Locking Block Can Ruin Your Piece of the PIED

The KGV-72 programmable in-line encryption device (PIED), NSN 5810-01-564-3364 (LIN E05008), is designed to encrypt Blue Force Tracking (BFT) message traffic.  But when it’s time to turn in the PIED, here’s a message that really needs to get through:

Don’t damage the locking block!

Too many units are losing or misplacing the padlock key.  So when it’s time to turn in the PIED, they use tools to remove the lock.  Unfortunately, that almost always breaks the locking block.

A broken block can’t be repaired.  Even worse, you can be held financially liable for replacing the $2,565.58 PIED per AR 735-5, Property Accountability Procedures and Financial Liability Officer’s Guide.  A DD Form 200, Financial Liability Investigation of Property Loss (FLIPL), along with a property book officer document number must be submitted at the time of the request to the item manager before an operational PIED can be issued.

So don’t lose the key to your lock.  And if you do, check with the item manager for instructions on what to do next.



Keep M3 Tripod Until You Get M205

On Page 43 of PS 760 (Mar 16) we told you the good news that the M205 tripod is replacing the M3 tripod.

It’s good news because the M205 is 32 percent lighter than the M3 and also includes an integral traverse and elevating mechanism.

But some units are jumping the gun and turning in their M3s before they get the M205. Not a good idea! They could be without tripods for a long time until they do get the M205. So keep using your M3s until you get the M205.

But once you get the M205, it’s important you turn in your M3s within 30 days. The Army will continue to use M3s for 3-4 years, so they need your M3s for other units. If any M3s aren’t usable, turn them in for local disposal.

Do not try to order the M205. If will be fielded through total package fielding (TPF).

Questions? Contact Grant Baker at DSN 786-1238, (586) 282-1238, or email:


Containerized Kitchen–Run for Cover

Loose gear banging around in the mechanical room of the containerized kitchen can wreck equipment. The air conditioners especially take a beating. The slide hammer, the ground rod and the jacks ram the condensers and bend the fins. Once the fins are bent, the condenser can’t let heat escape. The air conditioners won’t operate. And because they work in tandem, if one goes down, the other one won’t work either.

To prevent damage, pack your gear like it says in WP 0006 of TM 10-7360-226-13&P (Aug 01, w/Ch 4, Mar 07).

For added protection, put a metal shroud over each air conditioner’s condenser. Ask your metal shop or field maintenance shop to fabricate two shrouds. Here are the tools and materials:

o Tools: cutting grinder or metal cutting shears, measuring tape, hammer and screwdriver

o Materials: sheet of steel mesh, NSN 5680-00-551-3810, 8 feet long x 4 feet wide; twelve 1/4-in diameter washers, NSN 5310-00-463-0268 (six washers for each air conditioner)

Here are the fabricating instructions:

1. Cut out two shrouds from the sheet of steel mesh. Each shroud should measure 40 inches long x 20 inches wide.

2. Bend both long sides of each shroud 90o. Each bend should measure 1 inch deep.

3. Bend one short side of each shroud 90o. The bend should measure 2 inches deep.

And here’s how to install the shroud:

1. Remove the screws from the frame that holds the condenser to the air conditioner.

2. Slide the shroud over the condenser and frame.

3. Place a washer over each screw hole, insert a screw and tighten. Continue until all screws and washers are in place.

4. Install the second shroud over the second air conditioner in the same way.

Hot Topic | Having Trouble Viewing PS Online?

We posted a Hot Topic 6/21/11 with step-by-step instructions for viewing PS.

AMC Application Update URLs

Three applications have migrated and are now hosted at the Logistic Support Activity (LOGSA). Here are the new URLs:

AMTAS (Army Modernization Training Automation Systems)

MENS-E (Materiel Enterprise Non-Standard Equipment Datebase)

LINs (AMC LIN database)