TOOELE ARMY DEPOT, Utah - Munitions readiness and positioning of stock for Warfighter success on the battlefield has been Tooele Army Depot's (TEAD) focus since 1942. TEAD efficiently and effectively delivers mission success by providing lethality through the proficient receipt, storage, issue, demil and renovation of conventional ammunition as well as the design, manufacture, fielding and maintenance of ammunition peculiar equipment (APE).
The ammunition storage capabilities at TEAD are some of the largest in the United States, with more than 2.8 million square feet of covered explosive storage with the capacity to store 137,000 short tons (274 million pounds). With significant storage capacity and surge capabilities through a vast transportation network including road, rail and air resources, TEAD is keenly positioned to support combatant commander requirements for implementing strategic power projection advantages on the battlefield.
Along with being one of four primary ammunition power projection depots of the organic industrial base, TEAD Ammunition Equipment Directorate (AED) provides unique services in the areas of ammunition equipment prototype design, storage, installation, development, testing and fielding. Ongoing support for engineering, modeling, fabrication, storage and testing for other government agencies and private corporations, ensures synchronization and integration of total force capabilities of materiel readiness on a global scale.
TEAD's APE expertise supports the munitions enterprise in reducing downtime, improving productivity and enhancing readiness of the nation's warfighters where they train and fight. This ammunition support includes APE used for demilitarization, renovation, modification, modernization and normal maintenance of conventional-type ammunition, as well as equipment used in the disposal of chemical munitions.
"Because the demilitarization stockpile takes up vital storage space and continually degrades over time, TEAD's demil mission is crucial for managing storage space of active stocks in order to maintain national defense strategies and readiness while minimizing risks to the workforce, community and environment," said Col. Todd Burnley, commander, TEAD. "A successful demil program can only be achieved through a regulated, strictly managed, monitored and safe open burn and open detonation program like the depot currently maintains. Providing lethality that wins is our promise to the warfighter; which means ensuring receipt of ready, reliable, safe munitions for training or on the battlefield."
The workforce at TEAD is instrumental in developing best practices that emphasize compliance, reliability and munitions safety throughout the enterprise. "Generations of local families have worked at the depot and are committed to delivering materiel readiness to the best-equipped military in the world since the gates opened in 1942 for World War II supplies, ammunition and combat vehicles," added Burnley.
TEAD's continued support of the Joint Munition Command's core missions is relevant, critical and explicitly essential since the depot's inception more than 77 years ago.