MCALESTER, Okla.--April 29, Lt. Gen. James Pillsbury, deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, put a finger on the pulse of the center and school for ammunition logistical support and explosives safety.

The Defense Ammunition Center, a major asset of McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, is nestled here.

"We don't do [ammunition] logistics. We make ammunition logistics better," explained Gary Carney, director of the DAC.

DAC knows ammunition by finding better ways to handle it, renovate it, classify it, inspect it, load it, ship it and demil it.

DAC's core functions include training and knowledge management, supportability, transportability, reliability, technical assistance, technology, doctrine, and ammo career programs, with customers DoD wide.

Ammunition-related training annually equates to more than 35,000 DoD military, civilians, defense contractors, and international military students focusing on explosive safety, hazardous materials, technical ammunitions and surveillance operations. Training is just one piece of the pie.

The center's knowledge management program shares information and expertise in an integrated and customer driven format.

The engineering directorate provides procedures worldwide to assure safe handling, transportation, and storage of ammunition explosives.

The technology directorate synchronizes integration of demil R&D technologies for DoD conventional ammunition, guided missiles and large rocket motors, into organic and commercial bases.

Its day-to-day operations provide ammunition support to DoD customers world-wide, while employing civilians in the Army's oldest career program, Quality Assurance Specialist Ammunition Surveillance.

After a two hour status briefing, Pillsbury stated, "The problem in the ammunition community is that you [DAC] are so good that no one thinks there's ever a problem."

One solution was to put the spotlight on DAC's unique mission and the services it provides, not only to the Army but the Department of Defense.