Night Vision…Introducing a New Helmet Mount

A new helmet mount, NSN 5855-01-610-8704, is available for mounting the AN/PVS-7 night vision goggles and the AN/PVS-14 monocular night vision device.  The new mount fits on the advanced combat helmet (ACH) and the combat vehicle crewman’s (CVC) helmet.  It uses the current front bracket, NSN 5340-01-509-1467.

The new mount allows you to vertically adjust your night vision and lock it into place.

The old helmet mount, NSN 5855-01-551-4525, will be issued until stocks run out.

The following NSNs belong to helmet mounts that are terminal items.  Don’t use them with the ACH or CVC helmet:





Dispose of unserviceable helmet mounts at your local Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Disposition Services (formerly DRMO).  Do not send unserviceable mounts to Tobyhanna Army Depot.  Units will not receive credit for turning in serviceable or unserviceable mounts.

Need more information?  Contact these folks at the CECOM Logistics and Readiness Center:

Allison M. Dutton, inventory manager, DSN 648-1428, (443) 395-1428, or email:

Jenny Irizarry, ILS manager, DSN 648-1406, (443) 395-1406, or email:

Angel Acevedo, engineer, DSN 648-1407, (443) 395-1407, or email:

Timothy L. Langan, engineer, DSN 648-1429, (443) 395-1429, or email:


Packaging … Part 3

Exiting the Methods
of Preservation Maze: Method 30

In this packaging series, we’ve been talking about a “maze of confusion” that’s caused by a failure to understand the different kinds of military packaging preservation methods.

We’ve already covered Methods 10 and 20. This time we’ll discuss the third packaging preservation option, Method 30.

Method 30

    This method is a bit trickier than the first two, so you’ll need a trusty map to “exit the maze” of packaging preservation options using Method 30. The best guide to use is MIL-STD-2073-1, Standard Practice for Military Packaging.

Method 30 preservation requires using waterproof or waterproof-greaseproof protection (with preservative, as required).

Packs are appropriate almost anytime the item will fit into a bag, a rigid container other than all metal, or as long as only waterproof or waterproof-greaseproof protection is needed.

However, Method 30 isn’t the right choice for packaging if water-vaporproof protection is also required—in that case, you must choose Method 40 or 50.

To use Method 30, place an item that is preserved, wrapped and cushioned as needed into a close-fitting box or carton. Enclose that box, in turn, in a sealed waterproof bag. Follow these steps:

1. Clean and dry the item.

2. Select and apply a preservative coating to the item or parts of it.

3. Apply a greaseproof wrap conforming to MIL-PRF-121, Type I or II.

4. Select a close-fitting inner container from MIL-STD-2073-1 or the container specified by the contract or order. See Page 53 of Container Selection.

5. Insert the item into the container along with cushioning and dunnage. This will protect the item from any projections or sharp edges and restrict its movement within the container.

6. Blunt the sharp edges and corners of the box to protect the bag selected in Step 7.

7. Enclose the box in a bag conforming to MIL-DTL-117, Type I, Class B. The following are examples of barrier (bag) materials meeting the MIL-DTL-117 requirement: A-A-3174, Type I or II, Grade A, Class 1 (see note below) and MIL-PRF-22191, Type III. Note: When specified, a protective wrap of heavy-duty kraft paper or equivalent (tape sealed) should be used to protect the barrier material.

8. Heat-seal the bag. Keep the trapped air between the box and the bag to a minimum by compressing the bag or by using mechanical means, such as a vacuum cleaner attachment. Be careful not to rupture the bag.

9. Apply markings according to MIL-STD-129.

If you get lost, call the Logistics Support Activity’s Packaging, Storage and Containerization Center at DSN 795-7105, (570) 615-7105, or email:

    Next time, we’ll look at Method 40.


You can find the publications referenced in this series at:

    The quickest way to find a pub is to enter any numbers from its title (for example, MIL-STD-129 would be ‘129’) into the Document Number search box and then press the Submit button.

MS-4651-A Method 30

Shadow Unmanned Aircraft System…

   Soar High With Shadow PM


The Shadow tactical unmanned aircraft system (TUAS) can’t soar high on its mission unless PM soars high with it.

Preflight inspections. Always perform every PMCS inspection and check  outlined in your TM before flight. Even when PMCS becomes old hat, never trust your memory. Always depend on the TM so you don’t miss anything.

Do all of your pre-flight inspections and before engine start checks like it says in TM 1-1550-689-CL, Operator’s Manual and Crewmember’s Checklist.

Solar shields. In searing heat, never leave the Shadow’s wings uncovered. The sun’s heat can warp the carbon fiber wings. Protecting the wings with solar shields also minimizes fuel loss through the fuel tip relief valve.

Fuel loss is caused by fuel expansion as it gets hot. The lost fuel is supposed to get caught in the overflow container on the wing tip relief valve. But if the valve fails, the fuel pouches rupture inside the wings. The fuel system is dependant on ZERO air ingestion at the engine, and a vacuum leak will cause air ingestion 99.99% of the time.

Launching the Shadow. Before launching the Shadow from the launcher, make it a habit to remove the tail hook pin before starting up the engine. Removing the pin lowers the tail hook so the Shadow can stop on the runway when landing. Forget the pin and the tail hook won’t catch the primary pendant during landing. The Shadow will overrun the runway and hit the net to stop.

Powering up the Shadow. Before starting up the Shadow, remember to remove the payload cover. When power is turned on, the infrared/optical sensor payload moves and rotates. If the cover is still attached, it will hit and damage the underside of the fuselage.

    Check the oil. The Shadow uses a lot of oil during flight. You must add oil before it flies again. Without enough oil, the Shadow may not make it back.

Maintenance upkeep. No matter what you do to the Shadow, all maintenance must be recorded in the logbook so other maintenance personnel will know what has been done in the past. For example, you must record what components were replaced and what failures occurred during flight. Also, if inaccurate flight hours are recorded, scheduled maintenance won’t take place on time.

To keep your Shadow in the air and not grounded, check out the good word in TM 1-1550-689-10-1 and 10-2, Operator’s Manual For Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS) (NSN 1550-01-534-3238).

Maintenance Management . . .CECOM PQDRs and the NMP

Have you ever received damaged or defective CECOM equipment and wondered, “What do I do now?”

The Product Quality Deficiency Report (PQDR) process is the answer. Any CECOM materiel that does not meet “form, fit, or function” criteria is a ready-made candidate for a PQDR. Reporting items that fail to meet any of these three criteria helps reduce the amount of defective materiel sent out to others.

When a CECOM PQDR is received, an Army master screener reviews and then assigns it to the appropriate CECOM directorate for investigation. Depending on the outcome, the deficient item may be repaired or replaced or the unit that submitted the PQDR may receive credit.

By accurately completing the information requested on the SF-368, Product Quality Deficiency Report, you can help speed up the investigation.

Some CECOM items are part of the National Maintenance Program (NMP), so it’s especially important to include the date and location where the materiel was last repaired. Knowing when and where the item was repaired ensures the materiel is sent to the correct location.

Repair facilities in the NMP are held to the highest quality standards, which ensures users receive materiel that has been repaired properly.

Submit CECOM PQDRs at the Product Data Reporting and Evaluation Program (PDREP) website:

    Users with a valid user ID can log on directly to the site to submit PQDRs. Individuals without a PDREP user ID can still access the site and submit PQDRs through the “EZ PDR LOGON” tab.

In order to get a user ID, you must submit an access request. The access request form is found on the PDREP website at:


    If you need further help with the CECOM PQDR process, email the CECEOM PQDR team at:


One-Stop Shop for TACOM LCMC: Safety and Maintenance Messages

Are you hunting for past safety or maintenance messages for TACOM LCMC- managed equipment? All you have to do is pop on over to TULSA. And no, we don’t mean the city in Oklahoma!

The historical collections for TACOM LCMC safety messages and maintenance messages are found online at the TACOM-Unique Logistics Support Applications (TULSA) website. You’ll need your CAC and first-time users must request access. Go to:

    If you need assistance getting into the website, email TULSA’s helpdesk at:

    Once you’re in, you can find maintenance messages by clicking Maintenance Messages in the left-hand column. You can find safety messages by clicking Safety First in the same column. You can even get future safety messages emailed to you. You’ll find the E-Mail Subscriptions link in the navigation bar on both the maintenance and safety messages pages.

If you can’t find a specific safety or maintenance message that you need, email a help request to:


Logistics Management . . .Got GCSS-Army Questions?

MS-4616-A Fig 1

Good news! Help with Global Combat Support System-Army (GCSS-Army) is here. A new help desk call center at the Software Engineering Center at Ft Lee, VA, is open to support the field.

The Sustainment Support System for the Single Interface to the Field (S4IF) is the go-to spot for GCSS-Army answers. This means handy “one-stop shopping” for SASMOs supporting both GCSS-Army and legacy STAMIS systems.

All first-time users at S4IF must register for access. Visit:

    For a step-by-step registration guide, go to:


Questions? Contact GCSS-Army’s help desk toll-free at (866) 547-1349, DSN 687-1051, (804) 734-1051 or email:

Publications . . .Pick AEPUBS for Africa, EUR, SWA


    Army units stationed in or deployed to Africa, Europe or Southwest Asia must order publications through the Army in Europe Library & Publishing System (AEPUBS).

Unit pubs managers can set up a first-time AEPUBS account with DA Form 12-R, Request for Establishment of a Publications Account.

Email the completed DA Form 12-R to:

For instructions on filling out the form or to get pre-filled forms, visit AEPUBS at:

    Select Account Setup Information on the homepage.   For AEPUBS help, call DSN (314) 496-5824 or (49) 6302-67-5824.