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PMCS: Good PM Takes More Than Just the TM
| Nov. 22, 2022
This article initially appeared in PS 774 (May 17), p. 1. Use your eyes, ears, nose and hands to help you uncover problems that could deadline your vehicle. Read on for more info…...
PS Magazine: New How-To Video Section Optimizes Website Experience
| 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…...
PS Magazine Posters: Help Spread the Word
| 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...
Maintenance Mngt: Soak Up Motor Pool Spills, Then Dispose Properly
| 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...
AUSA 2022 Interview with GEN Daly, AMC CG
| 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...
Ground Vehicles: Lead-Acid Battery Storage
| Sept. 1, 2022
Flooded cell and absorbed glass material (AGM) batteries can be stored and charged in the same container as long as you follow the guidelines in TM 9-6140-200-13 (May 11). We’ve got the details here…...
Log/Maint Management: AdvM DR and JAMMEX Integration
| 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...
Maintenance Management: Read IETMs with IADS
| 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...
Log/Maint Management: 2022 Logistics Excellence Award Winners
| 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...
GCSS-Army: Help Desk Contact Info Changes
| 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...
Safety: Motor Pool Pointers
| July 26, 2022
Do you feel "Army safe" in the workplace? Read this article to check out our top safety tips on the job...
Publications: FAM Chart Update Info
| 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...
PS Magazine: An Authoritative Readiness Resource
| July 20, 2022
Sometimes we get questions about the authority of PS Magazine. Here's the scoop on that...
Publications: Where Have All the PTILs Gone?
| July 6, 2022
The Publications Tailored Index Listing (PTIL) is a record of every Department of the Army technical and equipment publication an individual unit should have on hand to inventory, operate and maintain all equipment found in...
PMCS: Get SWF’s New PMCS App
| 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...
MSD-V4: How to Perform Initial Login
| 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...
Ground Vehicles: Drive Like Your Life Depends on It!
| June 10, 2022
Warfighters, MSG Half-Mast requests you huddle up with your fellow Soldiers and remind them that driving tactical vehicles is serious business. Just how serious is it? Find out here...
Maintenance Management: The Rise of IADS
| 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...
Logistics Management: DLA Fuel Card Intro
| May 11, 2022
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is offering a new fuel card. Read on to learn more about it...
Corrosion: Bust Rust with TACOM CCI Checklists
| March 31, 2022
Maintenance leaders, did you know the TACOM Corrosion website has corrosion control inspection (CCI) checklists? It sure does. Here's what you need to know...
IADS: Export and Import Function Enables Sharing of Notes
| March 29, 2022
For Soldiers using IADS to view IETMS—which is primarily limited to aviation and missile units at present—there’s a relatively new feature to be aware of: the ability to export and import notes, particularly those relating to...
GCSS-Army: Use “My Work Place” for Increased Productivity
| March 23, 2022
GCSS-Army’s Automated Identification Technology (AIT) “My Work Place” User Interface 5 (UI5) allows end users to conduct day-to-day tasks in less time while minimizing the potential for errors, increasing productivity. Read...
MSD: CM Tool Update Available
| 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...
Logistics: Not Optional Says the Army Chief of Staff
| 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...
Set Up a Virtual TDY with PS Magazine
| 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...
I Sustain This Recognition Program: Nominate a Deserving Civilian Sustainer
| 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...
AOAP: Temporary Gap in Service and Workarounds
| 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...
Corrosion: New Documents Published
| Feb. 25, 2022
Corrosion is an ongoing battle. To ensure this menace never wins the day, two new corrosion policy and procedures publications are available...
Publications: Are Paper TMs Still Available?
| 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...
Logistics & Maintenance Management: 2021 Year-In-Review
| 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...
Log Mgmt: AR 750-1 Is Authority for Correct MEL Calculation
| 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...
FedMall—Oct 12 Deadline to Keep Accounts Active
| 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...
Ground Vehicles: QR Codes for PMCS Not TACOM-Endorsed
| Aug. 26, 2021
Dear MSG Half-Mast, I work on a Command Maintenance Evaluation/Maintenance Assistance Instruction (COMET/MAIT) team and keep seeing quick response (QR) codes used to access the PMCS tables of a vehicle’s TMs. Can they be...
The Future is Now: AMC Implements Additive Manufacturing Digital Thread
| 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...
I Own This Campaign: Nominate a Deserving Warfighter
| Aug. 16, 2021
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...
PS Magazine: A Trusted Source for Readiness Information
| 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...
Logistics Management: Tire Shelf Life vs Service Life
| 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)...
Maintaining it Means Using It
| July 1, 2021
It’s common sense that equipment works “best” when operated daily, weekly and on a monthly basis, right? The cold reality is common sense flies out the window when a vehicle is allowed to sit idle for a long time...
Yellow Safety Paint
| June 15, 2021
This article initially appeared in PS 766 (Sep 16), p. 61. Get a 5-gal container of yellow safety paint with NSN 8010-01-019-1776. This water-based latex is used to paint guide marks and warning lines inside your motor pool...
PS Magazine: Save Articles for Future Reference
| May 26, 2021
Dear Editor, as an AMC TACOM LAR, I find PS articles useful. They address current problems not found in the TMs or in ARs. I print articles and give them to armorers and maintainers...
MSD V4: Don’t Connect to the Network
| May 7, 2021
Don’t connect your rugged or light MSD V4 to any networks under any circumstances until further notice...
Modernization Displacement and Repair Sites: MDRS 101
| 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...
Don’t Spin Our Wheels!
| 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...
Maintenance Training: Find Every Chance to Teach
| 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...
PS Magazine: Help Us Help You
| 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...
UTAP: You’re Just a Click Away!
| 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...
FRS: Diesel Engine Turn-in and Procurement Process
| Aug. 14, 2020
Supply techs, before turning in or ordering the diesel engine, NSN 2815-01-558-2770 or NSN 2815-01-559-2661, be sure your maintenance techs contact the Forward Repair System (FRS) equipment specialist or item manager for...
PS Magazine: 2019 Index of Online Articles
| 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...
SMR Codes Give the Clues
| 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...
Maintenance Terrain Walk: MTW Boosts Unit Readiness
| Jan. 22, 2020
This article initially appeared in Issue PS 770, pages 40-41. No unit, no matter how well-trained, can fight and win on the battlefield with poorly maintained equipment. At the end of the day, all maintenance actions must...
NVGs: Purging Applies to All Units
| Nov. 26, 2019
Dear Half-Mast, I have a question about purging AN/PVS-14 night vision goggles (NVGs). Are the Reserves required to purge semiannually? To see MSG Half-Mast's response, click MORE...
POL: How Low Can I Go?
| 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...
COMET: Nowhere to Turn? Turn to COMET
| 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...