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The Ordnance Corps Quarterly U. It has definitely been a busy quarter. One of the highlights was welcoming Mr. Joseph W. Kirby as the newest member of our regimental team. He brings with him a wealth of talent and expertise gained over a year military career and 10 years as a DA Civilian contributing to the U.
In his dual-role as Director of Training and Deputy to the Commandant of the USAOS, he will serve as my primary advisor on all matters related to budget; management; and the development, conduct, and resourcing of education and training for Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve Soldiers as well as the Civilians in the Ordnance Corps.
For more than a decade, U. During that time, Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran gained military parity, and in some areas achieved overmatch. They now present challenges our Army has not faced in the last 25 years. They have adapted, modernized, and developed capabilities to counter U.
Conducting effective and prolonged LSGCO against these peer threats has become our Army's greatest readiness challenge. Army doctrine, which lays out the principles for how the Army fights, is being revised to address unified land operations against peer threats across multiple domains. The fir st to be updated was FM , Operations in October It focuses on LSGCO and is structured around the Army's strategic roles of shaping the oper ating envir onment, preventing conflict, prevailing in combat, and consolidating gains.
This doctrine is the basis for revising all Army doctrine. Now in its final stages of revision, FM is also structured around strategic roles; however, it informs sustainment commanders and staffs on how to employ the elements of sustainment shown on page 2 to support LSGCO on a multi-domain, extended battlefield.
The updated FM does not prescribe any changes to the Ordnance core competencies of maintenance, ammunition and explosive ordnance disposal EOD , but it does highlight certain critical aspects of each as it pertains to LSGCO. These are addressed in FM primarily as planning considerations including the following: Continued on page 2. This requires a complete understanding of the FSC capability and proper task organization of maintenance capability to support the main effort.
The fact that the FSC contains this capability also presents challenges to maintenance evacuation since there is no source of maintenance at echelons above the FSC. FM includes planning considerations for munitions support during largescale combat operations and discusses proper allocation and placement of modular ammunition companies to support the operations.
Specifics such as supporting critical specialized munitions for air defense and long-range precision fires are also discussed. Explosive Ordnance Disposal. We reviewed initial drafts and provided recommended changes especially with regard to Ordnance core competencies and the role of Ordnance in LSGCO.
We also facilitated the Sustainment Quick-Look and the Sustainment Tabletop Exercise, two events that provided key insights for the development of FM To stay abreast of these changes and other topics of interest to the Ordnance Corps, I encourage you to participate the next LIVE Ordnance Connect video-teleconference scheduled for May 29, These quarterly sessions are vital for distributing information to the operational force as well as gathering feedback on your challenges and best practices.
If you have never attended our live videoteleconference, I encourage you to make this your first time. Connection instructions and discussion topics will be posted on our Ordnance Facebook and website at the beginning of May. I am especially looking forward to hosting an official ceremony to induct 15 outstanding Ordnance professionals into our Ordnance Hall of Fame.
A list of dates and locations for these and other events are provided on page I hope that you will mar k your calendar s and join us if you are in the area. Go Ordnance!
BG Heidi J. Hoyle 41st Chief of Ordnance 2. Table of Contents Click this symbol on any page to return to the table of contents. Regimental Highlights: Chief of Ordnance. The ODX tests and validates Soldiers-intraining on their warrior tasks and battle drills. Photo provided by the nd Ordnance Battalion. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your continued support to our Corps and Army profession. I can tell you that the six events will test your strength, endurance, and resiliency.
It was definitely a challenge the first time, but I have taken the ACFT twice since then and I can confirm that it is not unrealistic; passing is completely attainable if preparation becomes a priority. Full implementation of the ACFT in may seem like a long way off, but I highly recommend our Soldiers and NCOs take advantage of that time by incorporating a training program to prepare for each of the six events.
Proper training is important to minimize the risk of injury from inexperience and incorrect form. The ACFT is a meticulously researched, wellthought out, and extensively vetted test of comprehensive physical fitness that will go a long way in replacing our present fitness culture.
The current physical training program limits Soldiers to a structured plan of movements and exercises which falls short of testing or developing the physical stamina required of a sustainment warfighter.
By design, the ACFT events are comparable to actual activities Soldiers perform during operations, therefore it more accurately measures the conditioning of our Soldiers and their readiness to meet those physical demands. I encourage you to visit the ACFT website for infor mation that can help our Soldier s and their leaders develop a training plan.
AIT Warriorization. The Ar my is an organization of professionals. Recruiters enlist civilians who learn the fundamentals during the Soldierization process in Basic Combat Training. A drill sergeant observes as an Ordnance Soldier prepares to throw a grenade at the hand grenade range on February 7, at Fort Lee, Virginia. At the Ordnance School, we are committed to continue building and developing Soldier fundamentals while providing instruction on the Ordnance core competencies of maintenance, ammunition, and explosives ordnance disposal.
For example, the drill sergeant led program known as Tactical Tuesday builds confidence and reinforces tactical training in preparation for the endof-cycle Ordnance Training Exercise.
Also, I recently took a terrain walk over the hand grenade familiarization and qualification range that opened on February 7, at Fort Lee, Virginia. Leader Development. I encour age our leader s to broaden their development by applying the three pillars of success training, education and experience across operational, institutional and self-development domains.
With some creative thinking, I am confident that you will discover unique opportunities for selfdevelopment and the development of the Soldiers in your ranks. To help you in this effort, the Central Army Registry website offers a single access point to Army training resources including field manuals, Continued on page 5 4. RCSM Highlights Continued from page 4 training support packages, individual and collective task drills, courseware and more.
This online registry can be accessed via mobile device and offers multiple apps that have been vetted for use. Regardless of where you are, if the opportunity to develop your Soldiers emerges, you have tools readily available. Key assignments are important for professional growth; that holds true for our junior enlisted Soldiers all the way up to our senior ranking NCOs. McChord, Washington.
SFAB will provide language and cultural training to prepare incoming personnel to assist, enable and accompany host nation forces. Ultimately, Soldiers assigned to an SFAB will deploy to support the combatant commander requirements worldwide. Contact the SFAB recruiting team at usarmy.
CSM Terry D. Burton 13th Regimental Command Sergeant Major. An Ordnance Soldier prepares to throw a grenade at the Fort Lee hand grenade range on February 7, An Ordnance Soldier throws a grenade from a prone position at the hand grenade range on February 7, at Fort Lee, Virginia.
Photo provided by the nd Ordnance Battalion 5. Regimental Chief Warrant Officer Highlights Team Ordnance, As the Army makes modernization a high priority, our equipment will continue to grow in complexity. It is now more critical than ever that we use the approved Technical Manuals TM to support our equipment. TMs are not only necessary for proper training and the operation of our equipment, they are also crucial for conducting routine services and maintenance tasks that keep our vehicles and weapon systems in the fight.
Our Ordnance Soldiers are responsible for the maintenance and repair of a vast array of vehicles, equipment and weapon systems. Training on every type and model is simply not feasible. At the U. Army Ordnance School, we use a skills-based training approach to teach our students the basic principles and fundamentals of maintenance. For example, a 91B Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic trains on automotive groups like: electrical systems, hydraulics, engines, drive trains and brakes. When apprentice-level Soldiers arrive at their first unit, their skill sets will need continued development and reinforcement.
Leaders play a key role in ensuring their Soldiers use the proper references to perform their assigned tasks today and to grow into the master mechanics and technicians we need for tomorrow.
There is no excuse for performing maintenance tasks without having the most current TM. It provides the information and references required to ensure tasks are completed safely and as prescribed by the experts. Here are a few things I want to pass on to the team to make sure you are maintaining technical reference libraries that are both relevant and current. What publications are required for your equipment? A Soldier uses an electronic technical manual on a prototype MSD to perform maintenance.
Continued on page 7 6. This tool provides a great start to building your publication library. It lists everything needed on your publication account subscription, ensuring that you automatically receive updates as they are released, similar to the way a magazine subscription works. We often find that publications are not getting to the unit or down to the maintenance shops.
The two most common reasons for this are suspended accounts due to inactivity or incorrect delivery addresses. The publication account holder pubs clerk for your organization is usually located in your battalion S1.
Since our maintainers are the key stakeholders for publication, it is up to maintenance leaders to be proactive in keeping the S1 on track. Both are absolutely critical to mission success. What are other ways to get updated TM? An internet connection is still required, and because these are compressed files, it can take a while to. However, this is a viable workaround when needed.
FORSCOM Regulation 55-1 1989 (OBSOLETE) : Transportation and travel (unit movement planning).