Q-West opens new ammunition supply point operations center
July 13, 2009
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE Q-WEST, Iraq - A small detachment of Soldiers at the ammunition supply point here said goodbye to their tiny "conex," or container express, and welcomed a new, air-conditioned building June 29.
The Romney, W.Va., Soldiers from the 351st Ordnance Company, 30th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, have worked out of the temporary shipping container since they took over. The new $84,000 and 1,680 sq. ft. office building contains administrative offices for most of the operations of the Scorpion ASP.
"This is the crown jewel of the 351st Ord. Co., 'Ragin' Bullets' accomplishments," said Col. Martin B. Pitts, commander, 16th Sust. Bde. "You've taken ammunition management to the next level."
Pitts said the new facility offered many advantages, including better network access for Soldiers and better flow of communication and allow for a more evenly-distributed workload.
Leaders, in proper protective equipment, cut a metal band instead of a ribbon to open the operations center.
"The metal band signifies the banding, blocking and bracing that we do for the ammunition," said 1st Lt. Randall Holmes, detachment commander, 351st Ord. Co.
The ceremony was also an opportunity to recognize Soldiers and civilians with certificates of achievement. Holmes credited Soldiers and leaders from the 30th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, the 16th Sustainment Brigade, and Soldiers and Iraqi workers at the Q-West Department of Public Works, for the construction of the building.
"The aim for this ceremony was to recognize everybody who participated in the construction of the new ASP operations building," he said.
Holmes said his Soldiers were ready to move into the larger, air-conditioned building.
"All of us are proud to celebrate the hard work that has been put into completing this new office, and we now finally have the chance to enjoy the finished product," said Holmes.