US Army Ordnance Center and Schools
3071 Aberdeen Blvd
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005
Volume 2 Issue 1 January 2008
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
From the Chief Enlisted Ordnance
I hope you all had a blessed holiday season Let me begin by saying “thank you” to all those Ordnance Sol-
and a prosperous new year. Let me begin diers, who each and everyday rise up to the challenges faced
by providing you a quick azimuth check on by our Army at war. As we usher in 2008, I look forward to
some important events that have occurred serving you as your Branch Chief. The difficulties that lie
since our last newsletter. ahead in meeting mission requirements will not be easy, but I
On 31 Nov 07, we officially retired Dr. Wil- want you to know that the NCOs and Civilians assigned here at
liam ”Jack” Atwater, our beloved and infa- Branch have a mission to balance the Army’s needs against
mous museum director for the U.S. Army what’s best for your professional development and your individ-
Ordnance Center and Schools. Jack, after 19 years as the ual desires. This process is challenging at times, so maintain-
OD Museum director, touched the lives of more people than ing an open dialogue with Branch is an essential step in the
he will ever truly know, and he will be sorely missed by all. assignment process.
The 2008 Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame Board met on 7 Unfortunately, I cannot report in this newsletter our personnel
Dec 07, and selected for induction seven great Americans. shortages at branch have been filled. This presents a signifi-
The historical inductees are: LTC Herbert H. Daubert and cant challenge when the Ordnance Corps consists of over
COL Theodore T.S. Laidley. The contemporary inductees 50,000 active duty Soldiers. In an effort to best support our
are: MG Thomas L. Prather, Jr., CW5 James J. Wynne, population, we have shuffled responsibilities among the vari-
CSM Arthur E. Buford, CSM Phillip M. Hadden, and Dr. ous managers. To confirm who handles your MOS, please
William F. Atwater. We look forward to their official induction visit our website. Understand that some managers have popu-
during our ceremony on 8 May 08. lations in excess of 5,000 Soldiers, so I ask that you show
Effective 1 Jan 08, we begin a new chapter in the history of patience in trying to contact your MOS manager by utilizing
Army Logistics. All Ordnance, Quartermaster, and Trans- email as the primary means of communicating.
portation basic branch officers in the rank of CPT and above
who have already graduated from the Combined Logistics Transition Team Assignments:
Captains Career Course (CLC3), the Combined Logistics
Officer Advanced Course (CLOAC), or any OD, QM or TC Assignments to the Army’s Transition Team (TT) at Fort Riley
RC Captains Career Course (RC CCC) were designated as remain our #1 priority and I expect Ordnance Branch to con-
Logistics (LG) branch officers and exchanged their OD, QM, tinue receiving our fair share as we look to support future team
and TC insignia for the new Logistics Branch insignia. Fur- requirements in 2008. I am glad to announce that CMF 94
ther details on this change are outlined in MILPER Mes- MOSs are now eligible to fill NCO Logistics Trainer positions
sage: 07-351 (Logistics Branch Implementation – Message on these teams. Up until this point, the majority of Ordnance
1.0) or the CASCOM Homepage at http:// Corps NCOs serving on Transition Teams were from CMFs 63
www.cascom.army.mil/. This is a mandatory and permanent & 89. Unfortunately, this put our CMF 94 MOSs at a slight
change for OD, QM, and TC officers. disadvantage come promotion board time. This is good news
in an effort to level the playing field.
Due to the tremendous support and success of the last OD
Worldwide VTC, we are soliciting feedback from the field for Let me share with you a few specifics about assignment to a
specific ground and electronic maintenance topics for the Transition Team. You will receive official notification from Hu-
next OD WW VTC scheduled for 3 April 08. Please submit man Resource Command (HRC) assigning you to a team.
your responses to CW 4 A rl a n d Jackson Currently, team assignments are broken down into one of two
(email@example.com) NLT 1 FEB 08. team categories: Bench Member or a Team Member. Bench
In regards to BRAC, construction continues at a fast pace Members are a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move to
at Ft. Lee, as we build our state-of-the-art Ordnance training Fort Riley. Upon arrival you will attend all Transition Team
facility. We solicit your input for naming of the new training prerequisite training and then remain as part of the training
facility, examples that have been submitted; Logistics Sus- cadre. You serve as cadre until notified to fill a void in a team
tainment Training Center, Ordnance University Training preparing to deploy or already deployed. After serving one
Center, Ordnance University, and War Fighter Sustainment year on the “bench” you are reassigned to another unit on the
Training Campus. Please forward your recommendations, Fort Riley installation.
to CW5 Douglas Nunan (firstname.lastname@example.org) NLT
29 February 08. On the other hand, if HRC assigns you as a Team Member,
you will attend initial training at Fort Riley in a Temporary Duty
Once again, I “thank you” for your steadfast support, dedica- Status only. Upon completion of training, your team will deploy
tion and friendship. I ask for your continued support and
prayers to our Soldiers deployed in the Theater of Opera-
tions and for our fallen comrades who have paid the ultimate 1 Con’t...
sacrifice, and all the families. Go Ordnance! -BG Rebecca
From the Branch Chief ‘s Desk con’t transportable by helicopter or truck, enabling it to be moved in
and out of the battlefield much faster than the M198. There is
to Iraq or Afghanistan. Fort Riley determines what location also a reduction in the gun crew from nine to seven.
your team will deploy to, not HRC. Because you are only at The M777 uses a digital fire control system similar to the sys-
Fort Riley in a temporary status, you have the option to tem found on the M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzer. It
leave your family at your current duty station or PCS them to provides onboard ballistic computation, navigation, pointing and
your approved Home Base Advanced Assignment Prefer- self-location. The system is a Towed Artillery Digitization (TAD)
ence (HAAP) assignment. system, and includes a laser ignition system, electric drives for
I will add that the above assignment policy for Transition the howitzer's traverse, elevation and a powered projectile ram-
Team members is currently under review by the Army G-1. mer.
Future changes will reflect measures to ensure “everyone
gets the same entitlements.” This means all NCOs who
volunteer or selected will have the option to report to Fort
Riley in a Temporary Duty Status or execute a permanent
change of station move to Kansas. Upon notification of
change, we will post a message on our website with the
If you are interested in a tour as a training team member,
contact your Professional Development NCO or MSG Miles
at Ordnance Enlisted Branch and let them know that you
wish to volunteer. Because Transition Teams assignments
are a high priority, we will work closely with you in aligning
your follow-on assignment to what meets your individual
89D Explosive Ordnance Disposal:
The importance of this MOS in today’s Global War on Ter- M777 155MM TOWED HOWITZER
rorism continues to make it one of our fastest growing
MOSs. Of all Ordnance MOSs, EOD has some of the high- The Weapons Metalworking Services Department, Conven-
est enlistment and reenlistment bonus incentives available tional Weapons Division will train approximately 400 AIT and
and great promotion potential. If you are interested in be- Professional Military Education Soldiers annually, on the field
coming an EOD Soldier contact First Sergeant Boehme or and sustainment maintenance of the system. Additional infor-
SFC Vazquez at the EOD Recruiting Office, (910) 396- mation on training the M777 can be obtained by contacting
3567/3566. You can also visit their homepage at http:// Damon Dean at email@example.com, DSN 298-7377,
www.bragg.army.mil/EOD/. For Soldiers interested in re- CML 410-278-7377.
classing to 89D, don’t wait, because the eligibility window
stops at SGT with more than 12 months time in grade.
Ordnance Soldiers please feel free to contact SFC Jones at The Machinist Training Division at the US Army Ordnance and
Branch. He can be reached at 703 325-3019 or DSN 221. Mechanical Maintenance School, Aberdeen Proving Ground, is
Assignment Satisfaction Key: currently updating the Mastercam machinist software program.
Do you know what open assignments are available for you? This training is currently being taught to the 914A (Allied Trades
The Assignment Satisfaction Key (ASK) has been enhanced Technicians) WOBC and WOAC classes. Mastercam is the
to include the new Volunteer for Requisition function. The most commonly utilized CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture)
new function allows Soldiers the opportunity to view open software within industry and trade schools, and remains to be
requisitions they are qualified for and volunteer for reassign- the first choice of CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) pro-
ment. This means a Soldier can now select a location or grammers. The newly added Mastercam X2 is the next genera-
volunteer for training as US Army recruiter with assignment
tion of the Mastercam program, delivering one of the most com-
at a selected USAREC Recruiting Battalion. It is important
to note that you will only see open requisitions on ASK that prehensive milling packages with a simplified, more powerful,
you are qualified for. Please visit the Ordnance Enlisted customizable interface, which includes an even faster, robust
Homepage or contact your Assignment Manager or Profes- tool path calculation.
sional Development NCO if you have questions.
The Mastercam program is used to convert the graphic repre-
sentation of a machined part, created by using Computer Aided
Design (Computer Aided Drafting) in conjunction with Computer
Ordnance Mechanical Maintenance School to Train Aided Manufacture software into Numerical Control (NC) code,
M777 Towed Howitzer which is then transmitted to the controller module on the actual
Computer Numerical Control machine tool. This program en-
New to the Army’s arsenal is the M777, a 155MM Towed
Howitzer. In November 2007, Conventional Weapons Divi- ables the student to view the actual the graphic representation
sion received training and fielded the Howitzer. Training of the proposed machined part via live geometry by following
was conducted at Fort Sill, and fielded at the Ordnance the cutting and milling sequence through computer 3D format.
Mechanical Maintenance School, Aberdeen Proving This modeling concept ensures the student complete success
Ground, Maryland. in the geometry stages without the waste of machined materi-
als! Point of contact for this information is CW4 Randy Austin,
The M777 is a towed medium weight 155mm howitzer that
firstname.lastname@example.org, DSN 298-3022, CML 410-278-3022.
will replace the M198 Towed Howitzer. Made with titanium
and aluminum, it weighs 9,200 lbs. It is smaller, lighter, and
Reserve Affairs TASS Training Centers (TTCs) are the premier training loca-
tion for Reserve Training. Facilities and equipment are be
positioned to maximize training. Training will be conducted at
The OC&S Reserve Affairs Office duties’ and responsibilities TTCs as a first priority. Alternate sites used only when TTCs
are steadily growing as the Reserves missions continue to cannot accommodate the scheduled class. TTCs will report
increase in support of the Army’s deployments, realignments directly to the 80th TC Assisted Division Commander, ADC.
and BRAC. To assist our office in maintaining this steady TTCs will be supported by an 80th Logistics Support Brigade
grow, we welcome to the team LTC Carla Gibson-Majors as unit. To accomplish the mission, Soldiers have been mobilized
the Deputy for Reserve Affairs for USAR, and MAJ Timothy to staff TTCs until the full-time staffing structure can be put into
Dye, Deputy for Ammunition Operations. place.
The Reserve Component Advisory Group-Ordnance POC: LTC Carla Gibson-Majors, DSN 298/CML (410) 278-
(RCAG-OD) will be hosting its spring 2008 meeting at Red-
stone Arsenal, Alabama on 25-27 March 2008, to honor OD Company Grade Officer Desk
both Ordnance Schools future relocation to Fort Lee, VA.
Conference information will be available on the AKO website Ordnance officers are serving in a multitude of positions
in January 08. SME’s will attend from all echelons of the across the Army, in both functional maintenance and ammu-
Ordnance community. RC OD units are encouraged to send nition billets, as well as in multifunctional logistics positions.
SME participants to the conference. As we find ourselves on the cusp of the official implementa-
POC: MAJ Timothy Dye, DSN/298/CML (410) 278-2124, tion of the Logistics Corps, the US Army Human Resources
Timothy.Dye@us.army.mil Command has already begun routinely assigning Ordnance
Captains to multifunctional positions (92, 88, 90, or 91). We
The Munitions Survivability Software Version II (MSSII) and will soon find Ordnance Officers serving in the TC and QM
Configured Load Building Tool (CLBT) Software are now school houses, as we already see QM and TC holding posi-
available for download from the Logistics Research and tions at the Ordnance Center and School.
Engineering Directorate (ARDEC) parent group located at
https://www.us.army.mil/suite/community/8652774 on the In FY 2007, the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Corps
AKO site. The MSS II provides explosive safety planning for restructured, creating new authorizations for lieutenants.
deployed Ammunition Support Activities, and CLBT pro- Therefore, there now exist greater opportunities for lieuten-
vides a class V load building plan to ensure all transporta- ants to obtain EOD training following completion of the Ord-
tion constraints are met. The registration is automatic and nance Officer Basic Course. EOD training remains rigorous,
includes install notes and all user manuals. Likewise, appli- making selection for these coveted positions highly competi-
cation installation support is available through ARDEC engi- tive. To keep up with increasing demand EOD schooling is
neers. now offered to highly qualified lieutenants of our sister
branches, Quartermaster and Transportation. Upon suc-
POC: MSSII installation support is provided by Mr. Tak cessful completion of EOD training, QM and TC officers are
Yeung, email@example.com. CLBT installation support is welcomed into the Ordnance Corps.
provided by Mr. Steven Vaccaro, ste-
firstname.lastname@example.org. Company Grade Logistics Officer authorizations have grown
by well over 30% in the last four years. And while Logistics
Captains are 17% of the Army captain population, they
shoulder over 30% of the Military Transition Team require-
80th Training Command (TC), Total Army School System ments at the grade of captain as we continue to improve and
(TASS) Transformation Key Points: strengthen the abilities of the Afghan and Iraqi Armies’ logis-
tics corps. Logistics officer available fill rates have not
Army Leadership approved DP74 the restructure of the grown proportionately with the growth in authorizations over
Army Reserve Institutional Training Structured on 24 Febru- these four years. As a result, Ordnance Captains can expect
ary 2006, combining the five Div, Training Support (TS) and to assume company command sooner than in the past.
six Div, Institutional Training (IT) into the Battle Command Based on unit deployments and operational tempo in sup-
Staff Training. port of the Global War on Terror (GWOT), the expected
company command duration of 15-18 months can some-
As of 01 October 2007, the 80th Training Command (TASS) times extend to 24-30 months. Indeed, our great young
assumed Command and Control of the 98th DIV (IT), and Ordnance Officers continue to shine; the greater the de-
108th DIV (IT). On 01 October 2008, the 80th TC (TASS) will mands placed upon them, the more they continue to answer
assume Command and Control (C2) of the 95th DIV (IT), the call.
100th DIV (IT), and the 104th DIV (IT) TASS units; and as-
sume C2 of 100th DIV (IT) Headquarters in carrier status, Currently the Corps has 31% of Ordnance Officers under
and remaining RTS-M sites. On 16 September 2009 the stop loss, 94 of whom are serving on Military Transition
100th DIV (IT) will reorganize into a one-star DIV HQ, and Teams. As a Logistics Corps, 93% captains have at least
80th TC (TASS) will become fully operational on 30 Septem- one deployment in support of the GWOT to their credit, with
ber 2009. that number reaching to 95% by May 2008.
The mission of the 80th TC (TASS) is to provide Command You can contact your Career Manager through the following
and Control functions and coordinating and special staff for website: https://www.hrc.army.mil/site/protect/Active/opfa90/
Total Army School System (TASS) TC, QM, and OD Bri- default.htm
gades. The 80th provides a full range of command, support,
and management functions for assigned brigades and other POC: MAJ Toni Rieke; OD CPTs Career Manager. DSN:
assigned units, including but not limited to Military Occupa- 221-5289 / COMM: (703)325-5289 FAX: DSN 221-2506 /
tion Specialty Training and the technical Phases of Non COMM: (703)325-2506; email@example.com
Commissioned Officer Training.
Proponency Ordnance Warrant Officer Additionally, approved FDU actions provide movement of MOS
915E in the grade of W4 from authorized positions within the
Ordnance Warrant Officer MOS 890A: Ammunition War- Brigade Support Battalion, Field Maintenance Companies in
rant Officer the Brigade Combat Teams, to the Brigade Support Battalion,
HHC, and Support Operations Sections.
The current 890A grade structure has more W4 authoriza-
tions than W3 authorizations (36 vs. 25). The Combined The MOS 913A warrant officer authorizations requiring ASI U1
Arms Support Command (CASCOM) proposes to update training falls below the minimum threshold to justify an ASI
the 890A structure by combining the Main and Deployable course. The 913A warrant officer will continue to receive Sol-
Command Post in Sustainment Brigades’ Table Organiza- diers from feeder MOSs that will have the exposure to the skill
tional of Equipment. This proposal would eliminate the sets that ASI U1 trained. The Ordnance Corps will delete the
Ammo Branch in the Deployable Command Post and the 913A courses from the Army Training Requirements and Re-
current W2 890A authorizations. It would also re-grade sources System (ATRRS). The action will be implemented FY
current W4 authorizations to W3 within the Sustainment 2011, Notification of Future Change (NOFC) W-0804-17 and
Brigade Class V Section. If implemented changes would posted in the electronic DA Pam 611-21 Smartbook.
result in a reduction of 13 W4 and 13 W2 authorizations and
increase W3 authorizations by 13. The reduction of W2 POC: CW4 Robert Harman, OD Proponency Office, DSN 298/
slots improves the overall health of the 890A grade struc- CML (410) 278-5697, firstname.lastname@example.org
ture. Currently there is only one 890A W5 authorization in
the entire Army. The authorization is located in Central Ordnance Warrant Officer MOS 948B: Electronic Systems
Command (CENTCOM). The Ordnance Proponency Office Maintenance Warrant Officer, Ordnance Warrant Officer
is conducting analysis to determine the best course of ac- MOS 948D: Electronics-Missile Maintenance Warrant Officer,
tion for establishing four additional 890A W5 authorizations. and Ordnance Warrant Officer MOS 948E: Senior Electron-
This would correct the grading pattern and increase promo- ics Maintenance Warrant Officer.
tion potential for 890A W4s to W5.
POC: Mr. Leslie Martin, OD Proponency Office, DSN 298/ - Adding 948Ds to IBCT, SBCT, and Fires Brigade. A sig-
CML (410) 278-3703, email@example.com nificant force structure deficiency regarding Electronics-Missile
Systems Warrant Officer (948D) authorizations in the IBCT,
Ordnance Warrant Officer MOS 913A: Armament Sys- SBCT, and Fires Brigade is being addressed. A Combined
tems Maintenance Warrant Officer, Ordnance Warrant Arms Support Command (CASCOM) Force Design Update
Officer MOS 914A: Allied Trades Warrant Officer, Ord- (FDU) will add one 948D position to each IBCT, SBCT, and
nance Warrant Officer MOS 915A: Automotive Mainte- Fires Brigade to support radar and missile systems, as cur-
nance Warrant Officer, Ordnance Warrant Officer MOS rently authorized in the HBCT. The proposed FDU currently
915E: Senior Ordnance Ground Maintenance Warrant Offi- being resourced by TRADOC, will create 20 additional CW3
cer, and Ordnance Warrant Officer MOS 919A: Engineer and 43 additional CW2 948D positions in the Active Army and
Equipment Maintenance Warrant Officer. National Guard. If approved, changes may appear in authoriza-
tion documents as early as FY 2011.
Force structure changes due to modularity and mainte-
nance transformation require revision to the 91 series Ord- POC: CW4 Arland Jackson, OD Proponency Office, DSN 298/
nance warrant officer specialties to align the correct capa- CML (410) 278-0681, firstname.lastname@example.org
bilities by grade with the transformed requirements. Cur-
rently MOSs 913A, 914A, and 919A are accession MOSs - 948B CTSB. In October 2007, a Critical Task Selection
that feed into MOS 915E (Senior Ordnance Logistics Offi- Board (CTSB) for MOS 948B (Electronic Systems Mainte-
cer) upon promotion to CW5. MOS 915A is an accession nance Warrant Officer) was held via VTC. The CTSB was
MOS that currently feeds into MOS 915E (Senior Automo- chaired by CW5 Bill Wade (CASCOM Combat Developer) and
tive Maintenance Officer) upon promotion to CW3, then included 948Bs from Fort Bragg, South Korea, Iraq, Germany,
again into MOS 915E (Senior Ordnance Logistics Officer) CASCOM, TRADOC, as well as a number of civilian support
upon promotion to CW5. The requirement to maintain staff. The CTSB addressed emerging technologies, antiquated
separate MOSs to provide technical expertise in support of systems, and transformation of the US Army in regards to Two-
specific echelons of maintenance is no longer necessary Level Maintenance (2LM) and supporting logistics. The Con-
under the Army’s Two Level Maintenance system. temporary Operating Environment (COE) with emphasis on
OEF/OIF support and the Army Reset/ Recapitalization Pro-
Bottom line up front 913A, 914A, 915A, and 919A will re- grams, served as the foundation for assessing the existing
main current MOS WO1 thru CW3, all 91 series MOSs will critical task list.
feed into 915E upon promotion to CW4 and remain thru
CW5. The Average Grade Distribution Matrix (AGDM) for The board’s recommendations will help define new lessons for
the 91 series Ordnance warrant officer specialties is not possible inclusion into the 948B WOBC and WOAC Program of
supportable within the Department of the Army standards Instruction (POI). Changes may include:
using the current career path for the affected MOSs. The
approved Military Occupational Classification Structure - Adding instruction on the management of Area Test, Meas-
(MOCS) proposal (Effective FY 2011) will revise the career urement and Diagnostic Equipment (TMDE) Teams to WOBC.
progression path for each of the four accession MOSs with
established positions by standard of grade through W3, Increasing the WOAC Tactical Automation Systems Module by
then upon promotion to CW4 each accession MOS will feed 35 hours to include the Combat Service Support - Very Small
into MOS 915E (Senior Ordnance Ground Maintenance Aperture Terminal (CSS VSAT), Combat Service Support
Warrant Officer) and will be managed by standard of grade Automated Information Systems Interface (CAISI), Battle Com-
through W5. The approved proposed career progression mand Sustainment Support System (BCS3), and Force XXI
path and standards of grade adjustments align the BR 91 Battle Command, Brigade and Below (FBCB2).
series warrant officer specialties with established Depart-
ment of the Army AGDM standards and provide a grade
structure that is balanced and supportable. Con’t...
Cost estimates from carriers to move 30K+ items of equip-
Ordnance Warrant Officer - con’t ment from APG to Fort Lee have been received. While
- Incorporating Joint Network Node (JNN), Joint Biological we're focused on building world class training facilities in a
Point Detection Systems (JBDPS) and Electronic Counter campus environment, our goal is also to place newer equip-
Measure Systems training into both WOBC and WOAC. ment in our training bays along with updated training de-
vices and simulators. We also continue to work the person-
Contributors: CW4 Alan Kyle, 948B WOAC Manager, Red- nel moves by completing the development of all the civilian
stone Arsenal; CW4 Tara McAdoo, Chief 948B WOD, Fort position descriptions, a step necessary before we can initi-
Gordon; CW3 James Chambers, 948B WOBC Manager, ate the voluntary reassignment process which will start
Redstone Arsenal around Mar 08 when we survey our workforce to determine
POC: CW4 Arland Jackson, OD Proponency Office, DSN their interest in moving with the Ordnance School to Fort
298/CML (410) 278-0681, email@example.com Lee.
In the next update we'll provide status of construction,
Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) course and equipment moves, and development of the EOD
school at Fort AP Hill. POC: Ms. Gayle Olszyk, USAOC&S
(Fort Lee Forward), DSN: 539-1435, CML (804) 765-1435,
EOD Tactical Post-Blast Course Overview
The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Tactical Post-Blast
Course (TPBC) will be created as part of an overarching
strategy to fill identified training gaps for DoD EOD forces.
The course development recognizes the inherent danger in
conducting post-blast missions in a tactical environment. To
that end, the course is heavily focused on site exploitation
mission performance in a non-permissive environment.
Soldiers attending TPBC should expect two full days (20
hours) of tactical training on post-blast missions using the
most current tools and equipment fielded to a deployed EOD
As they say, "a picture is worth a thousand words." The
The tactical training will be conducted on a multipurpose
picture with this article shows that training area (TA) 5 is well
demolition range. The training will include scenario-based
on its way to becoming the future home of the Ordnance
OPFOR engagements where Simunition weapons (and
School. The trees are gone and the land is cleared. Utilities
appropriate protective gear) will be employed. It will also
and roads are being installed, all leading to the construction
include a low-light (night) training scenario. Each training
of approximately 1.4M gross square feet of buildings.
scenario conducted during the practical exercise will be
BRAC planning and construction continue at a feverish followed by an after-action review (AAR).
pace. Since the last newsletter, contracts have been
awarded for the Tactical Support Equipment Department The AAR will not be used to critique the decisions and ac-
(TSED) and the North Range training facilities. tions of the team, but rather to identify best practices and
areas of sustainment. The course developers recognize
These buildings and outside training areas represent the that each EOD mission is distinctly different and requires
future home for training the maintenance of tactical support adaptive problem solving. Rather than focusing on a rote, or
equipment and vehicle recovery. The DFAC (second larg- step, method of running a post-blast mission, we want each
est in the Army) contract should be awarded by the end of team to maintain the maximum possible security while gath-
December. While the requests for proposals are complete, ering the best information possible based on theater intelli-
we still are working through details for potential award of the gence requirements (as briefed prior to the combined practi-
barracks/battalion/brigade and central campus facilities in cal exercise).
Jan 08 timeframe. Construction must commence soon if we
are to meet the APG BRAC timelines for new construction While the lesson plans are still in the developmental proc-
and renovation of facilities currently occupied by the 61st ess, we intend to provide a current threat brief focused on
Ordnance Brigade. The central campus consists of six high terrorist TTP (domestic and abroad), a brief introduction to
bay maintenance facilities, classrooms, admin areas, and homemade explosives (HME), an overview on electronics
welding facilities to support entry level and professional with particular emphasis on IED’s. Training will include
military training at APG-North. Buildings to support APG- display boards of pre- and post-blast IED components.
South and Redstone Arsenal will be constructed in FY10 Trainees will receive an overview of biometric data collection
along with additional barracks and a second battalion. along with the preservation of evidence integrity (cross-
Recently a decision was also made to move the Ordnance contamination & chain of custody). Students will receive
Museum, in phases, to Fort Lee, culminating in the largest formal instruction on tactical considerations to help them
museum complex on the east coast, second in size to the formulate an adaptive plan of action “on-the-fly”.
Finally, the trainees will see the most current reporting pro-
Simultaneous to the construction work, we are heavily in- cedures and they will back brief their CPX point instructor on
volved in doing course-by-course analysis to determine the a designated CPX incident/scenario. POC: LTC Michael
best way to move training while continuing to train the Evans; MIL USA TRADOC (256) 876-8138; (DSN: 746);
SMDR load and Grow the Army requirements. Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org or conus.army.mil
Explosive Ordnance Clearance Agent (EOCAA) Ten months ago, Turner, 34, a member of the 377th Chemical
Company at Fort Picket, Va, was in the middle of his Basic
NCO Course when he received a tip from the Army Reserve
In July 2007, CJTF-82 approached the Ordnance Munitions about an opportunity to do something just a little different in
and Electronics Maintenance School (OMEMS) about the support of the Global War on Terrorism – ground robotics re-
possibility of an Explosive Ordnance Clearance Agent pair. It was just the opportunity he was looking for.
Course (EOCA) Mobile Training Team (MTT) deploying to
Afghanistan in the fall of 2007. The EOCA course had not “The Army sent me an e-mail with a brochure that summed up
conducted an MTT since its inception in 2005. In 2005, an what I would be doing in Iraq, if wanted to do it. It was robot-
EOCA MTT conducted two classes each in Afghanistan and ics,” Turner said. “It was something I had wanted to do any-
Iraq. At that time there was no resident course being con- way, something new for me instead of being a motor sergeant,
ducted at Redstone Arsenal, AL (RSA) and the resident so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try.’
course, at RSA, did not begin until the MTT returned from
Iraq in early 2006. Although OMEMS had been approached For Turner, an Army brat who calls Alexandria, La. Home, it
several times about an MTT to Germany, CONUS bases, was an unexpected opportunity and to this day he is not quite
OEF and OIF, the EOCA course was not and is still not set sure how his name come up as a candidate for the new pro-
up for or resourced for an MTT. Instructors, equipment, gram. With a laugh he says, “That’s how the Army works.
training aids and course length all contributed to the inability When you want to volunteer for deployment they don’t consider
to easily pick up and conduct a traveling course. you, but as soon as you stop trying and look for other options,
they give you a call,” Turner said.
As talks developed about the future location of the course, it
became apparent that the EOCA course would some day Within a few weeks Turner had mobilization orders in hand
find its way to FLW--it was just a matter of when. In the and was on his way for a month of robotics repair training at
early summer of 07, it was determined that the course would Redstone Arsenal, Ala., before deploying to Iraq. For now, the
move to FLW in OCT 07. In AUG 07, the EOCA course also Army has no military occupational specialty for the new job and
implemented its new POI reducing the overall course length so, like the other Soldiers Turner works with in Iraq, it is on-the-
from six to four weeks. These actions helped open the win- job training.
dow of opportunity for CJTF-82 and the likelihood that the
EOCA course could support an MTT to Afghanistan if it was “History will record that ground robotics really took off during
aligned with the move to FLW. Planning began toward the Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom,”
end of July and in September 2007 the MTT deployed to said Marine Reserve Maj. Stephen Mufuka, officer in charge of
Bagram, Afghanistan to train two full EOCA classes. By the Joint Robotics Repair Detachment at Camp Victory. “What
training seven days a week, the course was able to com- we’ve basically done in a short time frame of about three
plete a class in three weeks. years, is gone from in initial requirement of about 160 robots in
theater to somewhere around 4,000,” he said.
The MTT consisted of three instructors, 2 x 89D and 1 x
21B, from the EODTD at RSA which deployed with all nec- For Turner that increase translates into a lot of repair work and
essary training aids to include robotics. The initial course a great deal of job satisfaction. “I think the thing that I’m really
began on 20 SEP 07 and the second class ended on 01 proud of about working here is that whenever somebody brings
NOV 07. In all a total of 28 students graduated from the two in a robot, even if it’s damaged or blown up, that means that a
courses. The CJTF provided support throughout the training Soldier did not get blown up. Instead of Explosive Ordnance
and in particular the 242nd OD BN (EOD) and the 1/22 AVN Detachments going down range to do it by hand, a robot can
BN proved instrumental to the success of the MTT. Their do it,” he said.
support ranged from living areas, CL V, security and move-
ment by air to remote sites for the classes to conduct live For turner, that is an impact in the war fight he and his fellow
demolition exercises. robotics repair soldiers are proud of. And it’s also something
the Army and Marine Corps Reserve programs can tout since
All elements were able to work hard under a condensed the program, from the military side of the house, is entirely
planning and execution timeline to make it happen. The supported out of the reserve components.
RSA-based agencies along with the CJTF and the Air Force
helped ensure combat engineers received the training they However, unlike most mobilized reserve Solders, robot repair
needed to safely support CJTF combat operations. All technicians in Iraq are not mobilized as a unit. They are Indi-
these efforts led to a successful MTT and redeployment to vidual Mobilization Augmentees brought together to work at the
CONUS without having to delay the start of the EOCA resi- Joint Robot Repair Detachment. Turner’s detachment is com-
dent course at FLW. POC: ___________. manded by Mufuka, a Marine major. Working along side mem-
bers of the Army Reserve and Marine Corps Reserve are civil-
Army Resere Public Affairs ian contractors, mostly military retirees, making the operation
truly a joint venture.
Camp Victory, Iraq – IN the business world, entrepreneurs But, for Turner, what uniform the person next to him is wearing
are on the hunt to cash in on emerging ground floor opportu- does not seem to make much of a difference. “I pretty much
nities. Although he is no businessman, Army Reserve Sgt. get along with everybody. I mean this is a job and we’re here
1st Class Will Turner is making an investment of his own in to save lives. Petty things get put aside because we’re here to
an emerging opportunity of ground robotics. do a mission and complete the mission and that’s the main
focus of it.”
Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame
On 7 December 2007, the 2008 Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame Board met and selected for
induction seven great Americans that have made significant contributions to the Corps.
Historical inductees are: LTC Herbert H. Daubert and COL Theodore T.S. Laidley.
Contemporary inductees are: MG Thomas L. Prather, Jr., CW5 James J. Wynne, CSM Ar-
thur E. Buford, CSM Phillip M. Hadden, and Dr. William F. Atwater.
The inductees will be inducted on 8 May 2008 during the Corps annual anniversary activities.
The Hall of Fame is always looking for additional nominations. This is a great way to recog-
nize and honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to the proud heri-
tage of the Corps.
The nomination criteria and form are available on the Ordnance Home Page at http://
www.goordnance.apg.army.mil/sitefiles/HOFNominationInformation.htm.Nominations for next
year’s selection board must be forwarded to ODHallofFame@ocs.apg.army.mil NLT 31 July
2008. POC: Mr. Steve Reimer, DSN 298/CML (410) 278-4451, email@example.com.
The US Army Ordnance Center and Schools held their annual Holiday Ball
on Friday, 7 Dec 2007 at the Top of the Bay on APG. LTG Claude V.
Christianson, Director of Logistics, J-4, was the guest speaker. General
Christianson captivated the audience with his remarks; speaking about
Pearl Harbor and reminding the guests that even though we are a nation at
war, not to forget our loved ones at home and abroad this holiday season.
His remarks spoke of the reflection of our great Nation due to the military,
civilian and contract workforce. Finally, he reminded each of us that we
could not do the job we are doing without our families. Their support dur-
LTG Christianson, 2007 Holiday Ball ing multiple deployments, separation and long days should not go unno-
ticed. Furthermore, he encouraged each of us to let 2008 be the year to renew our priorities and em-
brace the future. Entertainment that evening was provided by the Upper Chesapeake Chorus of Sweet
Adelines International. Santa rounded out the program with his generous gift of candy canes and guests
enjoyed themselves late into the evening with dancing and fellowship. POC: Kim Ables, 410-278-5595,
MAY—ASIAN PACIFIC HERITIAGE MONTH
21 January MLK Birthday
• 7– 10 May ORDNANCE WEEK
• 22 January Training Holiday
• 8 May Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
FEBRUARY—BLACK HISTORY MONTH
• 9 May Ordnance Ball
• 18 February Presidents Day
• 13-15 May AUSA
• 19 February Training Holiday
• 26 May Memorial Day
• 19 February Phase II AAME
• 27 May Training Holiday
MARCH—WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
• 4 July Independence Day
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Trail ends for drill sergeants at school
By SKIP VAUGHN
The sergeants may wear a different hat, but this won’t change how they train their Soldiers.
Drill sergeants have become a thing of the past for advanced individual training throughout the Training and Doctrine Command.
They are being replaced by platoon sergeants.
What they want to do is replicate the regular Army,” Command Sgt. Maj. Willie Pullom, the 832nd Ordnance Battalion sergeant ma-
jor, said. “When a Soldier leaves AIT, they’ll be going to the operational Army. What they want to do is replicate the operational
Army here (at AIT), because when they get to the regular Army they have a squad leader, a platoon sergeant and a platoon leader.
And that’s what we’re replicating here. So when they get to their regular Army unit they’ll know what the regular Army should look
like, what their leadership structure should be like.”
The drill sergeants of the 59th Ordnance Brigade turned in their hats and became platoon sergeants in a ceremony Dec. 3 at Heiser
Hall. These included five noncommissioned officers with Bravo Company and five NCOs with Charlie Company.
Each sergeant presented his or her traditional hat to Pullom and replaced it with a beret.
This marked the end of a 21-year tradition at Redstone, beginning with the arrival of the Arsenal’s first AIT drill sergeant, Calvin
Archie, in May 1986. Retired Sgt. Maj. Archie was among the ceremony’s attendees.
Sgt. Maj. Yvette Bonner, the guest speaker, described the contribution by drill sergeants of the past and present.
“They were or are all NCOs – the backbone of our Army,” Bonner, a former Redstone drill sergeant who is now assigned to CAS-
COM as a doctrine developer for the Joint and Multinational Doctrine Branch, said. She emphasized that the noncommissioned
officers’ training mission will continue.
“America’s youth will continue to be trained to defeat any enemy on today’s battlefield,” she said.
Ordnance Munitions and Electronics Maintenance
Warrant Officer Transformation Seminar
“Post Modular Force Vision”
The Warrant Officer Training Division (WOTD) of the US Army Ordnance Munitions and Electronics Maintenance School
(OMEMS) Redstone Alabama is proud to host the 3rd Annual Warrant Officer Seminar. The WOTD extends an invitation to the
Warrant Officer community of MOS 890A, Ammunition Technician; 948B, Electronics Systems Maintenance Technician; 948D,
Electronic Missile Systems Technician; and 948E, Senior Electronics Systems Warrant Officer to attend this year’s “Post Modular
Force Vision” seminar from 29 - 31 January, 2008, at Redstone Arsenal, AL.
The Ordnance Regimental Chief Warrant Officer, Proponent Warrant Officer, Branch Manager and representatives from CAS-
COM, LOGSA, and various Program Offices will be providing informational briefings on emerging technologies and transformation
To provide Munitions and Electronics Maintenance Warrant Officers with post modular force vision information that will assist WO
in integrating future technologies, doctrine, and educational initiatives into their career paths. The WO as leader, mentor, instruc-
tor, trainer, doctrine developer and system manager will use this future information updates to plan and prepare the integration of
new concepts and policies while providing technical expertise for the future force.
*** Interested personnel should contact CW4 John Saam, Operations Officer, WOTD, email@example.com, CW4 Miguel
Santiagorodriguez, Deputy Chief, WOTD, firstname.lastname@example.org or CW5 Orville Wilson, Chief, WOTD, or-
email@example.com or call (256) 955-0393/6867) (DSN 645-0393/6867) (256) 655-8182 for more information.