Rock Island Arsenal, Ill. -- In an effort to improve the consistency within the Quality Assurance Program, a new Enhancing Quality Understanding, Independence and Professionalism course was hosted by the Joint Munitions Command, here, December 6-8.

Celia Hadden, director, Quality Assurance, JMC, emphasized the importance of the new course. "I really believe as team JMC, we are working to ensure quality products are entering the ammunition stockpile. This course gives us an opportunity to focus on our policies. It's not an easy job, but it's critical for the readiness of the Army."

During the EQUIP course, employees received a consistent quality assurance direction, learned historical lessons and shared best practices. Topics included; Army regulations, quality policies, configuration management, quality assurance surveillance plans and manufacturing identification symbols.

"The purpose of the course is to supplement the acquisition training requirements for the Quality Assurance career field," said Bill Dunkin, chief, Production Quality Management Division. "The course included discussion on relevant quality policies, ammunition related specifications and production oversight related to conventional ammunition."

The EQUIP course is available for all quality assurance personnel from government-owned, government-operated and government-owned, contractor-operated installations involved in the oversight of conventional ammunition. This new training program will be offered on-site as new employees are accepted into the program. The course will also be available for current employees as a refresher.

"We believe this new course will encourage confidence from our program managers and multi-service customers," added Dunkin.

Joint Munitions Command produces small-, medium- and large-caliber ammunition items for the Department of Defense. The primary mission of JMC is to manage the production, storage, issue, and demilitarization of conventional ammunition for all U.S. Military Services. JMC is the sustainment and logistics integrator for life-cycle management of ammunition and provides a global presence of technical support to U.S. combat units wherever they are stationed or deployed.