STAR4DCorrosion damage to military vehicles costs the Department of Defense (DoD) between $10-$20 billion each year. If not treated properly, this damage can affect the readiness and safety of our military who use these vehicles in combat.

One of the most effective ways of addressing this problem is by properly training coating applicators who must learn to apply a carefully prepared coating that prevents and controls corrosion. UNI has played a leading role in preparing military coating applicators who are helping to keep our military safe and ready in the field.

The Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) at UNI has established Spray Technique Analysis and Research for Defense (STAR4D) as the premier comprehensive coating applicator training program in the United States for the DoD and its contractors. Trainees, supervisors, and instructors, as well as DoD members throughout all ranks, promote STAR4D training as integral to the continued success of coatings facilities across the country for improving applicator skills, decreasing hazardous emissions and reducing corrosion, thus saving millions of dollars.

Today, over 3,300 DoD and contract employees from all branches of service have been certified by STAR4D. Training is conducted either at the 16,000 square foot STAR4D training facility, located in the Cedar Falls Industrial Park or at one of six satellite sites strategically located at military facilities across the country.

UNI appreciates the opportunity to work with many uniformed servicemen and servicewomen, as well as veterans, through the STAR4D program. Thank you for your service and dedication to our country.

Source: UNI Panther Caucus


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