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An Iraqi army member works on putting together the transmission for a M1114 HMMWV March 4 at Taji, Iraq. The transmission shop is one of many steps used to totally overhaul a new HMMWV at the Taji national maintenance depot for the Iraqi army. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jacqueline Romero)

An Iraqi army member works on putting together the transmission for a M1114 HMMWV March 4 at Taji, Iraq. The transmission shop is one of many steps used to totally overhaul a new HMMWV at the Taji national maintenance depot for the Iraqi army. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jacqueline Romero)

Pistols sit in a container waiting to be inventoried after they have been found March 4 at Taji, Iraq. The Taji national maintenance depot is responsible for taking in all captured small arms, artillery and any other weapon devices. Some of the weapons will be destroyed and others will be refurbished and given back to the Iraqi army. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jacqueline Romero)

Pistols sit in a container waiting to be inventoried after they have been found March 4 at Taji, Iraq. The Taji national maintenance depot is responsible for taking in all captured small arms, artillery and any other weapon devices. Some of the weapons will be destroyed and others will be refurbished and given back to the Iraqi army. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jacqueline Romero)

An M1114 HMMWV is called Project One because it is the first vehicle to go through the overhaul production by an all Iraqi maintenance crew March 4 at Taji, Iraq. Members of the Iraqi army worked on the transmission, engine, drive train and paint job. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jacqueline Romero)

An M1114 HMMWV is called Project One because it is the first vehicle to go through the overhaul production by an all Iraqi maintenance crew March 4 at Taji, Iraq. Members of the Iraqi army worked on the transmission, engine, drive train and paint job. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jacqueline Romero)

TAJI, Iraq (AFNS) -- A joint expeditionary tasking Airman with the 732nd Air Expeditionary Group here is a scavenger. 

Capt. Jeff Allen, a contract officer representative for the depot, is charged with locating the parts the Iraqi army needs to restore their vehicles, whether it be buying it or finding it at a salvage yard. 

He is responsible for acquiring HMMWV and tank parts for the Taji national maintenance depot, which unveiled its first M1114 HMMWV that was restored by an all Iraqi maintenance crew here March 4.

"I acquire assets so (Iraqis) can make the necessary repairs, or so they can practice and train how to make the repairs," said Captain Allen, who is deployed from Andrews Air Force Base, Md. "We go out of our way to make sure the Iraqis and contractors have everything they need to do their job."

Captain Allen said the entire maintenance process takes place at the Taji national maintenance depot.

"We are training the Iraqis to operate all the processes themselves. We have training going on every step of the rebuilding process," he said. "We have a transmission, engine, drive train and paint facility that rebuilds everything. We also have a complete tank facility which will do depot level repairs on T-72 and BMP tanks by the end of the year."

Not only is the depot responsible for rebuilding vehicles, but the maintenance yard also houses all the small arms found nearby.

"We take in all the captured small arms found throughout Iraq," Captain Allen said. "Some are designated for destruction, but others are repaired and reissued to the Iraqi army."

The Taji national maintenance depot provides logistics support to Iraqi joint forces. Support includes deep level repair and overhaul of wheeled and tracked vehicles, generators, small arms and ground support equipment, and technical trade training for the depot workforce.

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