By SFC Rebecca WoodJuly 30, 2019
BLUE GRASS ARMY DEPOT, Richmond, Ky. -- Blue Grass Army Depot hosted a visit Tuesday for Brig. Gen. Michelle M.T. Letcher, Commanding General, Joint Munitions Command, and Command Sgt. Maj. Brian J. Morrison, Command Sergeant Major, JMC. This visit was part of a quarterly update of the munitions organic industrial base (OIB) and JMC's subordinate arsenals, depots, ammunition plants and activities.
Letcher met with commanders Col. Joseph Kurz, BGAD, and Lt. Col. Roshun Steele, Anniston Munitions Center in Alabama, along with Mr. Rich Hansen, Commander's Representative from Scranton Army Ammunition Plant in Pennsylvania, as well as BGAD's Key leaders. Letcher toured key multi-functional strategic support areas across the depot all of which contribute directly to JMC's global priorities of operationalizing readiness, meeting future force requirements, and Soldiers and people.
Letcher observed demonstrations of BGAD's critical mission capabilities highlighted by the depot's professional workforce. Stops included its recently modernized consolidated shipping center; it's top-performing 105mm-round renovation process featuring x-ray and multiple automated processes; and the Depot's robotic and 3-D printer capabilities used in the process of installing safer grenade pins.
According to Letcher, Joint Munitions Command installations have one purpose and that is supporting the Joint Warfighter by providing ready, reliable, lethal munitions to sustain global readiness for our nation.
"The leadership and veteran-laden workforce here at Blue Grass clearly understand the importance of ensuring our Joint Warfighters receive the right munitions, in the right place, at the right time," says Letcher. "Equally important is their understanding that to ensure munitions readiness for current and future forces, they must be ready and resilient; ready to adapt to modernization requirements; ready to reform the Army's industrial base; and ready to optimize operations and efficiencies. I see that understanding and commitment demonstrated here at Blue Grass."
Col. Kurz was grateful for the General's visit and having the opportunity to demonstrate to Letcher firsthand BGAD's dedicated and professional workforce along with the depot's multi-functional capabilities and recent improvements in modernization and efficiencies.
"BGAD Leadership has set the conditions which foster success," says Kurz. "Our teams are successful today, but more importantly, our leadership continuously improves our processes everyday as evident in every way we measure success in recent years. At every level across the depot, the BGAD team fully understands the critical importance of mission accomplishment and the welfare of our people.
It's all about maximizing capacity and developing the right capabilities, while at the same time not losing sight of our installation's critical role and responsibility in helping sustain readiness of the best-trained, best-equipped warfighters in the world."