MIDDLETOWN, Iowa -- The Joint Munitions Command commanding general emphasized "efficiency and effectiveness" during the first stop of his second round of 14 installation visits.

Brig. Gen. Gustave F. Perna, commanding general, JMC, visited Iowa Army Ammunition Plant, on Sept. 19.

"This is the first stop of 14 more stops," he said. "After the first round of visits, which took me seven months to see 14 installations, I wanted to visit the 14 locations this time in 15 days."

Perna participated in safety and budget briefings before touring a 155 mm artillery round line.

"In the next five years, we must really grab a hold of our thought processes," he said. "If (our plants are) competing against each other, we're losing. It's not one against the other. We must have collective success."

On safety, Perna emphasized keeping workers safe in the environment of receiving new modern equipment, while training new employees and sub-contractors.

Iowa AAP Commander Lt. Col. Michael Bruens stated his plant's goals for fiscal year 2012: reducing their budget by 10 percent; increase their individual readiness; improve organization and infrastructure; reduce energy use by 10 percent per capita; and reduce recordable injuries by 15 percent.

Perna noted that along with budget restraints, JMC installations must also work to reduce their energy use.

The Iowa Army Ammunition Plant's mission is producing and delivering high quality large caliber munitions to US Joint Forces including 105 and 120 mm tank rounds, 155 mm artillery rounds, and 120 mm mortar rounds.

From its headquarters in Rock Island, Ill., JMC operates a nationwide network of conventional ammunition manufacturing plants and storage depots, and provides on-site ammunition experts to U.S. combat units wherever they are stationed or deployed. JMC's customers are U.S. forces of all military services, other U.S. Government agencies, and allied nations.