By Tony Lopez, AMCApril 27, 2018
ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- Four staff members of the Joint Munitions Command's Material Management Distribution Division recently visited an Ammunition Supply Point at Ft. Benning, Ga., to learn the management processes and procedures at a typical military installation.
The ASP at Ft. Benning is responsible for receiving, storing and issuing all Class V ammunitions required to support the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, U.S. Army Forces Command and U.S. Army Special Operations Commands units/activities assigned to the installation, as well as U.S. Army Reserves and Army National Guard units from Georgia, Alabama and Florida. It also has the responsibility to maintain full accountability and insure all safety procedures are followed during ammunition handling processes.
The group was led by Ryan Senkbile, Material Management Specialist, Joint Munitions Command. "These type of hands-on visits provide our headquarters staff with invaluable knowledge of the ammunition management process," he noted. "This visit demonstrated how we directly provide ammo to the Warfighter in the field. We strive to provide the right ammo, at the right place, at the right time."
During the three-day visit, JMC staff members toured the ASP to get an overview on the processes it takes to issue and receive a turn-in from an Army organization. In addition, the group toured the facilities and spent time discussing specific procedures that have been put in place to increase accountability for ammo that is returned after a unit conducts a training event.
The JMC staff also spent time with members of the Installation Ammunition Management Office. Ft. Benning's primary responsibility is focused on supporting TRADOC and the Maneuver Center of Excellence. The group was given an overview on Program of Instruction requirements and management of the authorizations given to the installation to support those training events.
In addition, the group was given an opportunity on the last day to visit the Master Gunners School and simulation center. At this facility, JMC staff members received an overview on three weapon platform gun systems, the Stryker, Abrams and Bradley, and which ammo is required to support each system. All staff members had an opportunity to view the various stations -- commander, driver, loader and gunner on each weapon system. At the simulation center, each sat in a Bradley and Abrams simulator and experienced target engagement.
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.