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Exercise confirms depot's capability to outload ammunition

September 11, 2012

By Ms. Kathy Anderson (AMC)

Tooele Army Depot (TEAD) leaders say the performance of employees in the recently concluded Mobilization Exercise has demonstrated that the depot is capable to outload, in accordance with the 2012 Installation Outloading Capability Collection (IOCC) report.

On Aug. 7, a total of 231 depot employees from Ammunition Operations, Ammunition Equipment and Garrison were called forward to support the Ammunition Operations team in loading containers for the annual Ammunition Mobilization Exercise.

The objectives of this exercise consisted of: ensuring a trained and ready workforce that is capable of conducting containerized munitions operations in a "controlled surge mode;" validate "surge" outload capabilities and make adjustments as appropriate; identify areas requiring improvement; use lessons learned to improve processes and share information with other Joint Munitions Command installations; and safely complete loading 107 containers of conventional munitions in accordance with IOCC replicating days 1-3 of "surge mode."

The exercise officially concluded on day 3 (Aug. 9), but evaluation and the After Action Report will be provided by the Joint Munitions Command inspectors later this year.

The depot concluded the three-day exercise by fully loading 112 containers with several others in process.

"The depot was successful in completing all required mobilization requirements," stated Bill Smith, Logistics Support/Maintenance/Demil Division, Directorate of Ammunition Operations. "There were enormous resources pulled from around the depot." He stated that during normal call forward or resupply-operations, these types of shipments are minimal. TEAD also utilized manpower from the Continuous Improvement Office during the exercise to validate processes and value stream maps.

Employees utilized from organizations outside the Ammunition Directorate were required to meet ammunition training certification requirements for their assigned function. This training inlcuded safe handling of ammunition, understanding the risks involved with handling ammunition and how to identify hazards associated with handling ammunition.

"We've learned a lot of lessons over the three day exercise period, but I couldn't be more proud of our team," said Col. Chris Mohan, depot commander. "Myself and the entire TEAD leadership team are extremely pleased with how everyone performed, under extreme heat, throughout the exercise."

Mohan said that once again the depot validated that Team Tooele is the absolute best Depot in the system.

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