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Meet the Army's Soldier and NCO of the year Meet the Army's Soldier and NCO of the Year

Army Home Page

9 December 2016

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.


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Making the MOST of mobilized ordnance specific training Making the MOST of mobilized ordnance specific training

Army Home Page

1 November 2016

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).


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200 pin instructor badges at Ord. School ceremony New Chief of Ordnance takes command

Army Home Page

11 August 2016

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.


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200 pin instructor badges at Ord. School ceremony 200 pin instructor badges at Ord. School ceremony

Army Home Page

23 June 2016

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


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Ordnance School recognizes services of Vietnam-era vets at ceremony Ordnance School recognizes services of Vietnam-era vets at ceremony

Army Home Page

23 June 2016

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.


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Pacific Pathways: Overcoming the tyranny of distance Ryan selected for next star; relinquishes Ordnance helm

Army Home Page

02 June 2016

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.


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Pacific Pathways: Overcoming the tyranny of distance Pacific Pathways: Overcoming the tyranny of distance

Army Home Page

29 February 2016

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.


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The Paradigm Shift The Paradigm Shift

Army Home Page

29 January 2016

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).


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Advanced shop sets for Soldiers' advanced skill sets Building leaders and readiness through the maintenance terrain walk

Army Home Page

4 January 2016

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.


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Advanced shop sets for Soldiers' advanced skill sets Advanced shop sets for Soldiers' advanced skill sets

Army Home Page

4 January 2016

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).


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NCO Corps welcomes first female Bradley Maintainer NCO Corps welcomes first female Bradley Maintainer

Army Home Page

7 December 2015

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.


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Online misconduct hurts fellow Soldiers, Army NCOs tell Dailey Online misconduct hurts fellow Soldiers, Army NCOs tell Dailey

Army Home Page

24 November 2015

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.


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Savvy Soldier, Smart Idea: Driven by efficiency, senior NCO develops fix to common problem Savvy Soldier, Smart Idea: Driven by efficiency, senior NCO develops fix to common problem

Army Home Page

19 November 2015

T. Anthony Bell

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


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An Explosive Competition An Explosive Competition

Army Home Page

20 October 2015

Keith Oliver

The tension, then relief, was palpable, even if everyone knew it was only play-acting.


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World War I exhibit opens World War I exhibit opens

Army Home Page

08 October 2015

Keith Desbois

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.


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Soldiers and Marines train in small arms, artillery repair at Fort Lee Soldiers and Marines train in small arms, artillery repair at Fort Lee

Army Home Page

06 October 2015

Shelby Mertens

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.


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Two explosive ordnance disposal instructors earn coveted badges Two explosive ordnance disposal instructors earn coveted badges

Army Home Page

24 September 2015

T. Anthony Bell

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


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Warrant officers inherit new Stryker replica at Fort Leonard Wood Warrant officers inherit new Stryker replica at Fort Leonard Wood

Army Home Page

17 September 2015

Mrs. Martha Yoshida (Leonard Wood)

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


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ARSS new build partnership successful ARSS new build partnership successful

Army Home Page

6 August 2015

Keith Desbois

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


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CASCOM hosts Congressman, Florida delegation to discuss credentialing CASCOM hosts Congressman, Florida delegation to discuss credentialing

Army Home Page

22 July 2015

Keith Desbois

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 ....


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OD Corps welcomes Ryan as new chief   OD Corps welcomes Ryan as new chief

Ft. Lee Traveller

16 July 2015

Amy Perry

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.


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win   'Win in a complex world' -- But How?

Army AL&T Magazine

January-March 2015

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.


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 perkins  Sustainment and the Army Operationg Concept

TRADOC News Center

4 Mar 2015

Julianne E. Cochran

The U.S. Army Operating Concept: Win in a Complex World 2020 - 2040 describes how future Army forces will prevent conflict, shape security environments and win wars. It envisions a future military that is more adaptive, more collaborative, and more innovative. Gen. David G. Perkins, commander of the Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), briefed the Army Operating Concept to lieutenants, captains, and majors attending the Army Logistics University.


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 solarium one  Solarium 2015: Forcing multiple kilemmas on enemy

Army Home Page

2 March 2015

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. 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


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Solarium 2   Expand Cross Cultural Understanding Captains Tell the CSA

TRADOC News Center

2 Mar 2015

Bill Ackerly, MC CoE STRATCOM/PAO

The Army needs to expand cross cultural understanding across the force, especially through increased training and education. This was one of several recommendations nearly 100 captains from across the Army provided Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno during an outbrief at the end of a three-day leader exchange solarium at Fort Leavenworth, Feb, 24-26 (2015).


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Odierno   Solarium 2015: 'Moneyball' performance pitch gets chief's ear

Army Home Page

3 March 2015

David Vergun

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. 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. When Capt. Sean Clement saw the baseball film, "Moneyball," it was not Brad Pitt's performance that he remembers most.


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NCO   NCOs gain knowledge, experience at Mission Command Training Program

NCO Journal

17 March 2015

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.


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awg ammo  Army Working Group Synchronizes Ammunition Management, Ordnance Leader Recognized

Army Home Page

15 April 2015

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.


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Solarium 2015   Solarium 2015: Developing agile, adaptive leaders

Army Home Page

27 February 2015

David Vergun

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. As the Army prepares to execute its strategy: "The U.S. Army Operating Concept: Win in a Complex World," or AOC, Odierno said he wanted to get "those unique perspectives captains bring," as they will be implementing this strategy in the future


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women at Ranger School   In major step, eight women make it through Ranger School's grueling 'RAP Week'

Washington Post

23 April 2015

Dan Lamothe

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.


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SMA Dailey stresses military education Dailey sets sights on military education

Army Home Page

23 April 2015

Sgt. William F. Smith (4th ID)

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.


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Women in Ranger TrainingHistoric Ranger School class moves into new phase

Ledger-Enquirer

25 April 2015

Chuck Williams

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. But Mother Nature, who eventually won by grounding the jumpers, wasn't the only woman they were talking about inside the jump building.


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Ammo Charter SigningJoint Munitions Command hosts Army Ammo Summit, members sign charter

Army Home Page

28 April 2015

Tony Lopez

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.


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NCO Solarium 2015 Stand To: NCO Solarium 2015

TRADOC News Center

29 April 2015

The Non-commissioned Officer Solarium 2015, a Sergeant Major of the Army initiative, is a significant effort to inform and shape the future direction of the U.S. Army. This effort brings together 84 sergeants first class and master sergeants, including first sergeants, to U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, from April 29 to May 1, 2015. Through this initiative, these NCOs will identify issues that will have an impact on the Army into the foreseeable future and provide recommendations to the SMA.


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Women in Ranger TrainingBreaking military's ultimate glass ceiling? Women start Ranger training.

Christian Science Monitor

30 April 2015

Anna Mulrine, Staff Writer

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.


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GEN Dunwoody Leadership Strategies from America's First Female Four Star General

FAST CLASS

29 April 2015

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.


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 army  Army implements new self-awareness program for commanders

Army Home Page

26 September 2014

Bill Ackerly, Mission Command Center of Excellence Public Affairs

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.


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Army Home Page

18 September 2014

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.


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New Fort Carson bomb boss: Gender doesn't matter New Fort Carson bomb boss: Gender doesn't matter
Col. Heidi Hoyle is the first woman to command Fort Carson's 71st Ordnance Group, but she says gender is the least important thing when it comes to explosive ordnance disposal.

Even as the war winds down in Afghanistan, the 1,300-soldier 71st - one of two Army bomb-disposal groups - has a big job to do. The unit provides bomb-disposal assistance to civilian authorities throughout the West and has soldiers deployed to four continents.
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71st EOD welcomes new commander71st EOD welcomes new commander
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.
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Army recognizes logistics units for excellenceArmy recognizes logistics units for excellence
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Sept. 10, 2014) -- 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.
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US ArmyArmy establishes U.S. Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Academy
WASHINGTON (Sept. 8, 2014) -- 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.
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The tank that never was: Ordnance Corps artifact named to unique state listThe tank that never was: Ordnance Corps artifact named to unique state list
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.
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CSA discusses Army Operating Concept with Army War College class of 2015CSA discusses Army Operating Concept with Army War College class of 2015
CARLISLE, Pa. (Sept. 8, 2014) -- 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.
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Teenagers become Soldiers while still in high schoolTeenagers become Soldiers while still in high school
FORT JACKSON, S.C. (Aug. 28, 2014) -- 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.
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SMA Chandler challenges USASMA students to think about future of Army, NCO CorpsSMA Chandler challenges USASMA students to think about future of Army, NCO Corps
FORT BLISS, Texas (Aug. 24, 2014) -- 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.
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Army launches new blog aimed at the Civilian professionArmy launches new blog aimed at the Civilian profession
ARLINGTON, Va. (Aug. 21, 2014) -- 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.
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Lyons takes charge of Combined Arms Support CommandLyons takes charge of Combined Arms Support Command
FORT LEE, Va. -- 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.
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Army Civilian Corps: Serving as an Army ProfessionalArmy Civilian Corps: Serving as an Army Professional
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.
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Under Secretary challenges Army senior leaders to revamp civilian career managementUnder Secretary challenges Army senior leaders to revamp civilian career management
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.
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One of the world's most dangerous jobsOne of the world's most dangerous jobs
FORT AP HILL, VIRGINIA (WUSA9)-- 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.
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Hawaii-based team named the 2014 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team of the YearHawaii-based team named the 2014 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team of the Year
A three-Soldier team from the 706th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii was named the 2014 EOD Team of the Year August 15 at Fort A.P. Hill, VA. The winning team is Staff Sgt. David Townsend (Left), Sgt. Ryan Essenmacher (center) and Spc. Michael Rooney.
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Competition disarming at Fort A.P. HillCompetition 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.

It’s impossible to tell who is behind the camouflage and gas mask as one faceless figure directs while the other two prep a staging area with shovels and canisters.
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First ever EOD Team of the Year Competition at Fort A.P. Hill next weekFirst ever EOD Team of the Year Competition at Fort A.P. Hill next week
FORT A.P. HILL, Va. – 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.
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Credentialing continues to benefit troopsCredentialing continues to benefit troops
Many programs and initiatives have been launched over the past few years to help veterans get civilian jobs, and many employers have committed to hire and even train veterans. But a creative initiative embedded in the 2014 Defense Authorization Act can give transitioning service members an advantage even before they hang up their uniforms.
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Computer/Detection Repairers (94F) receive industry level certificationsComputer/Detection Repairers (94F) receive industry level certifications
Since the beginning of 2014 students in the 94F AIT course (198-94F10) have had the opportunity to obtain industry level certifications in electronics and computer repair. The two programs that have been incorporated into both training and testing are CertTEC© (performance-based) Basic Electricity and Electronics (BEE) and CompTIA© A+ certifications.
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Distance learning needs re-tooling, captains tell chiefDistance learning needs re-tooling, captains tell chief
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.
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Radio and Communications Security Repairers (94E) receive industry level certificationsRadio and Communications Security Repairers (94E) receive industry level certifications
Since November 2013 students in the 94E AIT course (101-94E10) have the opportunity to obtain industry level certifications in electronics. The CertTEC© (performance-based) Basic Electricity and Electronics (BEE) has incorporated both training and testing within their certifications.
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Mission command challenging in peacetime, captains advise CSAMission command challenging in peacetime, captains advise CSA
FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (Army News Service, July 15, 2014) -- "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.

His battalion commander gave him broad latitude to use his ingenuity, initiative and discretion to do the right thing, in a setting where the mission was somewhat vague and illusive.
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New EOD course set for OctoberNew EOD course set for October
FORT LEE, Va. (July 17, 2014) -- 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.
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 Odierno  Army Chief of Staff visits Best Warrior competition on Fort Lee

Richmond Times Dispatch

9 October 2014

John Ramsey

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.


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 Odierno  Army chief visits Fort Lee, 2014 Best Warrior competitors

Army Home Page

10 October 2014

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.


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perkins   Interview: TRADOC Commander Gen. David Perkins

Defense News

13 October 2014

Michelle Tan

If the guiding principle of AirLand Battle was “fight outnumbered and win,” the new Army operating concept being unveiled at the 2014 AUSA Annual Meeting is “win in a complex world.”


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  pledge Senior leaders pledge renewed focus on family readiness, resilience

Army Home Page

16 October 2014

Elizabeth M. Collins

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.


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odierno   Gen. Odierno visits Fort Lee; gets first-hand look at BWC

Fort Lee Traveller

16 October 2014

Patrick Buffett, Managing Editor

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.


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odierno   Army leaders say ethics integral part of all Soldier's actions

Army Home Page

20 October 2014

Lisa Ferdinando

The Army profession demands that Soldiers adhere to the Army ethic at all times, trust is the foundation of the ethic, said Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, during a recent panel at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting.


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jarrett   Weapons are his hobby... and it's helping us win the war

Popular Science

May 1944

Alfred H. Sinks

"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.


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NCOs and Mission CommandNoncommisioned Officers and Mission Command

Military Review

September-October 2014

Sgt. Maj. Dennis Eger, U.S. Army

Army leadership recognizes the importance of forces being grounded in doctrine; doctrine contains the fundamental guiding principles for conducting current operations. Soldiers, on the other hand, may feel that the ideas in doctrine are theoretical and not applicable to their everyday tasks. However, today doctrine is more accessible and relevant to soldiers than ever.


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vandal  Last draftee retiring after 42 years on active duty

Army Times

4 November 2014

Congratulations Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ralph Rigby on a well deserved retirement! With the distinction of being the last draftee in the Army, you've inspired and mentored Ordnance soldiers for 42 years. From Power Generator Equipment Repairman to senior ordnance logistics officer in the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Red Cloud, South Korea, you have used your vast knowledge and extensive experience to lead Soldiers throughout your career! Service to the line, on the line, on time! Go Ordnance!


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 morris  Morris replaces Hall as top enlisted Ordnance Soldier

Fort Lee Traveller

6 November 2014

Amy Perry

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.


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civilian   Professional development programs breaks ground for Army civilians

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14 November 2014

Ellen Helmerson and Barbara Melton

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.


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Texting no substitute for face-time, captains tell CSATexting no substitute for face-time, captains tell CSA
FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (Army News Service, July 14, 2014) -- 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.
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CSA taps captains for talent-management ideasCSA taps captains for talent-management ideas
FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (Army News Service, July 11, 2014) -- 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?
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Getting a Fix on the FutureGetting a Fix on the Future
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?
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Skills Based Training: another Lee course to implement new training methodologySkills Based Training: another Lee course to implement new training methodology
FORT LEE, Va. (July 3, 2014) -- 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.
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American Soldiers host Bosnian EOD techniciansAmerican Soldiers host Bosnian EOD technicians
FORT BELVOIR, Va. (June 30, 2014) -- 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."
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Utility Equipment Repairer Course teaches military members to keep it cool in summer, warm in winterUtility Equipment Repairer Course teaches military members to keep it cool in summer, warm in winter
FORT LEE, Va. (June 26, 2014) -- 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.
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A repair versus replace maintenance cultureA repair versus replace maintenance culture
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.
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Medal Of HonorMETAL OF HONOR to be present to
Staff Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts for Operation Enduring Freedom on July 21, 2014. Pitts will be the eighth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.
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Susan TroendleNAPW Announces Susan Troendle, Chief of Training Development Division, EOD Directorate, US Army Ordnance School, as a
2014 Professional Woman of the Year. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in the military. As the largest organization of women in the country, the National Association of Professional Women is a vibrant networking community with over 600,000 members and more than 300 Local Chapters. Click here for the story.



CASCOM hosts workshop for Training with Industry partnersCASCOM hosts workshop for Training with Industry partners

FORT LEE, Va. -- 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.

The Army's objective in sponsoring the TWI program is to develop a group of Soldiers experienced in higher level managerial techniques and who have an understanding of the relationship of their industry as it relates to specific functions of the Army.   ... read more


Forward support company operations in separate unitsForward support company operations in separate units

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.

In a traditional armored brigade combat team (BCT), four FSCs are assigned to the brigade support battalion (BSB) as D, E, F, and G companies. Each FSC is attached to and supports an MFE battalion within the BCT.   ... read more


Army kicks off first-of-many 239th birthday eventsArmy kicks off first-of-many 239th birthday events

WASHINGTON (June 8, 2014) -- 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."

Under Secretary of the Army Brad Carson delivered the keynote address during an event held Friday, sponsored by the National Defense University, and conducted in the historic Roosevelt Hall Rotunda at the National War College on Fort Lesley J. McNair. Carson commented how Soldiers today continue the service to our nation at the same level of selfless dedication once provided by those Soldiers from the "Greatest Generation," during World War II.   ... read more


Global Combat Support System-Army: A dynamic readiness tool for mission commandGlobal Combat Support System-Army: A dynamic readiness tool for mission command

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.

The GCSS-Army Product Manager office has been developing the system with civilian enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation guidelines in mind, using commercial off-the-shelf Systems, Applications, and Products in Data Processing (SAP) software. The fielding strategy and supporting programs have been developed so that they adapt to the military environment and mitigate many ERP implementation challenges. Leaders now must take their role in implementing the system as its fielding continues.   ... read more


Classroom makeover: New learning model emerging at Ord. SchoolClassroom makeover: New learning model emerging at Ord. School

FORT LEE, Va. (June 5, 2014) -- 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 learningNew smartphone apps increase Soldier learning

FORT BENNING, Ga (May 28, 2014) -- 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.

"A lot of people have been calling the younger generation, the YouTube generation," said Roy Elam, chief of the MCoE Life Long Learning Programs Branch. "They want to go and learn something at the point of need."   ... read more


Instructor Development and Recognition Program Instructor Development and Recognition Program

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 credentialingOrdnance Department of Labor rep visits CASCOM, talks credentialing

FORT LEE, Va. -- 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.

CASCOM is responsible for training more than 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 element of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.   ... read more


Ordnance School small arms course on schedule to offer gunsmith certificationOrdnance School small arms course on schedule to offer gunsmith certification

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.

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


Skills Recognition: Small arms course on schedule to offer certificationSkills Recognition: Small arms course on schedule to offer certification

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.   ... read more


Training With Industry at OshkoshTraining 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 
Advanced Medium Mobile Power Sources

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
New TRADOC commander visits Home of Sustainment

FORT LEE, Va. - 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
Ordnance School department reflects on fifth year here, standing up schoolhouse

FORT LEE, Va. (April 24, 2014) -- 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.

“The biggest challenge was that we had our department and technical training missions back at Aberdeen and at the same time, we were standing up a department here at Fort Lee,” said the director, Tactical Support Equipment Department, Ord. School. “The real challenge was how do we make that move and not disrupt training?”   ... read more


Ultimate Warriors earn titles
Ultimate Warriors earn titles

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.   ... read more


CASCOM hosts senior Army civilians
CASCOM hosts senior Army civilians

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. The final stop was a walkthrough of the U.S. Army Ordnance School campus. The group toured the Stryker maintenance facility, where they observed students training in the interactive classroom. Through the use of the hi-tech system, Soldiers can virtually troubleshoot problems with the vehicle before participating in the hands-on portion.   ... read more


Training Courses provided through the Caterpillar Learning Center
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


Spc. Samuel Crockett, of the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives Command, is being awarded the Silver Star for his actions on Oct. 5 in Zharay district west of Kandahar
Spc. Samuel Crockett, of the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives Command, is being awarded the Silver Star for his actions on Oct. 5 in Zharay district west of Kandahar.

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. The ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Fort Benning, Ga.   ... read more


New instructional methods challenge students to become critical thinkersNew instructional methods challenge students to become critical thinkers

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.

Skills-Based Training, or SBT, which is a new instructional method implemented at the Ordnance School here, has faced a similar challenge. Now two years old, the SBT program was confronted with staunch opposition but has gradually gained acceptance and support, said Clifton J. Wiley, chief, Power Generation Division, Tactical Support Equipment Department.


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Relocated Ordnance exercise still challenges AIT Soldiers
Relocated Ordnance exercise still challenges AIT Soldiers

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.

A key event during the on-campus FTX is a ruck-march with combat gear and the Soldier’s weapon. The event tests not only their physical endurance, but also Soldier skills as the march takes them through various scenarios that force them to make decisions about the people they encounter. Helping a wounded Soldier, reacting to an enemy attack, sending a radio message … the troops continue to practice Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills throughout the day with scenarios designed to simulate real-life situations that they may encounter in the heat of battle.
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Power Generation Training at US Army
Ordnance School
Power Generation Training at US Army Ordnance School

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.
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Medal of Honor Ceremony Connects GenerationsMedal of Honor Ceremony Connects Generations

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.
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Demilitarizing ammunition in support of Operation New DawnDemilitarizing ammunition in support of Operation New Dawn

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.
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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. U.S. Ordnance School lauds ASE Institute

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.
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Training with Idustry ProgramOrdnance Corps releases Training with Industry Board results!

The Ordnance Corps is proud to recognize the following Leaders on their selection into the Ordnance Corps Training with Industry Program for this year! Only the most qualified Leaders earn the opportunity to participate in the prestigious program!  ... read more

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.Chief of Ordnance receives first star

FORT LEE, Va. - 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




Training with Idustry ProgramAttention Training With Industry (TWI) applicants

Due to the delay of the Master Sergeant promotion/qualitative selection program announcements, we are standing by for approval from Human Resources Command to announce the selectees from our TWI Selection Board convened in December. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.




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.Fort Hood maintenance chiefs train on engine diagnostic equipment

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.
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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 BellNewest Army recovery vehicle wields claws, can handle most anything

FORT LEE, Va. (Dec. 18, 2013) -- The Ordnance School is continuing to fulfill the training requirements of Soldiers deployed in combat environments.
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LTC Luta McGrath at Arlington for Memorial Day Service in 2013.Happy 106th Birthday to the "First Lady of Ordnance"

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.




MG(R) Boles shares his passion for leadership with the class.New Ordnance officers embark upon their leadership roles

FORT LEE, Va. – The Ordnance School hosted a ceremony for 34 second lieutenants that completed their 16-week journey to become Ordnance officers Nov. 20, in Ball Auditorium on the Ordnance Campus.  ... read more




PETERSBURG, Va. - 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.Supporting the community

PETERSBURG, Va. - 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.




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.Fort Lee ordnance Soldiers support school festival

FORT LEE, Va. (Nov. 7, 2013) -- 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 Inductees2014 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.




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)Fort A.P. Hill Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training Center honors a fallen hero

FORT A.P. HILL, Va.- 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.  ... read more




"In honor of America's Veterans from all Armed Services. Your sacrifice for our Nation will never be forgotten."




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)Winners of the Ordnance School's FY13 Instructor of the Year Competition

  • 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!

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GO ORDNANCE!


COL Jack Haley
38th Chief of Ordnance




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)Unit’s twist on SHARP instruction includes role playing, rewards

FORT LEE, Va. (Sept. 26, 2013) -- 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




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)Nation pauses on 9/11 to pay tribute to victims

NEW YORK (AP) — As bells tolled solemnly, Americans marked the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on Wednesday with the reading of the names, moments of silence and serene music that have become tradition.  ... read more




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, SMDCARSTRATBroadening Opportunity Programs announced

FORT KNOX, Ky. (Sep. 3, 2013) -- 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




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.Col. Haley's visit to Fort Knox

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.
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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.Senator's staff visits CASCOM, views training, facilities

FORT LEE, Va. - 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




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 CommandTraining, modernization focus of congressional visit

FORT LEE, Va. - 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.  ...read more




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 AffairsAMC deputy CG revisits ordnance roots

FORT LEE, Va. - 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




General Dynamics agreed to host Training With
Industry (TWI) for Ordnance 948B Warrant Officers.  
The U.S. Army Ordnance School recognizes and thanks Mr. Tom Guay of General Dynamics C4 Systems

FORT LEE, Va. - Starting in FY13, Mr. Guay and General Dynamics agreed to host Training With Industry (TWI) for Ordnance 948B Warrant Officers.  The TWI Program is a work-experience program to provide an extensive exposure to managerial techniques and industrial procedures within corporate America to competitively selected officers and non-commissioned officers. ...read more




For her work with Gold Star families, her volunteer efforts with Fort Sill's Survivor Outreach Services, and her continued dedication to the Army, Karen Beattie is the 2013 Army Times Soldier of the Year. (Staff) Soldier of the Year: CW2 Karen D. Beattie

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Karen D. Beattie and her husband, Sgt. 1st Class Clifford Beattie, deployed together to Iraq with the 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. She learned the devastating news almost immediately after a roadside bomb ripped through her husband’s truck: He and another soldier were dead. ...read more




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.

First female Soldiers graduate Artillery Mechanic course

FORT LEE, Va. - 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



FY14 ACTIVE COMPONENT MSG PROMOTION BOARD ANNOUNCEMENT
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Photo Credit: T. Anthony Bell | Pfc. Angelika Jansen and Pfc. Jessica Jones stand near a Paladin M109 self-propelled howitzer at Vincent Hall July 3. The two Soldiers, who were awarded the Artillery Mechanic 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.Ordnance School's Artillery Mechanic Course to graduate first female Soldiers

FORT LEE, Va. (July 11, 2013) -- 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



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.Making it Happen: Ordnance Soldiers gain entrance into Murphy Club

FORT LEE, Va. (June 27, 2013) -- 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.”  ...read more




AMMUNITION SOLDIERS CONDUCT MUNITIONS MAINTENANCEAmmunition Soldiers conduct munitions maintenance

Honolulu, Hawaii – After the Joint Munitions Command (JMC) issued a suspension on the required munitions, ammunition specialists, MOS 89B, from the 8th Theater Sustainment Command and the 25th Infantry Division conducted inspections and maintenance on the C479 105 millimeter smoke round with no delay to the customer.
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The cover of Army Sustainment bulletinSkills-based training promotes lifelong learning for Army 2020

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




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)QM Museum exhibits seized Ord. artifacts

FORT LEE, Va. (June 6, 2013) -- 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




Photo Credit: Keith Desbois, Combined Arms Support Command Public AffairsRetired 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.CASCOM leader development focuses on sexual misconduct prevention

FORT LEE, Va. -- 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

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




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.


Ordnance School welcomes new commandant

FORT LEE, Va. (May 17, 2013) - 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




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.

Sustainment soldier represents Army for Military Fatherhood Award

FORT STEWART, Ga. - 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




General Daly talking at the Sustainment SymposiumGame-changing Initiatives

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 presidentHonoring a past president

FORT LEE, Va. - 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

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Col. Daly PromotionDaly promoted to brigadier general

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.

The 26-year Army veteran said that he was recently at Panera and a customer in front of him in line turned and saw him in uniform and asked him how long he had been in the Army. "I told him 26 years and he asked me if I thought I'd make it a career. At this point, today, I can definitely go back and tell that guy that yes I will make it a career." ...read more





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