AVCRADAviation Classification Repair Activity Depot
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The AVCRAD has equipment that allows rebuilt engines to be tested.
Some of the AVCRAD's members are forward deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq to provide even faster service.
Parts arrive at the AVCRAD with a glass coating--sand transformed by engine heat.
"All the AVCRADs have been deployed, so they came up with TF-AVCRAD," said Sgt.
AVCRAD is a support unit that specializes in maintaining helicopters.
During previous conflicts, groups of maintainers from depots, AVCRAD units and other bases would set up shop close to the action.
Within a month of its arrival in Kuwait, the 1106th AVCRAD sent a mission analysis team to Iraq to determine the warfighters' forward depot operations needs.
To meet these needs, the 1106th AVCRAD developed the forward operations cell (FOC) concept of support.
The FOC provided depot expertise forward to communicate requirements, positioned a movement control team (MCT) in Iraq to manage parts flow, stationed depot teams and tools forward to reduce response time, and served as a forward command and control node for the AVCRAD commanders.
The AVCRAD contacted the Air Force Air Transportability Test Loading Agency at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, for assistance in determining the ramp angle needed to load the AOAP lab van.
The supplemental devices were built by AVCRAD personnel using 3/4-inch plywood lumber, cut into appropriate forms and glued and screwed together.
Because of its location, TAMP-SWA Forward-KKMC provided excellent maintenance, resupply, and retrograde capabilities (demonstrating economy, forward impetus, relativity, mobility, timeliness, and flexibility.) SIPI erected clamshell buildings, portable offices, and security and communication systems at TAMP-SWA Forward-KKMC for use by AVSCOM, maintenance contractors, and the onsite AVCRAD.