MIDDLETOWN, Ia. --On a warm, September afternoon, the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant welcomed Dennis L. Via, commanding general of Army Materiel Command. Only once before has the IAAAP been visited by a four-star general.

Lt. Col. Michael T. Triplett, commander at IAAAP, welcomed Via to IAAAP where he toured the 40 mm Grenade, Mine Clearing Line Charge, and Melt Pour production lines.

"The Iowa Army Ammunition Plant is the only remaining organic Load, Assemble, and Pack installation for medium and large caliber ammunition in the world," said Triplett. "We welcome this opportunity to provide Gen. Via an opportunity to demonstrate our uniqueness."

"AMC's top priority is providing the equipment and materiel our Soldiers require to accomplish their mission -- anytime, anyplace in the world," Via stated in his briefing to IAAAP leadership following the tour. "Work performed at this facility is unique and critical to our nation's defense. The operations cannot be replicated and must be sustained."

AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness to ensure dominant land force capability to U.S. Warfighters and to its allies.

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.

As a JMC installation, IAAAP is an organic industrial base providing capabilities that, in many cases, do not exist anywhere else in the United States.

From its headquarters in Middletown, Ia., IAAAP produces and delivers component assembly, and medium and large caliber ammunition items for the Department of Defense using modern production methods in support of worldwide operations.