For the first time since taking command of Tooele Army Depot, Col. Steven Dowgielewicz hosted a visit from Col. Gavin J. Gardner, commander, Joint Munitions Command and Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Morrison.
From production to destruction, JMC provides conventional munitions for the U.S. armed forces, other government agencies, and allied nations. TEAD is one of its subordinate facilities helping accomplish this mission.
“Our top priority is getting munitions to the warfighter, this is a no fail mission. We need to develop the infrastructure and workforce that can support today’s Joint Force but is also ready to support the Joint Force of the future,” said Gardner.
During the day-and-a-half visit, Gardner toured various mission critical areas in both TEAD North and South like distribution, maintenance, storage, surveillance, and demilitarization of conventional munitions. All of these operations help JMC accomplish its mission to provide the Joint Force with ready, reliable, lethal munitions at the speed of war.
“Nearly 80 years ago at the dawn of WWII, the Army chose to locate a depot in Tooele County. Just as then, the Depot provides a gateway to the East, a location with a dry, hospitable climate close to major rail, road, and air transportation just hours from major ports, where munitions can easily be shipped to the Warfighter around the Pacific Rim,” said Dowgielewicz.
TEAD leadership laid out their vision for the depot through the year 2042. The TEAD 2042 long-range strategic plan takes the Depot to its 100th anniversary and beyond.
“Seeing firsthand the modernization efforts done by team TEAD’s professionals demonstrated what can be done with vision, use of internal expertise, and stretching every taxpayer dollar,” said Gardner.
TEAD 2042 looks to modernize depot operations, increase energy independence, and decrease environmental impact, while employing a diverse, adaptable, committed workforce. The plan ensures the depot will serve as a critical part of the Army’s infrastructure and the surrounding community for years to come.
“TEAD is a family business. Many employees have moms or dads, grandfathers or great-grandfathers, who have worked at the Depot over the last seven decades. Today’s workforce remains just as committed to the Depot, the Army, and the nation as their forefathers who worked here during WWII,” said Dowgielewicz.