597th Transportation Brigade, 833rd Transportation Battalion, and Rapid Port Opening Element leaders completed a two-day training course Nov. 30, at the Herb Bateman Education Center on Fort Eustis facilitated by the Army Materiel Command Ammunition Branch at Redstone, Arsenal, Alabama.

The Total Ammunition Management Information System training course, taught by Scott Wohlenhaus, AMC G3/4 logistics management specialist, focused on ammunition processing and education. TAMIS is the Department of the Army G3's official system of record for capturing the Army's ammunition requirements, said Wohlenhaus.

"It covers all types of requirements -- training, operation load, combat load… everything," said Wohlenhaus of TAMIS. "Every unit in the Army that has ammunition requirements is required to have an account in TAMIS and submit their ammunition requirements annually to the DA G3 for approval."

The DA G3/4 review, validate, approve and resource the requirements through TAMIS.

Bi-annually, all the Army commands (ACOMs) and combatant commands (COCOMs), along with the DA G3/4 attend the Total Army Ammunition Authorization & Allocation Conference (TA4C) to decide on worldwide distribution of about 570 ammunition items deemed critical to accomplishing the Army's mission, said Wohlenhaus.

"We spend four days at Rock Island (Illinois) in April and August doing that every year," said Wohlenhaus.

About 13 attendees took an assessment at the end of the training and upon returning to their units, attendees of the TAMIS course will be the ones responsible for submitting unit ammunition requirements.

"This is valuable training in understanding the process for acquiring munitions," said Capt. Jim Ziwak, operations officer with 597th Trans. Bde. "All units must plan and forecast the amount of munitions they intend to use during operations or training. And it all starts with the user entering those forecasts into TAMIS."

Wohlenhaus said the students understood the importance of the training.

"I think it went real well," said Wohlenhaus. "The students are interested in what we are doing and why."