Armor & Mobility

SEP-OCT 2016

Military magazines in the United States and Canada, covering Armor and Mobility, focuses on tactical vehicles, C4ISR, Special Operations Forces, latest soldier equipment, shelters, and key DoD programs

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Production Milestone For more than a decade, Red River Army Depot (RRAD) in Texarkana, Texas has been instrumental in remanufacturing High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV). To date, approximately 50,000 HMMWVs have been remanufactured on the depot's production lines. Battle damaged or high use HMMWVs may have even made their way back to the depot more than once. The depot has a multifaceted production facility that is capable of simultaneous repair of different variants of the vehicle. During this same period, AM General (AMG) has been the principal supplier of parts for the HMMWV programs. As the HMMWV original equipment manufacturer (OEM), they've ensured parts have been available for the remanufacture (recapitalization) effort of those vehicles. So when AM General began looking for a partner to remanufacture HMMWV's for the National Guard, they knew exactly where to go - Red River Army Depot. Under the partnership with AM General, Red River was responsible for disassembly and demilitarization of the HMMWV chassis. Following the disassembly process, the HMMWV body was completely reworked with all needed upgrades, including additional armor, and then shipped to the AM General plant in Mishawaka, Indiana. There the body was married to a brand new chassis, and made ready for use by various National Guard units across the continental United States. Following the concepts of Lean Six Sigma, a process planning (2P) event was conducted in order to create a production area layout that supported an efficient process. This 2P event enabled RRAD to develop a successful process flow for the production line, while working with the challenges presented by the existing infrastructure. Through this process, and by using equipment from previous HMMWV programs, RRAD avoided spending approximately $4 million to build and equip new maintenance areas to meet the customer's requirements. Members of the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle production facility at Red River celebrate the completion of 800 HMMWV bodies. In partnership with AM General, the team finished the bodies eight days ahead of schedule. (RRAD) Take an Accelerated Path Toward Your Degree Your military occupation can put your associate's degree within reach.* > Combat Arms 11B/11C/19D/19K (Skill Level 30+)—as few as 8 courses to earn a criminal justice degree; 9 or 10 courses to earn a business degree > Medical 68W and many other allied health specialties—as few as 5 courses to earn a health sciences degree > Military Police 31B (Skill Levels 30/40)—as few as 5 courses to earn a criminal justice degree > Other military training and prior learning may also qualify for college credit > Get your MOS evaluated for college credit at www.MOS.kaplan.edu Skill level requirements apply. Kaplan University—Online/Accredited † Speak with a Kaplan University representative at the Education Office or call our Military Support Center at 877.809.8445. The Department of Defense does not endorse any company, sponsor, or their products or services. For comprehensive consumer and gainful employment information, visit kaplan.edu/info. * Based on a member of the military who transfers in the maximum amount of quarter credit hours: 65 for medical MOS, 60 for military police and information technology MOS, 50 for combat arms MOS, 55 for paralegal specialist MOS, 45 for recruiter MOS. Coursework reduction reflects an educational mapping based on the completion of the standard courses required for rank advancement as well as credit for occupation duties. Credit awards have service-level requirements. Exact transfer amount may vary depending on completed military courses and occupations as listed on your official Joint Service Transcript(s). State-specific requirements, as listed in catalog.kaplanuniversity.edu, may apply. All credits must be validated on official transcript(s) to be eligible to transfer. † Please see our website for additional information about institutional and programmatic accreditation. www.tacticaldefensemedia.com September/October 2016 | Armor & Mobility | 5 LIGHT TACTICAL UPGRADE: HUMVEE

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