By Mr. Matthew Isaiah Day (TACOM)September 25, 2018
WATERVLIET ARSENAL, N.Y. -- HQDA Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, Mr. William F. Moore, visited the Army's historic Watervliet Arsenal to discuss the arsenal's ability to support the rising readiness challenges facing today's and tomorrow's Soldiers.
Moore's visit is on the heels of an unprecedented growth in workload at the arsenal which presented new challenges to the 205 year-old arsenal. During his visit, arsenal leadership discussed the arsenal's commitment to modernization and capacity building initiatives to continue supporting the Army's mission. On the topic of discussion was the Army's big six priorities; including its top priority, long-range precision fires.
"These priorities are where the Army wants to be," Moore said. "It is going to require facilitization and helping facilities like Watervliet Arsenal to get there."
During Moore's visit, he toured several arsenal manufacturing facilities where he was able to witness some of the recent modernization efforts that have taken place.
"Thank you for taking the time to show me what you do," Moore said. "Readiness is our number one priority and modernization is number two -- it seems like you have your priorities right at Watervliet Arsenal."
Watervliet Arsenal is an Army-owned-and-operated manufacturing facility and is the oldest, continuously active arsenal in the United States having begun operations during the War of 1812. It celebrated its 200th anniversary on July 14, 2013.
Today's Arsenal is relied upon by U.S. and foreign militaries to produce the most advanced, high-tech, high-powered weaponry for cannon, howitzer, and mortar systems. This National Historic Registered Landmark had revenue in fiscal year 2017 that exceeded $125 million and provides an annual economic benefit to the local community of nearly $100 million.