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Maintenance center enters second phase of hardening its rolling stock

Marine Corps News

Release Date: 5/4/2004

Story by Colie Young

MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga(April 29, 2004) -- Maintenance Center Albany recently completed the armoring of 192 High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle undercarriages for the Corps' 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, which is deployed to Afghanistan.

According to Gary McAllister, MCA's project manager for armor, the Marine Corps has entered the second phase of hardening its rolling stock for Operation Iraqi Freedom II. The first phase of the evolution only protected the vehicle's body.

"The Marine Corps Logistics Command continues to lead the way in the Corps' vehicle hardening effort," McAllister said. "The second phase of the vehicle hardening effort helps encompass more of our vehicles with protective armor."

"We've just completed 192 undercarriages on "Humvees" for the 22nd MEU," McAllister continued. "Our role now involves deploying a team to Afghanistan to assist with installation of the undercarriages."

McAllister said Chief Warrant Officer-2 Eric Gilmer will head LogCom's team when they deploy.

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