Annual training 2016 for the 1071st Component Repair Company, Michigan Army National Guard, is taking place at the Combined Support Maintenance Shop in Lansing, Mich. The CSMS facility provides Soldiers with hands-on training they would not receive during their typical annual training.
“This is great training for the M-day Soldier. They are paired up with a full-time technician, and are trained on a different piece of equipment each day. The experience these Soldiers are getting is astronomical,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Kim Gwilt, CSMS maintenance advisor.
The focus for the training has been on military occupational specialty skills. The CSMS provides sustainment level training, whereas most of these Soldiers have only been exposed to field level training.
Sgt. Brandon Cook of the 1071st Component Repair Company, Michigan Army National Guard, repurposes scrap steel by welding it into toolboxes for later use at the Lansing Combined Surface Maintenance Shop. (Michigan National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Tyler Piper/Released)
“This is very technical training. This is MOS specific training that Soldiers don’t have access to during a typical drill or annual training,” said 1st Lt. Joshua Hoisington, 1071st executive officer.
The unit was divided among six groups based on their specific MOS. These groups include: allied trade, armament, rebuild, electronics, generator maintenance and wheeled vehicle maintenance. Each group has been assigned specific tasks to accomplish and work orders to complete.
Spc. Brett Gosney of the 1071st Component Repair Company, Michigan Army National Guard, blasts water at a recently made toolbox to remove oil and other particulates to prepare it for painting at the Lansing Combined Surface Maintenance Shop. (Michigan National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Tyler Piper/Released)
“During this training, these Soldiers are completing work orders for the state of Michigan,” Gwilt added. “Not only has this been excellent training for the Soldiers, but it has greatly reduced the amount of work orders our technicians need to complete. Now, they can focus on their primary mission.”
The CSMS is a state-of-the-art facility and the leadership would like to see more units take advantage of the training it has to offer. It is open to every unit in the state to send their maintenance and armament Soldiers to.
“We have three main sustainment companies in the state. My goal is to make this type of training a common place for each of those units. We encourage all units to send their armament Soldiers through the training as well,” shared Maj. Erick Schramm, the CSMS superintendent.