PS Magazine’s I Sustain This
campaign is designed to recognize civilian sustainers who exemplify the highest standards while maintaining equipment to meet combat readiness requirements and stay in the fight, even under the most arduous of circumstances.
For Apr 2023, we had one civilian sustainer nominated for this program: Nicholas K. Johns, a small arms repair technician with the TACOM Fleet Management Expansion (FMX) office, Fort Benning, GA.
Nicholas K. Johns
Small Arms Repair Technician
TACOM Fleet Management Expansion (FMX) office, Fort Benning, GA
: Zachary DuBois
Why does this person deserve recognition? Mr. Nick Johns works as a small arms repair technician for the TACOM Fleet Management Expansion (FMX) office at Ft Benning, GA. He services and repairs multiple weapons platforms of different variations, tripods and night vision devices such as the MK19, M2, M2A1, M240, M249, M9, M17, M320, M4, M110A1, AK-47, M14, MK22, M192, MK64, MK93, M197, M205, PVS 14, PAS 13, among others.
He has been able to use his prior experience as an 11B Infantryman to effectively communicate with our Soldier-customers and provide them the support they need to accomplish the training mission and achieve the highest levels of lethality. He has provided direct, real-time support to Soldiers at the ranges using our mobile repair truck on numerous occasions. He is currently embedded with the 197th Infantry Training Brigade satellite shop maintaining their weapons in order to conduct the Dot-40 M249 qualification and the U.S. weapons familiarization portion of Infantry OSUT. Additionally, he has helped to service the weapons and night vision devices at the 4th Ranger Training Battalion.
Mr. Johns was instrumental in the fabrication of the MK64 mount utilized at the Night Infiltration Course to increase safety for the soldiers and received several positive Interactive Customer Evaluation (ICE) comments from the Soldiers and command teams he supported. He has instructed and mentored (not part of his job description or duties) command teams, drill sergeants and support personnel for the brigade for proper weapons maintenance at the -10 level.
Additional Comments: Mr. Johns has spent his time off attaining a Master Gunsmith Certificate and an Associate of Science in Firearms Technology to help further his expertise in firearms. He was the first in the organization to complete the certificate and degree. He then mentored and encouraged five (5) coworkers to further their education. He currently has completed learning GCSS-Army to further himself as an asset to the organization and continues seeking ways for self-improvement.