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The Letterkenny Munitions Center (LEMC), along with the Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve, recently completed another successful Operation Patriot Press mission.  NY ARNG joined the Army Reserve’s 351st Ordnance Company from West Virginia, to conduct real-world missions and gain valuable experience designed to better prepare America’s Joint Warfighters.

LEMC’s civilian workforce partnered with the Soldiers for LEMC’s first rotation of Operation Patriot Press in 2022. Soldiers participated in the shipping of munitions, re-warehousing, blocking, and bracing, ammunition classification, production, and demilitarization efforts. Units completed inventory counts, processed over 798 short tons of inbound munitions, built container dunnage for over 40 shipping containers in support of outbound vessel and air shipments, and participated in several ongoing LEMC missions to support Joint Munitions readiness.

LEMC’s facilities and terrain proved to be an excellent opportunity for the Soldiers to hone their MHE operator skills on equipment they’re unable to train on at their home station.

“Operation Patriot Press continues to grow in scope, providing and invaluable opportunity for soldiers and Army civilians to exercise critical sustainment tasks for the OIB and strengthen workforce/soldier inter-operability,” said LTC Timothy J Ballas, LEMC Commander.

The exercise was conducted as LEMC continues to provide support for high priority Presidential Drawdown (PD) missions and vessel shipments simultaneously with daily munitions operations.