Total Force Approach Increases Munitions Readiness

U.S. Army Reserve soldiers secure ammunition for shipment during Operation Golden Cargo at Hawthorne Army Depot. (Photo Credit: Ms. Linda K Loebach (AMC))

U.S. Army Reserve soldiers secure ammunition for shipment during Operation Golden Cargo at Hawthorne Army Depot. (Photo Credit: Ms. Linda K Loebach (AMC))

June 18, 2019 | Source: U.S. Army, Nicole Kirschmann and Jeremiah Cowgill, 4 June 2019

ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- Moving ammunition is a crucial part of the Joint Munitions Command's (JMC's) mission. The Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers need training opportunities. As part of Total Force Policy, those two goals are combined into partnership training opportunities that build Soldier and unit readiness.

JMC is leveraging the Army's Total Force Policy with a partnership that builds Army readiness while achieving JMC's strategic objectives.

"Currently JMC is reforming the way we do business, to better support the Chief of Staff of the Army's priorities, and meet the Combatant Command requirements. Part of that is making sure the right items are in the right location, whether for storage, maintenance, or demilitarization. Since we are able to offer some of this job to the reserve component, they get to use this opportunity to hone skills and train collectively on what they would do while deployed," said Sgt. Maj. Shontina Edwards, JMC Operations Sergeant Major. 

JMC has many opportunities for unit training. The command provides their opportunities to the U.S. Army Materiel Command's (AMC's) Reserve Component Mission Support Office, which reaches out at all levels of the command in the U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) and Army National Guard (ARNG) to source the missions with units. The Reserve Component Mission Support Office attends the USAR and ARNG training synchronization forums for units to sign up for AMC missions. 

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