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Posted on: September 29, 2023

[ARCHIVED] ATEAM tank engine repair facility is closing its doors

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After 28 years, the Kansas National Guard Advanced Turbine Engine Army Maintenance mission has come to an end.

On March 18, 2023, the Kansas Army National Guard chief of staff issued a memorandum to Dennis Bolte, ATEAM shop foreman, notifying him the Kansas National Guard ATEAM program mission was complete and the ATEAM would be closed.

“Throughout the years, the ATEAM has always maintained the highest quality engine, transmission and powerpack rebuilds available,” said Bolte, who has been with the ATEAM since February 2019.

The reaction of the ATEAM personnel to the news was generally one of disbelief and regret.

“ I thought I would retire here,” said Chance Mitchell, heavy mobile equipment mechanic.

“I knew this day would come,” said Jennifer Hager, Component Shop supervisor, “but still it is disappointing to see such a valuable program for both the state and the country shut its doors.”

The ATEAM’s inception goes back to 1995, when the Kansas Maneuver Area Training and Equipment Site was participating in M1 engine repair program called Direct Support Plus program. The MATES personnel began efforts to implement, refine, and improve the rebuild of the M1 tank engine to improve National Guard readiness rates. In 1997, the Kansas National Guard proposed to the National Guard Bureau to start a special repair activity to reduce back-order requisitions on engines, improve state tank readiness, and to provide cost savings. The Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command officially certified the ATEAM as a Special Repair Authority in 1998. In 2009, the ATEAM was certified as one of two Total InteGrated Engine Revitalization engine production facilities in the world, performing condition-based overhauls on TIGER engines.

Over the years, the ATEAM continued to produce M1 tank engines and power packs for the NGB, Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command, the United States Marine Corps, U.S. Foreign Military Sales Office of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Since its beginning, the ATEAM has produced a total combination of 3,348 Air Gas Turbine 1500 engines, X1100 3b Cross Drive transmissions, full-up power packs, condition-based overhaul repairs, Components and complete rebuilds.

Sept. 29 will mark the culmination of all ATEAM activities. Bolte said that many of the remaining 28 team members are retiring from either technician or Guard service and others will go on to other jobs.

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