By Capt. Amy CraneJune 26, 2019
CRANE, Ind. - The 295th Ordnance Company out of Hastings, Nebraska gained real-world skills working alongside Crane Army Ammunition Activity's civilian employees moving, shipping and inspecting munitions during its annual training here June 2-25.
The unit supported Crane Army's Depot Operations mission to provide quality munitions on time, every time to Warfighters. Soldiers built skill sets and conducted contingency missions with CAAA workers to support the total Joint Force.
The unit consists of ammunition specialists and mechanics. Due to Crane Army's unique mission, the Soldiers received hands-on training working with live munitions.
"Training at CAAA is a great place for U.S. Army Reserve ordnance units to get the ammunition training not available through other training events," said Sgt. First Class David Poage, the non-commissioned officer in charge of the Soldiers.
Steve Cummings, Ammunition Operations Center Coordinator for Crane Army, organized the training for the unit at on base to benefit both the 295th Ord. Co. and the Activity.
"I work with a lot of units over the summer and it really is a great experience for the Soldiers and CAAA," said Cummings. "It's a win-win situation. The Soldiers get real world training and the organization gets assistance with workload."
U.S. Army Reserve units from all across the nation train at Crane Army. The partnership between CAAA and the Army Reserve is critical in helping provide quality training to Soldiers and helping support the Warfighter in providing munitions readiness.
Crane Army Ammunition Activity produces and provides conventional munitions requirements in support of U.S. Army and Joint Force readiness. It is one of 17 installations of the Joint Munitions Command and one of 23 organic industrial bases under the U.S. Army Materiel Command, which include arsenals, depots, activities and ammunition plants. Established Oct. 1977, it is located on Naval Support Activity Crane.