1073rd Support Maintenance Company
The 1073rd Support Maintenance Company is based in Greenville, Michigan. Their mission is to provide maintenance support throughout the state on a diverse range of equipment and vehicles. The unit has an authorized strength of 149 and currently has 132 members assigned. Two members, Staff Sgt. Sunni Haglund and Sgt. Amanda Durst, serve in a full-time status as the supply sergeant and administration sergeant respectively.
The 1073rd has contact maintenance trucks, wreckers, mobile forward repair systems and standard automotive tool sets (a trailer mounted tool-set). The company is staffed with vehicle, generator, air-conditioning/heating and electrical mechanics and small-arms repairmen. The unit also has members who support food service, administration, supply, and training as well as specialists in nuclear, biological and chemical protection against an NBC threat.
In 2004, the 1073rd mobilized with more than 200 troops to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. The company was stationed at Al Taqaddum Air Base and served as the main maintenance company for the forward operating base. They provided direct support maintenance and supply to units in western Iraq to include armament, communication, vehicle maintenance and facility power support for the base. They also performed recovery missions. In addition to completing more than 4,000 job orders, some members were called to provide convoy security for more than 100 missions through the al-Anbar province.
Durst said that all returning convoys stopped in the 1073rd motor pool for inspection of vehicles needing repair or maintenance. Vehicles with serious issues and damages were job-ordered and then repaired at one of the company’s various vehicle-type specific maintenance sections. The generator mechanics established a service schedule and emergency crews to ensure all generators on base were functional or repaired in a timely fashion.
The units’s supply support activity served as a warehouse that shipped and received thousands of products and ensured they were distributed accordingly.
During the deployment, four Soldiers received the Purple Heart Medal and several Soldiers were awarded the Combat Action Badge.
In 2009, the 1073rd was mobilized again. They arrived in February 2010 with 130 troops to Joint Base Balad, Iraq where they served in a force protection role. The mission included supervision of personnel from various nationalities who supported the bases’ public works, the JBB hospital and the business zones. A small platoon of Soldiers provided personnel security for senior officials who visited the post or traveled to other posts in the area. The drawdown of combat forces is Iraq curtailed the company’s mission returning the 1073rd to Michigan in August 2010.
The unit typically performs their annual trainings at various depots throughout the United States. They also support joint exercises at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California.
In 2013, while under the command of Capt. Daniel Daugherty, the 1073rd was selected by the Department of the Army as the Army Award for Maintenance Excellence recipient—the most prestigious award in the military maintenance community. The company competed in the medium-sized Military Table of Organization and Equipment category and was selected from competitors representing the best in the U.S. Army worldwide, the Army National Guard and the Army Reserve. To compete at the Department of the Army level, the 1073rd first won at the state-, the regional- and the National Guard Bureau-level (54 states and territories).
Officials selected by the Department of Defense inspected everything from the company’s weapons—to vehicles—to generators—to OSHA required material support data sheets; just about everything “inspect-able” at the Greenville Armory. Going into the competition, the 1073rd was a strong competitor as they had earned the second place AAME in 2012.
1073rd Support Maintenance Company