HVAC repair team helps keeps Soldiers cool

Story and photos by Sgt. Kimberly Johnson
196th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq — A team of Soldiers here stays busy keeping air conditioning systems working for fellow service members who travel throughout theater.

Heating ventilation and air conditioning repair Soldiers with the 632nd Maintenance Company, 110th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 224th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) are responsible for fixing air conditioning units in a variety of vehicles ranging from humvees and Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles to Heavy Equipment Transporters.

“We have a lot of vehicles that come through the shop needing anything from just recharging the (air conditioning) system, to replacing parts,” said Spc. William McCoy, a utility equipment repair technician with the 632nd Maint. Co. and a Detroit native. “We do a lot of trouble shooting.”

The HVAC repair team most commonly fixes air conditioning units that have lost their Freon charge, making the system unable to cool the vehicles effectively, said Sgt. Richard Maday, a utility equipment repair technician and team chief with the 632nd Maint. Co. and a Buffalo, N.Y., native.

“Almost every vehicle we repair is a convoy vehicle, so it is rewarding for us that we are helping them by giving them the air conditioning they need to survive out on the road,” Maday said.

Due to the upcoming responsible drawdown of troops and equipment in Iraq, there are more miles and hours put on the convoy vehicles, said Staff Sgt. Sean Thompson, the noncommissioned officer-in-charge of the HVAC team with the 632nd Maint. Co. New York City native.

The systems are working overtime, so the HVAC team works long hours to keep up with the repairs, he said.

“We have really made a big difference since we’ve been here,” Thompson said. “The Soldiers are really dedicated to their work because they know they affect these convoy patrols. My team knows the Soldiers out on the road have a very important job so they try and make it as comfortable as possible for them.”

As convoys continue to rely on their HVAC units, Soldiers with the 632nd Maint. Co.’s HVAC team will continue to work to meet the needs for cool air in the heat of the desert.

“My favorite part of this job is the happiness I see in other Soldiers when they come in here and their humvee is steaming hot, and then they leave and it’s an icebox,” McCoy said.

 

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Spc. Isaac Fussell (left), a utility equipment repair technician with the 632nd Maintenance Company, 110th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 224th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and a Conroe, Texas, native, and Spc. William McCoy, a utility equipment repair technician with the 632nd Maint. Co. and a Detroit native, repair an air conditioning component in a vehicle June 15 at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly Johnson)

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Spc. Isaac Fussell, a utility equipment repair technician with the 632nd Maintenance Company, 110th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 224th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and a Conroe, Texas, native, repairs an air conditioning unit in a vehicle June 15 at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly Johnson)