Bradley (right) with an Air Force Advisor assembling an Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) in Afghanistan.
Bradley (right) with an Air Force Advisor assembling an Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) in Afghanistan. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

Patrick Bradley, previously Staff Sgt. Bradley, joined the Joint Munitions Command team as the Marine Corps Liaison in February 2016. During his time as the USMC LNO, he supported USMC air-lift and vessel moves and assisted with call-forward vessel requirements for all services, to include sustainment vessels, pre-positioned ships, Navy opportune lift and air lift.

In early 2019, Bradley transitioned from the USMC to a Department of the Army Civilian, where he joined the JMC team permanently as part of the Munitions Logistics Directorate. He served as a traffic management specialist within the Transportation Division on the Foreign Military Sales and Air-Lift team.

Bradley’s prior USMC service, extensive experience shipping ammunition via multiple modes of transportation, as well as his work on the FMS and Air-Lift team, made him an outstanding choice to serve as a Munitions Advisor for 6 1/2 months in Kabul, Afghanistan, with the Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan Security Office.

“During my time in the Marine Corps, I was an ammunition technician. This deployment gave me another chance to serve my country and JMC by putting my ammunition knowledge to use. Being able to deploy as a technical advisor and being able to use my ammunition background was a great combination,” said Bradley.

At headquarters JMC, Bradley is a subject matter expert in FMS transportation and the ammunition call-forward process. During his deployment, he used his existing knowledge and skills to identify munitions shortages, improve delivery timelines, and provide ammunition technical expertise to CSTC-A. Bradley also advised the CSTC-A operational sustainment branch ammunition manager on the critical munitions requiring long-lead time in order to develop a procurement strategy. While deployed, he also helped manage CSTC-A’s FMS transportation cases that fund the delivery of all classes of supply (ammunition, weapons, and organizational clothing and individual equipment, etc.) to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. His assistance and guidance enable the smooth call-forward of critical ammunition for ANDSF.

JMC, the Department of Defense’s premier munitions provider, manages Army munitions plants and activities that produce millions of rounds of ammunition annually and the depots that store the nation’s ammunition for training and combat.

“Having a Munitions Logistics Directorate expert deploy in support of operations in Afghanistan helps both JMC better understand requirements and CSTC-A understand processes and timelines,” said David Banian, ML director at JMC.