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Bagram's first ammunition amnesty day a success

April 1, 2012

By Summer Barkley

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (April 1, 2012) -- The first official ammunition and explosives amnesty day at Bagram Airfield was held Mar. 29 and resulted in more than 120,050 ammunition and explosives items, valued at more $142,517.92, being turned in by units and individuals.

The amnesty day was coordinated by Theresa Smith, Joint Munitions Command senior command representative to the 401st AFSB, who began planning the event in February 2012. It was a joint effort by Joint Munitions Command, 401st Army Field Support Brigade, the Bagram Installation Safety Office, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, the 10th Sustainment Brigade and the 395th Ordnance Company.

The amnesty day was designed to allow individuals and units turn in A&E in any condition to ensure maximum recovery of military A&E items outside of the supply system.

Smith said the amnesty day was not intended to be a way to circumvent the normal turn-in procedures, but was in support of an ammunition management policy to conduct amnesty days on a regular basis. She noted that ammunition and explosives amnesty turned in is exempt from investigation requirements.

Smith was assisted by Rick Vice, JMC senior systems technical representative, Quality Assurance Specialist Ammunition Surveillance, James Zaleski, chief of surveillance, QASAS, and Todd Quintin, ammunition inspector. The team took in magazines, loose ammunition, and assorted other A&E items during the six-hour amnesty day.

"We took in a plethora of foreign ammunition too," said Smith.

Ammunition amnesty boxes can be found in many locations and the items placed in the boxes amounted to a cost savings for JMC of nearly $18.5 million in fiscal year 2011 for operations in Operation Enduring Freedom. New ammunition amnesty boxes are on order and will be at all 401st RPAT yards as well as other locations around the installations.

Two additional Bagram ammunition amnesty days have been scheduled for the rest of fiscal year 2012; June 28 and Sept. 27.



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