The Maintenance Support Device- Version 2 (MSD-V2) will fully transition from Microsoft Windows XP to the Windows 7 operating system (OS) no later than April 8, 2015.
After that, Product Director Test, Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment (PD TMDE) will end support for all MSD-V2 systems that have not been upgraded to the Windows 7 OS.
MSD-V2s with the vendor part number 714180-5201 will be transitioned. All other MSD-V2s will be coded obsolete and should be turned in to the local supply system for appropriate disposition.
How to Upgrade Your MSD-V2
You can request a Windows 7 Emergency Recovery Disc (ERD) to upgrade an MSD-V2 from Windows XP to Windows 7 by submitting a customer service request on the MSD homepage at:
An information assurance representative must install the Windows 7 ERD software and establish user accounts. All maintainers are required to log in using username and password.
You can also download the signed MSD-V2 transition memorandum from the technical bulletins page on the same website.
Questions? Contact the MSD Helpdesk at DSN 746-2200, toll-free (877) 564-1137, or email:
If you haven’t been reporting your unit’s mine clearing blades, rollers and roller mounting kits, you need to start now.
Loading those items into SAMS-E and listing them on your unit’s monthly Army Material Status System (AMSS) report is required by AR 700-138, Army Logistics Readiness and Sustainability.
It’s vital information for the Army to have so it knows the readiness of that equipment.
The problem is that AR 700-138 hasn’t been updated in a while mine clearing blades, rollers and roller mounting kits aren’t included in the table of reportable items. But Logistics Support Activity (LOGSA) does put out an updated list that includes those items twice a year on LIW that that you can download and print. Here’s how to get the list:
- Login to LIW:
- At the bottom of the page, click on App Warehouse.
- Scroll down to the LIW RSRCS app and click on Go to Application.
- Scroll down and click on Maintenance Master Data File.
- Click on Download the… MMDF as a single file and/or Readiness Reportable Item Listing.
- Click on the B1(date).xls file to access the current list of readiness reportable ground equipment (systems and stand-alone items). The file’s date will change each time it’s updated.
The systems are listed by LIN in alphabetical order.
Here are the items you should be reporting, along with their NSNs and LINs:
|Mine clearing blade||01-230-8862||B71632|
|Mine roller kit||01-134-3724||M71632|
|Mine roller mounting kit||01-235-5458||M18157|
With the Army’s recent brigade combat team (BCT) reorganization, many excess Common Table of Allowance (CTA) items were relocated to Sierra Army Depot (SIAD), CA.
Good news, units! You can scoop up these items through the Army’s redistribution process. Some commonly available items include generators, scopes and binoculars. But there is also a large variety of other excess non-standard equipment (NS-E) up for grabs.
This NS-E is available to Army commands (ACOMs), Army service component commands (ASCCs) and direct reporting units (DRUs). All items are offered free on a first-come, first-served basis in “as is” condition.
Here’s how redistribution works:
Once NS-E returns from theater, it’s visually inspected and picked up on SIAD’s accountable record before going into storage.
SIAD uploads a list of items into a “virtual mall” so Army customers can select what they want. This info is updated twice a week. You can view current inventory in the Material Enterprise Non-Standard Equipment (MENS-E) database:
If your unit wants something, submit a request though your ACOM/ASCC/DRU command representative. Your command can then officially request the equipment release through MENS-E. Once it’s approved, your unit coordinates transportation and shipping arrangements directly with SIAD.
Although the equipment itself is free, your unit still needs to pay for transportation and any future sustainment costs. Items also must be accounted for and transferred in PBUSE.
For more info, contact Timothy Pollard at DSN 320-6924, (256) 450-6924, email:
Or Bertrand James at DSN 320-6857, (256) 450-6857, email:
Does your unit have a B Model 30- or 60-kW tactical quiet generator (TQG)? If so, the generator may have a defective control box keypad assembly, NSN 5999-01-470-4245 (PN 96-23545). It’s part of the digital control system on generator models MEP-805B, -806B, -815B and -816B.
The keypad assembly controls navigation in the computer interface module (CIM). If it’s faulty, one clue is that the CIM cursor doesn’t work right. Sometimes the cursor won’t move downward or left and sometimes it won’t move at all.
A total of 566 control box keypad assemblies were delivered as spare parts under the following contracts in these quantities:
NFECL credit card/email
Identify the Faulty Keypad Assembly
If your keypad falls under one of these contracts, here’s how to check if it’s covered:
- If the keypad assembly is already installed, remove it in an electrostatic discharge safe area.
- For 30-kW generators, remove the keypad following the instructions in Steps 1-8 in WP 0050 of TM 9-6115-671-14.
- For 60-kW generators, remove the keypad following the instructions in Steps 1-8 in WP 0050 in TM 9-6115-672-14.
- Find the label with the “N.E.K.” quality assurance stamp. The label may be on the top or back of the assembly.
- Check the date code. The date code on the label is formatted as “MM/DD/YY” (for example, 11/02/07 is 02 Nov 2007).
- If the date code on the label falls between 06/01/12 to 06/30/13, your keypad assembly is eligible for repair. The manufacturer will forward defective keypad assemblies to a supplier who will repair and return them to units free of charge.
Contact the following POC to get a return material authorization number (RMA) and further instructions:
L-3 Communications Westwood Corp.
12402 E. 60th St.
Tulsa, OK 74146
Or call her at (918) 250-4480 or email:
- If the date on the label does not fall within the dates in Step 3(a), but the keypad assembly is defective, follow the standard product quality deficiency report (PQDR) process. To submit a PQDR, go to:
Some units have been coding out their M110 semi-automatic sniper systems (SASS) because of bad gas rings. There is no need to do that. All parts of the bolt can be replaced using these NSNs:
Item NSN PN Qty
Gas ring 1005-01-504-8377 21002 1
Spring-coiled pin 5315-01-502-9984 99080 2
Ejector spring 5360-01-502-9993 99076 1
Ejector 1005-01-503-0001 97170 1
Extractor 1005-01-503-0000 99075 1
Extractor buffer 1005-01-504-8376 99164 1
Extractor spring 5360-01-502-9983 91492 1
These parts are being added to the M110’s TM 9-1005-342-23&P.
But you can’t order the entire bolt itself–only its parts.
If you have any questions about the M110, contact TACOM’s Eugene Meade at DSN 786-1253, (586) 282-1253, or email:
Or contact Mike Price at DSN 786- 1252, (586) 282-1252, or email:
Do not send CECOM equipment directly to the LCMC at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), MD, under DODAAC W15GK8. This is the wrong address and the APG installation warehouse is getting clogged with items that do not belong there.
Most CECOM items can be returned to the Defense Logistic Agency’s (DLA) warehouse in Tobyhanna, PA, or DLA’s warehouse in New Cumberland, PA. When returning items, type or clearly print mailing labels in ALL CAPS, exactly as shown below. Send returns to one of the following addresses:
Tobyhanna – BY6
For general cargo returns
(unclassified and non-radiological)
W1BG UEF DIST DEPOT TOBYANNA
GIBBS AND FIFTH STREETS
WAREHOUSE 6 BAY 4
TOBYHANNA, PA 18466-5059
Classified, non-radiological returns
DLA DISTRIBUTION TOBYHANNA
SPEC HANDLING FAC PH 570 615 7354
SQUIRE AND 5TH ST BLDG 5 BAY 5
TOBYHANNA, PA 18466-5059
Classified and unclassified radiological returns
DLA DISTRIBUTION TOBYHANNA
RADIOLOGICAL SPEC HANDLING FACILITY
BUILDING 13 6TH STREET
TOBYHANNA, PA 18466-5059
New Cumberland – AN5
W1BG DLA DISTRIBUTION
DDSP NEW CUMBERLAND FACILITY
2001 NORMANDY DRIVE DOOR 113 TO 134
NEW CUMBERLAND, PA 17070-5002
Questions about shipping any CECOM items, email:
Their email subject line should reference shipping items to CECOM.
CECOM Accountable Property Officer
Confused about checking the engine and transmission oil levels for your M113-series carrier? The PMCS charts in the -10 TMs say to do an after-operation hot check on both, while the lube orders (LO) say to do a before-operation cold check, or both a cold and hot check.
You’ll get different readings
based on whether you do a hot or cold check. The right thing to do is to do both checks.
The cold check makes sure you have enough oil to operate the vehicle without causing damage. It won’t give you a completely accurate reading, but it does keep you from driving the carrier if it’s dangerously low on oil.
The oil level should be at or just above the dipstick’s F (full) mark for a cold check. That’s because oil expands slightly when it’s cold.
If the level is below the L (low)
mark, call your mechanic to check for leaks. If it’s very far above the F mark, he may need to drain some oil.
The hot check is the most
accurate and the one the dipstick
You’ll need to check the transmission oil level while the engine is running at operating temperature (160-230°F).
To check the engine oil, shut the engine down after it reaches operating temperature. Wait 3-5 minutes and check the oil level.
You should get readings between the L and F marks. If either oil level is below the L or above the F, let your mechanic know right away.