Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:37:21 GMT
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce. Nursing students at Georgia Southwestern asked business students to help them prepare for their job searches. HumanMore >>
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:28 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:28:47 GMT
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do. An EF-3 tornado roared through Americus six years ago. It killed two people and destroyed Sumter Regional Hospital andMore >>
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do.More >>
June 28, 2005
Dougherty County-- Almost two years ago Albany's Marine Base Maintenance Center pioneered the armor program to protect vehicles in the War on Terror. Now stock Marine humvees are sent directly to Albany, where the armor is fully installed.
Every day, workers at Albany's Marine Base Maintenance Center produces at least eight completely armored Humvee vehicles, but more are needed.
That's about 3,300 pounds of steel armor plate installed on each Humvee, as well as air conditioners and gun turrets.
Program Manager Chief Warrant Officer Bobby Sisai said, "The steel has gotten better out there. As it progresses, we've added more armor giving more protection. It's just a better product for everyone now."
When the armor program started, armor kits were made and shipped to Afghanistan, where they were installed on Humvees there. But now an assembly line approach, doing the entire job in Albany, is more productive.
Sisai said "We're continually changing things. It's evolving, it's getting better, it's getting faster. " The demand for these vehicles is still high, because they work.
Sisai said "Saved a lot of lives, we get progress reports out there every week of things that have occured." By the end of July, a new 24,000 square foot structure will be erected at the Albany base, just for this vehicle armor assembly line.
Maintenance Ctr. Commander Colonel Peter Underwood said, "That will give us more room and more space to install more kits more quickly."
Currently more than 100 employees are working two shifts a day armoring vehicles. That could increase to 200 employees when the new assembly line building is open, because the Marines' demand more of these armored Humvees to protect troops across the world.
Albany's Marine Base is still producing armor kits, that are sent to the Middle East to be installed on vehicles already there. Since the armor program started, more than 10 million pounds of steel armor has been produced in Albany, with another five million pounds expected to be made by October.