• KINGSPORT, Tenn. - (Left to Right) Colonel David Musgrave, commander of Pine Bluff Arsenal, and Brigadier General John McGuiness, Program Executive Officer for Ammunition and Senior Commander of Picatinny Arsenal, recognize the importance of safety in an explosives manufacturing facility. The two officers prepare for the Holston Army Ammunition Plant tour by donning the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) before entering the building.

    Safety First

    KINGSPORT, Tenn. - (Left to Right) Colonel David Musgrave, commander of Pine Bluff Arsenal, and Brigadier General John McGuiness, Program Executive Officer for Ammunition and Senior Commander of Picatinny Arsenal, recognize the importance of safety in...

  • KINGSPORT, Tenn. - (Left to Right) Colonel David Musgrave, commander of Pine Bluff Arsenal, and Brigadier General John McGuiness, Program Executive Officer for Ammunition and Senior Commander of Picatinny Arsenal, receive from Nigel House, BAE's vice president of operations, a brief overview of the magnesium nitrate process in the open-air steel structure known affectionately to employees as the MAGGIE.

    Quality is Clear

    KINGSPORT, Tenn. - (Left to Right) Colonel David Musgrave, commander of Pine Bluff Arsenal, and Brigadier General John McGuiness, Program Executive Officer for Ammunition and Senior Commander of Picatinny Arsenal, receive from Nigel House, BAE's vice...

  • KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Atop the "MAGGIE," or magnesium nitrate processing facility, Tony Hewitt, BAE's director of commercial development and community relations, explains the manufacturing process to Brigadier General John McGuiness, Program Executive Officer for Ammunition and Senior Commander of Picatinny Arsenal, and Colonel David Musgrave, commander of Pine Bluff Arsenal, as BAE's director of research and development Mike Ervin (left) and vice president of operations Nigel House standby.

    Atop the MAGGIE

    KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Atop the "MAGGIE," or magnesium nitrate processing facility, Tony Hewitt, BAE's director of commercial development and community relations, explains the manufacturing process to Brigadier General John McGuiness, Program Executive...

  • KINGSPORT, Tenn. - (Left to Right) Brigadier General John McGuiness, Program Executive Officer for Ammunition and Senior Commander of Picatinny Arsenal, discusses with Donna Bowyer, production supervisor for BAE, the melt-cast process for producing Comp B, a combination of TNT and RDX explosives at Holston Army Ammunition Plant.

    Talking to the Experts

    KINGSPORT, Tenn. - (Left to Right) Brigadier General John McGuiness, Program Executive Officer for Ammunition and Senior Commander of Picatinny Arsenal, discusses with Donna Bowyer, production supervisor for BAE, the melt-cast process for producing...

  • KINGSPORT, Tenn. - (Left to Right) Colonel David Musgrave, commander of Pine Bluff Arsenal, and Brigadier General John McGuiness, Program Executive Officer for Ammunition and Senior Commander of Picatinny Arsenal, inspect the peanut-brittle-like end product on the Comp B melt-cast line at Holston Army Ammunition Plant during the April 2013 plant tour.

    Inspecting the Product

    KINGSPORT, Tenn. - (Left to Right) Colonel David Musgrave, commander of Pine Bluff Arsenal, and Brigadier General John McGuiness, Program Executive Officer for Ammunition and Senior Commander of Picatinny Arsenal, inspect the peanut-brittle-like end...

On April 11, the contractor and government staffs of Holston Army Ammunition Plant received an important opportunity to showcase HSAAP's latest and greatest innovations. Brigadier General John McGuiness, Program Executive Officer for Ammunition and Senior Commander of Picatinny Arsenal, paid his first visit to the Tennessee plant since taking command of Picatinny Arsenal on October 17, 2012, to review the ever-changing landscape of the explosives facility.

During his visit, McGuiness toured the newly-completed magnesium nitrate process, the nitric acid concentrator/sulfuric acid concentrator, the control room for the ongoing A2B move (in which Area A production is being moved to Area B to consolidate processes and reduce costs), and the agile manufacturing facility, among other current structures and processes.

Holston Army Ammunition Plant is a government-owned, contractor- operated facility located in Kingsport, Tenn. Since 1942, HSAAP has produced chemical explosives in support of our warfighters and currently produces explosive fills for every type of ordnance used by the United States Department of Defense.

HSAAP is a subordinate installation of the Joint Munitions Command. From its headquarters at the Rock Island Arsenal, JMC operates a nationwide network of conventional ammunition manufacturing plants and storage depots, and provides on-site ammunition experts to U.S. combat units wherever they are stationed or deployed. JMC's customers are U.S. forces of all military services, other U.S. government agencies and allied nations.

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