By April ScottApril 25, 2018
ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- Joint Munitions Command staff and incoming senior leaders met here at JMC headquarters, during a Pre-command Orientation, April 24-26, to prepare senior leaders for their upcoming missions within the ammo enterprise.
Eight new incoming JMC senior leaders and headquarters staff members attended the Pre-command Orientation.
Col. Milton Kelly, JMC Chief of Staff, provided opening remarks and welcomed the incoming senior leaders to the headquarters. "The reason why we do this orientation is to give everybody a basic understanding [of the JMC mission] and to bring everyone together," he said.
JMC staff provided senior leaders with an in-depth orientation regarding command missions and functions with relevant, current, and interactive briefings by each of the G-Staff and Special Staff Offices. Attendees were informed of the how headquarters JMC supports them as prepare to take command at various ammo plants or become a staff member at the headquarters.
Attendees were provided with detailed welcome packages, installation specific packages, and JMC pre-command orientation point of contact information, for use while in command. Networking opportunities were also available during a JMC senior leader "meet and greet" ice breaker social event.
Rhonda VanDeCasteele, JMC Executive Director, opened the orientation with a brief overview. "Everyone here is dedicated professionals that know what they are doing and so you should trust that they will give you the help that you need," she said.
The first day of the meeting included a JM&L LCMC overview with hot topics. Senior leaders were introduced to the Command Sergeant Major; Secretary to the General Staff; Public and Congressional Affairs Director; the Inspector General office; the Equal Employment Office; Command Surgeon; Command Chaplain; G1; and Safety/Radioactive/Waste personnel.
The second day of the meeting was an introduction to JMC planning; operations and intelligence; business transformation and protection division; command responsibilities for the protection of task critical assets; the U.S. Army Reserve detachment; personal property/real property; G6 Information Management, and G8 budget/finance.
The last day of the meeting was an introduction to JMC Munitions and Logistics Readiness Center; legal orientation; and Army Contracting Command Rock Island. Senior leaders were also provided break-out sessions to interact with point of contacts for their respective installations.
Rhonda VanDeCasteele, JMC Executive Director, emphasized that," we are here to help you all get started and to understand the basics of how we are organized and answer any questions you may have," she said.
Incoming senior staff have been assigned to the following installations: Col. Dave Brown, incoming JMC Chief of Staff; Col. Joseph Kurz, incoming commander, Blue Grass Army Depot; Col. Luis Ortiz, incoming commander, Pine Bluff Arsenal; Col. Todd Burnley, incoming commander, Tooele Army Depot; Lt. Col. Roshun Steel, incoming commander, Anniston Munitions Center; Lt. Col. Dustin Bishop, incoming commander, Hawthorne Army Depot; Lt. Col. Dana Crow, incoming commander, Lake City Army Ammunition Plant; and Maj. Charles Scott, incoming JMC Chaplain.
Joint Munitions Command manages 16 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.