By Tony Lopez, (JMC)August 13, 2019
ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, III. -- Joint Munitions Command's support to munitions readiness and the strategic support focus areas were the core of discussion during the quarterly update today with Gen. Gus Perna, Commander, U.S. Army Materiel Command.
"We must sustain and maintain Army readiness," Perna said. "You must always start with a purpose and then figure out how we will get there. The focus is on supporting Multi-Domain Operations through the strategic support focus areas."
Brig. Gen. Michelle Letcher, Commander, JMC, led the discussion, highlighting the many strategic initiatives currently being implemented across the munitions enterprise. These programs demonstrate how JMC is nested with Army and AMC strategic priorities and focus areas to enable success in Multi-Domain Operations and provide lethality that wins.
According to Letcher, Joint Munitions Command has one purpose and that is supporting the Joint Warfighter by providing ready, reliable, lethal munitions to sustain global readiness for our nation.
"The leadership here at headquarters clearly understands the importance of ensuring our Joint Warfighters receive the right munitions, in the right place, at the right time. We provide lethality that wins and winning matters," said Letcher. "We must maintain and sustain readiness, create surge capability for future requirements, and modernize to meet future needs."
During the briefing, several JMC employees provided details of current initiatives to improve munitions readiness to include; Government-Owned, Government-Operated Performance to Promise contractor accountability efforts; information readiness; master modernization planning; munitions forums; artificial intelligence initiatives; and transition to sustainment efforts. Articles with in-depth information on each initiative will be published in the near future.
Prior to the briefing, Perna recognized four JMC personnel for their recent outstanding support to the munitions enterprise.
Jennifer Mulert, operations research analyst, Resource Management Directorate, was presented an AMC coin for her support in functional areas for audit on both the General Fund and Army Working Capital Fund. She is instrumental in tracking, dispersing and uploading audit testing samples for JMC. Her expertise and knowledge of audit and inspection programs streamlined reporting processes and improves readiness by ensuring JMC has full accountability of all assets.
Nicole Jones, industrial specialist; and Jill Waetke, foreign military sales case manager; Security Assistance Directorate, were presented AMC coins for their rapid development of combatant command priority foreign military sales cases for precision guidance kits, which had high visibility by the Chief of Staff of the Army. Their efforts ensured the customer received their kits in time for emergency implementation in less than twenty-four days, providing readiness for our allies.
Tara Jackson, lead logistics specialist, Planning Directorate, Munitions and Logistics Readiness Center, was presented an AMC coin for developing a workload plan and accountability measures that incorporated increased depot efficiencies across the munitions enterprise and improved readiness. These efforts create efficiencies in the enterprise that drive down costs.