CRANE, Ind. - Two recent ribbon cutting ceremonies at Crane Army Ammunition Activity highlight the improvements made at the activity to ensure the best productivity in supporting the Warfighter.

The renovation of two buildings for the Manufacturing and Engineering Directorate and the Depot Operation Directorate enable CAAA to complete its mission in modern facilities. These two projects, combined with a ribbon cutting on the new Logistics Modernization Program facility earlier this year represent Crane's commitment to a vibrant future.

"This is a series of buildings we have gone through being regenerated and rehabilitated on post," CAAA Commander Col. Charles Kibben said at the last of the ribbon cuttings. "This should tell you something; it tells you that the future is good and bright for us. The reason that we are able to put all these funds into these activities is because of the excellent work that you do. Because without you, we certainly would not be here snipping the ribbon with scissors. This would just be another warehouse sitting on base."

In May the command cut the ribbon on a renovated building that will allow the Manufacturing and Engineering Directorate to perform melt/pour operations.

Since Sept. 2008, numerous renovation projects were conducted to improve the building. These projects include installing a steam kettle, ventilation and air controls, conductive flooring, fire suppression and egress, additional pink water storage, analysis and controls, process dust collection and scrubber upgrades. These projects totaled more than $3.19 million and will allow CAAA to produce shock charges and other cast load production.

In June, the headquarters building for the Depot Operations Directorate was moved to a renovated building, providing improved facilities, technology and overall working conditions for the staff. During the ribbon cutting ceremony, Kibben said, "This was a long time coming, five years from the time the idea originated. And $3.3 million later here we stand in front of a great facility. I look forward to the good work you will produce here."

CAAA was established in Oct. 1977 and is a tenant of the Navy Region Midwest, Naval Support Activity Crane. The Army activity maintains ordnance professionals and infrastructure to receive, store, ship, produce, renovate and demilitarize conventional ammunition, missiles and related components.

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