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Temporary inspection sites and processing stations have allowed LEMC to process more than double their average daily capacity.

Chambersburg, Pa – In nearly every way, 2020 has proven to be a significant challenge for global logistics management. Both public and private sector operations have had to adapt to the constantly shifting conditions forced upon them by the COVID-19 pandemic. Technological challenges, personnel and staffing adaptations, and unexpected delays, have interrupted otherwise reliable business models. These challenges have caused interruptions in service, lost profits, and in many cases, poorer quality service for many private sector businesses.

While these deficits leave private sector business with lost profits and disappointed shareholders, there are operations for whom the stakes are much higher than simply diminished stock values. Although they experience many of the same challenges as their private sector counterparts during the COVID-19 crisis, U.S. military operations must continue to operate with seamless precision. Failure to do so could result in a vulnerable national defense, weakened foreign policy posture, and U.S. forces abroad without the munitions they need to conduct the mission.

The Letterkenny Munitions Center (LEMC) understands the importance of not only testing their operational capability, but specifically the need to evaluate it during challenging times.  LEMC, located in southcentral Pennsylvania, conducts regional and global contingency distribution of munitions, provides missile maintenance, and conducts demilitarization of munitions for Joint Forces, International Forces, and the Interagency. For an organization tasked with distributing lethality to the warfighter under any circumstances, it seemed only logical to test that capability under present day conditions.

In mid-August, LEMC engaged in an exercise designed to stress the Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point and their commercial carriers, by adding twice the number of outbound trucks to their already heavy workload.   The LEMC team went right to work identifying ways to handle the additional workload. Making a series of complicated adjustments, the personnel at LEMC were able to alter the traffic flow and relocate inspection sites.  LEMC personnel were able to adjust the location of their administrative processing areas to remove potential bottlenecks and consequently allow their personnel to smoothly process over 225% of their typical daily capacity of outbound truck to port traffic.

These movements are critical to ensuring that our soldiers in the field have the munitions they need to carry out the mission. While it is always more difficult to “surge” during times of uncertainty, LEMC understands that there is no better time to test their competency. Making mid-stream adjustments and adapting to changing environments is commonplace at LEMC. Successful exercises such as these are proof of this critical flexibility.

Dedicated to keeping the U.S. Army ready, reliable and lethal, the Letterkenny Munitions Center continues to press their own limits in pursuit of operational excellence.