By April ScottMarch 9, 2018
ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- Joint Munitions Command staff and its Department of Defense partners met at JMC headquarters during a Requirements Army Working Capital Fund Mission Planning meeting, March 6-7, to discuss projected ammunition requirements.
More than 160 senior representatives attended the RAMP meeting, which included Army Aviation and Missile Command; Tank Automotive Command, Program Director -- Demilitarization, PEO Ammo office; the Marine Corps; the Air Force; the Navy, and eight commanders of JMC's organic industrial base installations.
Nate Hawley, director, Supply Planning Directorate, and his staff hosted the two-day planning meeting.
Rhonda VanDeCasteele, acting deputy to the commander, JMC, welcomed the senior leader attendees and thanked them for their participation. She emphasized the importance of the two-day ammunition production planning.
"This forum is critical in order for us to integrate and synchronize requirements across the enterprise to improve installation ammo forecasts and sustain munitions readiness," said VanDeCasteele.
The first day of the meeting included overview briefings of the Army Working Capital Fund Budget; commander updates for ammunition production; Organic Industrial Base Sustainable Readiness and Model; as well as discussion of new demilitarization technology. In addition, time was provided for commanders to discuss any specific production concerns at their installations. The second day consisted of individual breakout sessions for commanders and managers to discuss ammo requirements for the DoD for fiscal years' 2019 and 2020.
Don Earley, chief, Revolving Funds Division, discussed how the projected budget process for ammunition relates to auditability.
"Every transaction entered into budget ammunition planning becomes an auditable transaction, so everyone doing their job 100 percent of the time, the right way, is what makes this auditable," said Earley.
JMC Commander, Brig. Gen. Heidi J. Hoyle, also emphasized the importance of forecasting future ammo requirements.
"We need to execute this mission and it's an exceptionally important task. It will set the conditions for our depots, arsenals, plants, production phases, across the entire organic industrial base for the next six years," said Hoyle.
Joint Munitions Command manages 14 installations, which produce, store or demilitarize small- medium- and large-caliber conventional ammunition items for Department of Defense. 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.