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Meet the Army's Soldier and NCO of the Year
Tan, Michelle (2016), AUSA, 3 October.
Spc. Robert Miller and Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Moeller on Monday were named the Army’s 2016 Soldier of the Year and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, respectively.

Spc. Robert Miller and Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Moeller on Monday were named the Army's 2016 Sodier ofthe Year and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, respectively.

The soldiers were selected after this year’s Best Warrior Competition, which kicked off Sept. 26 at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. Read more...


Making the MOST of mobilized ordnance specific training
Col. Groark, James (2016), Army Sustainment magazine, 1 November
Soldiers from the 261st Ordnance Company and civilians from McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, Oklahoma, load missiles onto flatbed trailers during Operation Golden Cargo in June 2011. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Ferdinand Thomas)

In 2007, ammunition platoons often needed six months to become proficient in their ordnance tasks because they lacked hands-on predeployment training. To fill this training gap, the Joint Munitions Command (JMC) led an initiative to improve the readiness of deploying ammunition units using mobilized ordnance specific training (MOST). Read more...


New OD Chief takes charge
Perry, Amy (2016), Fort Lee Traveller, 11 August
Maj. Gen. Darrell K. Williams, CASCOM and Fort Lee commanding general, passed the mantle of leadership to Wilson from Col. James Groark, who was the acting commandant and chief during the interim.

More than two months after the former Chief of Ordnance left his post, Col. David Wilson took charge of the corps during an assumption of command ceremony Wednesday at Whittington Parade Field on the Ordnance Campus.

Maj. Gen. Darrell K. Williams, CASCOM and Fort Lee commanding general, passed the mantle of leadership to Wilson from Col. James Groark, who was the acting commandant and chief during the interim. Read more...


200 pin instructor badges at Ord. School ceremony
Buffett, Patrick (2013), Fort Lee Traveller, 23 June
Recipients of the Master Army Instructor Badge receive a round of applause from the audience moments after the presentation of their medallions at a June 16 award ceremony on Whittington Parade Field. About 200 noncommissioned officers were recognized at the ceremony, with others being award basic- and senior-level badges. Pictured are Sgt. Travis O'Brien, Staff Sgt. Doyle Coffman, Staff Sgt. Manuelito Skipper, Staff Sgt. Tallon Howard and Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Palmer.

More than 100 noncommissioned officers from the Ordnance School here received Army Instructor Badges at a June 16 ceremony on Whittington Parade Field.

The badges are a “mark of excellence” that reflect the recipient’s technical knowledge and ability to teach and mentor Soldiers, according to Dr. Richard Armstrong, director of training and deputy to the Ordnance School commandant, who gave remarks at the ceremony. Read more...


Ordnance School recognizes services of Vietnam-era vets at ceremony
Bell, Anthony T. (2016), Fort Lee Traveller, 23 June
Ordnance School recognizes services of Vietnam-era vets at ceremony

The camaraderie and deep ties were unmistakable amongst the group of ordnance officers who gathered here recently even though most of them had not seen each other since the Vietnam War.

“We picked it up right where we left it,” said retired Maj. Ed Eley. “That’s the interesting thing. You go through something like this, you build friends for a lifetime.” Read more...


Ryan selected for next star; relinquishes Ordnance helm
Perry, Amy (2016), Fort Lee Traveller, 2 June
Brig. Gen. Kurt J. Ryan, outgoing Chief of Ordnance, passes the Ordnance School colors to Maj. Gen. Darrell K. Williams, commanding general, CASCOM and Fort Lee, during a relinquishment of command ceremony June 1 in the maintenance bay at Hatcher Hall. Ryan – who was selected for his second star – is being reassigned as the commanding general of Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Col. James Groark, assistant commandant of the Ordnance School, will be the acting chief of Ordnance and commandant of Ordnance School. (Photo by Amy Perry, Fort Lee Public Affairs)

After a quick 11-month tour, Brig. Gen. Kurt J. Ryan turned over his leadership of the Ordnance Corps and School during a relinquishment of command ceremony Wednesday in the maintenance bay in Hatcher Hall on the Ordnance Campus.

Maj. Gen. Darrell K. Williams, commanding general, CASCOM and Fort Lee, passed the mantle to Col. James Groark, who will be the acting chief of Ordnance and commandant of Ordnance School. He was serving as Ryan’s deputy commandant. Read more...


Pacific Pathways: Overcoming the tyranny of distance
Brig. Gen. Ryan, Kurt J. (2016), Army Sustainment magazine, 29 February
The CW3 Harold A. Clinger, an Army logistics support vessel, departs Hawaii on June 6, 2015, and begins a trans-Pacific voyage in support of Pacific Pathways 15.2. The vessel supported Exercise Talisman Sabre 15 in Australia, Garuda Shield 15 in Indonesia, and Keris Strike 15 in Malaysia. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of the 545th Transportation Company, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

In 1781, Gen. George Washington, commander of the Continental Army, used French ships to sail seasoned colonial soldiers and supplies to the Virginia Peninsula. Those soldiers surprised and then defeated the British commander Lord Charles Cornwallis at the Battle of Yorktown. Some claim this victory turned the world upside down; sea power combined with the transport of land forces would become key to the young nation's ability to project power worldwide for the next 200 years. Read more...


"The Paradigm Shift"
to The Science and the Art of Training Management in TRADOC Units

Developing "Agile and Adaptive" Logistics Leaders for the Future, Maj. Matthews, Byron (2016), Fort Lee, Virginia: 59th Ordnance Brigade
Operationalized Training, white paper outer cover

Army leaders are consistently striving to integrate new concepts for developing our present and future leaders in an era of reduced resources and uncertainty in the world. It is imperative, during this time that we develop innovative training models to “build readiness” while developing proficient agile, adaptive leaders, leveraging the science and art of the training management process within the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). Read more...


Building leaders and readiness through the maintenance terrain walk
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Taylor, Alexander W. (2016), Army Sustainment magazine, 4 January
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Johnny Sanchez, an armament repair technician with the 325th Brigade Support Battalion, speaks to executive officers, battalion S-4s, and maintenance control officers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, about maintaining a proper arms room during a maintenance terrain walk. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon )

Since World War II, Army generals have been inspecting, evaluating, reviewing, and monitoring our Army's equipment and logistics support processes through maintenance terrain walks (MTWs). As a young automotive maintenance warrant officer, I had my first MTW in the fall of 2002 while I was the maintenance officer for a medium transportation company (palletized load system) task organized under a combat service support battalion. Read more...


Advanced shop sets for Soldiers' advanced skill sets
Sgt. O'Brien, Travis M. (2016), Army Sustainment magazine, 4 January
Hortansia Zaccheus, an Advanced Leader Course instructor for allied trades specialists at the Army Logistics University, checks a measurement before manually making a cut with a computer numerical control toolroom mill during train-the-trainer instruction at the Ordnance School at Fort Lee, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Julianne Cochran)

As a military occupational specialty (MOS) 91E (allied trades specialist), I fabricate, repair, and modify both metallic and nonmetallic parts. Nine years ago, I was trained to use manual lathes and milling machines to fabricate various parts and special tools. I was also trained to repair metal using various welding processes such as shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). Read more...



NCO Corps welcomes first female Bradley Maintainer
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Sobataka, Scott (2015), CASCOM Public Affairs Office, 7 December
Spc. Shantele Frie became the Army's first female 91M Bradley Fighting Vehicle System Maintainer noncommissioned officer when she was promoted to sergeant during a ceremony held at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria, Dec. 1. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo)

For Spc. Shantele Frie Dec. 1 started early. Her unit is preparing to redeploy to Fort Stewart, Ga., after conducting Operation Atlantic Resolve-South at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria. She was sent as the mechanic in support of rail load operations; however, by sundown she made history in the United States Army. Read more...


Online misconduct hurts fellow Soldiers, Army NCOs tell Dailey
Vergun, David (2015), Army News Service, 24 March
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey responds to noncommissioned officer input during the chief of staff of the Army-sponsored Noncommissioned Officer Solarium II, held at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College on Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Nov. 18-20, 2015. (Photo Credit: David Vergun)

Facebook is an extension of the barracks," said Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Leisenring, meaning that in the old Army, what was said in the barracks pretty much stayed in the barracks. Now, online exchanges have replaced a lot of the barracks chatter. Read more...


Savvy Soldier, Smart Idea: Driven by efficiency, senior NCO develops fix to common problem
Bell, Anthony T. (2015), Fort Lee Traveller, 19 November
Sgt. 1st Class Chad Corey, an instructor assigned to the Basic Wheel Division, Wheel Maintenance Training Department, Ordnance School, stands near a Humvee in the bay area of Stever Hall on the Ordnance Campus. Corey submitted an idea through the Supply and Maintenance Assessment and Review Team Program that could save the Army thousands of dollars in parts replacement costs for the vehicle and others. He was recognized for his suggestion by the Ordnance School leadership Nov. 16 during an awards presentation.

Sgt. 1st Class Chad Corey recently received a monetary award for a suggestion he made nearly a year ago.

Money, however, was not the source of motivation pushing him to develop an improvement that could impact a large portion of the Army’s up-armored fleet of Humvees. Read more...


World War I exhibit opens
Desbois, Keith (2015), Fort Lee Traveller, 8 October
Brig. Gen. Kurt J. Ryan, Chief of Ordnance and Ordnance School commandant, examines a display showcasing a prototype blowback submachine gun with a turret capable of firing 10 magazines of .45 caliber bullets. This was just one of the more than 40 artifacts in the new Ordnance display “War of Ordnance,” which opened Oct. 1.

World War I was a transitional period in military history, when emerging technology was adopted to address the challenges of the 20th Century European battlefield.

During this era, horses still carried messengers and pulled artillery pieces across muddy fields. The industrial battlefield was transforming at a record pace to keep up with new ways to retain the upper hand. Read more...


Soldiers and Marines train in small arms, artillery repair at Fort Lee
Mertens, Shelby (2015), The Progress Index, 6 October
Young soldiers train at Fort Lee´s Ordnance School on small arms maintenance in Fort Lee on August 21, 2015. Soldiers may choose Small Arms Repair/Artillery Repairer as their military occupational specialty, which equips them with the skills to perform a critical role during combat situations. - Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com

Young soldiers training at Fort Lee’s Ordnance School may choose Small Arms Repair/Artillery Repairer as their military occupational specialty, which equips them with the skills to perform a critical role during combat situations. Read more...


Two explosive ordnance disposal instructors earn coveted badges
Bell, Anthony T. (2015), Fort Lee Traveller, 24 September
Ordnance School instructor John Clem emphasizes a point during an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Course Phase I lesson Sept. 22 at the Munitions and EOD Training Department schoolhouse. Clem recently fulfilled the requirements for Master Instructor Badge. He said it took him six years to complete.

Two civilian instructors at the Ordnance School distinguished themselves recently when they became the first in their department to earn the Master Instructor Badge.

John Clem and Dennis Perry, assigned to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training Division, Munitions and EOD Training Department, completed the work required for the badges earlier this month. The two will be officially honored at an upcoming Ord. School town hall event. Clem said he is relieved the certification journey is over. Read more...


Warrant officers inherit new Stryker replica at Fort Leonard Wood
Yoshida, Martha (2015), Fort Leonard Wood Guidon Newspaper, 17 September
Sgt. Shawn Foster, center, electronic maintenance instructor, Fort Gordon Ordnance Training Detachment, instructs Chemical Corps warrant officers how to prepare sensors and maintain equipment using the M1135 NBCRV Stryker vehicle replica. (Photo Credit: Mrs. Martha Yoshida (Leonard Wood))

Chemical Corps warrant officers are accustomed to working in constricted spaces.

From airtight HAZMAT suits to reconnaissance vehicles that are only about three feet wider than an average individual's arm span, warrant officers adapt and adjust to provide expertise in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense. Read more...


ARSS new build partnership successful
Boucher, Jacqueline (2015), CECOM, 6 August
Jason Pietrucha, an electrician at Tobyhanna Army Depot, installs raceway on the ceiling of the Armament Repair Shop Set to run cables and wires. Tobyhanna Army Depot partnered with other military organizations to design and build the shops. (Photo Credit: Mr. Steve Grzezdzinski (CECOM))

Soldiers in the field can fix everything from trailers to tanks when armed with a deployable, self-contained repair shop.

Tobyhanna Army Depot joined forces with Product Manager for Sets, Kits, Outfits and Tools (PM-SKOT) in Warren, Michigan, and Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center (ECBC) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, to design and build a new Armament Repair Shop Set (ARSS). The partnership is the result of a "make or buy" analysis with government and contractor facilities. Students attending the Ordnance School in Fort Lee, Virginia, are training on the first ARSS system that rolled off Tobyhanna's production line this spring. Read more...


CASCOM hosts Congressman, Florida delegation to discuss credentialing
Desbois, Keith (2015), Combined Arms Support Command Public Affairs, 22 July
Pfc. Deniqua Stridiron, a Water Purification Course student, explains how the water purification process works to Congressman David W. Jolly, Florida 13th District, right, and members of his delegation during a July 17 tour. Jolly was visiting the Combined Arms Support Command to discuss credentialing initiatives that allow service members to further their careers while in uniform or after they transition to civilian life. (Photo Credit: Keith Desbois, Combined Arms Support Command Public Affairs)

Congressman David W. Jolly, Florida 13th District, paid a visit to the Combined Arms Support Command here July 17 and was taken on a tour of its schools and the surrounding installation. The visit provided insight into the curriculum, technology and techniques used to train logistics Soldiers and the credentialing opportunities available to them. Read more...


OD Corps welcomes Ryan as new chief
Perry, Amy (2015), Fort Lee Traveller, 16 July
Brig. Gen. Kurt J. Ryan, incoming Chief of Ordnance, takes the Ordnance School colors from Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lyons, CASCOM and Fort Lee commanding general, during an during an assumption of command ceremony Friday on Whittington Field on the Ordnance Campus. Ryan replaced Brig. Gen. John F. Haley, who departed Fort Lee last month to take Ryan’s command at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Col. Mark Migaleddi, the Ordnance School assistant commandant, served as the acting commandant during break between the two. (Photo by Amy Perry, Fort Lee Public Affairs)

Brig. Gen. Kurt J. Ryan took charge of the Ordnance Corps and School during an assumption of command ceremony Friday on Whittington Field, Ordnance Campus. He is the 39th Chief of Ordnance.

Ryan replaced Brig. Gen. John F. Haley, who departed Fort Lee last month to take Ryan’s command at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Col. Mark Migaleddi, the Ordnance School assistant commandant, served as the acting director during the transition. Read more...


'Win in a complex world' -- But How?
Gen. Perkins, David G. (2015), Army AL&T Magazine, January - March
The AOC that underpinned Army doctrine during the Cold War, AirLand Battle, assumed a known enemy and a known terrain. The new concept assumes neither. Instead of focusing on differentiation from a particular adversary, it focuses on innovation, adaptability and a more expeditionary mindset to defeat potential state and nonstate adversaries. (SOURCE: TRADOC)

A generation of Army officers grew up knowing exactly who the enemy was. Clear lines divided the world into enemy and ally, closed and open, communist and free. ...... the stalemate cracked and the Soviet bloc walls came down, taking with them the assumptions underpinning Army doctrine.Read more...


Solarium 2015: Forcing multiple dilemmas on enemy
Vergun, David (2015), Army News Service, 2 March
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno provides his feedback to two groups of captains who were discussing the role advanced cognitive abilities play for Soldiers fighting in increasingly complex environments during Solarium 2015 at the Command and General Staff College on Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Feb. 24-26, 2015. (Photo Credit: David Vergun)

One of the hoped for outcomes of the Army Operating Concept, or AOC, is "creating an atmosphere where we can create multiple dilemmas for the enemy in an environment where we feel very comfortable operating," said Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno.

"I believe today, our enemy creates multiple dilemmas for us," Odierno said. "We don't create multiple dilemmas for them. We need to do a better job of how we do that. We can then force them to act in a way that gives us an advantage."Read more...


Solarium 2015: 'Moneyball' performance pitch gets chief's ear
Vergun, David (2015), Army News Service, 3 March
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno listens to captains discussing ways to better optimize performance during Solarium 2015, held on Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Feb. 26, 2015. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Mikki Sprenkle)

When Capt. Sean Clement saw the baseball film, "Moneyball," it was not Brad Pitt's performance that he remembers most. He said it was the sabermetrics that knocked the ball out of the park for him.

Could sabermetrics - applying advanced metrics to team statistics - also be applied to the Army to make a winning team even more winning, Clement wondered aloud as he spoke to Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno.Read more...


NCOs gain knowledge, experience at Mission Command Training Program
Koester, Jonathan (2015), NCO Journal, 17 March
Staff Sgt. David Ennis, team lead observer-coach-trainer NCO in operations group X at the MCTP, works on a practical exercise scenario as part of the Mission Command Digital Master Gunner Course at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. “I’ve been on the line for nine years, so I’m learning a part of my job that I had no idea existed,” Ennis said. “Now that I’m in this class, you really see how much goes into the planning and preparation of a battlefield.” (Photo by Jonathan (Jay) Koester)

The words “mission command” can make many NCOs turn away, thinking it isn’t their business. But in today’s Army, mission command is leader business, and that makes it NCO business, Behnke and Edwards emphasized. “The word ‘command’ does usually allow us to pass that off to the commander,” Behnke said. “It says ‘command,’ so that’s the commander’s responsibility. But the commander has certain tasks, and, as a staff, we accomplish those tasks. That staff is not just officers, or just NCOs. On a staff, there is not ‘officer stuff’ and ‘NCO stuff.’ It’s ‘leaders’ business’ on a staff, because everything we do as a staff affects troops on the ground.Read more...


Army Working Group Synchronizes Ammunition Management, Ordnance Leader Recognized
Lopez, Tony (2016), AMC, 15 April
Matt Cortez, left, and Andrea Gentry, right, Inventory Management Specialists for Joint Munitions Command, review information during the Total Army Ammunition Authorization and Allocation Committee working group held April 13 -16. Experts from JMC, PEO for Ammunition, and other Army commands gathered to synchronize ammunition requirements throughout the Army, based on operational and training requirements and supply availability. (Photo Credit: Mr. Tony Lopez (AMC))

The Joint Munitions Command's Munitions Logistics Readiness Center hosted the semiannual Total Army Ammunition Authorization and Allocation Committee working group meeting here, April 13-16.

Senior leaders from Department of the Army Headquarters co-chaired the four-day working group, which included personnel from JMC, the Program Executive Office for Ammunition, and other Army commands involved in managing ammunition.Read more...


Solarium 2015: Developing agile, adaptive leaders
Vergun, David (2015), Army News Service, 27 February
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno talks to 84 captains from throughout the Army during Solarium 2015 on Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Feb. 26, 2015. The focus of the discussions was 'The U.S. Army Operating Concept: Win in a Complex World.' (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Mikki Sprenkle)

Five, 10, 15, 20 years from now, you'll be executing our future strategy to meet complex problems we have around the world," said Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno.

The general spoke Feb. 26, to an audience of 84 captains from around the Army, as part of the three-day Solarium 2015 conference at the Command and General Staff College here.Read more...


In major step, eight women make it through Ranger School's grueling 'RAP Week'
Lamothe, Dan (2015), Washington Post, 23 April
U.S. Soldiers use teamwork to scale an obstacle during the Ranger Course on Fort Benning, Ga., April 21, 2015. (Photo by Pfc. Antonio Lewis/ U.S. Army)

Eight women have made it through the initial, grueling four-day assessment at Ranger School, Army officials said Thursday, raising the prospect that female soldiers could graduate from the elite course for the first time ever.

The women made it through Ranger Assessment Phase, commonly known as “RAP Week,” along with 184 men, said officials at Fort Benning, Ga., where Ranger School is held. About 40 percent of students have historically made it through the phase, which includes everything from chin-ups and push-ups to an exhausting 12-mile road march and a water survival test that calls for climbing along a rope that is suspended over water.Read more...


Dailey sets sights on military education
Sgt. Smith, William F. (2015), www.amry.mil, 23 April
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey addresses Soldiers, from 2nd Battalion, 12th Field Artillery, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, April 21, 2015. (Photo Credit: Photo by Staff Sgt. Nancy Lugo)

The importance of improving military education while continually improving the Army profession were two topics Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey shared with members of the Fort Carson community, April 20-21.

"As the Army gets smaller we have to invest in the people who will lead us into the future," Dailey said. "We are revamping the entire military education system. Our education system doesn't transfer well into the civilian sector. While we rebuild our courses force-wide, we are focusing on maximizing opportunity for two programs: credentialing and academic equivalency.Read more...


Historic Ranger School class moves into new phase
Williams, Chuck (2015), Ledger-Enquirer, 25 April
Women in Ranger Training

Saturday morning, in a building adjacent to Lawson Army Airfield at Fort Benning, members of the first integrated Ranger School waited for a C-17 aircraft to arrive from Charleston, S.C., for a training jump.

There was a little time to kill because of rain, low-hanging clouds and gusty winds. Read more....


Joint Munitions Command hosts Army Ammo Summit, members sign charter
Lopez, Tony (2015), AMC, 28 April
Brig. Gen. John C. Haley, Chief of Ordnance, Fort Lee, Virginia, right; and Michael Cervone, Deputy Chief of Staff, Department of the Army G4 office, Washington D.C., left, sign the Army Ammunition Summit Charter, April 16, at the Rock Island Arsenal. Brig. Gen. Kristin K. French, JMC commander signed the charter prior to the event. (Photo Credit: Mr. Tony Lopez (AMC))

Senior leaders from the Joint Munitions Command, Army Materiel Command, Ordnance Corps and top brass from the Department of Army's logistics field met here, April 16, during an Army Ammunition Summit to discuss pertinent issues among key stakeholders.

Brig. Gen. John C. Haley, Commandant and Chief of Ordnance, Fort Lee, Virginia; Michael Cervone, Deputy Chief of Staff, Department of the Army G4 office, Washington D.C.; and Patricia Huber, Joint Munitions Command, deputy to the commander, Rock Island, Illinois, served as the Ammo Summit hosts. Read more....


Breaking military's ultimate glass ceiling? Women start Ranger training.
Mulrine, Anna (2015), Christian Science Monitor, 30April
US Army Soldiers participate in close arm combatives during the Ranger Course at Fort Benning, Georgia last week. This is the first year that women have been allowed at Ranger School.

At first glance, the scene unfolding here in the rolling Georgia woodlands would appear to be unremarkable.

Two-by-two, bellies in the dirt and hands behind their backs, buddy teams of Soldiers with shaved heads snake across the ground under the eye of the attentive instructors. Read more....


Leadership Strategies from America's First Female Four Star General
Gen. Dunwoody, Ann U.S. Army Ret. (2015), Fast Company, 29 April
Leadership Strategies From America’s First Female Four-Star General, Gen. Ann Dunwoody

When I returned to Fort Bragg in 2000 as the first female general officer ever assigned, it was a big deal in the local media. At the change of command ceremony where I took command of the 1st Corps Support Command (COSCOM) I saw row upon row, column after column of soldiers—of all races, genders, and ethnicities. They were proud, they were a team, and diversity was obvious and thriving.Read more...


Army implements new self-awareness program for commanders
Ackerly, Bill (2014), Mission Command Center of Excellence Public Affairs, 26 September
U.S. Army

The Commander 360 is a new leader development program in the Army's Multi-Source Assessment and Feedback suite.

The intent of the Commander 360, known as CDR360, program is to leverage 360-degree assessment feedback to enhance leadership growth and to increase rater involvement in the development process. The program is designed specifically for Centralized Selection List lieutenant colonels and colonels. Read more...


New NCOER expected to more accurately assess Soldiers' performance
Vergun, David (2014), Army News Service, 18 September
New NCOER expected to more accurately assess Soldiers' performance. (Photo Credit: David Vergun)

On Aug. 1, the secretary of the Army approved the new Non-Commissioned Officer Evaluation Report. Implementation will be in September 2015.

"The new NCOER will come out in five phases: inform, educate, train, roll-out and after-action review. Human Resources Command is beginning to build the NCOER into the Evaluation System now," said Command Sgt. Maj. Charles E. Smith, senior enlisted adviser for Human Resources Command, known as HRC. Read more...


71st EOD welcomes new commander
Sgt. 1st Class McDonald, Jacob A. (2014), Fort Carson Mountaineer, 11 Spetember
Col. Heidi J. Hoyle, center, receives the colors for the 71st Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) from Brig. Gen. James Burton, commanding general, 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives Command, during a change of command ceremony on Fort Carson, Sept. 5, 2014. During the ceremony Col. William R. McDonough, right, relinquished command of the group. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jacob A. McDonald)

Col. Heidi J. Hoyle assumed command of the 71st Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) in a change of command ceremony Sept. 5, 2014, on Fort Carson.

The passing of the unit colors to signify the transfer of command from Col. William R. McDonough to Hoyle was overseen by Commanding General Brig. Gen. James B. Burton, 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives Command. Read more...


Army recognizes logistics units for excellence
Ferdinando, Lisa (2014), Army News Service, 10 September
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mariana Cruz with the 2nd Engineer Brigade, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, receives the 'Best of the Best for Supply' award at the Army's Combined Logistics Excellence Awards at the Pentagon, Sept. 10, 2014. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Mikki Sprenkle)

The Army has recognized 36 of its logistics units for excellence -- with three of those units being named the "best of the best."

The winners of the Chief of Staff of the Army's Combined Logistics Excellence Awards, or CLEA, are dedicated to the Army, their profession, and the logistics enterprise, said Gen. Ray Odierno at the Pentagon ceremony, Wednesday. Read more...


Army establishes U.S. Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Academy
Office of the Chief of Public Affairs (2014), www.army.mil, 8 September
U.S. Army

Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention, or SHARP, remains a top priority for both the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army. Army leaders remain committed to inculcating a culture of respect, prevention and action with regard to sexual harassment and assault prevention and response as part of the Army profession and ethic. Read more...


The tank that never was: Ordnance Corps artifact named to unique state list
Bell, Anthony T. (2014), Fort Lee Traveller, 11 September
Claire Samuelson, curator, U.S. Army OrdnanceTraining and Heritage Center, kneels in front of the Skeleton Tank prototype. It was recently selected as one of Virginia's 10 Endangered Artifacts by the Virginia Museum Association. The vehicle was built in 1918 by the Pioneer Tractor Company as a solution to the trench warfare issues during World War I. The THC is in the midst of fundraising efforts to help preserve it.

Undoubtedly, the Skeleton Tank is an artifact of war, but it also warranted consideration as a potential solution to the problem of trench warfare during World War I.

That’s according to Claire Samuelson, curator of the U.S. Army Ordnance Training and Heritage Center here. She said the vehicle was designed in 1914 to travel over the large ditches constructed on the battlefields of Europe but lost out to heavier British and French designs. Read more...


CSA discusses Army Operating Concept with Army War College class of 2015
Kerr, Carol (2014), www.army.mil, 8 September
Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno shares insights on strategic leadership and introduces the new Army Operating Concept to the U.S. Army War College class of 2015, Sept. 8, 2014, at Carlisle, Pa. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo)

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno sought an opportunity early in the academic year to address the U.S. Army War College Class of 2015, and made them the first major audience with whom he shared the strategic concepts of the new Army Operating Concept, scheduled for later formal release.Read more...


Teenagers become Soldiers while still in high school
McBride, Wallace (2014), Publication, 28 August
Lt. Col. Bryan Hunt, commander of the 1st Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, addresses Soldiers during the rite of passage ceremony outside company headquarters on Fort Jackson, S.C., Aug. 22, 2014. The event recognized that the Soldiers had met their graduation requirements for Basic Combat Training. (Photo Credit: Wallace McBride, Fort Jackson Leader)

As the sun rose Friday morning, more than 1,000 men and women participating in Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson took their final steps toward becoming professional Soldiers.Read more...


SMA Chandler challenges USASMA students to think about future of Army, NCO Corps
Koester, Jonathan (2014), NCO Journal, 24 August
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III spoke to the incoming class of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Aug. 22, 2014, at Fort Bliss, Texas. (Photo Credit: Martha C. Koester, NCO Journal)

As Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III spoke to the incoming class of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy here, he challenged members of Class 65 to look to the future and decide what kind of Army and NCO Corps they want to have.Read more...


Army launches new blog aimed at the Civilian profession
Calloway, Audra (2014), Civilian Workforce Transformation Program, 21 August
Army Civilian Workforce Transformation (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)

The Army has rolled out a new blog series, titled Army Civilian Workforce Transformation, on the service's official blog, Army Live.

The CWT blog series will highlight Army Civilian training websites, leadership programs, professional development opportunities and other Army efforts to build upon our current Civilian workforce talent.Read more...


Lyons takes charge of Combined Arms Support Command
Debois, Keith (2014), CASCOM Public Affairs, 22 August
Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lyons accepts the Combined Arms Support Command colors from Lt. Gen. Kevin W. Mangum, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command deputy commanding general, during a change of command ceremony Aug. 22. Lyons replaced Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche who is transitioning to a new assignment at TRADOC, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. (Photo Credit: Keith Desbois, CASCOM Public Affairs)

The Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee welcomed Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lyons as the new commanding general during an Aug. 22 ceremony here.

Lyons replaced Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche who is transitioning to a new assignment at U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis. The new commanding general comes to Fort Lee from the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, Ft. Shafter, Hawaii, where he also served as the commanding general. Read more...


Army Civilian Corps: Serving as an Army Professional
The Polymer Project (2014), Center for the Army Profession and Leadership CAPL, 15 August
Army Civilian Corps: Serving as an Army Professional

Ms. Ellen Helmerson serves in the Senior Executive Service as the Deputy Chief of Staff for G1/4, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Fort Eustis, Virginia.

She began her career as a summer hire clerk typist over 32 years ago. She is sharing her thoughts on the importance of Army Civilians in the Army Profession. Watch Video...


Under Secretary challenges Army senior leaders to revamp civilian career management
Calloway, Audra (2014), Civilian Workforce Transformation Program, 15 August
Under Secretary of the Army Brad R. Carson greets awardees of the Kushnick, Macy, and Hoge Awards and their spouses, June 9, 2014, during a Pentagon Hall of Heroes ceremony. The recipients of the awards, who were chosen for their leadership and innovation, were David A. Helmer, Freddie L. Giddens, and Dianne V. Smith. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller)

The Civilian Workforce Transformation program was created to help devise an enterprise approach to how the Army manages its civilian corps. The organization is creating this approach based on the highly effective model that is used for military members. Read more...


One of the world's most dangerous jobs
WUSA Staff (2014), www.wusa9.com, 19 August
Two U.S. Army EOD Soldiers train together

They train for one of the deadliest jobs in the world—EOD specialists. EOD stands for Explosive Ordnance Disposal. And some of the nation's top terrorist fighters trained at Fort AP Hill in Virginia.

Last week, for the first time ever, six elite bomb disposal units competed to be the team of the year. Read more...


Hawaii-based team named the 2014 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team of the Year
McElroy, Bob (2014), IMCOM, 20 August
A three-Soldier team from the 706th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, was named the 2014 EOD Team of the Year, Aug. 15, 2014, at Fort A.P. Hill, Va. The winning team is, left to right, Staff Sgt. David Townsend, Sgt. Ryan Essenmacher and Spc. Michael Rooney. (Photo Credit: Bob McElroy IMCOM)

A three-Soldier team from the 706th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii was named the 2014 EOD Team of the Year Aug. 15, at Fort A.P. Hill.

The team, Staff Sgt. David Townsend, Sgt. Ryan Essenmacher and Spc. Michael Rooney, completed a grueling four-day event that tested them physically, intellectually and emotionally. And, when it was done, they prevailed over the four other teams that were competing, which was a significant achievement, as all teams were the best in their region. Read more...


Competition disarming at Fort A.P. Hill
Price, Dawnthea (2014), The Free Lance-Star, 14 August
Competition disarming at Fort A.P. Hill

There is no telling how long the chemical round has been in the ground, but it’s there, unexploded, and it could be leaking.

Each member of the three-soldier team—from the Florida Army National Guard’s 221st Ordnance Company—is fully covered to minimize potential exposure to the leaking chemicals. Read more...


First ever EOD Team of the Year Competition at Fort A.P. Hill next week
Fort A.P. Hill PAO (2014), Fort A.P. Hill Press Release, 1 August
U.S. Army

Five U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams from posts in the United States and overseas will compete in the first-annual EOD Team of the Year Competition here Aug. 11-14. Four of the EOD teams come from active-Army units; the fifth is from the Florida Army National Guard.

The Team of the Year competition will test each three-Soldier team on its ability to perform EOD tasks in 14 separate incidents. The incidents include responding to a report of an Improvised Explosive Device, an artillery round stuck in the barrel of a cannon, a downed aircraft scenario and more. Read more...


Distance learning needs re-tooling, captains tell chief
Vergun, David (2014), Army News Service, 18 July
Capt. David Spencer and Capt. Kerney Perlik discuss their team's education ideas and solutions just prior to presenting them to Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno, during Solarium 2014, July 11, 2014, at the Lewis and Clark Center on Fort Leavenworth, Kan. (Photo Credit: David Vergun)

In the final article of the four-part series on Solarium 2014, captains across the Army told their chief of staff that distance learning can be a powerful tool, but its be-all-promise may be a stretch, and its method of delivery may need some re-tooling. Read more...


Mission command challenging in peacetime, captains advise CSA
Vergun, David (2014), Army News Service, 15 July
Capt. Jason Crabtree discusses the challenges of mission command for junior officers with Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno and fellow captains at the 2014 Solarium, held July 9-11, 2014, at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. (Photo Credit: David Vergun)

"War is Hell," Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman once said, but during the inter-war periods, practicing mission command can be nearly as infernal, a group of captains told the Army chief of staff.

Capt. Zebulon Pike was at the apex of his time in the Army while deployed to Iraq in 2007, for his second tour, he told Gen. Ray Odierno. Read more...


New EOD course set for October
Bell, Anthony T. (2014), Fort Lee Traveller, 17 July
Staff Sgt. Clayton Clute, a team leader with the 710th Explosives Ordnance Disposal Company on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., searches for simulated pressure plate mines buried in an overgrown field on JBLM Sept. 4 during a weeklong training exercise for the company that's referred to as tactical EOD. The training is preparing the 44-soldier company for a deployment to Afghanistan in the coming months and integrating the approximately 40 percent of EOD technicians recently out of school into the teams they'll work with while deployed. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Christopher Gaylord)

Explosive ordnance disposal Soldiers will be offered a new advanced professional development course starting in October.

The two-week Advanced Team Leader Operations Course is a pilot that will replace the Global Anti-terrorism Operations Readiness Course. Read more...


Army Chief of Staff visits Best Warrior competition on Fort Lee
Ramsey, James (2014), Richmond Times Dispatch, 9 October
Staff Sgt. Jesse Murray (right) works on moving two 80-pound ammo crates without touching a gold-painted area, part of an obstacle course meant to test minds and bodies during the Army 2014 Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee on Thursday. (Photo Credit: Daniel Sangjib Min/TIMES-DISPATCH)

Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno said Thursday that the young leaders who make up the backbone of the Army must continue to be mentally agile and physically fit. Odierno, on a visit to Fort Lee to watch part of the Army Best Warrior Competition, told the group of soldiers vying to be named the best non-commissioned officer and enlisted soldier to continue taking on new challenges. Read more...


Army chief visits Fort Lee, 2014 Best Warrior competitors
Buffett, Patrick (2014), IMCOM, 10 October
Support Soldiers from the 2014 Best Warrior Competition give feedback to Gen. Ray Odierno, Army chief of staff, during his tour of Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 9, 2014. The general walked through a Best Warrior Competition test site where competitors were demonstrating their ability to overcome a variety of obstacles like transporting filled fuel cans across a rope bridge. Twenty-eight Soldiers representing 14 Army commands vied for the Best Warrior Competition titles of Soldier and NCO of the Year. (Photo Credit: Patrick Buffett, IMCOM)

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno paid a visit to Fort Lee yesterday, to get a first-hand look at the annual Best Warrior Competition. The first stop on his itinerary was a Best Warrior Competition testing site where competitors were demonstrating their ability to lead troops while overcoming obstacles like transporting filled fuel cans across a rope bridge. He wandered throughout the area, taking the time to thank event coordinators and evaluators, the support staff and, most importantly, the competing Soldiers. Read more...


Senior leaders pledge renewed focus on family readiness, resilience
Collins, Elizabeth M. (2014), Army News Service, 16 October
U.S. Army

The Army's top leaders said in the face of changing missions and budget cuts, family readiness is more important than ever. They made the remarks in a town hall-style panel during a family forum at the Association of the United States Army's Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., Wednesday.

Secretary of the Army John McHugh, Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III told family members that resilience is not just about Soldiers, it's about families. Read more...


Gen. Odierno visits Fort Lee; gets first-hand look at BWC
Buffett, Patrick (2014), Fort Lee Traveller, 16 October
FORT LEE, Va. – (Oct. 9, 2014) Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno chats with Staff Sgt. Jacob West who is representing the 3rd Infantry Regiment (Old Guard) during the 2014 Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va. Odierno toured one of the BWC test sites today and took the time to thank the event coordinators and evaluators, the support staff and, most importantly, the competitors. Twenty-eight Soldiers representing 14 major Army commands vied for the BWC titles of NCO and Soldier of the Year. The competition concludes this evening. (U.S. Army Photo by Patrick Buffett)

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno chats with Staff Sgt. Jacob West who is representing the 3rd Infantry Regiment (Old Guard) during the 2014 Best Warrior Competition.

The first stop on his itinerary was a BWC testing site where competitors were demonstrating their ability to lead troops while overcoming obstacles like transporting filled fuel cans across a rope bridge. He wandered throughout the area, taking the time to thank event coordinators and evaluators, the support staff and, most importantly, the competing Soldiers. Read more...


Army leaders say ethics integral part of all Soldier's actions
Ferdninado, Lisa (2014), Army News Service, 20 October
Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno speaks at the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition, at a Living the Army Ethic panel on 'Why and How We Serve,' Washington, D.C., Oct. 13, 2014. (Photo Credit: Lisa Ferdinando, ARNEWS)

The Army profession demands that Soldiers adhere to the Army ethic at all times, the chief of staff of the Army said.

Trust is the foundation of the ethic, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said Oct. 13, here, during a Living the Army Ethic panel on "Why and How We Serve," at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting. Read more...


Weapons are his hobby... and it's helping us win the war
Sinks, Alfred H. (1944), Popular Science, May
Lt. Col. George B. Jarret: the Axis fears him because he knows so much abou thier guns. (Photo Credit: William W. Morris)

"If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles" This was written 2,500 years ago by the Chinese General Sun Tzu, in his great textbook of war.

Down in Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, where the thunder of big guns, the scream of diving planes, rattle of machine-gun fire, rumble of tanks, and popping of land mines and booby traps give visitors the sound effects of an erupting battle front, a soft-spoken, sandy-haired, bespectacled lieutenant colonel with a stocky build and a studious air goes quietly about one of the most fascinating jobs that ever fell to a soldier. Read more...

Last draftee retiring after 42 years on active duty
Author Last, First (2014), Army Times, 4 November
Maj. Gen. Thomas S. Vandal, commanding general of the 2nd Infantry Division, presents Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ralph E. Rigby an encased flag, as a token of appreciation for his 42 years of dedicated service in the U.S. Army, during his retirement ceremony on Camp Red Cloud, South Korea, Oct. 28. Rigby is the last continuously serving draftee in the U.S. Army, and is retiring after 42-years of service. (Photo by Pak, Chin-U, 2nd Infantry Division PAO)

The last continuously serving Vietnam War draftee on active-duty is retiring from the Army. Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ralph Rigby has served for 42 years, according to information from the 2nd Infantry Division. He was just 19 when he was drafted into the Army. In a news story by the 2nd Infantry Division, Rigby recounted his reaction when he was drafted. Read more...


Morris replaces Hall as top enlisted Ordnance Soldier
Perry, Amy (2014), Fort Lee Traveller, 6 November
Brig. Gen. John “Jack” Haley, Chief of Ordnance, hands an NCO sword to Command Sgt. Maj. Edward C. Morris, incoming regimental CSM of the Ordnance Corps during a change of responsibility ceremony Nov. 3 on the Whittington Parade Field on the Ordnance Campus. (Photo by Amy Perry, Fort Lee Public Affairs)

Command Sgt. Maj. Clinton G. Hall passed the Ordnance Corps mantle of responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Edward C. Morris during a Regimental Command Sergeant Major Change of Responsibility ceremony Monday on Whittington Parade Field here. Brig. Gen. John “Jack” Haley handed the NCO Sword and Ordnance Corps Charter to Morris during the event to welcome him as his new battle buddy. Read more...


Professional development programs breaks ground for Army civilians
Helmerson, Ellen and Melton, Barbara (2014), Army News Service, 14 November
Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, discusses 'The Future of the U.S. Army and the Civilian Corps' during a recent professional development seminar at Fort Eustis, Va. (Photo Credit: TRADOC)

The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command has established a professional development program for its civilians at Fort Eustis that could be replicated across the Army. The program aims to increase civilians' knowledge of Army doctrine and initiatives, while encouraging excellence, professional development and resiliency. Read more...


Texting no substitute for face-time, captains tell CSA
Vergun, David (2014), Army News Service, 14 July
Capt. David Weinreich and Capt. Noraida Rios compare notes before presenting their findings to Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno, during Solarium 2014, July 11, 2014, at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. For a month prior to the event, they emailed each other and about 100 other captains, brainstorming ideas to discuss. The face-to-face time, they said, was most valuable. (Photo Credit: David Vergun)

Soldiers are over-reliant on technology and this results in disengagement at the human level, Capt. Heather Schmitt told Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno.

Schmitt didn't stop there with her critique, as the chief empowered her to speak freely and not hold back. She was taking part in Solarium 2014, in which 105 captains from across the Army met July 9-11 to wrestle with problems and brainstorm ideas and solutions Read more...


CSA taps captains for talent-management ideas
Vergun, David (2014), Army News Service, 12 July
Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno asked a group of captains how they think talent-management efforts are working and what improvements, if any, are needed. (Photo Credit: David Vergun)

The Army wants to put the right people in the right jobs at the right time -- especially with shrinking budgets and manpower and an uncertain global security environment -- but does it do that very well? Read more...


Getting a Fix on the Future
Roth, Margaret C. (2014), AL&T magazine, 2 June
Cavalry scouts from the Tennessee National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment conduct a large-scale virtual reconnaissance mission Jan. 25 at Volunteer Training Site – Catoosa, Ga., which uses the Combined Arms Virtual Training concept leveraging multiple virtual simulators to replicate heavy equipment and remote training sites that are often expensive to maintain or difficult to reach. With budgets tightening, it becomes increasingly important to keep training costs low while maintaining readiness. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Melissa Wood, 118th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

As the Army draws down to what could be its smallest size in nearly three-quarters of a century, the focus is squarely on the future. So, what does the Army need to do today to get where it wants to be 30 years from now? Read more...


Skills Based Training: another Lee course to implement new training methodology
Bell, Anthony T. (2014), Fort Lee Traveller, 3 July
Pvt. Andrew Duncan further examines parts of a pump during a Quartermaster and Chemical Equipment Repairer Course training session June 12 at the Tactical Support Equipment Department on the Ordnance Campus. Starting later in July, the course will implement Skills Based Training, a training methodolgy that promotes critical thinking.

Another Ordnance School course here will soon implement the Skills Based Training program.

The Quartermaster and Chemical Equipment Repairer Course, or military occupational specialty 91J, is scheduled to begin teaching the new instructional method later this month. SBT is an instructional innovation that promotes critical thinking skills using a diagnostics-based problem-solving approach. Read more...


American Soldiers host Bosnian EOD technicians
Ham IV, Walter T. (2014), 20th CBRNE Command Public Affairs, 30 June
Capt. David Watkins (left), commander of the 55th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, talks with Bosnian Army Capt. Aleksandar Atelj (center) and Staff Sgt. Arnes Hodzic, during their visit to the United States. (Photo Credit: Courtesy photo)

When the war in Bosnia ended in 1995, it was one of the most heavily mined countries on Earth.

Almost 20 years later, Bosnian Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal, or EOD, technicians are visiting U.S. Army EOD technicians in the United States.

"Bosnia has a unique EOD challenge," said Capt. David Watkins, commander of the 55th EOD Company, based at Fort Belvoir. "The country is heavily mined with both anti-personnel and anti-tank landmines. Recently, heavy flooding has proposed an even more complex problem as minefields are shifting to unmarked areas." Read more...


Utility Equipment Repairer Course teaches military members to keep it cool in summer, warm in winter
Bell, Anthony T. (2014), Fort Lee Traveller, 26 June
Pfc. Alisha Beckford reads a multi-meter in an effort to find a problem with the Improved Environmental Control Unit during a troubleshooting exercise June 12. Beckford, a native of the Bronx, N.Y., was in the 11th week of her training in the Utilities Equipment Repairer Course taught at the Ordnance School.

Soldiers who have sought relief from the hot desert heat of Iraq or the mountain cold of Afghanistan, and found it in some temperature-controlled shelter, probably never stopped to ponder the working origins of their comforts.

That oversight is an accepted reality for Staff Sgt. Russell Dilka and others who are part of the Army’s utilities equipment repairer community. He said those who work in the military occupational specialty of 91C do so under some measure of obscurity that comes with the mission of keeping air conditioning and heating equipment operational. Read more...


A repair versus replace maintenance culture
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Dewey, Steven (2014), Army Sustainment magazine, 5 May
Pfc. Jeremiah Balete, Spc. Zavier Lorettor, and Pfc. Gregory Bettencourt, 25th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, repair full up power packs instead of replacing them, saving the unit more than $200,000 on each pack repaired. (Photo Credit: Maj. Karl Beier)

Following drastic budget cuts that occurred within the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (1-25th SBCT), at the beginning of fiscal year 2013, the brigade analyzed maintenance trends and class IX (repair parts) expenses and identified that nearly $4 million had been spent over a 90-day period. After wargaming ways to train and keep readiness high while keeping costs low, a plan was approved by the brigade commander to bring field-level engine repair, tire assembly repair, and battery charging to the brigade level for resourcing and management oversight. Read more...


Ryan Pitts to receive Medal of Honor for combat actions in Afghanistan
Author Last, First (2014), Army News Service, 23 June
Sgt. Ryan Pitts, with Chosen Company, takes a break from building a traffic control point northeast of Combat Outpost Bella, Afghanistan, spring 2008. The traffic control point was on the road from COP Bella to Aranas, Afghanistan. (Photo Credit: Courtesy photo)

The White House announced today that former Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts will receive the Medal of Honor for his combat actions during an enemy engagement in Wanat in the Waygal Valley of northeastern Afghanistan, July 13, 2008.

President Barack Obama will place the Medal of Honor around Pitts' neck during a ceremony at the White House, July 21, 2014. Read more...


CASCOM hosts workshop for Training with Industry partners
Desbois, Keith (2014), Combined Arms Support Command Public Affairs, 18 June
Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche, Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee commanding general, presented the opening remarks welcoming the Training with Industry partners June 4. The purpose of the TWI workshop was to enhance the strong relationships between the command and the partner companies. (U.S. Army photo by Keith Desbois) (Photo Credit: Keith Desbois, Combined Arms Support Command Public Affairs)

The Combined Arms Support Command hosted 32 current and perspective civilian industry partners for a day-long workshop June 4. The purpose of the event was to discuss how the Training with Industry program could expand and improve for the Soldiers participating. Read more...


Forward support company operations in separate units
Capt. Knothe, Thomas A. (2014), Army Sustainment magazine, 5 May
Spc. Michael Steen, part of the 4th Engineer Battalion's forward support company (FSC), demonstrates the capabilities of his welding trailer. The FSC provides shop maintenance support, such as welding and small-arms and generator repair, for all the companies in the battalion. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)

The integration of forward support companies (FSCs) into maneuver battalions has resulted in a much greater combat role for logisticians. FSCs have enabled Soldiers in logistics military occupational specialties (MOSs) to work directly for maneuver, fire, and effects (MFE) battalions. Read more...


Army kicks off first-of-many 239th birthday events
Markfelder, George (2014), U.S. Army Military District of Washington, 8 June
Army kicks off first-of-many 239th birthday events

Senior Army leaders held the first-of-many ceremonies scheduled around the world commemorating the Army's 239th birthday, which is June 14, and celebrated this year's theme--"America's Army: Our Profession." Read more...


Global Combat Support System-Army: A dynamic readiness tool for mission command
Capt. Guarino, Mei-Ling (2014), Army Sustainment magazine, 5 May
Spc. Arisleindy Valdez-Gomez, a supply specialist assigned to the 21st Theater Sustainment Command trains with the Global Combat Support System--Army at the 240th Quartermaster Company Supply Support Activity at Smith Barracks in Baumholder, Germany. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Alexander Burnett)

As the Global Combat Support System-Army (GCSS-Army) continues to be implemented throughout the force, discussions and articles about its benefits and challenges are increasing across the sustainment community. The fielding of GCSS-Army is ongoing across Army Reserve, Army National Guard, and Active Army units. Read more...


Classroom makeover: New learning model emerging at Ord. School
Bell, Anthony T. (2014), Fort Lee Traveller, 5 June
Pvt.Steven Chumney and Pvt. Johnnyy Deal work to adjust the video control circuit card on the Basic Sight Assembly of a Bradley Fighting Vehicle during a Land Combat and Electronics Missile Systems Repairer Course. The course is one of thee military occupational courses taught by the Ordnance School's Land Combat Division.

The Army’s schoolhouse learning model is evolving.

Fading are images of instructors standing at podiums and distributing information via computer slideshows; practices that emphasize muscle memory as the chief means to learning; and classrooms bound by walls. Read more...


New smartphone apps increase Soldier learning
Melton, Charles, First (2014), www.army.mil, 27 May
The Warrior University site has 22 apps, 16 interactive multimedia instruction courses and 15 training videos available to download and provide feedback on. (Photo Credit: Courtesy graphic)

Unlike previous generations who lugged around bulky field manuals and training manuals, today's Soldier would rather find what he needs on his smartphone.

Instead of thumbing through a paper manual, the Soldier slides his thumb across the screen of his phone and opens the latest learning app from the Maneuver Center of Excellence Life Long Learning Programs Branch. Read more...


Instructor Development and Recognition Program
Author Last, First (2014), STAND-TO, 15 May
U.S. Army

U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's Institute for Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development created the Instructor Development and Recognition Program, or IDRP, to coach, mentor and train Army instructors who teach at noncommissioned officer academies. The IDRP program awards Army Instructor Badges to Noncommissioned Officer Education System instructors who have completed certification and training requirements that lead to increased proficiency levels as instructors. Read more...


Department of Labor rep visits CASCOM, talks credentialing
Desbois, Keith (2014), Combined Arms Support Command Public Affairs, 27 May
Terry Gerton, Veteran's Employment and Training Service deputy assistant secretary for policy, tries the U.S. Army Ordnance School's virtual welder simulator during a May 20, tour of the 'Home of Sustainment.' Also pictured is Sgt. 1st Class John Valdez, an instructor at the school. (U.S. Army photo by Keith Desbois) (Photo Credit: Keith Desbois, Combined Arms Support Command Public Affairs)

Department of Labor representative Terry Gerton, Veteran's Employment and Training Service deputy assistant secretary for policy, toured the "Home of Army Sustainment" on May 20 to learn more about military training and the many credentialing initiatives that give service members a career boost in the civilian sector. Read more...


Ordnance School small arms course on schedule to offer gunsmith certification
Bell, Anthony T. (2014), Fort Lee Public Affairs, 19 May
Pvt. Denise Brawley, a Small Arms/Artillery Repairer Course student, works on the barrel of an M-16 weapon during instruction at Fort Lee, Va., May 1, 2014. The course is 13 weeks long. (Photo Credit: T. Anthony Bell)

Pvt. Denise Brawley, a Small Arms/Artillery Repairer Course student, works on the barrel of an M-16 weapon during instruction at Fort Lee, Va., May 1, 2014. The course is 13 weeks long.

Soldiers training as small arms/artillery repairers will soon get the opportunity to earn a certification upon graduation from advanced individual training. Read more...


Skills Recognition: Small arms course on schedule to offer certification
Bell, Anthony T. (2014), Fort Lee Traveller, 15 May
FORT LEE, Va. (May, 15, 2014) -- Army Pvt. Earl Lewis helps Marine Pfc. Mason Wollersheim in the Small Arms/Artillery Repairers Course at the Ordnance School May 1. At some point in the near future, students like Wollersheim and Lewis will be offered to enroll in a credential program that can be completed prior to graduation. The Gunsmith Certificate in Military Conventional Weapons credential will be offered from the Penn Foster Career School and will be free of charge. (Photo Credit: T. Anthony Bell)

Soldiers training as small arms/artillery repairers will soon get the opportunity to earn a certification upon graduation from advanced individual training.

The free-of-charge certification program could be implemented by the end of the year, said Damon Dean, chief of the Ordnance School’s Conventional Weapons Division, Armament Electronics- Maintenance Training Department. Read more...


Training With Industry at Oshkosh
Stategic Initiatives Group (2014), goordnance.army.mil, 4 June
Training With Industry at Oshkosh

On April 30th CW4 Alex Taylor (OD Personnel Development Office) visited Oshkosh Defense and Integrated Products Support (IPS) Division in Oshkosh, WI. CW3 An B Nguyen and SFC Jessie Walters are the two students current serving their tenure with Oshkosh. Read more...


Advanced Medium Mobile Power Sources
Kirkland, Renee B. (2014), goordnance.army.mil, 24 May
Photo caption: (Left) Benjamin Byrge checks digital control system (DCS) on a 60 kW Advance Medium Mobile Power Sources (AMMPS) generator as SSG (P) Jason Fegurgur initiates the installation of a software upgrade. Both Mr. Byrge and SSG (P) Fegurgur participated in the key personnel training for the AMMPS held at the US Army Ordnance School 13-16 January 2014. (Photo by Clifton J. Wiley Jr.)

Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 91D Power Generation Equipment Repairer Advanced Individual Training (AIT) Soldiers will soon get the opportunity to practice their skills on the newest generators to hit the field. The US Army Ordnance School’s (USAOS) Tactical Support Equipment Department (TSED) received 63 Advanced Medium Mobile Power Sources (AMMPS) generators in December 2013. Read more...


New TRADOC commander visits Home of Sustainment
Desbois, Keith (2014), Combined Arms Support Command Public Affairs, 24 April
Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, shares his command philosophy with Combined Arms Support Command Soldiers and civilians during an April 22 talk at the Army Logistics University on Fort Lee. This was Perkins' first visit to the Home of Sustainment as the new TRADOC commander. (U.S. Army photo by Keith Desbois) (Photo Credit: Keith Desbois, Combined Arms Support Command Public Affairs)

The Combined Arms Support Command here hosted an April 22 visit by Gen. David G. Perkins, the new commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

In addition to showing the many facets of training at the "Home of Army Sustainment," the visit was an opportunity to highlight CASCOM's support of an "Army of Preparation" -- focusing on quality initial entry training, superior logistics capabilities and effective leader development. Read more...


Ordnance School department reflects on fifth year here, standing up schoolhouse
Bell, Anthony T. (2014), Fort Lee Traveller, 24 April
U.S. Army Ordnance Corps

It’s a distant memory now, but Gary Neuser still recalls making frequent trips to and from Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., conducting evening classes at Fort Lee and drawing down operations at Aberdeen’s old Ordnance Mechanical Maintenance School. Read more...


Ultimate Warriors earn titles
Bell, Anthony T. (2014), Fort Lee Public Affairs, 16 April
The winners of the 2014 CASCOM Ultimate Warrior Competition pose with their awards after a ceremony held at Dickerson Auditorium Wednesday. (FRONT ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT) Spc. Marquis Wright, Soldier of the year; Sgt. 1st Class Walter Allenfaldes, instructor of the year; and Sgt. 1st Class Kenny Smith, AIT platoon sergeant of the year. (BACK ROW) Sgt. Maj. Donna R. King,CASCOM G3 sergeant major; Command Sgt. Maj. Terry E. Parham Sr., CASCOM CSM; and CSM Edward C. Morris, 59th Ordnance Brigade CSM. Not pictured is Staff Sgt. Cliff Klaye, who was named noncommissioned officer of the year. (Photo Credit: T. Anthony Bell)

Four Soldiers from various CASCOM subordinate elements were honored as victors Wednesday during the Ultimate Warrior Competition Awards Ceremony held at the Dickerson Auditorium on the Army Logistics University campus. Read more...


CASCOM hosts senior Army civilians
Desbois, Keith (2014), Combined Arms Support Command Public Affairs, 2 April
Matthew Maclaughlin, Combined Arms Support Command Technology Integration Branch chief, center, explained to members of the Department of the Army Senior Executive Service some of the applications created for mobile devices March 31. The apps enable students to enhance their training in a variety of subjects from their mobile, gaming and wireless devices. (Photo Credit: Keith Desbois, Combined Arms Support Command Public Affairs)

The Combined Arms Support Command hosted a March 31 visit by members of the Department of the Army Senior Executive Service who represent the major departments responsible for logistics, training, technology, financial and business management. Read more...


Training Courses provided through the Caterpillar Learning Center
Strategic Initiatives Group (2014), goordnance.army.mil, 4 June
Training Courses provided through the Caterpillar Learning Center

On April 2nd and 3rd CW4 Alex Taylor, MSG Arthie Mann and SFC Gary Tuccitto (OD Personnel Development Office) visited the Caterpillar Defense and Integrated Products division at Caterpillar in Mossville, Il. CW4 Dean Cook, CW3 Darrin Garner and SFC Brandon Stevens are the three students currently serving their TWI tenure with Caterpillar. James Garrison and Alan Paden provided an overview of the Company and the future outlook for the continuation of the TWI program with Caterpillar. Both of the gentlemen emphasized the importance of the relationship with the company and the US Army. Although military sales is only 1% of the Fortune 50 Company they still value the Army and the energy the our TWI students bring to their organization. Read more...


Silver Star Medal presented to 20th CBRNE Soldier
Tan, Michelle (2014), Army Times, 9 April
Spc. Samuel Crockett, 20th CBRNE Command, receives the Silver Star, during the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment award ceremony at Fort Benning's Maneuver Center of Excellence, April 08. Maj. Gen. H.R. McMaster, Maneuver Center of Excellence commanding general, presided over the ceremony. (Photo courtesy of Fort Benning Public Affairs). (Photo Credit: Fort Benning Public Affairs)

A soldier who continuously risked his own safety to recover fallen and wounded comrades in Afghanistan will be honored Tuesday with the Silver Star, the nation’s third-highest award for valor.

Spc. Samuel Crockett, of the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives Command, is being recognized for his actions on Oct. 5 in Zharay district west of Kandahar. The ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Fort Benning, Ga. Read more...


New instructional methods challenge students to become critical thinkers
Bell, Anthony T. (2014), Fort Lee Public Affairs, 26 March
Pvt. Felix Ortiz uses a multi-meter to check circuits in a power generator during a recent Power Generation Equipment Repairer Course troubleshooting exercise at Fort Lee, Va. The course is taught using a new instructional method called Skills-Based Training. (Photo Credit: T. Anthony Bell)

The change could be likened to the uproar generated more than a decade ago by mere talk of replacing the Army's black combat boot, an old standby that held a ton of tradition for generations of Soldiers. There was a hefty amount of opposition against replacing it, but necessity ushered in a better boot and the old footwear took its place in generational lore. Read more...


Relocated Ordnance exercise still challenges AIT Soldiers
Foxtrot Company, 16th Ordnance Battalion (2014), Fort Lee Traveller, 27 May
Staff Sgt. Lkeira Johnson, 59th Ord. Brigade, trains Soldiers on evacuating a casualty at a recent Ordnance Field Training Exercise. (Contributed Photo)

The current fiscal reality has forced the Army as a whole to make changes to the way it does business, and the Ordnance School at Fort Lee is no exception.

Before cuts to funding, its Soldiers would regularly go to Fort A. P. Hill for the Sustainment Warrior Field Training Exercise. Now, the Ordnance troops are put through their paces in a two- to three-day field event in their own backyard. Unchanged is the opportunity to reinforce the base-level Warrior Tasks and Battle Drill knowledge they acquired in basic training and the military occupational specialty skills they learn while attending advanced individual training at Fort Lee. Read more...


Power Generation
Bell, Anthony T. (2014), Fort Lee Traveller, 20 March
Pvt. Joshua Lucas, a student in the 91D -- Power Generation Equipment Repairer Course, uses a schematic to help him determine which wires are defective on a generator during training March 6 at Rozier Hall on the Ordnance School Campus. Lucas and several of his classmates were in the midst of completing the D Module portion of the course.

At an Army field site, it becomes as inconspicuous as the sounds of trees rustling in the wind or birds chirping.

The hum of power generators may get a bit of attention the moment they become operational, but it is soon forgotten or simply lost in a diverse mix of sounds that eventually become part of the acoustical landscape. Read more...


Medal of Honor Ceremony Connects Generations
Sisk, Richard (2014), Military.com, 18 March
President Obama will present the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans or members of their family in a ceremony at the White House Tuesday.

Army Sergeant (SGT) Ashley Randall, an Ordnance Soldier, who posthumously accepts the award on behalf of her grandfather, US Army Private Demensio Rivera, from President Barack Obama. Read more...


Demilitarizing ammunition in support of Operation New Dawn
Capt. Abuakeel, Amir (2014), Army Sustainment magazine, 4 March
High-explosive ordnance detonates sequentially across the desert floor during ammunition demilitarization operations conducted by the 261st Ordnance Company under the supervision of the 788th Ordnance Company (EOD). (Photo Credit: Capt. Amir Abuakeel)

The explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) field has experienced an exponential increase in size and visibility in the last 10 years. The reason for this increase is the enemy's reliance on the improvised explosive device (IED) as the weapon of choice against U.S. and coalition forces. The continued use of IEDs will likely require EOD units to remain focused on counter-IED operations.
Read more...


U.S. Ordnance School lauds ASE Institute
Buffett, Patrick (2014), Fort Lee Traveller, 27 February
Dr. Richard Armstrong, deputy to the commander for training at the Ordnance School, presents a certificate of appreciation to Allison Guth, director of finance, National Institute for Automotive Excellence, during the opening moments of a business meeting Wednesday on the Ordnance Campus. A similiar certificate was presented to Dr. Charles Kunce, vice president of test development for ASE, pictured right. The awards recognize ASE's contributions to the wheel vehicle maintenance credentialing program that is now in its seond year. (Photo by Patrick Buffett)

The success of an ongoing credentialing partnership between the Ordnance School at Fort Lee and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, based in Leesburg, was officially recognized Feb. 26 during an award ceremony on the Ordnance Campus. Read more...


Chief of Ordnance receives first star
Desbois, Keith (2014), Combined Arms Support Command Public Affairs, 27 January
Brig. Gen. John F. 'Jack' Haley receives his first star as Lt. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, U.S. Army Cyber Command commanding general, left, and Jennifer Haley pin on his new rank during the Jan. 24 promotion ceremony. Haley is the 38th Chief of Ordnance and Ordnance School commandant. (Photo Credit: Keith Desbois, Combined Arms Support Command Public Affairs)

Congratulations to Brig. Gen. John F. "Jack" Haley - Lt. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, U.S. Army Cyber Command commanding general, left, and Jennifer Haley pin the rank of brigadier general on him during his Jan. 24 promotion ceremony. Haley is the 38th Chief of Ordnance and Ordnance School commandant. Read more...


Fort Hood maintenance chiefs train on engine diagnostic equipment
Staff Sgt. Thompson, Jason (2013), divids, 20 December
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Joseph Thomas, the squadron maintenance technician for Fires “Steel” Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, diagnoses an engine malfunction during Caterpillar engine maintenance training at the Regional Training Site – Maintenance at Fort Hood Dec. 18. Thomas said the training was beneficial for him to be able to gain a wider understanding of the equipment capabilities. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Jason Thompson)

FORT HOOD, Texas - Senior maintenance warrant officers from across several units on Fort Hood attended Caterpillar maintenance training Dec. 16 to 20 at the Regional Training Site – Maintenance here. Read more...


Newest Army recovery vehicle wields claws, can handle most anything
Bell, Anthony T. (2013), Fort Lee Public Affairs, 18 December
Sgt. Jeffrey Palmer, an instructor, keeps a careful watch as a disabled mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle is pulled onto the Tilt Deck Recovery Trailer of the Modular Catastrophic Recovery System during training at the Downer Range, on Fort Lee, Va., Dec. 10, 2013. Modular Catastrophic Recovery System training was provided to roughly 400 Soldiers last year. (Photo Credit: T. Anthony Bell)

The Ordnance School is continuing to fulfill the training requirements of Soldiers deployed in combat environments.

Providing training on the Army's newest recovery vehicle -- the Modular Catastrophic Recovery System -- is its latest effort to prepare Soldiers for tasks and missions they are likely to encounter in the field. Read more...


Happy 106th Birthday to the "First Lady of Ordnance"
Rubis, Karl (2013), goordnance.army.mil, 21 November
LTC Luta McGrath at Arlington for Memorial Day Service in 2013.

On November 21, 2013, LTC Luta McGrath, the first female inductee into the Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame turned 106 years old! Affectionately known as the 'First Lady of Ordnance', LTC McGrath joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) on February 1, 1943 and retired in 1961. She began her service at the Red River Army Depot in Texas and went to Europe following the end of WWII and participated in the Berlin Airlift. She was inducted into the Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame in 1985.

View her bio by clicking her name on the Hall of Fame Inductees by Year, 1985 section.


Supporting the community
Desbois, keith (2013), Combined Arms Support Command Public Affairs, 13 November
VIPs open freedom center in Petersburg. (Click for source of photo)

1st. Lt. Nicholas Jancaitis, Foxtrot Company executive officer, 16th Ordnance Battalion, 59th Ordnance Brigade, joined Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, first lady Maureen McDonnell and City of Petersburg officials in opening the new Freedom Support Center for Veterans Nov. 12. Jancaitis, along with a group of Ordnance Soldiers, helped in the renovation of the center as part of the Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee's Community Connect program. The building will be home to many agencies serving the needs of veterans to include the Virginia Employment Commission Military Affairs Unit, Veterans Administration and Virginia Supportive Housing.


Fort Lee ordnance Soldiers support school festival
16th Ordnance Battalion (2013), www.army.mil, 7 November
Privates Jesus Resendez and Crystal McMillian from Bravo Company, 16th Ordnance Battalion, watch as a student tosses bean bags at a tic-tac-toe board during the Oct. 25 Matoaca Elementary School Fall Festival . Forty-five members of the Fort Lee battalion volunteered for the event and helped with the setup and operation of 17 game stations throughout the school. (Contributed Photo (Photo Credit: Contributed Photo)

Forty-five Soldiers from Bravo Company, 16th Ordnance Battalion, earned high praise from Matoaca Elementary School administrators and its Parent, Teacher Association after an evening of volunteer work at the facility's annual fall festival on Oct. 25. Read more...


2014 Hall of Fame Inductees
Personnel Development Office (2013), goordnance.army.mil, November
2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

Throughout our history, members of the Hall of Fame have served their country and the Ordnance Corps proudly. The vast contributions of our distinguished members range from the development of small arms to the exploration of rocket propulsion. These members include Robert Parrot, who invented the Parrot gun — the first rifled cannon; Dr. Werhner Von Braun, whose work in the technical advancements of rocketry led to the liquid fueled rocket engine and ultimately to manned spaceflight; J. M. Browning, who invented, perfected, and supervised the production of numerous small arms and is responsible for the superiority in small arms weaponry enjoyed by the U.S. today; Richard Gatling, the “Father of the Machine Gun;”J. Walter Christie, who invented the first amphibious tank and was the pioneer in the development of self-propelled artillery; Dr. Robert H. Goddard, the “Father of U.S. Rocketry” and Staff Sergeant RoyJudkins, the most decorated Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician. The Hall of Fame also includes five Congressional Medal of Honor recipients: Major General Oliver O. Howard, Brigadier General Horace Porter, Major William S. Beebe, Major Hulon B. Whittington and Ordnance Sergeant Moses Williams. Through close scrutiny by the Hall of Fame induction committee, individuals are chosen solely on their significant contributions to the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps. Attainment of high rank or position is not necessarily indicative of a significant contribution to Ordnance. Likewise, rank, sex, ethnicity, and/or religion are not discriminators. This year, we are proud to announce 12 inductees into the Hall of Fame. They join the ranks of some of the greatest Americans in our history. The 2014 Historical inductees are: Command Sergeant Major (retired) Jerry F. Eller and Department of the Army Civilian (retired) Isabelle Hansen. The 2014 Contemporary Inductees are Lieutenant General (retired) David S. Weisman, Major General (retired) Robert M. Radin, Brigadier General (retired) Steven M. Anderson, Chief Warrant Officer Five (retired) James A. Jackson, Chief Warrant Officer Five (retired) Mickle C. Mitchell, Chief Warrant Officer Five (retired) Bernard L. Satterfield, Command Sergeant Major (retired) Anthony T. Aubain, Command Sergeant Major (retired) Thomas A. Lettis, Command Sergeant Major (retired) Ivory Whitaker, Jr. and Department of the Army Civilian (retired) Dr. Joseph A. Lannon.


Fort A.P. Hill Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training Center honors a fallen hero
McElroy, Bob (2013), IMCOM, 6 November
The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training Center at Fort A.P. Hill, Va. was renamed today in honor of Capt. Jason T. McMahon, an EOD Soldier who died in action in Afghanistan. Shown here cutting the ribbon from left to right are: Marcus E. Markham, Director, Munitions and EOD Training Department, Command Sgt. Maj. Clinton G. Hall, the Ordnance Regimental Command Sergeant Major, Col. Jack Haley, the Army's 38th Chief of Ordnance and Commandant of the U.S. Army Ordnance School, Fort Lee, Va., Jennifer McMahon, widow of Capt. Jason T. McMahon, Col. Mark A. Fitch, Chief, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Directorate, Lt. Col. Peter E. Dargle, commander U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill, Va. and Command Sgt. Maj. Keith R. Whitcomb, garrison command sergeant major.(Photo Credit: Bob McElroy)

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training Center here was renamed Nov. 6 to honor Capt. Jason T. McMahon, an EOD Soldier who was killed in action in Afghanistan on Sept. 5, 2010.

McMahon was the company commander of the 744th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 184th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion at the time of his death. He was leading a patrol in Laghman Province, when enemy insurgents attacked it. Read more...


Winners of the Ordnance School's FY13 Instructor of the Year Competition U.S. Army Ordnance Corps
  • Warrant Officer Category: CW4 David R. Carrier
    (OEMTD, Fort Gordon)
  • NCO Category: SSG Brian W. Patterson (A&E, Fort Lee)
  • Civilian category: Mr. Brian Lacy (TSED, Fort Lee)

Each of these outstanding instructors will represent the Ordnance School in TRADOC's FY13 Instructor of the Year competition. The TRADOC competition, which originated in 1989, is a prestigious event that recognizes only the finest instructors from throughout the command. It's a honor to be nominated--though, of course, we expect to have three Ordnance winners for FY13!

GO ORDNANCE!

COL Jack Haley
38th Chief of Ordnance


Unit’s twist on SHARP instruction includes role playing, rewards
Buffett, Patrick (2013), Fort Lee Traveller, 26 September
Advanced individual training students from the 16th Ordnance Battalion observe a skit in which one Soldier makes inappropriate comments to another and commits an act of sexual harassment. The performance was part of a weekly training event in support of the Army's Sexual Harassment or Assault Response and Prevention Program. (Photo by 1st Lt. Bryan Rogomentic)

The concept is simple.

Ditch the dry speeches and static PowerPoint slides, and use role players, open dialogue and candy rewards to encourage audience participation. Read more...


Nation pauses on 9/11 to pay tribute to victims
Fitzgerald, Jim and Long, Colleen (2013), Associated Press, 11 September
President Barack Obama lowers his head during a moment of silence at the Pentagon, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, during a ceremony to mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Life in lower Manhattan resembled any ordinary day on Wednesday as workers rushed to their jobs in the muggy heat, but time stood still at the World Trade Center site while families wept for loved ones who perished in the terror attacks 12 years ago.

For the families, the memories of that day are still vivid, the pain still acute. Some who read the names of a beloved big brother or a cherished daughter could hardly speak through their tears. Read more...


Broadening Opportunity Programs announced
Wales, Andrea (2013), U.S. Army Human Resources Command PAO, 3 September
Now's the time to think about which of the Broadening Opportunity Programs, or BOP, are right for you. BOP offers a chance for commissioned officers, warrant officers and non commissioned officers, active and Reserve components, to become the leaders they always dreamed of becoming. (Photo Credit: Donald Montoya, SMDCARSTRAT)

The U.S. Army Human Resources Command recently announced fiscal year 2014/2015 Broadening Opportunity Programs for active and Reserve components.

Broadening Opportunity Programs, or BOP, offers a chance for commissioned officers, warrant officers and non commissioned officers become the leaders they always dreamed of becoming. Read more...


Col. Haley's visit to Fort Knox
Strategic Initiatives Group (2013), goordnance.army.mil, 9 September
The Chief of Ordnance, Col. Haley, with the Director of Enlisted Personnel Management Division, Col. Robert Bennett, during the Career Management Field (CMF) Review Board at Fort Knox, KY on Sep 4.

The Chief of Ordnance, Col. Haley, with the Director of Enlisted Personnel Management Division, Col. Robert Bennett, during the Career Management Field (CMF) Review Board at Fort Knox, KY on Sep 4. The Ordnance Regimental Team, Personnel Development Office and Reserve Component Office participated in the CMF Review at Human Resources Command in order to discuss various topics to include the health of the Ordnance Corps, career management, and specific issues that impact Ordnance Corps Officer, Warrant Officer and Enlisted personnel strength.


Senator's staff visits CASCOM, views training, facilities
Desbois, Keith (2013), Combined Arms Support Command Public Affairs, 23 August
Pfc. Tyler Bowe, Allied Trades Course student, discussed his training at the Ordnance School with Mark Brunner, senior advisor to Sen. Mark Warner, Aug. 21. The Richmond, Va., native had never used a welder before arriving at the school, and spoke about how the virtual welder simulator helped him learn the fundamentals of welding. Photo Credit: Keith Desbois, Combined Arms Support Command Public Affairs.

The Combined Arms Support Command welcomed Mark Brunner, senior advisor to Sen. Mark Warner, for a tour of the command and Fort Lee Aug. 21. Brunner was interested in the command's Sexual Harassment, Assault and Response Program as well as the impacts from the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure initiative that provided CASCOM with state-of-the-art training facilities. Read more...


Training, modernization focus of congressional visit
Desbois, Keith (2013), Combined Arms Support Command Public Affairs, 19 August
Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche, Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee commanding general, joins Paul Terry, House Appropriations Committee professional staff member, William Moore, CASCOM deputy to the commanding general, and other senior leaders as they toured the engine room of a military vessel during their visit to the 3rd Port watercraft at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Aug. 14. Photo Credit: Frederick R. Poole, Training and Doctrine Command

The Combined Arms Support Command hosted a visit by Paul Terry, House Appropriations Committee professional staff member, Aug. 15, for an up-close look at training and professional development initiatives.

CASCOM is responsible for training over 180,000 students annually, through 541 courses taught by the Ordnance, Quartermaster and Transportation schools, Soldier Support Institute and Army Logistics University. It is also a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. Read more...


AMC deputy CG revisits ordnance roots
Desbois, Keith (2013), Combined Arms Support Command Public Affairs, 1 August
Lt. Gen. Gen. Patricia McQuistion, U.S. Army Materiel Command deputy commanding general, observes Pvt. Darren Cooper, Advanced Individual Training student, use the virtual Stryker maintenance software July 31. Students in the Stryker Maintenance course virtually troubleshoot problems with the vehicle before participating in hands-on training. Photo Credit: Keith Desbois, Combined Arms Support Command Public Affairs

The Combined Arms Support Command hosted a visit by Lt. Gen. Patricia McQuistion, U.S. Army Materiel Command deputy commanding general, to share information about training initiatives, credentialing programs and the future of sustainment July 31. Read more...


First female Soldiers graduate Artillery Mechanic course
Desbois, Keith (2013), Combined Arms Support Command Public Affairs, 16 July
Making history Pfc. Jessica Jones and Pfc. Angelika Jansen became the first two women to graduate from the U.S. Army Ordnance School's Artillery Mechanic (91P), course July 16. (Photo Credit: Keith Desbois, Combined Arms Support Command Public Affairs)

History was made July 16 as the first women to attend the U.S.Army Ordnance School's Artillery Mechanic (91P), course graduated during a ceremony here. The 15-week military occupational specialty has, until the beginning of this class, been restricted to male students. Read more...


Ordnance School's Artillery Mechanic Course to graduate first female Soldiers
Bell, Anthony T. (2013), Fort Lee Public Affairs, 11 July
Pfc. Angelika Jansen and Pfc. Jessica Jones stand near a Paladin M109 self-propelled howitzer at Vincent Hall on Fort Lee, Va., July 3, 2013. The two Soldiers, who were awarded the Artillery Mechanic military occupational specialty, or MOS, were the first two females to earn the designation. The MOS was one of six that were chosen last year to open its ranks to female Soldiers. The Department of Defense has a goal to make all MOSs open to female applicants by 2016. (Photo Credit: T. Anthony Bell)

The Army Artillery Mechanic is no longer a male-only military occupational specialty.

Two Soldiers -- Pfc. Jessica Jones and Pfc. Angelika Jansen -- will be the first females to hold the MOS when they graduate from the U.S. Army Ordnance School here Tuesday. Read more...


Making it Happen: Ordnance Soldiers gain entrance into Murphy Club
Bell, Anthony T. (2013), Fort Lee Traveller, 27 June
Sgt. 1st Class Nicole Webb, Echo Company, 16th Ordnance Battalion, 59th Ord. Brigade, and Staff Sgt. Ronal Monroy, Delta Company, 16th Ord. Bn., 59th Ord. Bde., were intducted into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club during a Fort Lee Chapter ceremony June 21 at the Transportation School auditorium. (Photo Credit: T. Anthony Bell)

Ask what was required of him to join the prestigious ranks of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and Command Sgt. Maj. Allen B. Offord Jr. responds with the exclamation, “Oh my goodness.”

It’s been more than 15 years since the Transportation Regimental CSM presented himself before the SAMC board at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., but the details of his toil are still fresh. Read more...


Skills-based training promotes lifelong learning for Army 2020
Maj. Gen. Wyche, Larry D. (2013), Army Sustainment magazine, 1 May
The cover of Army Sustainment bulletin

Troop redeployments from Afghanistan, force drawdown, force restructuring, and an evolving national security climate require the Army of 2020 to be diverse and adaptive and learn and respond faster than the enemy to "guarantee the agility, versatility and depth to prevent, shape and win," according to the 2012 Army Strategic Planning Guidance. Read more...


QM Museum exhibits seized Ord. artifacts
Perry, Amy (2013), Fort Lee Traveller, 6 June
The Schwimmwagen is a German "floating car" that is part of the "Subject to Recall" Ordnance temporary exhibit at the Quartermaster Museum. A grand opening ceremony – co-hosted by Col. John O’Neil, Quartermaster General, and Col. Jack Haley, the new Chief of Ordnance – is set for June 17, 10:30 a.m. at the QM Museum. (Photo by Amy Perry, Fort Lee Public Affairs)

A new exhibit called “Subject to Recall” will open soon at the Quartermaster Museum and will feature artifacts from an Ordnance Corps collection that was recently located to Fort Lee. A grand opening ceremony – co-hosted by newly promoted Brig. Gen. John O’Neil, Quartermaster General, and Col. Jack Haley, the new Chief of Ordnance – is set for June 17, 10:30 a.m., at the QM Museum. Read more...


CASCOM leader development focuses on sexual misconduct prevention
Desbois, Keith (2013), Combined Arms Support Command Public Affairs, 5 June
Retired Maj. Gen. Robert D. Shadley, talked about sexual assault prevention with leaders of the Combined Arms Support Command team June 3. Shadley is a 35-year veteran of the U.S. Army and was the Chief of Ordnance and commanding general of the Ordnance School at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., from 1995 to 1997. (Photo Credit: Keith Desbois, Combined Arms Support Command Public Affairs)

As the commanding general of the Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee, the top priority of Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche, as well as the Army, is preventing sexual assault and sexual harassment. One of the avenues he has taken to spread the word is through leader professional development sessions. Read more...


Army volunteer effort has quick impact on county
Buettner, Michael (2013), Chesterfield Observer, 29 May

Just six months after announcing they wanted to connect with Chesterfield County by taking on volunteer projects with schools and community groups, soldiers from Fort Lee’s Ordnance School were recognized by the Board of Supervisors for the impact they’ve had on the county.

The “outpouring of support” for the program has been “heartwarming,” Col. Steven Carozza, commander of the 16th Ordnance Battalion of the 59th Ordnance Brigade, told the board last week.

“The people of Chesterfield have reacted to this program with open arms,” he said. Read more...


Ordnance School welcomes new commandant
Desbois, Keith (2013), Combined Arms Support Command Public Affairs, 20 May
Col. John F. “Jack” Haley, incoming Chief of Ordnance, Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche, Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee commanding general, and Brig. Gen. Edward M. Daly, 37th Chief of Ordnance, inspect the troops in a vintage M3 Half-track during the change of command May 17. (Photo Credit: Keith Desbois, Combined Arms Support Command Public Affairs)

The U.S. Army Ordnance School welcomed Col. John F. "Jack" Haley as its new commandant and Chief of Ordnance, during a change of command ceremony May 17. Haley arrived at Fort Lee from the U.S. Army Materiel Command, where he served as the special assistant to the commanding general. Read more...


Sustainment soldier represents Army for Military Fatherhood Award
Sgt. Anderson, Kiera (2013), www.army.mil, 16 May
The Roman family paints a picture that will go in the nursery of baby Christina, May 2, at Fort Stewart, Ga. Staff Sgt. Jorge Roman of 24th Ordnance Company, 87th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, is a finalist representing the Army in the 2013 Military Fatherhood Award sponsored by the National Fatherhood Initiative.

Staff Sgt. Jorge Roman with 24th Ordnance Company, 87th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, has spent his life being a good example to his loved ones and his community. He's been a soldier for about 16 years, served several tours in Iraq and even served as a civilian police officer during a break in service. He takes care of his soldiers, his wife, and their three daughters, Issabelle, age 9, Alisa, age 8, and baby Christina, whom they welcomed into the world May 4. Still, this may be the first time his ability to set such a good example has received recognition on a national level. Read more...


Game-changing Initiatives
Desbois, Keith (2013), Combined Arms Support Command Public Affairs, 9 May
General Daly talking at the Sustainment Symposium

Sustainment Symposium - Brig. Gen. Edward M. Daly, Chief of Ordnance and commandant of the U.S. Army Ordnance School, explains game-changing initiatives during a panel presentation on the "Reinvigoration of Logistics Core Competencies" at the Association of the United States Army's Sustainment Symposium and Exposition May 9 in Richmond, Va. The symposium provides a forum for military and industry representatives to discuss training, capabilities and global logistics initiatives in support of the Army of 2020.


Honoring a past president
CASCOM Public Affairs (2013), www.army.mil, 30 April
Brig. Gen. Edward M. Daly, Chief of Ordnance and Ordnance School commandant, and Command Sgt. Maj. Clinton G. Hall, Ordnance Corps regimental command sergeant major, salute the playing of taps April 28, during a wreath laying ceremony at the tomb of President James Monroe in Richmond's Hollywood Cemetery. To pay homage to the nation's leaders, ceremonies like this are held annually at the gravesites of each of the former presidents on their birthday. (Photo Credit: Henry S. Block, Fort Lee Visual Information Department)

Combined Arms Support Command personnel paid tribute to President James Monroe, the nation's 5th president, in a traditional wreath-laying ceremony held at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Va., on April 28. Family members of Monroe, along with state and local dignitaries, were in attendance and listened as Brig. Gen. Edward M. Daly, Chief of Ordnance and Ordnance School commandant, delivered remarks on behalf of President Barrack Obama. Read more...


Daly promoted to brigadier general
Wiggins, F.M. (2013), Progress-Index, 16 April
PATRICK KANE/PROGRESS-INDEX PHOTOs Maj. Gen. Kurt J. Stein, commander of the 1st Sustainment Command, and Cathy Daly, change the shoulder boards for Brig. Gen. Edward M. Daly, Chief of Ordnance and Commandant of the Ordnance Schooll. Daly received his general’s star during a promotion ceremony Friday, at Fort Lee.

Chief of Ordnance and Commandant of the Ordnance School Edward Daly was promoted to brigadier general in a ceremony on Fort Lee Friday.

Daly who took command of the Ordnance School and became the 37th chief of ordnance in June 2012 said that he was speechless and overwhelmed following the promotion ceremony where friends and family members came out to support the native of Jersey City, N.J. Read more...


 

 

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