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Safety: Are You and Your Vehicles Ready for Winter?
| 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…...
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…...
Cold Weather: Some Must-Read PS Articles to Prepare, Plan & Train
| Nov. 15, 2022
Updated 15 Nov 2022: Warfighters, it’s time to gear up and prepare for the many challenges of cold weather, not to mention the hazards of winter driving. Read on info and links to cold weather articles...
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…...
Stryker: Turn off LAP Default to Change DVE/DSAD Settings
| Oct. 6, 2022
A software update prevents crews from making manual adjustments to DVE and DSAD settings. Keep reading to find out how to remove local area processing (LAP) as the default setting...
Corrosion: Keep Corrosion at Bay
| Sept. 14, 2022
To help prevent corrosion, keep plenty of desiccant on hand. Get the NSN here…...
All Fleets: Promote Safety by Avoiding the “Dirty Dozen”
| Sept. 9, 2022
The nemesis to Army safety is a “dirty dozen” of human-centered factors. Keep reading to learn what these factors are and ways to avoid them...
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…...
M1296 ICV-D Stryker: XM813 Cannon Safety Pawl Limitations
| Aug. 10, 2022
Operators need to be aware of two situations that can cause an accidental discharge with the XM813 cannon. Read on for information on how to avoid those situations...
Tactical Vehicles: Shocking Truth behind Defective Batteries
| Aug. 3, 2022
Warfighters, new batteries are often returned to the Army supply system as unserviceable after only a few days or weeks. Did you know that very few of these new batteries prove to be defective at all? As shocking as that...
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...
Ground Vehicles: Don’t Use Tire Shine Products
| June 24, 2022
Operators, we warned you about using tire shine products in our story on Page 15 of PS 791 (Oct 18). Sure, you want your ride to sparkle; however, using tire shine products to get that sparkle isn’t authorized. That’s because...
Be Prepared for Hot Weather: A List of Must-Read PS Articles
| June 21, 2022
Soldiers, even though it happens every year, it somehow seems to sneak up on us. It’s summer and the heat is on! Read on to see how to keep you and your equipment cool...
M1070A1 HET: Two Versions of 5th Wheel Assembly
| June 21, 2022
Units, keep in mind that there are two versions of the M1070A1 HET 5th wheel assembly, NSN 2510-01-599-8628. Keep reading to learn more about each...
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...
Ground Vehicles: Don’t go off the Rails with Secondary Cargo Loads
| June 6, 2022
On Pages 11-15 of PS 758 (Jan 16), we told you that when equipment, palletized cargo or small vehicles are loaded onto or into the cargo areas of trucks or trailers transported by rail, it’s called a secondary cargo load. Get...
Stryker: Maintaining and Troubleshooting the Air Accessory Manifold
| June 1, 2022
Maintainers, ever wondered how the Stryker’s air accessory manifold functions? Or what’s the best way to identify and isolate manifold problems? This article answers those questions, so read on about this critical Stryker...
Safety: Off-Duty Awareness Sustains the Force
| May 3, 2022
Mission success always includes safety. When the mission is over, safety doesn’t stop. Read on to learn about resources to make off-duty safety a priority...
Stryker: Field-Level Welding Repair Program
| April 21, 2022
There’s a new field-level welding repair program for Strykers called the Unit Welding Immersion Program (UWIP) that’s intended to help shorten the current turnaround time for welding-related faults. Click >> MORE...
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...
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...
Ground Vehicles: Arctic Oil Replacement
| Feb. 9, 2022
A new multi-functional, heavy-duty, arctic engine oil called synthetic multi-purpose lubricant (OE/HDO-SMPL-I) is now replacing the old OEA-30...
Combat Vehicles: 2021 Year-in-Review
| Jan. 25, 2022
Another year, another 525,600 minutes of preventive maintenance. Although it’s hard to pinpoint a definitive trend when it comes to maintenance issues among combat vehicle fleets in 2021, one clear trend was the need to...
Stryker: Calibrate and Maintain Height Management System
| Jan. 24, 2022
Stryker maintainer, the most important thing you can do to maintain a high level of readiness is to properly calibrate the height management system (HMS). Proper calibration requires use of the height management unit (HMU),...
Combat and Tactical Vehicles: Improved BDAR Tire Repair Kit
| Nov. 29, 2021
Listen up! The battle damage assessment and repair (BDAR) kit’s ground combat tire repair stand-alone kit, NSN 5180-01-542-8146, has been updated. The tire repair kit is now smaller, lighter, tougher and costs less...
Stryker: Height Management System PM
| Nov. 23, 2021
Operators, preventive maintenance is very important for making sure your Stryker’s height management system (HMS) works like it should. So follow these tips to keep your Stryker’s HMS functioning so it doesn’t end up on a DA...
Maintenance Mgmt: NSNs for Motor Pool Safety Items
| Oct. 20, 2021
Keep these NSNs handy for safety items used in the motor pool...
Maintenance Mgmt: Ground Guiding is Serious Business
| Sept. 20, 2021
Army equipment is often large and awkward to move. Safely maneuvering large equipment, especially in tight spaces, requires properly trained and positioned ground guides. Learn more here...
Maintenance Mgmt: Leaders Teach & Train PMCS
| Sept. 20, 2021
Listen up! The next time a vehicle goes 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...
Maintenance Mgmt: The Cold Reality about PMCS
| Sept. 20, 2021
Army equipment gets used in some of the worst conditions imaginable. It’s common sense that equipment works “best” when operated daily, weekly and on a monthly basis...
Stryker: Maintain RWS to Get Most Bang for the Buck
| Sept. 7, 2021
One sound you never want to hear while in a firefight or qualifying at the live-fire range is a “click” instead of a “bang.” That “click” sound means something is wrong with your Stryker’s remote weapon station (RWS)! But by...
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...
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...
Combat Vehicles: LRU Troubleshooting and NGATS/DSESTS
| Aug. 3, 2021
Some units are turning in line replaceable units (LRUs) as unserviceable when they’re actually in good working condition. Turning in serviceable LRUs drives up costs and makes units spend money unnecessarily. Not to mention...
Strykers: Maintaining the Mortar Carrier Vehicle’s RMS6-L
| July 29, 2021
Crewmen, your M1129A1 MCV, M1251A1 MCVV and M1252 MCVV Stryker’s RMS6-L 120mm mortar system needs a lot of attention to stay combat ready. Keep the following Do’s and Don’ts in mind so that your mortar does its job:...
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...
AFES: Safety Videos Available
| July 8, 2021
There’s a four-part safety video available that shows what happens when you discharge an unrestrained automatic fire extinguishing system (AFES) bottle without the anti-recoil plug installed...
M1-Series Tanks, Stryker FOV: STORM SLX Not Compatible with RWS and CROWS
| July 2, 2021
Crewmen, there’s some important info you need to know about the AN/PSQ-23 illuminator, integrated, small arms (STORM SLX), NSN 5855-01-647-6498. That model STORM is not compatible with the remote weapon system (RWS) and...
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...
Safety: Stay Alert On and Off Duty
| June 23, 2021
Safety is an important consideration whether you’re on or off duty...
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...
Combat Vehicles: Always Heed These AFES Safety Tips
| May 27, 2021
Crewmen, the automatic fire extinguishing system (AFES) is critical to the safety of your fellow Soldiers and your vehicle. But serious injuries, or worse, can happen if you mess around with the high-pressure AFES bottles...
Combat Vehicles: Turn in Unserviceable Wiring Harnesses
| May 26, 2021
Commanders, senior NCOs, and maintenance managers, the organic industrial base (OIB) has heard your call for assistance with ground combat systems’ (the M1A2 tank, M2A2 Bradley, M3A3 BFIST and M109A6 Paladin) wiring harness...
Stryker: Only You Can Prevent Fires!
| May 19, 2021
There are far too many Stryker fires happening across the fleet. Damage done just since 2013 has added up to really big bucks! Let’s look at a few things that could help prevent fires from happening...
Stryker: Prevent Component “Snorkeling”
| April 29, 2021
Strykers across the fleet are experiencing height management system (HMS), central tire inflation system (CTIS) and anti-lock braking system (ABS) malfunctions due to fluids and water accumulating in Stryker hull cavities...
Strykers: Prevent N2 Gauge Damage with Simple Fix
| March 15, 2021
All M1129A1 MCV, M1251A1 MCVV and M1252A1 MCVVA1 Stryker mortar carriers have been upgraded with an N2 gauge that allows Soldiers to monitor gas levels in the 120mm mortar’s RMS6-L recuperator. The N2 gauge helps make sure...
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...
Stryker: Charging System Diagnostics and Troubleshooting
| Feb. 16, 2021
Strykers across the fleet are experiencing battery charging problems. This leads to vehicles being non-mission capable (NMC) and readiness taking a big hit. Soldiers can take action now to prevent these problems, mainly by...
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...
Battery Box Coating Compound
| Dec. 9, 2020
This article initially appeared in PS 745 (May 17), p. 61. If the interior coating on your vehicle’s battery box is wearing out, you’ll need to recoat it. Use a wire brush to scrape off rust and old paint. Then, after...
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...
M1128 MGS Stryker: Protect HIRE Shipping Container From the Elements
| Nov. 6, 2020
When you order and receive a Hughes Infra-Red Equipment (HIRE) sensor, NSN 6650-01-599-6753, for your M1128 MGS Stryker, do not store the cardboard shipping container outside where it can get wet from rain, sleet or snow!...
Stryker: Protect Vehicle from Extreme Cold
| Oct. 21, 2020
Parking your Stryker overnight or longer in below zero temps can take a toll on your vehicle. Here are some things you can do to protect your Stryker from biting cold temps and make sure it’s ready for the next mission...
M1135 NBCRV Stryker: BAWS PMCS Change
| Oct. 14, 2020
Does your unit have M1135 NBCRV Strykers? If so, be aware that there’s a change to Item 19 in WP 0103-17 in the quarterly PMCS tables in TM 3-6665-397-13&P (Sep 15). It relates to servicing the biological agent warfare system...
M153 CROWS II: Cover NSNs
| Oct. 2, 2020
Protect your common remotely operated weapons station (CROWS) II from the elements by keeping it covered with the tan cover, NSN 5340-25-162-1081, or the green cover, NSN 5340-25-162-0697...
Stryker: Extended Fuel/Water Can Bracket NSNs
| Sept. 24, 2020
For extended water and fuel cans on Strykers, get right-side brackets with NSN 2590-20-012-4032 and left-side brackets with NSN 2590-20-012-5574. If you didn’t know, the “extended” refers to the brackets being able to hold...
Strykers: Stay on Top of Cannon Tube Record Keeping
| Sept. 8, 2020
Units should keep in mind that good recordkeeping is essential for making sure their M1129A1 MCV, M1251A1 MCVV and M1252 MCVV Stryker’s mortar carrier RMS6-L cannon tubes are ready for training and combat duty...
Stryker: Inspect and Tighten Commander’s Hatch Hinge Bolts
| July 17, 2020
Crewmen, the outboard side of the 1128 MGS Stryker commander’s hatch hinge has four (4) bolts that can loosen from vibrations during normal vehicle operations. Loose bolts can fall out, shear off or be stripped from their...
Wheeled Vehicles: HTV Computer-Based Training Available
| June 23, 2020
Soldiers, the Product Manager Heavy Tactical Vehicles (PM HTV) Distance Learning Center provides computer-based sustainment training for many systems, including HEMTT A4, M1120A4 load handling system (LHS), M983A4 light...
M1252 Stryker: Clean and Lube Cannon Tube
| June 16, 2020
Crewmen, the recoilless mortar system (RMS6-L) on your M1252 Stryker mortar carrier needs a lot of care so it can keep throwing rounds down range. One thing you do that the current TM doesn’t mention is removing the 120mm...
CIPs: Telling Friend from Foe Requires Proper Care
| May 29, 2020
Combat is dangerous enough without having to worry about being shot at by someone on your own side! That’s where combat identification panels (CIPs) come in. CIPs are 24 x 30-in panels that help protect you from friendly...
Stryker: Extended Water and Fuel Can Bracket NSNs
| May 21, 2020
Extended water and fuel can brackets are now available for the Stryker. The new brackets replace the shorter version of the brackets currently installed on each side of the rear ramp. They attach in the same position using...
M1134, M1253 Stryker: Avoid a Missile Mishap!
| May 5, 2020
Crewmen, be sure to always conduct the pre-mission GRIPS tests and correct firing sequences for your anti-tank guided missile system (ATGM) Stryker. If you don’t, it’s possible you could launch an approximately $200,000...
Stryker: Avoid Ramp Crunch with Proper Washer Placement
| April 28, 2020
Mechanics, putting the flat washers in the wrong place when reattaching the ramp chains after maintenance could end up damaging the pulley housing. There are two flat washers, NSN 5310-01-510-5385. Don’t assume that both...
A20 Personnel Heater: Regular Inspections Keep Heat On
| April 28, 2020
The A20 personnel heater doesn’t need scheduled maintenance to work properly. But regularly inspecting the heater will improve its life and performance. Here’s how to make sure the A20 heater does its job of keeping Soldiers...
Stryker: Turn In Unserviceable Taillights
| April 20, 2020
The repair program for the existing Stryker taillight is in short supply. So if you have any unserviceable taillights, NSN 6220-20-006-6025, turn them in right away...
Wheeled Vehicles: Dry Lead-Acid Batteries No Longer Supported in CONUS
| March 26, 2020
The following dry lead-acid batteries for the Army’s wheeled-vehicle fleet are now obsolete: ● 6TMF, NSN 6140-01-469-9184; ● 2HN dry, NSN 6140-00-057-2553; ● 4HN dry, NSN 6140-00-059-3528. Under the DLA Land and Maritime...
Stryker: Ramp PM Keeps Vehicle Mission Ready
| Feb. 11, 2020
Following these tips will help keep your Stryker’s ramp working and make sure you and your fellow Soldiers stay safe during operations:...
M1087A1 Expansible Van: Keep Floor Tracks Clear and Free
| Feb. 11, 2020
When extending or compressing your M1087A1 van, make sure there isn’t any dirt or debris in the floor tracks. Extending or compressing the van while the floor tracks are blocked can seriously damage the van...
Stryker: Un-Brake Engine Compartment Fires!
| Feb. 6, 2020
A fire recently broke out in a Stryker’s engine compartment during an exercise in Poland. And that’s not the first time that an engine compartment fire has recently damaged a Stryker. At least some of the fires were caused...
M1128 MGS Stryker: A/C PM Keeps Vehicle Combat Ready
| Jan. 31, 2020
Refrigerant leaks and bad hydraulic fan motor seals can put the air handling units (AHUs) inside the crew compartment of your M1128 MGS Stryker out of action. And that makes your vehicle NMC! Check out TM 9-2355-321-13&P...
Stryker: Get Organized with Cargo Nets
| Jan. 31, 2020
Get cargo nets for your Stryker with the NSNs below. The nets fit all Stryker variants, including the double V-hull Stryker...
Combat Vehicles: Always Know the LO
| Jan. 30, 2020
All lube, engine oil and hydraulic fluid are pretty much the same, right? Actually, no! And getting it wrong can cause some serious damage to your vehicle...
Stryker: Start-Up and Shutdown by the Book
| Jan. 21, 2020
Drivers, your Stryker needs you to do your job so it can do its job. And part of your job is starting up and shutting down your vehicle the right way. That makes sure no critical components are damaged. Here’s how... ...
Stryker: Route Your Way to Good DVE Cable PM
| Jan. 15, 2020
Your Stryker’s driver’s vision enhancer (DVE) helps you see your way through tough driving conditions. But if you don’t take care of the cable for the DVE, your Stryker becomes NMC!. Heeding this article and spending $3 could...
Stryker: Water in Hull? Drain It!
| Dec. 16, 2019
Crewmen, be sure to drain the rain and washwater from the hull of your Stryker. If you don’t, components sitting underneath the floor plates could be in for a hard time. Water causes all kinds of problems, including...
M153 CROWS II: Lock It Down Before Moving Out
| Dec. 13, 2019
Crewmen, it’s critical that you keep your common remotely operated weapons station (CROWS) II locked whenever your vehicle is on the move. If you don’t, the main frame assembly (MFA) on the CROWS can end up with serious...
A20 Personnel Heater: Start-up Procedure Done Right
| Dec. 12, 2019
Crewmen, your combat vehicle’s A20 personnel heater, NSN 2540-01-396-2826, will keep you warm when the temps drop. But neglect the proper start-up procedures and your heater will give you the big chill! ...
Stryker: Service Kits NSNs
| Nov. 29, 2019
Sometimes it can be hard to track down the right NSNs for service kits. That’s a problem when it’s time to do the required semi-annual and annual service for your unit’s Strykers. But no worries! Make things easy on yourself...
Stryker: Protect Vehicle from Battery Box Catastrophe
| Nov. 26, 2019
Crewmen, unsecured battery box covers can damage your vehicle and even seriously injure you or your fellow Soldiers if your Stryker’s involved in a rollover accident...
BDAR Kit: Get One Today!
| Nov. 26, 2019
The TRADOC Project Office (TPO) for Battlefield Recovery/BDAR has developed a new and improved battle damage and repair kit for all ground combat and tactical systems. The improved kit, NSN 2590-01-659-5620, has all the...
M1128 MSG Stryker: Override Rammer Damage
| Nov. 26, 2019
Crewmen, it gets hectic inside your M1128 MGS Stryker during gunnery tables. But do not fire the main gun without making sure the autoloader’s rammer assembly is in the HOME position. The central control panel (CCP) alerts...
Combat Vehicles: What’s the CVE Program?
| Nov. 25, 2019
An important component of Army readiness is TACOM’s Combat Vehicle Evaluation (CVE) Program. Under CVE, more than 9,000 combat vehicles are inspected and evaluated each year to determine if they should be sent to depot for...
Stryker: Out of Kilter? Level It!
| Oct. 7, 2019
Crewmen, when your Stryker’s height management system (HMS) gets out of kilter, it’s time to level your vehicle. Here's how:...
Stryker: Hatch Safety Heads Off Headaches
| Oct. 1, 2019
Crewmen, a big headache could be in your future if you drive your Stryker without securing the driver’s hatch. Your vehicle has two safety devices to keep the hatch in place. But you’ve got to actually use them if you don’t...
Stryker: Faulty Headset? Now Hear This!
| Sept. 25, 2019
Mechanics, having a problem with the Stryker’s Bose® improved tactical headset (ITH)? If so, don’t be so quick to toss it aside and order a one. Instead, save your unit money by troubleshooting and repairing it...
Stryker: Replace Seals, Not Whole Wheel Assembly
| Sept. 25, 2019
Dear Editor, we’ve had trouble with the inner hub seals going out on the Stryker’s wheel assemblies. We thought the only fix was to replace the whole wheel assembly at a cost of $40,000 a pop. But then we discovered that just...
M1135 NBCRV Stryker: Ways to Keep it Detecting
| Sept. 5, 2019
The M1135 NBCRV Stryker is critical in an environment with CBRN threats. If it doesn’t do its detecting job, the results could be fatal. Here are some ways to keep you and your NBCRV Stryker on the detecting trail: 1. Run...