Greetings from the Home of Ordnance! This
year is the Ordnance Bicentennial celebration,
and after it has "answered the call for 200
years," I'm proud to bring you a short update on the
state of your Ordnance Corps.
The Ordnance Corps has evolved over the years, and our current mission statement is as follows:
Trains Ordnance Soldiers and leaders in technical
skills, values, common tasks, and the Warrior
Ethos. Supports development of capabilities
across Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel,
Leadership, Personnel, and Facilities (DOTMLPF)
supporting our core competencies and the Army's
mission. Supports the Army's enlisted and officer
Across our core competencies of maintenance, ammunition,
and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), the
Ordnance Corps is composed of an Active Army, Army
National Guard, and Army Reserve force of more than
105,000 Soldiers; that is more than one-third of the
sustainment force and 11 percent of the total Army
force. The bulk of our force is focused on maintenance,
with over 90 percent of Ordnance Soldiers serving as
maintainers under career management fields (CMFs)
91 and 94. The remainder of the force is nearly equally
spread across CMF 89 as either ammunition or EOD
BRAC Moves and the New Home of Ordnance
The base closure and realignment (BRAC) move to
Fort Lee, Virginia, was completed on 15 September
2011, and we are very proud of the new "Home of
Ordnance" as the center of our training mission for the
Army. The Ordnance School executed one of the more
complex moves that resulted from the 2005 BRAC
Commission. Over a 2½-year period, the Ordnance
School and the Fort Lee BRAC team expertly managed
the closure of our Redstone Arsenal, Alabama,
and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, schools and
moved the people and equipment to Fort Lee, all while
synchronizing over 100 courses with the final facility
construction and acceptance schedule.
The Army's investment of over $650 million in construction
makes the Ordnance School main campus at
Fort Lee one of the most state-of-the-art training facilities
in the Army. The Ordnance School campus alone
contributed significantly to Fort Lee's overall growth
by nearly doubling its previous square footage.
The Ordnance School is composed of 30 buildings
and facilities that vary in size and function. The North
Range Complex has a completely new vehicle recovery
range and training ammunition supply point. The EOD
and munitions training buildings, robotics range, more
than 120 maintenance training bays, basic electronics
maintenance trainers, and more than 800 classrooms
and labs are first rate. We have a lab with over 70 welding
booths coupled with state-of-the-art 3-dimensional
welding simulators, an indoor small-arms live-fire test
range for small-arms repairer training, and top-notch
automation to support training across the Ordnance
The new EOD Range Complex at Fort A. P. Hill,
Virginia, supports the Global Anti-Terrorism and
Operational Readiness (GATOR), Post Blast, and EOD
Advanced Leaders Courses.
The Samuel Sharpe Dining Facility (DFAC) supporting
the Ordnance campus is the largest Armyowned
DFAC and provides outstanding-quality food
that can feed the entire Ordnance School of over 3,200
students in a 90-minute period. Your Ordnance Soldiers
live in first-rate barracks designed around two companies
sharing one building, separated and organized
around the two battalions of the 59th Ordnance Brigade.
Ordnance Corps Priorities
The Ordnance School team works hard to leverage
the latest technology to update our programs of instruction
(POIs), lesson plans, training support materials,
and doctrinal publications to support a continuum
of learning. Our training is focused on providing the
background and environment for Ordnance Corps Soldiers
and leaders to live up to the Ordnance Creed and
provide support to the Army across the full spectrum of
operations. The current Ordnance Corps priorities are
Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) accreditation. The TRADOC accreditation
team visited Fort Lee to evaluate the Army Combined
Arms Support Command's (CASCOM's) four training
institutions (the Ordnance, Quartermaster, and Transportation
Schools and the Army Logistics University).
The purpose of the visit was to evaluate professional,
coaching, mentoring, and teaching standards. Attaining
The State of the Ordnance
Corps on Its Bicentennial
the accreditation standards means that the institution's
training prepares Soldiers and leaders to perform their
technical Ordnance mission to support the Army.
The TRADOC accreditation team visited the Ordnance
School from 16 to 22 March. The evaluators
observed training and conducted key-person interviews
and focus groups, surveys, written questionnaires, and
record and document reviews.
Army Learning Model 2015. The learning model
consists of a learner-centric continuum that begins
when an individual joins the Army and does not end
until retirement. The learning model enhances the
rigor and relevance of individual learning and delivers
multiple learning stimuli to reach audio, visual,
and kinesthetic learners. It maximizes opportunities to
master fundamental competencies and develops critical
thinking skills that all Soldiers must master.
Components of the initiative include learner-centered
instruction, technology integration, lifelong learning,
student assessment, peer-to-peer learning, trade certification
and licensing, and leader development programs.
As the Army moves forward with this learning
strategy, the lines between the Army Learning Concept
and the Army Training Concept will merge into one
effort to ensure that our Soldiers are provided relevant,
pointed training that will prepare them for any contingency.
The value of instructional expertise and training
development is as important to Army Forces Command
(FORSCOM) commanders as it is to TRADOC's centers
Skills-based training (SBT).This training marks
a shift from the "remove and replace" mentality to a
"creating critical thinkers and diagnosticians" one. SBT
is a principles-based, diagnostics-driven methodology,
based on the science of learning, that seeks to provide
Soldiers with the skills they need to isolate and identify
components that are inoperative, out of alignment, or
malfunctioning to a precise degree of accuracy. Tasks
are focused on problem solving and not on equipment
specifics. Of the 25 initial military training courses
taught at the Ordnance School, 5 have converted and 2
are in the process of converting to SBT.
Ordnance Campaign Plan (OCP). The OCP describes
Ordnance Corps actions to support and implement
campaign objectives and major tasks articulated in the Army Campaign Plan and supporting the TRADOC and CASCOM campaign plans. The OCP
also serves as a staff management tool to track ongoing
initiatives associated with maintenance, ammunition,
and EOD in the Ordnance School.
The OCP provides the visibility and metrics to ensure
that all Ordnance Soldiers possess the right capabilities
to support today's force. But it will also help us guide
the Ordnance Corps toward the Army 2020 force with
the right mix of common and technical skills, values,
and Warrior Ethos across all DOTMLPF domains to
support our core competencies and the Army's mission.
TRADOC initial military training initiative. The
TRADOC Deputy Commanding General for Initial
Military Training (DCG−IMT) has an initiative to
ensure that all IMT courses are current and relevant
and incorporate the latest training methods and technologies.
To ensure that Soldiers and junior leaders are
prepared to contribute at their first units of assignment,
the IMT centers of excellence are directed to—
- Review all POIs on a regular basis to ensure that
training is relevant, rigorous, and standardized.
- Direct the training and development of IMT cadre.
- Direct the development of common core tasks.
- Enable the resourcing of subordinate units.
- Capture and share lessons learned across the centers
of excellence and IMT brigades.
- Assist IMT brigades to improve the quality of life
and resilience of cadre, families, and civilians.
In support of the TRADOC initiative, CASCOM
and the Ordnance School completed a review of critical
task lists for each Ordnance military occupational
specialty in February 2012. In April, CASCOM and the
Ordnance School started reviewing POIs and lesson
plans with the DCG−IMT's "Tiger Team." In July, the
Ordnance School will present the results of the review
and our recommendations to the DCG−IMT. The CASCOM
Training Directorate plays a major role in this
process, but the Ordnance School has the lead.
Doctrine 2015. Seven Ordnance publications are currently
being written or updated. The projected publication
dates for these publications are as follows:
- Technical Manual 4−33.31, Operations and Maintenance
of OD Materiel in Cold Weather: Second
quarter, fiscal year (FY) 2012.
- Army Training Publication (ATP) 4−35.1, Ammunition
Handbook: TTP for Munitions Handlers:
Second quarter, FY 2012.
- ATP 4−35, Munitions Distribution in the Theater of
Operations: Third quarter, FY 2012.
- ATP 4−33, Maintenance Operations: Third quarter,
- ATP 4−31, Recovery and Battlefield Damage Assessment
and Repair: Fourth quarter, FY 2012.
- Field Manual 4−30, Ordnance Operations: Second
quarter, FY 2013.
- ATP 4−32, EOD Service and Unit Operations: Third
quarter, FY 2013.
Ordnance Corps Bicentennial Celebration
We have planned for a full schedule of events to
celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of the Ordnance
Corps. Ordnance Week will be held at Fort Lee on 16
to 18 May. I invite each of you to join us for this firstclass
event, which will provide a unique opportunity
for the Ordnance community to gather at the new, state-of-the-art Home of Ordnance to learn what is on the horizon and chart a course for success for the next year.
We will take a hard look at where we are as a corps
and where we want to go across all three of our core
competencies. A series of presentations and break-out
sessions will provide a great opportunity for each of you
to contribute to mission analysis and course-of-action
development for issues facing the Ordnance Corps.
We look forward to inducting 12 distinguished Ordnance
leaders into the Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame on
16 May. The 2012 Hall of Fame selection board met on
8 November 2011 in the Zello Conference Room at the
Army Ordnance School. The historical inductees are
Major General Henry A. Rasmussen, Chief Warrant Officer
4 Grayford C. Payne, William Baumbeck, and Carl
Hansen. The contemporary inductees are Major General
(Retired) Jerome Johnson, Colonel (Retired) Robert
"Bruce" Harrison, Jr., Chief Warrant Officer 5 (Retired)
Lee D. Brush, Chief Warrant Officer 5 (Retired) Arthur
G. Dahl IV, Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Dennis
W. Crandell, Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Daniel
K. Elder, Susan H. Gooch, and Dr. Aileen W. Tobin.
Additional events include two memorialization ceremonies
that will dedicate the North Recovery Range to
Lieutenant Colonel Harry M. Downer and the Ordnance
Campus Parade Field to Major Hulon B. Whittington,
who was the only World War II Ordnance Corps Medal
of Honor recipient.
We will also have the Regimental Chief Warrant
Officer (RCWO) change of responsibility ceremony
to honor the outgoing RCWO, Chief Warrant Officer
5 Bernard L. Satterfield, and welcome the incoming
RCWO, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Terry W. Hetrick. We
will also have an investiture ceremony to welcome
the new Honorary Colonel of the Regiment, Lieutenant
General (Retired) Richard A. Hack, and honor the
outgoing General (Retired) John G. Coburn.
Various demonstrations and displays throughout the
week will focus on the 200 years of history and the core
competencies of the Ordnance Corps. The official Ordnance
Week activities will conclude with a golf tournament
at the Cardinal Golf Course, sponsored by the
Ordnance Corps Association, and the annual Ordnance
Ball, which will be held at Hatcher Hall on 18 May.
Please continue to monitor the Ordnance webpage (www.GoOrdnance.army.mil) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/USAODS) for information on Ordnance Week and other key upcoming events.
The entire Ordnance Team continues to work hard to
get our message, initiatives, and priority of efforts out to
you. I appreciate your candid feedback. If there is anything
that the Regimental Team can do to help, please
let us know. Go Ordnance!