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Becoming a wheeled vehicle mechanic

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Story by SPC Vontrae Hampton on 08/29/2019
By U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Vontrae Hampton
FORT MCCOY, Wis. U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from different military occupation specialties participated in a reclassification course to become wheeled vehicle mechanics at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Aug.14, 2019.

The course taught students how to inspect, drive, and maintain the vehicles so they are able to perform missions.

Staff Sgt. David Holt, course manager at Regional Training Site -Maintenance, said the students learn the basics of wheeled vehicle maintenance.

"The main thing we want students to learn is the basic foundation of being a wheeled vehicle mechanic. We teach them forms, tools, familiarization, and vehicle systems. They learn hydraulics, brakes, weapons systems, and more," said Holt.

Staff Sgt. Ryan Henry, an instructor for the wheeled vehicle mechanic course said they went over the hydraulic brakes and fundamentals of braking.

"We taught them how the brake components work, different types of brakes, different variations and pieces of equipment they could be used on," said Henry.

This maintenance allows units to stay in the fight by keeping equipment up and allowing units to get from one location to another, said Henry.

"This training makes Army Reserve units more capable and combat ready by being able to fix vehicles internally and stay mission ready," said Holt.

Henry hopes the students all gain knowledge and a skillset from the training.
Various MOSs come to reclassify, so they take on more information than normal, said Henry.

"I want them to be able to take the information provided here and take it back to their units and hopefully one day become subject matter experts. They should use this training as a building block for being a mechanic and venture out into bigger avenues of their careers," Henry said.

The training is relevant and will allow Soldiers to fix vehicle problems at the unit level instead of sending them away, and can also help them in their civilian lives, said Henry.

"I absolutely love being an instructor." "My joy is passing my knowledge on to other Soldiers and seeing what they do with it," said Henry.


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