Joint Munitions Command realigns installations to improve mission effectiveness
February 22, 2008
ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. - The Joint Munitions Command will realign its installations June 1.
With the addition of Pine Bluff Arsenal in 2007, JMC now has five installations led by colonels. The command's other installations, led by lieutenant colonels and civilians, have had one of the colonels to provide leadership and oversight. The new plan continues that practice; however, according to senior officials, the new alignment will be focused more on mission and not geographic location.
Under the plan, Radford, Va., and Holston, Kingsport, Tenn., Army Ammunition Plants will report to Pine Bluff Arsenal, Ark. Currently, both plants report to the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond, Ky. This realignment puts the explosive and propellant production facilities under an installation with a more similar mission.
Milan AAP, Tenn., will report to Crane Army Ammunition Activity, Ind. The Milan commander will continue to be the Mississippi AAP, Stennis Space Center, Miss., commander as well. Therefore, Mississippi will fall under Crane. Currently, Milan and Mississippi fall under Blue Grass Army Depot.
Lake City AAP, Independence, Mo., will report to McAlester AAP, Okla. McAlester continues to be in charge of three installations scheduled to close due to the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure list: Red River Army Depot and Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant, Texarkana, Texas; and Kansas Army Ammunition Plant, Parsons, Kan.
Blue Grass Army Depot will assume responsibility for Scranton AAP in Pennsylvania and continue to manage the Anniston Munitions Center, Ala.
Riverbank AAP and Hawthorne Army Depot will continue to operate under Tooele Army Depot.
A National Security Personnel System pay pool is aligned under each of the five colonels. Personnel in the NSPS system at the smaller installations will be in the pay pool of their parent installation as of June 1.
JMC manufactures, procures, stores, issues and demilitarizes conventional ammunition for all U.S. military services and selected non-Department of Defense customers. JMC serves as DoD's field operating agency for the single manager for conventional ammunition mission.