McAlester serves as pivot point, showcases asset realignment mission during Patriot Press

By Gideon RogersAugust 29, 2023

Army Spc. Awuku Godfred, a heavy vehicle mechanic with the 131st Transportation Company, peers out the window of a M915 Line Haul Tractor (LHT), awaiting the signal to initiate the convoy at McAlester Army Ammunition Plant during Operation Patriot Press 2023.
Army Spc. Awuku Godfred, a heavy vehicle mechanic with the 131st Transportation Company, peers out the window of a M915 Line Haul Tractor (LHT), awaiting the signal to initiate the convoy at McAlester Army Ammunition Plant during Operation Patriot Press 2023. (Photo Credit: Gideon Rogers) VIEW ORIGINAL
Members of Quality Assurance Specialist-Ammunition Surveillance (QASAS) Fellows Group 118, assists with the loading of 
Defense Ammunition Center's 2-year QASAS Fellows Program consists of one year of training at MCAAP, followed by one year of on-the-job training to complete the program. Once fellows successfully complete the two-year program, they will become QASAS Journeymen. DAC and MCAAP have forged a strong partnership to provide an application platform that prioritizes explosives safety and logistics.
Members of Quality Assurance Specialist-Ammunition Surveillance (QASAS) Fellows Group 118, assists with the loading of
Defense Ammunition Center's 2-year QASAS Fellows Program consists of one year of training at MCAAP, followed by one year of on-the-job training to complete the program. Once fellows successfully complete the two-year program, they will become QASAS Journeymen. DAC and MCAAP have forged a strong partnership to provide an application platform that prioritizes explosives safety and logistics. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)
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131st Transportation Company's Staff Sgt. Daniel Morein, of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, passes on instructions to one of his drivers at McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, during Operation Patriot Press 2023.
131st Transportation Company's Staff Sgt. Daniel Morein, of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, passes on instructions to one of his drivers at McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, during Operation Patriot Press 2023. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

McALESTER ARMY AMMUNITION PLANT, Okla. — Select Army National Guard units partnered with MCAAP and other ammo storage locations around the country for Operation Patriot Press 2023 (OPP-23).

OPP-23's mission enhances military logistical readiness and at the same time, integrates U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard units for real-world missions during their annual training.

The U.S. Army Materiel Command initiated OPP-23 to support Joint Munitions Command, headquartered at Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois.

An outburst of frenetic activity could be witnessed during the summer stretch on MCAAP’s outload pads, where munitions were prepared for transport and redistribution.

MCAAP Shipping and Storage team members loaded long-haul tractor trailers with munitions at MCAAP for transport by Pennsylvania National Guard Soldiers with the 131st Transportation Company, and Florida National Guard Soldiers with the 1218th Transportation Company.

The National Guard Soldiers combined to transport more than 2 million pounds of explosive ordnance more than 3,000 miles as part their asset realignment mission for OPP-23.

MCAAP Depot Operations team members, including more than 30 certified ammunition inspectors and 15 quality assurance specialists (ammunition surveillance), synchronized their movements to ensure safety and readiness during final inspections and subsequent loading of Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) filled with munitions onto U.S. Army M915 long-haul tractor trailers.

Missions like Patriot Press support Army readiness through asset realignment, storage reform, field maintenance, local and long-haul freight transportation, receiving, configuring, inspecting, managing, issuing, shipping and retrograding ammunition stock.

MCAAP is capable of meeting its maximum outload capabilities of 435 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) per day. MCAAP demonstrates the capability to meet ramp-up numbers by conducting outload exercises and truck and rail surge exercises.

MCAAP stores more than 460,000 short-tons of Class V munitions (ammunition of all types), valued at approximately $15 billion.

OPP-23 provides units real-world mission work throughout AMC subordinate commands to realign assets and improve Army strategic objectives in readiness and total force integration.