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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense and Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies – today hosted the Commander of the Army Materiel Command, General Gustave Perna, to visit the Advanced Turbine Engine Army Maintenance Team at Fort Riley alongside 1st Infantry Division Commander, Major General John Kolasheski, and Kansas Adjutant General Lee Tafanelli.

“The Advanced Turbine Engine Army Maintenance (ATEAM) of the Kansas National Guard provides the Army, particularly Army National Guard tank units, with a cost-efficient sustainment capability offering the highest quality repair work and customer service to commanders,” said Sen. Moran. “The ATEAM also provides second-to-none services to foreign partners who specifically seek to increase the readiness of their tank units utilizing ATEAM expertise. The repair work for foreign partners will translate into growth for the ATEAM from the existing 58 personnel to approximately 240 in fiscal year 2019. I invited General Perna to Fort Riley to witness firsthand the unique and cost-effective capabilities of the ATEAM and I am proud they were able to demonstrate their value to the total force of the U.S. Army.”

“I am very appreciative of Sen. Moran and General Perna taking the time to visit and see first-hand the outstanding work performed by the ATEAM,” said Major General Lee Tafanelli, the Kansas Adjutant General. “The individuals who work here produce the highest quality tank engines and transmissions for the United States Army and some of our strategic foreign partners.  The work they do saves taxpayer dollars by producing engines and transmissions that not only cost less, but last longer. Sen. Moran has been an outstanding supporter of this cost-effective, readiness-producing program for our Army.”

Sen. Moran’s efforts on behalf of the Kansas Army National Guard ATEAM:

  • Sen. Moran first met with General Perna to highlight the work carried out by the ATEAM in October of 2017. During that meeting he extended an invitation to General Perna to come to Fort Riley to see the ATEAM’s exceptional work and capacity firsthand.

  • On April 17, 2018, Sen. Moran questioned Chief of the National Guard Bureau General Joseph Lengyel about the authorities required for the ATEAM to carry out their maintenance work for the Army National Guard and foreign military partners, and encouraged him to reconcile and resolve conflicting interpretations of policy to allow the ATEAM to continue their vital mission.

  • Sen. Moran authored report language in the Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act of 2019 that promotes and safeguards the ATEAM military special repair activity, permitting the ATEAM to continue to provide critical maintenance in support of the Army National Guard, Tank and Automotive Command (TACOM), and foreign military partners. They also provide personnel, field support and on-site repair for all twelve ARNG Tank States during their annual training and collective training events.