MCALESTER, Okla. - Know. Share. Win. is the motto for the Army CIO/G6, headquarters staff proponent for the Army Knowledge Management Awards Program (AKMA). The Defense Ammunition Center, was of one of only ten organizations within the Department of Army, awarded by the Army CIO/G6 for excelling in knowledge management.

The AKMA Program recognizes outstanding individual, group or organizational efforts that have implemented some or all of the 12 Army Knowledge Management Principles in support of mission goals and objectives.

The award ceremony was held at the LandWarNet Conference and Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, served as the keynote speaker. Chiarelli stressed the importance of knowledge management communities and sharing of information. He said "access to information is the difference between living and dying on the battlefield."

The Defense Ammunition Center was recognized for the Ammunition Community of Practice (CoP). The Ammo CoP is a collaborative effort between the Defense Ammunition Center, the Combined Arms Support Command, the Ordnance Center & School and the Defense Acquisition University.

"The Ammo CoP supports ammo professionals, military and civilian, by facilitating the sharing of knowledge and providing a reach-back capability and solutions to problems," explained Christine Holiday, DAC Knowledge Management Team Lead.

The Ammo CoP offers a 21st century collaborating environment to support the ammunition workforce. Areas of information include: safety, operations, logisitics, training links, points of contact as well as "Ask an Expert" link, where questions are sent directly to subject matter experts.

"The Ammo CoP is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and individuals have access to the latest information as well as the ability to collaborate with other experts across the ammunition community" said Dr. Upton Shimp, Associate Director of the DAC Training & Operations Directorate.

The Ammo CoP has 1387 members (as of 25 Aug 09). If you are interested in becoming a member, please access