FORT BELVOIR, Va.-Operational control of industrial activities at Pine Bluff Arsenal, Ark., has transferred from the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency to the U.S. Army Joint Munitions Command, announced officials at the Headquarters, Army Materiel Command.

The May 7 transfer aligns the arsenal's missions of ammunition production, chemical/biological defense production and repair, depot storage and surveillance, chemical weapons management, and homeland security with an industrial life cycle management command-ultimately leveraging its industrial and technical capabilities.

In addition, the move allows CMA to focus on its core competencies of chemical storage and destruction. CMA and JMC are major subordinate commands within AMC.

The Pine Bluff Chemical Activity, a tenant on Pine Bluff Arsenal, will continue to report to CMA since the activity was designed for the purpose of destroying chemical weapons stored at the arsenal.

AMC officials expect a smooth transition of mission and functions as JMC works to delineate responsibilities and establish the interfaces required for a formal transfer of operational control. JMC will assume full command and control of the arsenal on October 1.

For more information on the Pine Bluff Arsenal transference of operational control, contact Tesia Williams at (703) 806-8338. For more information about Pine Bluff Arsenal, contact Cheryl Avery at (870) 540-3420.

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