A truck carrying military cargo drives down the road without a problem. A mission conducted in Opposition Surrogate Vehicles is conducted flawlessly. Preventive Maintenance Checks and services are being conducted by 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, to ensure vehicles are fully mission capable at all times.
PMCS is a way for the Army to get the most use out of its vehicles and to ensure the safety of vehicle operators. The PMCS process includes a full vehicle inspection by the operator and a quality assurance and quality control by an Army mechanic.
â€œIt really is the most important part of mission preparation,â€ said Spc. Joshua Martinez, a mechanic and trooper with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th ACR. â€œBy checking your fluid levels often, you are able to stop problems before the motor gets wrecked.â€
In addition to a weekly PMCS conducted over each vehicle, a more thorough quarterly check and an even more thorough yearly check is conducted. All drivers are required to undergo training over what to look for when inspecting their vehicle by certified mechanics.
â€œMechanics save lives,â€ said Spc. Richard Green, a mechanic with HHT. â€œBy ensuring the vehicle is up to a safe standard, we lessen the chance of an accident.â€
All drivers are also required to take an accident avoidance and winter driving course before they receive their military license.
â€œThe mechanics help keep the unit ready for anything, by giving us the tools and knowledge we need to safely complete missions.â€ said Pvt. Justin Bausack, a driver with B Troop. â€œSomething as small as a leak on a vehicle could cause a mission to fail, you really need to take PMCS seriously.â€
Command maintenance is conducted weekly to ensure mission capability and maintenance. It has been affectionately named Motor Pool Monday.