1109th TASMG Returns to CCAD for Annual Training

by SGT Chad Finn, 1109th TASMG, CT

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Corpus Christi, TX (April 17, 2015) – The 1109th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group (TASMG) of Groton, Connecticut has been working with Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) since 1976.  Soldiers come down for annual training missions to acquire valuable skills in helicopter maintenance and repair from the Army’s premier helicopter overhaul and repair facility. For nearly forty years, this partnership has enabled a collaborative sharing of knowledge and experience between both facilities. 

“The goal of 1109th TASMG soldiers during the CCAD annual training was to increase their knowledge in all areas of Army Aviation maintenance ranging from supply functions to depot level repair capabilities on various aircraft and their components,” MSG Sean Weed, the Non-commissioned Officer in Charge, responsible for said. “Conducting annual training at CCAD provides the TASMG with the unique opportunity and capability to train soldiers in multiple MOSs in one location working with the outstanding artisans of CCAD.”

One of the focuses of this annual training was the building of aircraft repair kits, known as Work Station Requirements (WSR).  Kits are designed to provide mechanics with the parts needed to rebuild helicopter components.  Soldiers from the TASMG created nine kits for T-700 engines with the guidance of CCAD personnel at WIPCA.   Soldiers also packaged over 150 items in the warehouse. 

In addition to working with logistics personnel in the warehouse, Soldiers had the opportunity to meet directly with engineers and project managers. “The goal at the Army Depot in Corpus Christi Texas was to integrate my senior technical warrant officers with AMRDEC liaison engineers and return with the ability to better communicate with engineers to support the depot at home,” explained CW4 John Weaver, Aviation Maintenance Officer,

Soldiers had the opportunity to conduct repairs not normally done at the unit level.  The depot’s rotor blade shop specialists showed Soldiers how to do leak checks with helium and how to install de-ice mats while engine mechanics learned the technical information about specialty tooling needed for the shop in Connecticut from General Electric and Honeywell vendors.
“The technicians operating the generator test stand shared their knowledge and experience,” said SGT Patrick Ryan, an aviation mechanic with the 1109th. “Working with them was really awesome.”

This successful annual training and the experiences working with CCAD’s subject matter experts gave TASMG Soldiers invaluable knowledge and skills that they will pass on to Soldiers back in Connecticut.

The 1109th TASMG provides helicopter maintenance in support of the North-East Region, including 14 states and 26 flight facilities.  For this annual training 39 Soldiers arrived mid April and worked with CCAD personnel for eight days.

 

Designated a Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for rotary wing aircraft, Corpus Christi Army Depot ensures aviation readiness through overhaul, repair, modification, retrofit, testing, recapitalization, and modernization of helicopters, engines and components. This effort includes world-wide on-site field maintenance teams, analytical crash investigations and chemical material process facilities. CCAD serves as a depot training base for active duty Army, National Guard, and reserve units. CCAD, as South Texas' largest industrial employer, employs more than 5500 personnel and contractors providing an overall economic impact of more than $1.14 Billon to the local community.