestiture. Well, you’re correct. Modernization Displacement and Repair Sites (MDRSs) are being set up at...

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Don’t Spin Our Wheels!
By | Feb. 23, 2021
This article initially appeared in PS 759 (May 16), p. 1. PS Magazine gets lots of maintenance and supply questions each month. Sometimes we can send out an immediate answer. Other times, those answers take a couple days to a...

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Maintenance Training: Find Every Chance to Teach
By | Jan. 22, 2021
Listen up! The next time a vehicle comes into the shop with an apparent low tire psi, ask the operator if they have a tire gauge. Then ask them how to check the tire’s psi. You might be surprised to find out what they don't...

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PS Magazine: Help Us Help You
By | Dec. 23, 2020
Each day, emails from Soldiers and DoD civilians all over the world come into PS Magazine seeking answers to challenges they're facing while maintaining their vehicles and equipment. And each day, Half-Mast or a member of his...

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UTAP: You’re Just a Click Away!
By | Nov. 17, 2020
This article initially appeared in PS 798 (May 19), p. 20-21. TACOM’s Unit Training Assistance Program, UTAP, provides approved training materials for a variety of TACOM-managed equipment...

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GCSS-Army: New Cause Codes
By | Nov. 12, 2020
It’s important for leaders to be aware of emerging cyber threats and other vulnerabilities. To help them, the GCSS-Army development team has created the following new cause codes to identify faults and notifications related...

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Packaging: Hip-Pocket Guide Available for Download
By | July 31, 2020
Packaging: The Basics (Jun 20) is an easy-to-use guide provided by the Army Sustainment Command’s Packaging, Storage and Containerization Center (PSCC)...

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Logistics Management: Logistics Warriors Wanted
By | June 23, 2020
HQDA Deputy Chief of Staff G-4 is looking for a few stellar logistics warriors! A logistics warrior is anyone who’s done an outstanding job that should be recognized by the logistics community. For example, they can be a...

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PS Magazine: 2019 Index of Online Articles
By | June 12, 2020
Some of our readers have asked for an index of the latest articles. We listened and created a 2019 PS index. It has all the PS Magazine articles that appeared on our website starting in mid-2019...

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SMR Codes Give the Clues
By | March 9, 2020
This article initially appeared in PS 775, Pages 55-59.Having trouble finding or getting a part? You may be surprised to find the reason why is right at your fingertips. That’s because many TMs give clues about items in the...

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AN/AVS-7(V) 10 Heads Up Display: Turn In Unserviceable Stock and Excess
By | Feb. 26, 2020
CECOM is asking the field to turn in all unserviceable stock and all available excess of the following Class 9 items because there’s currently a shortage. This list includes items that support the AN/AVS-7(V)10 Heads Up...


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MK19: Property Book Serial Number Confusion Cleared
By | Dec. 19, 2019
Dear Editor, some units with MK19 grenade machine guns (Mods 3 and 4) have incorrect serial numbers listed on the property book. That's because the weapon is etched/engraved with both a serial number and the month/year of...

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POL: How Low Can I Go?
By | Nov. 18, 2019
Dear Connie, when my unit puts our petroleum equipment in low-usage or administrative storage, am I still required to perform PMCS and conduct filter effectiveness tests (FETs)? Click MORE to read Connie's response...

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GCSS-Army: Can I Assign a Serial Number?
By | Oct. 24, 2019
MSG Half-Mast answers a question about whether a unit can add serial numbers to computer monitors. It's only possible if there's first a Serial Number Profile (SNP). Read on to learn more...

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Supply Management: Signature Required for Supply Pickup
By | Oct. 22, 2019
Supply Support Activity (SSA) accountable officers (AOs), did you know there’s a message out on customer pick-up and signature requirements? Be sure to eyeball it. Soldiers, before you leave the SSA with your supplies, make...

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PSCC: Turn to PSCC for HAZMAT Help
By | Sept. 30, 2019
If you need to store or ship HAZMAT, turn to the Army Sustainment Command’s Packaging, Storage and Containerization Center (PSCC) for advice...

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DLA: How Do I RTD?
By | Sept. 30, 2019
Cloe answers a question about how units can order furniture from DLA. Keep reading to learn more...

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COMET: Nowhere to Turn? Turn to COMET
By | Aug. 27, 2019
If your new job requires you to set up an arms or CBRN room, manage your unit’s property accountability or figure out what TMs your unit needs, you may need COMET. Keep reading to learn more...