NEWS | June 21, 2021

AMCOM employee part of dedicated team supporting T55 engine program

By Antwaun J. Parrish U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Alabama – Annette Geary, a U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command logistics management specialist, has been working as a sustainer of the T55 for more than two years.

The T55 Turboshaft Engine Program is managed by the U.S. Army Program Executive Office - Aviation and the Aviation Turbine Engines Program Management Office.

“The T55 is a turboshaft engine that has been around for decades powering the CH-47 Chinook rotary-wing aircraft, a twin-engine, tandem rotor and heavy-lift helicopter,” said Geary. “The T55 engine is manufactured by Honeywell and is sustained by the AMCOM Logistics Center, Aviation Directorate and the T700 Sustainment Directorate.”

Geary recently led the efforts to support the program’s engine maintenance mission at Corpus Christi Army Depot, Texas, as the T55 provisioner.

“I conducted exhaustive research and coordination with CCAD, Defense Logistics Agency and the original equipment manufacturers to locate the required technical data to identify alternative national stock numbers to resolve availability issues for items identified as terminal or obsolete by the depot user,” said Geary. “I initiated transactions in various logistics databases to ensure the reinstatement of 51 items, approximately 80 NSNs, which resulted in having to provision the 51 parts again.”

Prior to Geary working on the CCAD project, the 51 obsolete items had already been identified. She was responsible for working with the CCAD and PM ATE engineers to determine the items’ current configuration, the OEM to determine if the items were still available for purchase and, lastly, DLA to reinstate the items’ NSNs.

According to Geary, there were many variables in the process that affect the effective date of an item becoming procurable.
“I was responsible for most of the coordination to obtain the required technical data, initiating all required database transactions, tracking each item, briefing my team lead and division chief regularly on the status of each item, and reporting the date in which each item would become procurable for CCAD to obtain the part.”

Due to Geary’s actions, 48 of the 51 terminal items are now active. She said those at CCAD are the key to producing and maintaining the equipment that directly impacts Soldiers’ safety and the effectiveness of their missions.

“It’s great to be a part of this team,” said Geary. “There are many very smart and dedicated people working on this equipment determined to keep our Soldiers safe and supplied with the items they need to respond to our nation’s call at any moment.”