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JMC Commander, Col. Gavin Gardner, hosted a Pre-Command Orientation for newly assigned senior leaders to JMC subordinate installations. The orientation was held at JMC located on Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Illinois and consisted of four days of engaging sessions with the sole intent to prepare senior leaders for their upcoming missions within the ammunition enterprise.

Gardner provided opening remarks, while welcoming the incoming senior leaders to the organization. He started with, “our number one priority is our people. In order to meet munitions readiness for the Joint Warfighter as the Department of the Defense’s premiere munition provider, we need to take care of our people. We need an enterprise that is focused on building cohesive teams and demonstrating respect to all people.”

The first day of PCO included the opening remarks, a JMC Overview, and presentations by Human Resources and legal. The second day included mission overview presentations by the Munitions and Logistics Readiness Center, Army Contracting Command, and break-out sessions. The third day included presentations by Public Congressional Affairs, the Operations Center, and the Inspector General. The last day included a Resource Management and Internal Review presentation followed by closing remarks. Throughout the sessions, Gardner encouraged the attendees to “ask questions and make important network contacts.”

Incoming senior leaders have been assigned to the following installations: Col. Santee Vasquez, Crane Army Ammunition Activity; Col. Michael Hammond, McAlester Army Ammunition Plant; Col. Jason Lacroix, Pueblo Chemical Depot; and LTC Jason Crist, Iowa Army Ammunition Plant; and Col. Cecilia Diaz, for the JMC Detachment.

Joint Munition Command manages 16 installations, which produce, store or demilitarize small-, medium-, and large-caliber conventional ammunition items for the Department of Defense. JMC is the sustainment and logistics integrator for life-cycle management of ammunition and provides a global presence of technical support to U.S. combat units wherever they are station or deployed. The PCO ensures our leaders are prepared to support the JMC mission through life-cycle management.