Maintenance Management . . .New MSD V3? Upgrade Software ASAP

Units, did you know that the Electronic Maintenance System—Next Generation (EMS NG) software comes pre-installed on your Maintenance Support Device (MSD) Version 3?

When you get a new MSD V3, you’ll likely see that the EMS NG Viewer and Autonomous Diagnostic Manager (ADM) Version 2.1.7 is already on your machine’s hard drive. This makes it look like it’s ready to go straight out-of-the-box.

While it may make MSD prep easier for maintenance shops, in this case pre-installed software can cause problems. Software update v. 2.1.8, released in December 2013, fixed any glitches or bugs in the older version. Remember, it’s always best to use the latest software version with your MSD.

For optimal MSD V3 performance, remove the older version of the software and replace it with the latest version. You can find and download the EMS NG Viewer/ADM software at:

or from AKO at:

     Note: Pre-installed software is not included on the supplied MSD V3 recovery disc. Also, if an MSD V3 hard drive is reformatted in the field, the EMS NG software is not included as part of the installation package.

Problems or questions? Submit a ticket to the EMS NG help desk at:

    Call the help desk at 1-877-445-1780 or email:


Update MSD’s Brain for Best IETM Results

It’s here! Be sure to download and install the latest version 2.1.8 of the Electronic Maintenance System—Next Generation (EMS NG) Viewer and Autonomous Diagnostics Manager (ADM) on your Maintenance Support Device (MSD). Updating the MSD’s brain helps you get the most out of interactive electronic technical manuals (IETMs).

IETMs are mailed with the version of Viewer/ADM that was current when the IETM was published. For example, the HEMTT A4 IETM comes packaged with EMS NG v2.0. The Viewers/ADMs are updated annually to improve performance and maintain information assurance, but IETM updates happen less often.

So if you have trouble reading your IETMs, upgrade your version of EMS to match (or exceed) the software version the IETM was authored in. Each update is backwards-compatible and will work on older IETMs.

You can download the most current EMS NG Viewer/ADM from:

or from AKO at:

    Note to MSD administrators: The EMS NG Viewer and ADM have up-to-date Certificates of Networthiness (CoNs) and are authorized for installation on DOD network-connected computers. The CoNs are included on the software disc. For example, you’ll find the EMS NG Viewer’s CoN in the folder titled “EMS NG/Viewer/Certificates of Networthiness.”

The CoNs ensure software security and are necessary for installing and using the EMS NG viewer and ADM. Be aware that installing these on some Army local area networks may require administrator rights.

If you run into problems or have questions, submit a ticket to the EMS NG help desk at:

    You can also call the help desk at 1-877-445-1780 or email:

MGS Stryker…Boot Battery Terminals for Safety

    Crewmen, the rubber boots that cover the positive and negative terminals on your mobile gun system (MGS) Stryker’s auxiliary battery box play an important role. If they’re missing or damaged, an electrical short could happen. That short can cause a vehicle fire!

The rubber boots can get damaged or slide down the battery cables, exposing the terminals.

Investigators believe missing or improperly installed battery terminal boots caused a recent fire that destroyed an MGS Stryker.

The rubber boots prevent metal objects—like dropped tools and other items—from coming into contact with the terminals and causing electrical shorts and arcing.

During AFTER and WEEKLY PMCS, make sure the boots are installed correctly and are in good condition. If you find any that are missing or damaged, your vehicle is NMC until they’re replaced. The negative terminal boot comes with NSN 5975-01-432-5846. Get the positive terminal boot with 5930-01-590-9078. Also, the battery box cover should be in place and fastened tight.

Don’t forget to inspect the auxiliary batteries for cleanliness and signs of arcing such as burned areas or melted spots on the rubber covers or metal parts. If you find problems, report them.

The March Issue of PS has Arrived! Issue 736 March 2014

Do you know what always comes roaring in like a lion? That’s right! The March issue of PS, The Preventive Maintenance Monthly! It’s always a roaring good read!  This month we’ve got articles on Route Clearance equipment; Howitzers, Mortars and Machine Guns; and equipment with cool acronyms like ASEK, ACADA, ACE and CROWS. So find one of your unit’s copies and read it cover to cover. If you can’t find a copy, find your pub’s clerk and make sure your unit is on distribution. The article next to the March cover below will tell your pub’s clerk how to make sure you get PS every month. You can also find PS online at:


Ft Stewart DOL — Small Arms Do’s and Don’ts

 Small Arms Do’s and Don’ts

    The Ft Stewart Logistics Readiness Center (LRC) offers these do’s and don’ts to keep your small arms armed and ready:

Do understand how to fill out a DA Form 2407-E.  That’s how you open a job order to get something fixed at LRC.  The SAMS system generates the form for you.

Don’t lock bolts back for storage and transport.  If bolts are left locked back, the springs can’t relax and soon have to be replaced.  But even worse, if the bolt is locked back and someone forgot to remove a round, the weapon can fire if the truck hits a bump during transport.  This happened at Ft Stewart.

Do change machine gun barrels at the range and keep barrels matched to receiver.  Many M249, M240 and M2 barrels are ruined every year because units go the range and fire hundreds of rounds through the same barrel.  A single barrel can cost $800.  Simply switching barrels, which takes just seconds, can save your unit money and grief from your CO.

Don’t grab just any barrel.  The M249 and M240 barrels have been headspaced to a specific weapon.  If you use the wrong barrel, you could damage the weapon and injure yourself. Even with the new M2A1, which can use any M2A1 barrel, it’s a good idea to  use only the two barrels dedicated to that particular M2A1.  That will save you accountability problems later when you turn in the two barrels for that specific M2A1. All barrels should have a dog tag with the serial number for their weapon.  It’s a good idea to use a marker to highlight the receiver’s serial number so Soldiers can quickly find it.

Do transport M2s either in a rack or lying flat and secured to the truck bed.  If you stand up an M2 and its barrels, they will take a tumble within the first mile.  That breaks components like the sights and ruins barrel threads.

Don’t disassemble your weapon more than you’re supposed to.  If you do, the  parts are often lost or the weapon is reassembled wrong.  With the M16 rifle, it’s usually the trigger assembly that is put back together wrong.  Then the rifle can fire on auto when you’ve got it set for single shot.  That’s dangerous. Clean and lube your weapon like its -10 says.  Then stop!

Do turn in both machine gun barrels when you send a weapon to maintenance.  Your direct support will need both barrels to do the required repairs and gaging.

Do thoroughly clean your weapon as soon as possible after firing close combat mission capability kit (CCMCK) rounds.  If the wax left in the barrel from the rounds becomes too hard, it’s very difficult to clean out.  Then a round can stick in the barrel.  Sometimes it’s impossible to remove the round without damaging the barrel.  Pay particular attention to the chamber and barrel.  If you can’t clean out all the wax, tell your armorer.  He’ll use dry cleaning solvent.

Don’t forget to remove batteries from sights before storage.  Each year, many sights are ruined because batteries  left inside leak.  There’s no fix for that.

The February 2014 PS has arrived!

Your team may have lost the big game and the groundhog has seen its shadow and right now you’re feeling like February is a cold, cruel month. Well, wipe that frown off your face, pilgrim, because a brand new PS magazine is out and ready to provide you with 63 pages of the best preventive maintenance advice known to man or woman.  PS magazine Issue 735 has great info on maintaining combat vehicles, tactical vehicles, engineering equipment, small arms, missiles, CBRN equipment, commo and electronics, and troop support. We’ll even throw in some good advice on logistics management. Make sure your unit has gotten the February issue of PS (and all the copies it needs) and if it hasn’t, give Stuart Henderson a call at: DSN 645-8960 or com 256-955-8960 or email him at: Stuart will help you get your delivery back on track.