What do you need to know about the Army National Guard Combined Support Maintenance Shop? In today’s post I’m going to teach you everything I know about these maintenance shops. Here are a few quick facts about the Combined Support Maintenance Shops (CSMS):
- In most states there are one to five CSMS Shops. The amount of shops is based upon the size of the state’s military, the number of units, the locations of units, and the number of Field Maintenance Shops.
- The CSMS Shops support the Field Maintenance Shops. One CSMS can support 5 to 50 or more different Field Maintenance Shops.
- Many CSMS Shops employ 100 or more soldiers/mechanics. Most of these mechanics are dual status technicians who often serve in one of the units they support.
- The Shop is normally led by a Senior Warrant Officer or a Lieutenant Colonel.
- Normally the CSMS Shops provide Sustainment level maintenance. They can do major repairs the FMS Shops can’t do because they have more resources and personnel.
- Some of the services they can do include: replace transmissions, rebuilds, painting, engine test results and so much more.
If you are a small unit leader in the Army National Guard, it would be in your best interest to educate yourself about the maintenance flow in your state. At a bare bones minimum, educate yourself about the Field Maintenance Shop and Combined Support Maintenance Shop. After all, you will rely on these two agencies to provide maintenance support to your unit, so it would be in your best interest to know how they operate.
That’s everything I know about Combined Support Maintenance Shops. If you are an expert about the CSMS, or work at one of these shops, please leave a comment and tell us what your shop does. I’m sure our community would really love to know more about it.
Maintenance is a very important aspect of all Army National Guard units. Without proper maintenance, there will be no equipment, or unsafe items at use. Thank you for visiting. Please provide your comments, questions and opinions below…