It had a big name–the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command–and it performed an even bigger service, inspecting and recharging (or recycling) vehicle batteries. It served all of Southwest Asia, according to Army Quality Assurance Officer Michael Cohorst, and did so with a two-man team most recently comprising Michael Rogers and Steven Morris. It was known as the Hawker Battery program.
It all started in December 2010, at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, charging dead incoming vehicle batteries from an array of 36 PulseTech HD Pallet Charger recharging units, which can recharge 12 batteries at a time. Since its inception, the Hawker team took in 29,610 batteries and tested more than 99.1 percent of them.
Rogers was lead; Morris was the last man to serve as his assistant, and effective April 30 the duo was out of a job, having rescued more than $7 million worth of batteries, or 54 percent of the inventory that was sent to them. With the mission essentially completed, the remaining equipment was to be divided up between the Kuwait Base and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. These batteries will have met two qualifications: they meet preset crank-and-amp criteria, and a voltage requirement.
Revivified, expect these batteries to see use in some of the nifty new Army vehicles that have been developed to address challenges in the Gulf region. Take for example the new hybrid Quantum Clandestine Extended Range Vehicle, or CERV, which we wrote about when it debuted at the 2011 Indianapolis 500, and again this past February. As one pundit commented on autoblog.com, the CERV likely has batteries “buried in almost every enclosed portion.” Still, it’s nice to see the U.S. military adopting green technology not merely to cut fuel costs and insure safety, but also to act as a model to other enterprises.