70th Ordnance Battalion
The 70th Ordnance Battalion was de-activated in September 1998.
The 70th Ordnance Battalion had three companies under its command and control during peacetime. They were the 233d Heavy Truck, 286th Signal, and 699th Maintenance Companies. In wartime, these companies would fall under the command and control of other headquarters units. The 70th Ordnance Battalion Headquarters would deploy to a theater of operations to integrate into its operations ammunition companies that are not assigned to it in peacetime. The companies that the battalion would receive were part of the WARTRACE unit program. This program identifies the units that will be under the command and control of each battalion headquarters in the event of war.
Approximately 131 units from around the country participated in Exercise Golden Cargo '96 during the period 18 May to 29 June. The exercise was conducted in three 2-week increments to accommodate the annual training times allotted for participating Army National Guard and Army Reserve units. These units rotated in and out of the exercise according to their annual training schedules. This constant turnover gave the 70th Ordnance Battalion an excellent opportunity to integrate new units every 2 weeks. The 111th Ordnance Group from Opelika, Alabama, was the higher headquarters unit for the 70th Ordnance Battalion during the ammunition loading phase of the exercise at Savanna Army Depot Activity.
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