By Ms. Natasia Kenosky (AMC)August 2, 2018
Chambersburg, PA. -- In early August, Letterkenny Munitions Center hosted Col. Michelle M.T. Letcher, commander, Joint Munitions Command, Rock Island, Illinois.
Col. Letcher assumed command of JMC and the Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command earlier this summer. She met with Lt. Col. Jeffrey Ignatowski, commander of LEMC, and members of his team to discuss LEMC's value to the overall National Defense Strategy, Department of Defense, Army, and Joint Munitions Command. During the visit, Ignatowski presented an overview of LEMC operations, reinforcing Army readiness and delivery of warfighting lethality, in support of the Department of Defense's munitions readiness requirements.
"Col. Letcher's visit allowed us to demonstrate where targeted investment ensures we meet the Army's modernization priorities, ensuring we continue to deliver warfighting readiness," said Ignatowski.
LEMC leaders provided Letcher and her team with a tour of various operations including shipping, receiving, storage areas, and maintenance facilities. During the tour, Letcher viewed logistics operations facilities, including the Less Than Truckload facility; major outloading and distribution facilities; and the Non-Destructive Testing/X-Ray facility. She also toured interservice missile maintenance facilities, as well as the Multiple Launch Rocket System Family of Munitions facility, where she observed both the Army Tactical Missile System and Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System munitions maintenance operations, firsthand.
Letcher also viewed the Ammonium Perchlorate Rocket Motor Thermal Destruction Facility, a closed-loop, environmentally-friendly means to dispose of AP based rocket motors. Additionally, she toured the Low Cost Reduced Range Practice Rocket process and LEMC's state-of-the-art Semi-Automated Rocket Motor Inspection System capability. The RMIS allows real-time digital radiographic inspection of MLRS and GMLRS motors for re-use in LCRRPR production and maintenance.
"Our Commander's visit is very timely considering recent events across the globe," said Ignatowski. "LEMC provides the Army and Joint Warfighter with unique capabilities and capacity to deliver munitions readiness to the Warfighter and sustain a campaign of multi-domain battles to defeat forces, deter escalation, and attain U.S. political objectives."
LEMC is located on Letterkenny Army Depot and is a Government-Owned, Government-Operated installation. LEMC conducts regional and global distribution of munitions, provides missile maintenance, and conducts demilitarization of munitions for the U.S. Army in support of Joint Forces and international partner nations.