By Capt. Amy CraneJuly 30, 2018
Crane, Ind.- Missouri Army National Guard Soldiers transported containers of ammunition from an east coast port to Crane Army Ammunition Activity in support of Operation Patriot Bandoleer June 2 to July 25, 2018.
OPB consists of moving containers and retrograde munitions from port to various installations in the organic industrial base, including Crane Army. The Army National Guard began working on OPB in 2015 and participates in this operation semi-annually.
This operation benefits the Army by providing hands on training for Soldiers and cost savings to the organic industrial base.
"This mission successfully delivered ammunition to our depot, while Soldiers gained valuable experience throughout the whole process," CAAA Depot Operations Director Matt McGowen said. "This was a win-win for Crane Army and the Missouri Army National Guard."
Soldiers serving on OPB started in Dexter, Missouri and conducted a haul line from an east coast port to various Joint Munitions Command installations.
"We serve as the movement piece," Convoy Commander 2nd Lt. Levi Murphy said. "This operation is all about moving items from one location to another, as safely and efficiently as possible."
For Crane Army, OPB took place in two separate transports over the two month period.
"For the first delivery we received 27 containers," Louis Marion, container control operator for CAAA, said. "This mission increased our workload and will help support future mission requirements for Crane Army."
Crane Army received the second transport of 31 containers, which will need to be inspected and repaired if necessary.
"Our employees worked side by side with Soldiers and was a huge success overall," Marion said. "It opens the door for future workload for Crane Army."
OPB is just one way Crane Army works with the Army National Guard to increase readiness for the Warfighter.
Crane Army Ammunition Activity produces and provides conventional munitions requirements in support of U.S. Army and Joint Force readiness. It is one of 14 installations of the Joint Munitions Command and one of 23 organic industrial base installations under the U.S. Army Materiel Command, which include arsenals, depots, activities and ammunition plants.