Marine Corps unit adopts vehicle support app

A Marine Corps base in Hawaii recently began using a new application that helps personnel quickly find and fix vehicle malfunctions.

At the Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, base, workers are using the Vehicle Automated Diagnostic System developed by the Army to find the source of the problems and speed repairs. The system replaced the Corps' Simplified Test Equipment/Internal Combustion System.

Using a notebook PC, VADS links to onboard systems and specifies for users the nature of a problem in anything from tactical trucks to tanks and helicopters.

"This is the future of all testing equipment for the Marine Corps," said Staff Sgt. Michael Hayden, chief of maintenance integrated management systems for the Corps' Combat Service Support Group 3. "If there are Marines broken down on the side of the road, they can easily find out what is wrong with the vehicle, even if they have no mechanical experience.'

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