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MCB prepares armor kits for II MEF deployment

Marine Corps News

Story Identification #: 2004122134010
Story by Mr. Rob L. Jackson

MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE BARSTOW, Calif. (Dec. 2, 2004) -- Priority One tasks are nothing new to the civilian employees at Maintenance Center Barstow.

For when it comes to providing top-notch field equipment to protect the lives of the Marines currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, MCB employees eagerly leap at the opportunity, pulling together to get the job done.

About Nov. 10, the Maintenance Center received direction from Marine Corps Systems Command, through Logistics Command, to receive, prepare and ship protective armor kits to II Marine Expeditionary Unit, at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., prior to its scheduled deployment, according to Rick Gilmore, MCB project manager for the protective kits.

“There was talk about this project coming down the pike but we didn’t know when it was going to happen until now,” he said.

Upon receiving the raw material from the vendor, Maintenance Center personnel from just about every cost work center joined forces to tackle this job, according to Gilmore.

Armor plates, pre-cut 3/8-inch metal, were to be blasted, painted and bent to fit the specific vehicles they were tasked to prepare the kits for.

Kits had to be produced for the Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR), both doors and underbody, and for the 5-ton trucks, doors and underbody.

“The only thing we had to do other than prepare the kits was manufacture the brackets and hardware that are needed to mount the plates,” said Gilmore. “Those we had to do in-house in just a few days.”

The 5-ton truck kits are to be delivered to Camp Lejeune by Dec. 3 and the MTVR kits should be there by Dec. 6, according to Gilmore.

This was just the first salvo, with more requirements expected to come in at a later date, according to Gilmore. There is the possibility of Maintenance Center Barstow being tasked with designing and producing kits for the P-19 Fire truck as well as producing kits for some of the ambulances, which are now being tested in the Nevada desert.

Maintenance Center Albany will be concentrating more on producing Marine Armor Kits for the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), which contain under armor, new style doors, roof armor, rear armor and ballistic windshields, said Gilmore.

This is the main reason MCB was given the task of producing the MTVR and 5-ton truck kits; to help take some of the pressure off Albany and allow them to fully concentrate on the hummer kits.

“We put this thing together quick. We had a lot of good effort throughout the Maintenance Center,” said Gilmore. “Everybody jumped on this thing. They know it’s important to protect those guys, and it’s a way for them to do their part in helping them out over there in (OIF).”

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