Have you ever received damaged or defective CECOM equipment and wondered, “What do I do now?”
The Product Quality Deficiency Report (PQDR) process is the answer. Any CECOM materiel that does not meet “form, fit, or function” criteria is a ready-made candidate for a PQDR. Reporting items that fail to meet any of these three criteria helps reduce the amount of defective materiel sent out to others.
When a CECOM PQDR is received, an Army master screener reviews and then assigns it to the appropriate CECOM directorate for investigation. Depending on the outcome, the deficient item may be repaired or replaced or the unit that submitted the PQDR may receive credit.
By accurately completing the information requested on the SF-368, Product Quality Deficiency Report, you can help speed up the investigation.
Some CECOM items are part of the National Maintenance Program (NMP), so it’s especially important to include the date and location where the materiel was last repaired. Knowing when and where the item was repaired ensures the materiel is sent to the correct location.
Repair facilities in the NMP are held to the highest quality standards, which ensures users receive materiel that has been repaired properly.
Submit CECOM PQDRs at the Product Data Reporting and Evaluation Program (PDREP) website:
Users with a valid user ID can log on directly to the site to submit PQDRs. Individuals without a PDREP user ID can still access the site and submit PQDRs through the “EZ PDR LOGON” tab.
In order to get a user ID, you must submit an access request. The access request form is found on the PDREP website at:
If you need further help with the CECOM PQDR process, email the CECEOM PQDR team at:
Good news! Help with Global Combat Support System-Army (GCSS-Army) is here. A new help desk call center at the Software Engineering Center at Ft Lee, VA, is open to support the field.
The Sustainment Support System for the Single Interface to the Field (S4IF) is the go-to spot for GCSS-Army answers. This means handy “one-stop shopping” for SASMOs supporting both GCSS-Army and legacy STAMIS systems.
All first-time users at S4IF must register for access. Visit:
For a step-by-step registration guide, go to:
Questions? Contact GCSS-Army’s help desk toll-free at (866) 547-1349, DSN 687-1051, (804) 734-1051 or email:
Army units stationed in or deployed to Africa, Europe or Southwest Asia must order publications through the Army in Europe Library & Publishing System (AEPUBS).
Unit pubs managers can set up a first-time AEPUBS account with DA Form 12-R, Request for Establishment of a Publications Account.
Email the completed DA Form 12-R to:
For instructions on filling out the form or to get pre-filled forms, visit AEPUBS at:
Select Account Setup Information on the homepage. For AEPUBS help, call DSN (314) 496-5824 or (49) 6302-67-5824.
SAMS-E operators, you use the B tables in the maintenance master data file (MMDF) to identify readiness reportable items. Some of those items include communications security (COMSEC) equipment.
The Communications Security Logistics Activity (CSLA) is slowly adding COMSEC items to the MMDF. At present, CSLA has the following reportable COMSEC items identified in the MMDF:
- · SKL (AN/PYQ-10 (C)), NSN 5810-01-517-3587, LIN C05002
- · KY-100, NSN 5810-01-376-1380, LIN C52700
- · AN/CYZ-10(V)3, NSN 5810-01-393-1973, LIN D78555
- · Z-AHQ, NSN 5810-01-026-9624, LIN J97569
- · KY-99, NSN 5810-01-307-5414, LIN K47623
- · KY-99A, NSN 5810-01-391-0187, LIN K47623
- · Z-AHP, NSN 6110-01-026-9623, LIN R71604
- · KY-57, NSN 5810-00-434-3644, LIN S01373
- · KY-58RED28 V, NSN 5810-00-449-0154, LIN S01441
- · KOI-18, NSN 5810-01-026-9620, LIN T40405
- · KYK-13, NSN 5810-01-026-9618, LIN E98103
- · KYK-15A, NSN 5810-01-095-1312, LIN N02758
- · KG-175D MICRO, NSN 5810-01-547-4520, LIN E05004
- · KIV-7 M, NSN 5810-01-530-2811, LIN E05003
Two other COMSEC items are listed in the MMDF:
- · TSEC/ST-58, NSN 5810-01-173-6242, LIN FA1098
- · KYX-15, NSN 5895-01-026-9619, LIN FA100T
Both of these items will soon be deleted because the Army is removing them from the supply system.
CSLA will add more COMSEC items to the MMDF as they get standard line item numbers (SLIN).
If you see your COMSEC equipment in the MMDF, you must report its readiness status. That’s a requirement found in Para 2-6b of AR 700-138, Army Logistics Readiness and Sustainability (Feb 04). This requirement applies to Active Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve.
Where to Find the MMDF
The MMDF is a USAMC Logistics Support Activity (LOGSA) product that identifies the Army’s reportable equipment. You’ll find it online in the LOGSA Logistics Information Warehouse (LIW):
CSLA encourages units to accurately report COMSEC equipment readiness. Monthly COMSEC reports alert CSLA to items being repaired more often than they should be. The reports also identify equipment considered non-mission capable (NMC).
If you need help maintaining or replacing any COMSEC equipment found in this article, contact CSLA’s Nancy Calderon at DSN 879-6408, (520) 538-6408, or email:
Before you handle HAZMAT, get the proper training from the National Guard Professional Education Center (NGPEC). NGPEC offers a course called HAZMAT Training for Non-Certifying Officials. It’s available to Active Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard. The course number is 922-LTC-012-000018.
The course meets the legal and regulatory HAZMAT training requirements for all military drivers, co-drivers, handlers, inspectors and packers. It draws its material from several sources:
o Department of Transportation (DoT)
o Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
o Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
o Department of Defense (DoD)
o US Army Forces Command (FORSCOM)
o Army regulations
The course addresses DoT, OSHA and EPA HAZMAT training requirements. It is free from the GuardU training website:
The course does not meet the ammunition handler training requirements set forth in Chap 4 of National Guard Regulation 385-64, Army National Guard Ammunition and Explosives Safety Standards (Dec 07).
Does your unit have a 5-, 10- or 15-kW tactical quiet generator (TQG)? If it does, the generator may contain a faulty K1 contactor, NSN 6110-01-367-8921, that’s liable to fail. Once the contactor fails, there’s no power output to the load terminals—even though the engine and generator still work.
Identify the Faulty Contactor
The K1 contactor is located in the TQG’s output box. Here’s how to identify a bad one:
o The contactor’s cover is shaped like a “+.”
o Look for a brown label with AMETEK printed on it. Ametek, Inc., manufactured the bad K1 contactors.
o In the label’s lower right corner is the MFG DATE (date of manufacture). The first two digits represent the week; the last two digits represent the year. Look for MFG DATEs from 40/10 through 13/11. Ametek K1 contactors manufactured during this time have been identified as potentially faulty.
A Free Contactor
If you have a bad K1 contactor, here’s how to get a replacement free of charge:
1. Phone CECOM LCMC’s Nicole Archibald, DSN 648-4757, (443) 395-4757, or email:
Let her know you have a failed contactor. Give her the following information:
o unit identification code (UIC)
o point of contact
o phone number
o Transportation Account Code (TAC) funding
o number of contactors you want shipped to you
2. CECOM LCMC will notify the West Virginia National Guard (WVNG), who is storing replacement contactors. WVNG will ship replacement contactors to customers who have defective ones.
3. Once your unit receives the replacement contactor, you must ship the failed contactor to Ametek. A prepaid shipping label is included inside the free issue box with the replacement contactor. You must use the same shipping box to ship the failed contactor. The return label lists the following ship-to address:
AMETEK Power Instruments
Manufacturing Manager—Jesus Torres
1701 Industrial Blvd
Hildago, Texas 78557
4. CECOM LCMC’s LARs in the field will provide a service bulletin containing contactor inspection, removal and installation instructions.