Dozens of civilian mechanics are scrambling to beef up the armor on nearly 600 trucks and Humvees at Fort Carson.
The first trucks rolled out of the shops Wednesday, swathed in 5,000 pounds of tempered steel and carrying bullet-proof windshields. The Humvees get more than 1,200 pounds of armor.
The Army post will be shipping the vehicles to Iraq in the coming months.
Fort Carson is believed to be the first Army post nationwide to get the new armor kits. The kits had been going directly to Kuwait and Iraq from manufacturers.
The Army says it will spend more than $4 billion to get more armored vehicles to Iraq to protect its troops.