MOLINE, Ill. -- JoEtta Fisher, Joint Munitions Command Executive Director for Ammunition and Deputy to the Commander, provided small business owners insight into government contracting opportunities during the 2019 Midwest Small Business Symposium held here, May 22-23.

Serving in a Senior Executive Service position, Fisher is the highest-ranking civilian in JMC which is responsible for the production, storage, issue and demilitarization of conventional ammunition for all U.S. military services.

During the symposium, Fisher represented JMC as each Rock Island Arsenal senior leader discussed the present state of contracting and future opportunities offered by its various commands and agencies. Representatives from the Rock Island Arsenal Garrison, U.S. Army Sustainment Command, the Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Army Contracting Command -- Rock Island, also introduced themselves.

Fisher's comments emphasized JMC's core competencies and the seven strategic support areas in which collaboration with industry enables JMC to evolve in an emerging operational environment. "Munitions readiness is really the focus for JMC," she noted. "The Army is changing and modernizing for the future, but we can't do it without our industry partners."

During the second day of the symposium, Fisher informed small businesses from the Quad Cities and the Midwest region about defense contracting opportunities to provide products or services to JMC.

Fisher also noted that JMC depots and storage facilities also buy material to produce ammunition and to sustain their operations. This allows local small businesses to establish contracts in the 14 states across the country where JMC's installations are located.

Headquartered at the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, JMC produces small, medium and large caliber ammunition items for the Department of Defense. JMC provides the Joint Force with ready, reliable and lethal munitions at the speed of war sustaining global readiness.

The Midwest Small Business Government Contracting Symposium is an annual event sponsored by the Iowa-Illinois Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association to promote engagement between government and industry by identifying forecasted government requirements while promoting competition and conducting small business outreach and training. The two-day symposium provided small businesses with the opportunity to learn about government contracting within the Army, learn about small business legislation, make business contacts and learn approaches to successful prime contractor relationships.