A Soldier from the Alabama Army National Guard’s 781st Transportation Company secures an outbound load destined for Bluegrass Army Depot in Kentucky.
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Brian McWilliams, an employee in Anniston Munitions Center’s Munitions Division, loads a 20 foot container prior to shipment of assets to another site within the Joint Munitions Command Munitions Enterprise.
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Lt. Col Thomas Smith, Anniston Munitions Center commander, presents a Commander’s Coin for Excellence to a Solider from the Alabama Army National Guard’s 781st Transportation Company.
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ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala --Anniston Munitions Center hosted Soldiers from the 781st Transportation Company, Alabama Army National Guard for three days last week. The unit was at Anniston Army Depot as a part of Operation Patriot Press, an Army Materiel Command initiative that connects Reserve and National Guard Units with real-world missions for annual training.

The mission, which supports Army readiness, offers real-world scalable, flexible, and predictable training opportunities. During these missions, units conduct individual and collective Mission Essential Tasks, which allow units to train and become proficient in tasks critical to mission success.

Lt. Col. Thomas Smith, ANMC commander, was onsite during the mission and commented on the great job done by all.

“We’ve had a very smooth iteration,” he said. “And we look forward to continuing to have a smooth operation as we support the warfighter in all they do.”

Smith also presented coins for excellence.

“I always present coins for excellence any chance I get,” he said. “We’ve done three to four iterations of this mission and my leaders have told me about the great job everyone has done and I wanted to recognize both the unit Soldiers and ANMC team members for their hard work.”