Rock Island Arsenal Digest

Posted Online: Aug. 09, 2014, 2:55 am
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Joint Munitions Command hosts ammunition career planners

ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL.—The Joint Munitions Command hosted a meeting on July 30, for Career Plan-33 organization and activity career program managers to help them better assist their ammunition management workforce.

Career program managers representing six commands from across the U.S. and Korea attended.

The Ammunition Management Career Planning Board saw a need to identify competencies that apply to personnel doing ammunition management and logistics duties.

The CPMs discussed ways to handle identification and prioritize training and development needed to close workforce competency gaps, something critical for mission success and readiness.

The need arose because 46 percent of careerists in the ammunition management career field, in government general-schedule positions, will be eligible for retirement by 2019. Army intern programs are one resource to fill the gap.

There will be opportunities for wage schedule careerists interested in switching to a general schedule position, but they need additional training to get there.

"How do we achieve this training and how do we address the non-technical skills this workforce needs," Patricia Huber, JMC's deputy to the commander, and functional chief representative for the CP-33 program, asked the CPMs.

The CPMs suggested incorporating options such as: the current CP-33 Army Civilian Training Education Development System intern program; the Civilian Education System; continued education, and a proposed certification program.

"It is incumbent upon us to pass along any information shared here to our workforce," said Susan Carlson, chief of Munitions Division, Department of the Army, Logistics. "So they understand this is how the training is going to be from here on."

"We need to think forward and think strategically," said Robin Jett, career program specialist, from the Ammunition Management Career Program office. "This board is the perfect body to impact the CP-33 program."

From its headquarters at the Rock Island Arsenal, 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.

--- Submitted by Linda Loebach, JMC Public and Congressional Affairs

Rock Island Arsenal, JMC honor retirees' 124 years of service

ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL — The U.S. Army's Joint Munitions Command hosted the Quarterly Retirement and Retreat Community Ceremony to honor four people's government service on July 31.

Brig. Gen. Kristin K. French, JMC commanding general, presided over the ceremony, provided a brief biography of each person and wished them well in their retirement.

French presented awards and certificates of retirement to Joyce Paustian, Barb Toner, Sgt. Maj. Mark Nissen, Master Sgt. William Lunsford, and their families to recognize more than 124 years of combined service to the Department of Defense.

"One hundred and twenty-four combined years is a truly amazing number and highlights the collective dedication and commitment these Department of Army civilians and soldiers have provided to our Army," said French. "I want to personally applaud you for your outstanding efforts over the years."

"Retirement and retreat ceremonies are a part of long-standing military tradition," she said. "They provide military units an opportunity to acknowledge the selfless service and sacrifices of our retirees as they leave long and honorable careers."

Joyce Paustian, who was a budget analyst in the JMC Resource Management Directorate, began her career on the Rock Island Arsenal in June 1975.

"The Army has given me so many opportunities," she said. "I would have never thought at that time where my career would take me, but I am so honored and humbled to have served this nation for so many years."

French concluded by thanking the retirees for their "valued service" and said all the retirees had served with honor and distinction and made many personal sacrifices during their careers.

The quarterly retirement and retreat ceremony is a joint effort hosted by a major tenant organization on the Rock Island Arsenal. The Joint Munitions Command was the fourth-quarter host.

-- Submitted by Tony Lopez, JMC Public Affairs

Rock Island Arsenal unveils new welcome signs

ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL - The Rock Island Arsenal Garrison revealed three new U.S. Army signs welcoming employees and visitors to the Arsenal. The signs are at the Moline, Rock Island and Davenport gates.

The Army logos for the sign were designed and created at the RIA Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center. They were produced using two types of machining centers with cycle times varying from one and one-half to three hours. In addition, the paint and coatings were all done in the JMTC paint shop.

The Army logos were a prototype. RIA-JMTC is developing a process to cast similar logs using the Army's only foundry in JMTC. The casting process will reduce costs as more installations adopt the new sign template.

"By being DoD's one-stop shop for metal manufacturing, RIA-JMTC can produce a wide variety of metal products to include everything from weapons to signs in this case," said Col. David J. Luders, commander RIA-JMTC.

"Most of our equipment we produce goes around the world. It is nice to have something that our employees produce stay right here in the Quad-Cities. We hope that we can manufacture more signs that will be used at Army installations at home and abroad."

-- Submitted by Rhys Fullerlove

New TACOM commanding general visits RIA-JMTC

ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL -- Maj. Gen. Gwen Bingham, commanding general of the U.S. Army Life Cycle Management Command, visited the Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center on July 24.

This was Bingham's first visit to RIA-JMTC since assuming command on June 25. Upon her arrival, she received a command brief from Col. David Luders, RIA-JMTC commander, and the corporate board. The focus of the briefing was reviewing the factory's command structure and 16 critical manufacturing capabilities.

Bingham toured 10 of the 28 buildings that make up more than 3 million square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space at the Arsenal and met the workforce. She was shown more than 16 capabilities that RIA-JMTC has under one roof, including assembly, plating, painting, foundry operations, welding, fabrication, small arms repair part manufacturing, heat treating, non-destructive testing and many others.

Throughout her visit, Bingham stressed the importance of taking care of all employees and maintaining a high morale.

"All of what we do here begins and ends with people," Bingham said. "Who gets it done? People."

Bingham talked with many employees who work on the factory floor, as well as Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) coordinators. Bingham said that SHARP and creating a balanced workload are two of her top priorities for RIA-JTMC.

Edward Flinn, director of industrial engineering, had lunch with Bingham and said the visit went well. "Major General Bingham was very personable and I was delighted that she asked what she can do to help us. You don't always find that."

After her visit, Bingham said she was impressed with RIA-JMTC's manufacturing capabilities and highly-trained employees.

"She was enthusiastic about being an advocate for the Arsenal and said she is looking forward to return visits and to sharing our story and mission across the Army, "Luders said.

-- Submitted by Cadet Lisa Wendel


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