AN/APX-118(C)… Depot Removes and Replaces

 he Army has made a change to the source, maintenance and recoverability (SMR) codes of the following parts used in the AN/APX-118(C) transponder set, NSN 5895-01-504-0407:



Circuit card


Circuit card


Crypto module




Power supply


Circuit card (RF module)


 The specific change is to the maintenance code, 3rd position.  Field maintenance is no longer allowed to remove and replace the parts.  From now on, only depot maintenance is allowed to remove and replace them.  So, make a note in the RPSTL of TM 11-5895-1733-13&P (Jun 04) until the TM is updated to show the maintenance code has changed to D for these items.

    If your unit has placed an order for any of these parts, it will be cancelled.  If you have an unserviceable transponder that needs any of the parts, turn it in and order a replacement.  Delete the parts from your authorized stockage list (ASL) as soon as possible.

    The Army made the SMR code changes to ensure that all subassemblies within the higher assembly are fully compatible.  Only depot level maintenance can perform the compatibility tests.


CR123A Batteries… Don’t Be Fooled by Fakes

     Do you use CR123A 3V lithium non-rechargeable batteries, NSN 6135-01-351-1131, in any of your night sights, LED flashlights, headlamps or cameras?  If so, listen up.

Counterfeit CR123A batteries are being sold to the public.  By counterfeit we mean batteries that look similar in size, shape and color to name-brand batteries such as Duracell, Energizer, Rayovac and others.  These knock-offs may even have labels and logos similar to those on name-brand batteries.

But make no mistake.  The counterfeit CR123As are substandard.  They’re poorly designed and manufactured.  They pose health and safety risks because they can overheat and catch fire or explode when used, transported or stored.  Already these batteries have injured people and damaged equipment.

The counterfeits usually enter the American market from overseas.  They’re often sold at a reduced price on the Internet and at swap meets, gun shows, and electronics and technical shows.

How can you spot a counterfeit CR123A?  Look for:

o label misspellings.

o missing label information.

o blurred fonts.

o altered logos or seals.

o altered or substandard packaging.

o label dimensions different from those of an authentic CR123A.

If you suspect you have counterfeit CR123As, remove them from the equipment, keep them away from other batteries, and return them or dispose of them according to your local SOP.

Order authentic CR123As by NSN through the Army supply system.  That way you can be sure you’re getting good batteries.

Using CR123As

When using authentic CR123As:

o Don’t mix and match fresh and partially used batteries.  They have different capacities.  Capacity is the amount of energy a battery can deliver in a single discharge (normally expressed in ampere hours).  A difference in capacities can cause a stronger battery to charge a weaker one.  That can make the weaker battery overheat, fail, leak, vent, catch fire or burst.

o Don’t use CR123As from different manufacturers.  They may have different chemical properties.  That can lead to a difference in capacities.

o Make sure all batteries used in a piece of equipment have a date code within 6 months of one another.

For the complete story, see CECOM Ground Precautionary Action (GPA) Message 2013-006, Operational: Counterfeit Lithium Non-Rechargeable Batteries, CR123A Batteries.  It’s on the CECOM Directorate for Safety website:


Generator Set Training

Do you need help maintaining your generator sets?  Project Manager, Mobile Electric Power (PM-MEP), has developed a series of online training classes to help maintainers keep their generators in top shape.  The PM-MEP generator training site is on Land War Net at:

You’ll need an AKO login and password to access the site.


Containerized Kitchen Winch

Need a good NSN for the winch that lowers and raises the side panels on your containerized kitchen?  Item 1 in Fig 2 of TM 10-7360-226-13&P (Aug 01, w/Ch 4, Mar 07) lists the wrong NSN: 3950-01-515-2999.  The correct NSN is 3950-01-511-1191.  This NSN brings a winch repair kit that contains two winches.  Make a note in the repair parts list until the TM is updated.


Order Soft Top Installation Kit by Components

 If you have a standardized integrated command post system (SICPS), read this carefully.  The MK-2727/G soft top installation kit (STIK), NSN 5450-01-359-3350, LIN J87705, is a terminal item and is out of production.  But you can order the STIK’s components through the Army supply system.  If you need a component list or if you have any questions, call CECOM’s Cathy Siegel at DSN 648-3933, (443) 395-3933, or email:

Check ETMs Online for TM Updates


Many Army equipment TMs have been changed or updated, but the Army lacks funds to print paper copies until at least FY14. So even if your unit’s 12-series forms are up-to-date, you may not have the latest hard copy changes or revisions. That means some of you might be using obsolete TMs.

You can still get the latest word on your equipment. Electronic technical manuals (ETMs) are posted at the Logistics Support Activity’s (LOGSA) website. Here’s how to find out if your TMs have been updated. Go to:

    Enter your TM number and compare your TM’s date to the one shown on the website. If they don’t match, download the newer version.

You can also sign up for automatic email notifications. Go to:

    Enter your pub number in the Pub

Number field. On the next screen, click the Update Notification button near

the bottom of the screen. On the next screen, select your pub(s) and fill in

your email address. Click Continue. Your subscription will be confirmed, and you will be notified when there is a change to your pub in ETMs Online.

If you have questions or need help finding a specific pub, contact LOGSA’s tech pubs ETM Customer Service at (800) 270-1409, or email: