Naval Facilities Engineering Command

Navy Army Engineers Give Generators New Life for Use in Training

09/11/19

From Naval Facilities Engineering Command Public Affairs

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Missouri (NNS) -- Four Navy Seabee technicians recently ventured to the U.S. Army's Fort Leonard Wood to help Army engineers restore four generators used by the Army Prime Power School.

Five soldiers from the 249th Engineering Battalion joined the technicians from the Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center's (EXWC) Mobile Utilities Support Equipment (MUSE) in the rehabilitation. Over the course of 21 days, the team brought the generators back to working order. EXWC is part of Naval Facilities Engineering Command.(NAVFAC).

The generators had been maintained at MUSE to support Navy missions but were scheduled for disposal after they stopped working properly. Because the specific unit is no longer manufactured, Army Prime Power School was interested in rehabilitating them for use in training.

“The equipment the power units are replacing was used to train Navy MUSE technicians and Army 12P for over 20 years,” said Chief Warrant Officer 5 Donald Bond, commander of the  Army Prime Power School. “The more reliable and modern our equipment, is the higher quality our training will be—this is our modernization effort.”

The team conducted thorough mechanical inspections of cylinders, camshafts, crankshafts, injectors and valves, along with electrical inspections of transformers, circuit breakers and alternators. Along the way, they replaced major components such as turbochargers, head gaskets and rocker-arm shafts.

The joint effort built camaraderie among the Army and Navy technicians--and gave them the satisfaction of giving back. Applying the lessons from Army Prime Power School to restore generators students will use for years to come was "beyond rewarding," said Construction Electrician 1st Class Amber Cantrell. 

For more news from NAVFAC EXWC, visit https://www.navfac.navy.mil/ or on Facebook @NAVFACEXWC..

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