We recently introduced you to the process of refurbishing a large vehicle at the Marine Corps Logistics Base. In the next installment of 'Community Supports War Fighter' we'll take you inside the 'steam' process.
After disassembly the amphibious assault vehicles get washed, but Steam & Blast Supervisor Rickey Denson says this isn't your ordinary car wash. "We get in all the cracks, get in all the parts, it takes about three and a half hours because you have to get all the dirt and grit out" says Denson.
Sandblaster Laquacia Edwards say she's focused on one thing while spraying down the inside and outside of the AAV. "Removing all foreign objects, grease, dirt, cause once it leaves here it's going to be painted" says Edwards. Paint won't stick to grease, so sandblasters have to make sure the AAV's are clear of all debris.
The steam process isn't a 'one time' rinse, sometimes it takes extra time, extra attention, and extra soap! "Certain areas you have to do several times! You may have to scrub it, it just depends what came in contact with the vehicle" says Edwards.
Sandblasters also clean smaller pieces that may only take 5-10 minutes to complete. Although steaming is just one part of the full vehicle repair, the civilian employees know it's important for the end goal.
"We're doing all this for the Marines. We make sure we're doing it right" says Denson.