By David Dillard, ADMCJanuary 6, 2011
ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. - An officer from the Republic of Korea's army recently visited Anniston Defense Munitions Center. Maj. Park Sang Yoon, from the Korean Ammunition Support Command, traveled to Anniston to get a better understanding of the U.S. Army's missile demilitarization and recycling program. Park was specifically interested in the Missile Recycling Center, which is a one-of-a-kind facility for the U.S. Army.
The Korean Ammunition Support Command is similar to our Joint Munitions Command and is responsible for the full life cycle management of all ammunition in the Korean army's inventory. In his present capacity as the chief of the Korean Guided Missile Command, Park works closely with the Army Material Command and JMC for matters related to ammunition.
The visit to Anniston was prompted by the Korean government's requirement to demilitarize and destroy ammunition and missiles in the most environmentally friendly manner possible, while effectively meeting safety and budget requirements.
"Seeing the TOW recycling facility gave me a better understanding of the steps needed to destroy the missiles, while also keeping environmental impact in mind," said Park.
When asked the importance of this visit, ADMC Commander Lt. Col. Randall DeLong said, "Maj. Park's visit was another example of how we here at ADMC take every opportunity to showcase our capabilities in the environmentally friendly demilitarization of obsolete munitions. We jump at any chance to share these methods with U.S. partner nations to help them develop similar programs to responsibly dispose of their own stocks. It's just a win-win situation for everyone from economic and environmental aspects."