Iraqi Soldiers train to solve transmission troubles

Story and Photos by Pfc. Lisa A. Cope
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs

IRAQI ARMY CAMP UR, Iraq — The Ur Logistics Training and Advisory Team with the 36th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) no longer makes daily trips to Iraqi Army Camp Ur.

The team is still available by request, however, to teach classes when the IA Soldiers need guidance with issues such as vehicle maintenance and repair.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael J. Hoover, the officer in charge of the Ur LTAT and a Gatesville, Texas, native, taught one of these classes on transmission troubleshooting basics and throttle position sensor adjustment April 21 at Camp Ur.

The class was useful for the IA Soldiers because their M1114 up-armored Humvees routinely have shifting problems, said Hoover.

"I was trying to orient the lesson to the tools they have to do it," he said. "I gave them the cables to do the testing, and now they do have the ability to perform the TPS adjustment with the equipment we provided."

Iraqi Army Maj. Nowfal Kamal Ali, the deputy commander of the Ur Iraqi Army Regional Maintenance Center and a Baghdad native, said the class will help improve the productivity and efficiency of the center.

"It was new information for (the Soldiers)," he said. "The topic of his lecture was troubleshooting problems with the engine. We fixed it a lot before, but we did not find the solution. Today, we got the solution for these problems."

Nowfal said Hoover is an effective instructor for his Soldiers.

"He has a wide knowledge (of maintenance)," he said. "At the same time, he is in control of the behaviors and activities of his group – he is in charge."

Nowfal said one of Hoover's best qualities as an instructor is his ability to focus on the small details.

The class consisted of five Iraqi Soldiers who all had prior training with either the transmission or electrical system, said Hoover. The reason for such a small class was to ensure participants had a firm grasp on the lesson. If they have a firm understanding of the process, they will be able to teach it to their peers, he said.

Hoover said he does not foresee a lot of these classes in the future because the RMC already has capable mechanics, and the Ur LTAT has worked to prepare the center to stand on its own after the upcoming responsible drawdown of forces from Iraq.

"The idea of us not going out (every day) is for them to become more self-sufficient," he said.

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Students practice their maintenance skills on an M1114 up-armored Humvee following a class taught by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael J. Hoover, the officer in charge of the Ur Logistics Training and Advisory Team with the 36th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and a Gatesville, Texas, native, April 21 at the Regional Maintenance Center at Iraqi Army Camp Ur, Iraq.

 

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Students practice transmission troubleshooting basics and throttle position sensor adjustment on an M1114 up-armored Humvee during a class taught by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael J. Hoover, the officer in charge of the Ur Logistics Training and Advisory Team with the 36th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and a Gatesville, Texas, native, April 21 at the Regional Maintenance Center at Iraqi Army Camp Ur, Iraq.

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Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael J. Hoover, the officer in charge of the Ur Logistics Training and Advisory Team with the 36th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and a Gatesville, Texas, native, provides hands-on training on an M1114 up-armored Humvee during his class on transmission troubleshooting basics and throttle position sensor adjustment April 21 at the Regional Maintenance Center at Iraqi Army Camp Ur, Iraq.