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M2A1 Machine Gun

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Night Vision Equipment

Remember a few rules:

 Don’t leave batteries in night vision equipment.  Sounds pretty basic, but each year we lose lots of sights and goggles because the batteries weren’t removed when the equipment was stored.  The batteries leak and that eventually destroys the sights.  Before you turn in your goggles or sight, remove the batteries.  Armorers should double-check that the batteries have been removed before they store the night vision equipment.  Armorers should also make sure the goggles or sight was given a PMCS and a DA Form 2404 was completed.

  Leave the lens caps and lens interference filter (LIF) on as much as possible.  The caps protect the sights and goggles from the sun and bright lights and the LIF protects against lasers, both of which can ruin the image intensifier.  The intensifier can cost as much as $2,500.  If the caps are missing, the sight or goggles are NMC. 

Don’t substitute batteries in the night vision goggles or sights.  The wrong batteries can put out the wrong voltage, which could ruin the goggles or sight’s circuitry.  Use only the batteries specified by the -10 TM.


UH-60 Series: No Slip Shock Strut Tool

SUSV Track Is New and Improved

    When the original track assembly on your SUSV is worn out and ready to call it quits, order a new and quieter assembly with NSN 2530-21-920-1656.

    The new track assembly includes one track, one sprocket kit with two sprockets, two wheels, and one tensioner assembly.  Installation instructions are included.

    You’ll find that this assembly is easier to assemble and takes less time to install than the old style track.  Even better, it’s a whole lot cheaper!

BF Goodrich and Uniroyal Recalls Tires

  A tire recall exists for LT235/85R16 and LT245/75R16 tires that come with NSN 2610-01-148-1635 (BF Goodrich) and NSN 2610-01-439-6224 (Uniroyal) and were manufactured between April 2010 and July 2012.  Check to see if you have them because they’ll need to be replaced.  Otherwise, tread loss or rapid air loss resulting from tread belt separation could occur.  That increases the risk of a crash! 

     The recalled tires belong on the M116A2 light cargo trailer, M101A2 cargo trailer, M1008 commercial utility cargo vehicle (CUCV), M1008A1 CUCV, M1010 CUCV, the CUCV ambulance, M1028 CUCV, M1028A1 CUCV, M1028A3 CUCV and a variety of other commercial vehicles and light engineer equipment. 

    Use this table and the DOT code on your tire to identify these recalled tires.  The last four dashes in the DOT sequence column indicate the DOT production periods.


Tire Description


  DOT Sequence

DOT Production periods (inclusive)

LT235/85R16 120Q LRE

Uniroyal Laredo HD/H


1310 to 2912

LT235/85R16 120Q LRE

BF Goodrich Commercial T/A A/S

BF0R JD11 —-

1310 to 2912

LT245/75R16 120Q LRE

Uniroyal Laredo HD/H

BE11 JDUU —-

BF11 JDUU —-

1310 to 0312

1311 to 5211

LT245/75R16 120Q LRE

BF Goodrich Commercial T/A A/S

BE11 JD11 —-

BF11 JD11 —-

1310 to 0312

1311 to 5211


    CONUS users with recalled tires can do a one for one replacement at no charge through a Uniroyal or BF Goodrich dealer.  Find the one closest to your unit by calling 1-800-637-5527.  Or you can visit online locators:  


No SDRs or PQDRs are needed.

    OCONUS users should submit an SF-364, Supply Discrepancy Report.  Demilitarize recalled tires by cutting the bead and submitting a completed DD Form 1348-1 to DLA’s Disposition Services. Respond by 10 Dec 2012.

    Questions?  Contact DLA for assistance:

CH-47D/F: A Step Up for Maintenance

    Mechanics, are you tired of straining to reach the top of the aft rotor head on your Chinook?

    Now there is some relief. You can get a step up with the aft rotor pylon step (ARPS).

    The ARPS is especially helpful when you have to remove, service or install the aft rotor head. Without the ARPS, you’ll have to guide the crane and remove all the components before the rotor head can be removed. Problem is, you’ll be doing all this work reaching overhead in a position that is uncomfortable for even the tallest mechanic. 

    The aft rotor pylon step will give you a step up so you can perform your task from a better position.

    When using the step, keep these points in mind for your safety.

   An ARPS should be attached to the aircraft with each hook firmly seated on the cap structure of the WL 119 deck with its base resting firmly on the work platform for more support.

  The ARPS can be used on both sides of the aircraft at the same time.

   Because of limited space and for safety purposes, only one mechanic should be standing on each ARPS.

   The capacity of the stand is one mechanic, tools and equipment not to exceed 400 lbs.

    For a copy of the step plans see drawing below. (Click to enlarge for the entire plan.)

    If you have questions about making the aft rotor pylon step, contact SSG Ryan Meeks, DSN 323-3834, (256) 912-3834 or email:

      A tip of the hat goes to 1SG William Tapscott, (360) 789-5602, who is the orginal inventor and fabricator of this product.