Want to test your small arms skills on the supply side of the house? Then check out the Small Arms Interactive Multimedia Instruction (IMI) Course in the Command Supply Discipline and Property Accountability Knowledge Center.
The IMI mirrors the 92Y Small Arms Program of Instruction taught at the Logistics Training Center at Ft Lee, VA. Though you won’t get a certificate for finishing the online version of the course, it’s an excellent refresher for arms room operations.
It’s also a good resource for officers assigned as arms room OICs or anyone who wants to become more knowledgeable in arms room operations.
- physical security of arms storage facilities.
- sensitive items management.
- The Army Maintenance Management System (TAMMS).
- disassembly/assembly of selected individual and crew-served weapons.
The course also includes quizzes and links to applicable regulations.
You can access the Small Arms IMI course through Blackboard at:
https://almc.ellc.learn.army.mil/bbcswebdav/institution/SCOE Institution/SCOEvideo/Unit Armorer Training Program/presentation.html
If you have questions or need help, email:
PS Mag Readers, we are not going all electronic! We love our printed mag and how neatly it fits in a mechanic’s pocket. So stop spreading those rumors and start spreading the word that a HQDA budget glitch delayed the printing of the November, December, and January issues. The November issue will ship in late December, and the December and January issues will ship in mid and late January. The February issue may slip into February. So get ready to do some big-time preventive maintenance reading just to get up to speed. Then, regular deliveries of the best little publication in the Army should continue as scheduled. Your job? Make it a New Year’s resolution to read PS and become the best preventive maintenance minded mechanic in the military. Your equipment (and your unit) will reward you for it! MSG Half-Mast
The Petroleum Quality Analysis System-Enhanced (PQAS-E), NSN 6640-01-547-1760, is a mobile, self-contained fuel testing laboratory. It’s set up in an ISO-style shelter mounted on a XCK 2000E1 trailer with support equipment, supplies and tent.
Though it has a modest footprint, the PQAS-E has a mighty big mission. Soldiers can use it to test all kinds of fuel and that helps keep bad fuel out of birds or rigs. If you’re a PQAS-E technician, you already know the key role you play in keeping the Army fleet flying or rolling.
But it’s important to remember if there’s ever a change in the PQAS-E administrator, the admin password must be passed on before the staff switch happens. It’s required for certain repairs and maintenance, user account management in particular.
Trouble brews when a tech enters an incorrect password three times in a row. Then he’ll be locked out of the system and unable to log in for an hour. As long as his password works, the tech can continue working and backing up data.
With the admin password, the administrator can get the tech back into the laptop immediately and can fix other problems. Without that password, the only work-around is reimaging the laptop. That means reinstalling the operating system and software. It also means all historical data will be lost.
So remember, PQAS-E administrators, you must pass on the password!
Units, consider adding this critical admin password handoff step to the clearance requirements list for out-processing personnel.
Good news! New data plates are available for M1117 Armored Security Vehicles (ASVs). If your unit has one or more of these vehicles, you’ll need to get new data plates for all of ’em.
The data plate update fixes a serial number (SN) problem. The old M1117 ASV data plates didn’t display vehicle SNs correctly because they left off “ASV” before the SNs. Entering wrong vehicle SNs in PBUSE or SAMS-E can cause property accountability issues. We explained the problem on Pages 12-13 of PS 686:
The old data plate is also tucked behind the vehicle’s fire suppression system. That makes it difficult to see.
The new data plate will be easier to read because it’s put in a better location, right on the panel next to the driver’s side door.
All M1117 ASVs must be updated with the new data plates. Fielding is ongoing through TACOM’s logistics assistance representatives (LARs). However, property book officers (PBOs) who want new data plates sooner can call (586) 467-6267. Or PBOs can email TACOM a list of their UICs, POCs, ship-to addresses and vehicle SNs. TACOM will ship back new data plates with mounting instructions. Email:
To replace an M1117 ASV’s data plate, follow these steps:
- Check that the SN on the new data plate matches the SN on the old data plate. The chassis number on the old plate is the vehicle’s SN. The letters “ASV” come just before the SN (chassis number) on the new plate. Make sure the numerals match on both old and new plates.
- Visually confirm that the SN on the new data plate matches the SN stamped on the steel lifting eye on the driver’s side of the vehicle.
- The new data plate has a self- adhesive backing. Simply “peel and stick” it on the panel just inside the door on the driver’s side of the vehicle. For best results, clean the panel before putting on the plate. A clean cloth and a touch of isopropyl alcohol will work. Technical isopropyl alcohol, NSN 6810-00-753-4993, is best for cleaning because it’s 70 percent isopropyl and 30 percent water.
- Once the new data plate’s on, remove the old one. The only tool you’ll need is a small screwdriver to remove the four screws holding the old data plate in place.
Does your unit have an assault kitchen, containerized kitchen, food sanitation center, kitchen company level field feeding or mobile kitchen trailer? If so, odds are that you’re using a modern burner unit (MBU), NSN 7310-01-452-8137, or MBU-V3, NSN 7310-01-507-9310, as the heat source for the griddles, ranges or cooking racks in your field kitchen.
Turns out some items equipped with MBUs/MBU-V3s are being used without proper ventilation. This is dangerous because during operation, the MBU/MBU-V3 produces harmful carbon monoxide (CO).
CO is a deadly gas. You can’t see, smell or taste it. But breathing CO can cause nausea, dizziness, headaches or fatigue. And CO can kill you.
To prevent CO poisoning, make sure that the MBU/MBU-V3 operating space is well ventilated during burner operation. Never operate an MBU/MBU V-3 in any enclosure with vents closed.
Follow all the safety precautions and guidelines for the MBU/MBU-V3 in TM 10-7310-281-13&P (May 10). It’s also a good idea to review the TM of any end item equipment outfitted with an MBU/MBU V-3.
Get the whole scoop in TACOM’s ground precautionary action (GPA) Message 14-026 at:
Did your unit recently order a 5- to 60-kW tactical quiet generator (TQG)? If so, you can speed things up by emailing the following info to a TQG item manager:
- Document number (DOC#)
- Confirmed shipping address
- Unit POC (name and phone number).
Based on the TQG size, you need to email the info above to one of the following item managers:
For 5/10-kW TQGs
Questions? Call DSN 648-6967 or (443) 395-6967.
For 15/30/60-kW TQGs
Questions? Call DSN 648-6977 or (443) 395-6977.
Note: If you ordered a 5- to 60-kW TQG that is currently back-ordered, follow the steps above if your requisition has not yet been filled. Remember to include an onsite POC name and phone number with any requisition submission.
The following skid-mounted power unit (PU) and power plant (PP) stock is available for immediate release:
MILSTD Generators Now Obsolete
Do Not Use or Keep for Backup
Send to DLA Disposition Services
Requisition Replacement TQG ASAP
Email the Old MILSTD Generator’s LIN and NIIN to One of the Following Item Managers and Request Replacement:
Note: New TQGs can be shipped immediately if units take old stock off their property book before requesting replacement.
The Army has lots of equipment. So when it’s time for an inspection or MTOE scrub, preparation is the key to success.
The place to go for viewing the Army’s authoritative force structure data is FMSWeb. It is developed and maintained by the US Army Force Management Support Agency (USWFMSA).
The website is a great place to view reports, access research tools, and view requirements and authorization documents. Examples include Basis of Issue Plans (BOIPs), Table of Organization and Equipment (TOE), Modification Tables of Organization and Equipment (MTOE), Tables of Distribution and Allowance (TDA), Common Tables of Allowance (CTA), and Joint Tables of Allowance (JTA). You can view past, present and future versions of all these documents on FMSweb.
FMSWeb can also help you with equipment Line Item Number (LIN) files and Unit Identification Code (UIC) files.
The tools on FMSWeb allow you to do research and analysis using various reports. For example, you can compare a current document to a past or proposed document. You can even compare multiple documents at the same time. For example, you might want to compare all the battalions within a Brigade Combat Team (BCT) or even multiple BCTs at the same time. You can also search for a LIN or group of LINs by command or for the entire Army.
FMSWeb offers many options in one place. If you need to view your MTOE or TDA back to 2002 or want to see what other units have authorized, check out FMSWeb at:
When you get to the site, click on Login to FMSWeb. Then register if you haven’t already. Fill in your security officer’s information. If you are a contractor, you must provide your contracting office technical representative (COTR) or government sponsor information. When all the information is provided, the system will send you an email after your account has been approved. Log in and click on the I Agree button and you’re ready to begin your search on FMSWeb.