Albany employees save lives in Iraq - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Albany employees save lives in Iraq

Armor plating on the side of a Humvee. The plate is also installed under the vehicles. Armor plating on the side of a Humvee. The plate is also installed under the vehicles.
Armor on this vehicle kept Americans alive. Armor on this vehicle kept Americans alive.

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.

Feedback: news@walb.com

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Valdosta man's murder conviction upheld

    Valdosta man's murder conviction upheld

    Monday, February 19 2018 8:58 AM EST2018-02-19 13:58:20 GMT
    Monday, February 19 2018 10:06 AM EST2018-02-19 15:06:54 GMT

    The Georgia Supreme Court issued a ruling Monday that upholds the 2011 conviction and life sentence for a Valdosta man.

    More >>

    The Georgia Supreme Court issued a ruling Monday that upholds the 2011 conviction and life sentence for a Valdosta man.

    More >>
  • PetSmart holds national adoption weekend for pets

    PetSmart holds national adoption weekend for pets

    Monday, February 19 2018 12:33 AM EST2018-02-19 05:33:47 GMT
    Nearly 40 animals were adopted out over the weekend at Petsmart. (Source: WALB)Nearly 40 animals were adopted out over the weekend at Petsmart. (Source: WALB)

    Dozens of animals in Southwest Georgia are curled up in new homes tonight.  That's thanks to PetSmart's National Adoption Weekend. Saturday three different Humane Societies from South Georgia brought pets looking for new homes to the Albany PetSmart. 

    More >>

    Dozens of animals in Southwest Georgia are curled up in new homes tonight.  That's thanks to PetSmart's National Adoption Weekend. Saturday three different Humane Societies from South Georgia brought pets looking for new homes to the Albany PetSmart. 

    More >>
  • Black history program honors history maker

    Black history program honors history maker

    Sunday, February 18 2018 11:55 PM EST2018-02-19 04:55:08 GMT
    Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers is the longest serving airman in U.S. history. (Source: WALB)Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers is the longest serving airman in U.S. history. (Source: WALB)

    "I'm always honored but more importantly I'm humbled that folks would honor me for doing the nation's business," said Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers. History-maker Major General Retired Alfred Flowers has been in South Georgia this weekend. 

    More >>

    "I'm always honored but more importantly I'm humbled that folks would honor me for doing the nation's business," said Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers. History-maker Major General Retired Alfred Flowers has been in South Georgia this weekend. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly