USAREUR CSM visits Army Oil Analysis Program Site

Steven J. Stanfill, 405th Army Field Support Brigade Public Affairs Office (August 20, 2014)

USAREUR CSM visits Army Oil Analysis Program site

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - U.S. Army Europe Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport visited the Army Oil Analysis Program laboratory Aug. 12. This was the first time he has visited the facility. AOAP is a Department of Defense program to detect impending equipment component failures and determine lubricant condition through on-line and laboratory evaluation of oil samples.

The Army Oil Analysis Program Laboratory-Europe provides commanders in Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia with oil analysis capabilities at the Kaiserslautern Army Depot. The lab's primary mission is to accept oil samples from both aircraft and ground-based vehicles and analyze them for flaws and inconsistencies. After receipt of the samples, the lab has 24 hours to analyze and report back to the unit of aviation commanders and 72 hours to ground commanders.

"I am amazed at the amount of work and scientific expertise that goes in to ensuring flight safety, equipment readiness and the work ethic of the employees at the laboratory," Davenport said. The new command sergeant major for the 405th Army Field Support Brigade, Command Sgt. Maj. Stanley Richards, joined the U.S. Army Europe Command Sgt. Maj. on the visit.

It is a relatively quick process to sample the lubricants in a piece of equipment, and that action can save hours of maintenance downtime through early detection of such problems as fault air-induction systems, leaking cooling systems, loose crossover lubricant lines, and abnormal wear rates of moving metal parts.

"The AOAP lab offers units an opportunity to have their equipment's oil and other fluids tested with some of the most technologically advanced tools available, thus enhancing the ability to make sound, proactive and cost effective maintenance decisions. I do not know why anyone would not take advantage of this capability," Richards said.

Heidi Bodeit, the director of the laboratory, and her team walked Davenport and Richards through the process of extracting the oil sample, inspecting by microscope and photographing and electrically testing for impurities. "I was amazed at the quick and efficient way of testing samples and keeping our force ready," Davenport said.

At the end of the tour, Davenport also presented the "Commander's Coin of Excellence" to Heidi Bodeit and also the "For Warrior Excellence" coins to Dahab Gebreyohannes and Detlef Nuss, both physical science technicians, for their work at the organization. Akwasi Edusei, administrative support specialist, also received the "For Warrior Excellence" coin.

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