• Denise Batchelor and Terry Mines both from Defense Ammunition Center, McAlester, Okla., Dan Pezzulo, U.S. Forces Afghanistan J4 JMB, Kyle Voelcker, from Joint Munitions Command headquarters at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., and Theresa A. Smith, Joint Munitions Command senior command representative at 401st AFSB, listen to Col. Michel M. Russell, Sr. (foreground), commander of 401st Army Field Support Brigade, during a short in-brief Mar. 3. The 11 Quality Assurance Specialists (Ammunition Surveillance) will travel in smaller teams throughout the combined joint operations area to complete Operation Ammunition Clean Sweep 2012 to support draw-down efforts, retrograde operations, combat readiness and explosives safety with the goals of removing and reclassifying the unserviceable or unsafe ammunition at each location and educating the service members on the proper way to store and handle munitions.

    QASAS aim for a clean sweep

    Denise Batchelor and Terry Mines both from Defense Ammunition Center, McAlester, Okla., Dan Pezzulo, U.S. Forces Afghanistan J4 JMB, Kyle Voelcker, from Joint Munitions Command headquarters at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., and Theresa A. Smith, Joint...

  • Col. Michel M. Russell, Sr., commander of 401st Army Field Support Brigade (front row, third from right), Mark W. Akin, deputy to the commanding officer, 401st AFSB (front row, far left, and Theresa A. Smith, Joint Munitions Command senior command representative to the 401st AFSB (front row, far right), pose with the members of Operation Ammunition Clean Sweep 2012 who will support draw-down efforts, retrograde operations, combat readiness and explosives safety with the goals of removing and reclassifying the unserviceable or unsafe ammunition at each location and educating the service members on the proper way to store and handle munitions.  Kyle Voelcker (back row, far right) was the JMC SCR at the 401st AFSB for six months last year. Five of OACS 2012 team members supported OACS 2011.

    QASAS aim for a clean sweep

    Col. Michel M. Russell, Sr., commander of 401st Army Field Support Brigade (front row, third from right), Mark W. Akin, deputy to the commanding officer, 401st AFSB (front row, far left, and Theresa A. Smith, Joint Munitions Command senior command...

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan--Eleven Quality Assurance Specialists (Ammunition Surveillance) from commands across the U.S. deployed to Afghanistan for several months in support of the U.S. Forces-Afghanistan led Operation Ammunition Clean Sweep 2012 designed to coincide with surge recovery efforts.

The QASAS, who are from commands under the U.S. Army Materiel Command, are working with units under the 10th and 45th Sustainment Brigades across the combined joint operations area -- Afghanistan to support the USFOR-A Operation Ammunition Clean Sweep 2012 mission. The 401st Army Field Support Brigade, part of Army Sustainment Command's global network and the USAMC Materiel Enterprise provides logistics support for the teams.

The teams are supporting draw-down efforts, retrograde operations, combat readiness and explosives safety said Theresa A. Smith, Joint Munitions Command senior command representative at 401st AFSB.

The efforts of OACS 2012 will result in a safer operational environment by performing a full inspection of munitions at sites ranging in size from ammunition support activities to unit level holding areas. This will be done by removing and reclassifying the unserviceable or unsafe ammunition at each location and educating the service members on the proper way to store and handle munitions, Smith said.

"This effort will significantly reduce the explosive hazards to which our personnel are exposed to in the CJO-A," Smith said.

Smith noted that five of the 11 OACS 2012 members deployed in support of OACS 2011 last year and that one of the team members, Kyle Voelcker, was her predecessor as the JMC SCR.

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