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M871 Semitrailer: Drill Drain Holes in Storage Boxes
By | May 24, 2022
Dear Editor, we support a transportation unit with 120 semitrailers. The semitrailers carry a mounted storage box that holds all the BII tools, chains and binding equipment. The storage box costs about $680 and the stored...

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Safety: Off-Duty Awareness Sustains the Force
By | 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...

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M1102 Trailer: Marine Corps LTT Brake Drums Different
By | April 21, 2022
Marines, the brake drums on your light tactical trailer (LTT) aren’t the same as the ones used by the Army. That’s because of the screw-on style of the grease cap that the Marine Corps opted to use on their M1102s. Get what...

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M149-Series Water Trailers: Identify Model & Inspect for Corrosion
By | April 6, 2022
Maintenance leaders, according to TACOM Ground Safety Action (GSA) message 22-009, you’ll need to identify your M149-series water trailers and inspect them for frame corrosion. And there's a deadline to do it! Get the scoop...

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Corrosion: Bust Rust with TACOM CCI Checklists
By | 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...

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MK III VMMD Husky: Ink Spray Hoses
By | March 31, 2022
Operators, make sure the MK III VMMD Husky’s ink spray hoses are properly routed, attached and tucked away whenever the vehicle’s mine detector heads are in the elevated position. Here's why...

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M1272 Buffalo: TM Missing Tire Chain Instructions
By | March 25, 2022
Operators, TM 9-2355-352-10 (Jun 20) for the Buffalo, doesn’t have installation and removal instructions for tire chains. Read on to get info...

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RCV Buffalo A2: Follow These Seven PM and Safety Pointers
By | March 24, 2022
Crewman, keep the following preventive maintenance (PM) pointers in mind. They’ll keep your RCV Buffalo A2 mission-ready...

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RCV Buffalo A2: When Water is Your Enemy
By | March 24, 2022
Water collects in the hull of the Buffalo A2 like a rain barrel on the side of a barn. Water drips off wet boots and uniforms, trickles in from the top of the vehicle, and more. Read on to learn ways to prevent water damage...

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M149A2 Water Trailer: Need a Data Plate?
By | March 9, 2022
Maintenance leaders, do you need to order either a water tank data plate or trailer data plate for your M149A2 water trailer? Here’s some help...

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M915A3 Tractor Truck: New NSN for Collision Warning ECU
By | March 7, 2022
Maintainers, if your unit has M915A3 tractor trucks, be aware that the NSN for the collision warning ECU was replaced. Read about it here...

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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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FMTV: Watch for Pests in Exhaust Ports
By | March 2, 2022
Dear Editor, while conducting maintenance on our FMTVs, we got readings that led us to believe an anti-lock braking system (ABS) valve was bad on one of our FMTV’s wheels. Here's what we learned...

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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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Tactical Vehicles: Don’t Make Winter Driving a Chilling Experience
By | Feb. 28, 2022
Operators, winter driving presents unique challenges. The bottom line is that you need to be prepared for these challenges. Here's what you need to know...

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Corrosion: New Documents Published
By | 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...

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Ground Vehicles: Arctic Oil Replacement
By | 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...

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M1000 HET Semitrailer: Leave APU Valve Open
By | Feb. 4, 2022
This article initially appeared in PS 799 (Jun 19). Operators, there’s a valve on the HET Semitrailer’s APU hydraulic reservoir that must remain open when operating the APU. Here's the info you'll need...

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HMMWV: Winter Tires
By | Jan. 26, 2022
Warfighters, you may have heard the Army is testing a new winter tire for HMMWVs: the KO2. KO2 winter tires have a three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) rating, which means they’re considered severe snow service-rated. Read...

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MRAP: Learn Your Rollover Lesson
By | Jan. 21, 2022
This article initially appeared in PS 771 (Feb 17), p. 11. Operators, it’s always better to avoid a rollover than to experience one. Remember these lessons learned before you start the day’s mission. Get the lessons here...

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Tactical Vehicles: 2021 Year-in-Review
By | Jan. 21, 2022
Maintenance leaders, NSNs were the most frequent topics covered in 2021 for tactical vehicles and trailers. Corrosion prevention and the roll-out of Non-Combat Operations Maintenance Plan (NCOMP) were also hot topics this...

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JLTV: Update MSD for Best Performance
By | Jan. 19, 2022
Warfighters, when it comes to the maintenance support device (MSD) for your JLTV, you’ll want to make sure it has the latest software and firmware versions. Here's the scoop...

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P-D-680/CID A-A-59601 Cleaning Solvent Is a NO-GO!
By | Jan. 5, 2022
P-D-680, also known as CID A-A-59601, contains harmful chemicals that adversely affect the environment. Bottom line: P-D-680 is NOT the same as MIL-PRF-680! This article applies to tactical vehicles and small arms, to read on...

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M915A5 Tractor: New NSNs for Channel Lifts
By | Dec. 27, 2021
There’s a replacement for the M915A5 tractor’s channel lift shown as Item 20 in Fig 210 of TM 9-2320-426-13&P (Aug 14). Read on for the new NSNs...

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M916A3 Tractor Truck: Ignition Keys
By | Dec. 8, 2021
Operators, do you need ignition switch keys for your M916A3, but can’t find them in the TM? That's because Item 16 in Fig 69 of TM 9-2320-302-24P (Feb 06) doesn’t show the ignition switch keys. Here's how you get them...

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Corrosion: Cleaning is Key to Prevention
By | Dec. 6, 2021
Dear Editor, I’m an allied trades/small engine supervisor at the 406th AFSB. We’re constantly informing Soldiers of the importance of keeping vehicles and equipment clean. Get more info here...

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M915A3 Tractor Truck, M872A4 Semitrailer: Update for Winter Tires
By | Nov. 16, 2021
Warfighters, according to TACOM Maintenance Action Message (MAM) 21-053, you’ll need to check your M915A3 tractor trucks and M872A4 semitrailers to ensure that Michelin® and Goodyear® tires aren’t both mounted on the same...

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M978A2/A4 HEMTT: Deadman Valve Leaking?
By | Nov. 3, 2021
Operators, do you have an issue with the deadman valve leaking on your M978A4 or M978A2 HEMTT fuel tankers? It’s also commonly called the hand-actuated control valve (HAV). You can easily fix the leaking with some sealing...

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Corrosion: New TM 43-0139 Is Hot off the Press
By | Nov. 2, 2021
Maintenance leaders, quality inspectors and paint technicians, get the revised TM 43-0139, Chemical Agent Resistant Coating (CARC) Application and Quality Assurance on Army Ground Equipment (Oct 21). Here's some info about...

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Cold Weather: Some Must-Read PS Articles to Prepare, Plan & Train
By | Nov. 1, 2021
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...

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M149 Water Trailer: Don’t Learn Safety by Accident!
By | Oct. 28, 2021
During a training exercise in March 2021, a Soldier suffered a serious foot injury while disconnecting a full M149 water trailer from the prime mover. Here's how and why...

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M149A2 Water Trailer: TM Updates for Brake Assemblies & Water Tank
By | Oct. 26, 2021
If you have an M149A2 water trailer, there are some issues when it comes to the brake configuration in TM 9-2330-267-13&P (Dec 15). Read on for TM updates...

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M1000 HET Semitrailer: 5-Year Service Kit
By | Oct. 21, 2021
Maintenance leaders, don’t use the 5-Year Supplemental Booklet anymore for your 5-year services on your M1000 semitrailers. That booklet was replaced by WP 0036.1 in TM 9-2330-381-13 (Apr 15, w/Ch1), and also be sure to use...

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Maintenance Mgmt: NSNs for Motor Pool Safety Items
By | Oct. 20, 2021
Keep these NSNs handy for safety items used in the motor pool...

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Batteries: Free Hawker® Battery Resources
By | Sept. 27, 2021
Warfighters, when it’s time to roll out, the last thing you want to hear when you try to start your vehicle is crickets. Hawker® offers lots of no-cost—yes free—valuable resources that can help you get the full life out of...

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Maintenance Mgmt: Ground Guiding is Serious Business
By | 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...

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Maintenance Mgmt: Leaders Teach & Train PMCS
By | 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...

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Maintenance Mgmt: The Cold Reality about PMCS
By | 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...

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Fuel Tankers: Trailer Service Info
By | Sept. 16, 2021
Maintainers, looking for a handy guide for services and parts for your fuel tankers? We’ve got you covered. Download them from here...

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PLS: TMs Missing Unarmored Weapon Station Kit
By | Sept. 14, 2021
Operators, the latest versions of the PLS TMs don’t cover the procedures for installation, removal, maintenance or troubleshooting of the unarmored weapon station kit, NSN 2510-01-675-0743, PN 57K6838. Get them here...

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PQAS-E: Time to Swap the Laptop Hard Drive
By | Aug. 27, 2021
Do you own or maintain a Petroleum Quality Analysis System-Enhanced (PQAS-E)? If so, it’s time to swap the B300 Laptop W10 Internal HD (hard drive). We've got the info here...

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Fuel Tankers: Need an Alternator or Cooling Fan Belt?
By | Aug. 27, 2021
Operators, be careful while ordering that alternator belt for your tanker trailer. Older model tanker trailers use a different belt than the newer models. That’s because they have different-sized alternator pulleys. Read more...

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Ground Vehicles: QR Codes for PMCS Not TACOM-Endorsed
By | 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...

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M915A5 Tractor Truck: Get Right NSN for Fuel Line
By | Aug. 25, 2021
Maintainers, here’s a heads up if you have an M915A5 tractor truck! The NSN for the fuel line is wrong in the IETM. Here's the right one...

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HEMTT: Dressed Cab Assembly or Push Kit?
By | Aug. 24, 2021
Dear Half-Mast, my unit has an M977A4 HEMTT with a damaged cab, and we need a dressed cab assembly. Can you help? Yes. Here's the scoop...

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M915A5 Tractor Truck: Right NSN for Taillight
By | Aug. 17, 2021
Operators, be careful ordering a taillight for your M915A5 tractor. Item 1 of Fig 103 in TM 9-2320-426-13&P (IETM EM 0308, Aug 14) shows it as stoplight vehicular, NSN 6220-01-550-1339. That’s wrong. We've got the right info...

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I Own This Campaign: Nominate a Deserving Warfighter
By | 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...

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M1082, M1095 Trailers: NCOMP is the New Plan
By | Aug. 10, 2021
Maintainers, there’s a new plan for M1082 2-1/2 ton and M1095 5-ton trailers that aren’t used very much. The Optimized Maintenance Non-Combat Operations Maintenance Plan (NCOMP) will help reduce the service workload for these...

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Tactical Vehicles: Don’t Use Biodiesel Blends!
By | Aug. 10, 2021
Warfighters, have you wondered if you can use biodiesel blends in your tactical vehicles? Well, wonder no more because the answer is no. Read on for more info...

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Corrosion: Use Cavity Wax to Stop It Dead in its Tracks
By | July 30, 2021
If you’re a spray paint technician assigned to a Logistics Readiness Center (LRC) or depot, have you heard of cavity wax? It’s a wax specifically designed for corrosion protection. Here's what you need to know...

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M1101, M1102 Trailer: Better Test the Handbrakes
By | July 22, 2021
If you have an M1101 or M1102 trailer, don’t forget to test the two (2) handbrake levers (curbside/roadside). The handbrakes engage the brake pads. Forgetting means you run the risk of the trailer rolling and that’s not good!...

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PS Shout-Out to Maintenance Activity Vilseck
By | July 20, 2021
MSG Half-Mast gives a shout-out to Maintenance Activity Vilseck! We'll tell you why here...

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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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Maintaining it Means Using It
By | 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...

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M915A5 Tractor Truck: Use 12V Motor Blower Assembly
By | June 30, 2021
Operators, you’ll want to be careful ordering a motor blower assembly for your tractor. That’s because Item 18 in Fig 275 of TM 9-2320-426-13&P (IETM EM 0308, Aug 14) shows a 24V motor blower assembly as NSN 6105-01-576-7897,...

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Safety: Stay Alert On and Off Duty
By | June 23, 2021
Safety is an important consideration whether you’re on or off duty...

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Yellow Safety Paint
By | 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...

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Tactical Vehicles: Got Battery Questions?
By | June 10, 2021
If you’ve got battery questions about any of your wheeled vehicles, no worries! The Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) has the answers. Contact the GVSC battery hotline at DSN 786-8000 or (586) 282-8000. Read on for more...

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Corrosion: Protect Hoses from Getting Hosed by the Sun
By | May 28, 2021
Don’t think your vehicle’s air or hydraulic hoses can fall victim to corrosion? Better think again! It’s called weathering and that spells corrosion. Read all about it here...

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M915 FOV: Operator Tips for When Hot Weather Hits
By | May 21, 2021
This article initially appeared in PS 751 (Jun 15), p. 38-40. Knowing how to care for your M915 FOV trucks in extreme heat is part of maintaining them. Keep reading to find out how...

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Tactical Vehicles: Cavity Wax Curbs Corrosion
By | April 12, 2021
Soldiers, there’s a weapon to combat corrosion in all of those difficult-to-reach cavities on your tactical vehicles. Most of the cavities aren’t painted, which means that dirt and gunk just hide in there, corroding frames...

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Tactical Wheeled-Vehicles: Safe Slave Starting
By | March 16, 2021
This article initially appeared in PS 720 (Nov 12), p. 11-12. Combining weak batteries with freezing temperatures won’t exactly give your vehicle the best environment for starting. But with the right help, you can get it...

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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...

M-Gators: Before You Order Parts
By | Feb. 4, 2021
This article initially appeared in PS 729 (Aug 13), p. 17. Need to order some m-gator parts? If your unit has cash or a government credit card, you can order parts from any John Deere dealer in the world...

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Wheeled Vehicles: One Stop Shop for Tire & Wheel Assemblies
By | Jan. 25, 2021
Soldiers, before you go tire shopping, there’s something you need to keep in mind. Ordering a replacement tire is not authorized when a tire and wheel assembly NSN exists. Read on for more information...

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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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Wheeled Vehicles: Equipment Diagrams Available in UTAP
By | Jan. 15, 2021
Maintainers, you’ve wanted an easier way to find and use equipment diagrams, other than selecting each image on the Maintenance Support Device (MSD) screen. Here's the scoop...

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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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Battery Box Coating Compound
By | 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...

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Windshield Washer Fluid
By | Dec. 9, 2020
This article initially appeared in PS 615 (Feb 04), p. 60. To make windshield washer fluid, use NSN 6850-00-926-2275 to get a case of twelve 16-oz bottles of concentrated windshield cleaning compound...

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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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MK III VMMD HUSKY: Battery Drain a Real Pain
By | Oct. 28, 2020
This article initially appeared in PS 769 (Dec 16), p. 14. Dead batteries and the Husky seem to go hand-in-hand, especially when your vehicle sits for long periods in cold weather. To keep batteries charged,...

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M1231 MK II/III VMMD Husky: INK TANK ALERT!
By | Oct. 22, 2020
This article initially appeared in PS 769 (Dec 16), p. 13. Operators, cold weather can spell D-O-O-M for the ink tank on the left side of your Husky’s cab. The water/ink solution inside the tank will freeze when temperatures...

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M1272 Buffalo: The Pain of Battery Drain
By | Oct. 7, 2020
This article initially appeared in PS 775 (Jun 17), p. 15. It’s no secret that electronics inside the M1272 Buffalo have a bad habit of running the vehicle’s batteries dry. And those batteries can lose their charge in just a...

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M915A5 Truck: VORAD Sensor NSNs
By | July 1, 2020
You can no longer get the M915A5 tractor truck’s vehicle on-board radar (VORAD) sensor and bracket, NSN 5340-01-576-5334, as a single item. Instead, you’ll need to order the sensor and bracket separately...

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Wheeled Vehicles: HTV Computer-Based Training Available
By | 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...

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CIPs: Telling Friend from Foe Requires Proper Care
By | 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...

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Wheeled Vehicles: Dry Lead-Acid Batteries No Longer Supported in CONUS
By | 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...

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Tactical Computers: Take Cover from Water Damage
By | Jan. 30, 2020
Water has many uses, but one thing you don’t want to get water on is computer equipment. Unfortunately, that’s happening because some Soldiers are leaving their tactical computer systems exposed when power-washing their...

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BDAR Kit: Get One Today!
By | 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...