Original Date: 02/28/2000
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Military Reserves
Crane Army Ammunition Activity uses military reserves in non-ammunition type activities by involving their services in the facilities/grounds repair and maintenance activities and conventional ammunition handling.
Whenever possible, Crane Army Ammunition Activity (CAAA) accomplishes tasks that otherwise could not be performed with its limited resources by calling in the military reserves to perform certain jobs. To date, jobs have included facilities/grounds maintenance and repair and conventional ammunition handling. Military reserves have been used at CAAA since 1978, but not always to full advantage. This changed in 1992 when CAAA became involved with the Golden Cargo project, an Army Industrial Operations Command initiative. The Golden Cargo project accomplishes the strategic relocation of ammunition by using military reservists.
In 1997, CAAA initiated an aggressive use of military reserves in non-ammunition type activities by involving their services in the facilities/grounds repair and maintenance activities. Both initiatives are ongoing and have benefitted CAAA in maintaining its core mission. The use of military reserves in CAAA’s industrial operations provides a strong training ground and is being encouraged by the U.S. Military Services. With downsizing in the Army Industrial Operations Command and CAAA, the use of reservist manpower helps augment these reductions. Projects must be selected so that they can be matched up with the qualifications, schedules, and availability of the reservists. All branches of the Armed Services contribute to the pool from which reservist selections are made.
CAAA is responsible for identifying the tasks to be accomplished, required training, job oversight, materials, accommodations, and meals. Labor is free to CAAA, but the reservist’s time on the job must be verified and reported to the reservist’s unit. Typically, the reservist is available for two consecutive weeks per year or the equivalent in weekends. The Golden Cargo projects include: Movement of 1,260 MILVANS from Senneca Army Depot to CAAA for storage was completed in 1998 at a savings of $2.3 million.
Palletizing and re-warehousing 14 million pounds of Composition B explosives at the Revenna Army Depot and CAAA will be completed in June 2000 at an estimated savings of $790,000.
Assisting CAAA Quality Assurance in accomplishing 2,400 safety-in-storage inspections is planned and estimated to save $540,000.
The Facilities and Grounds Department is responsible for maintaining and repairing over 200 buildings, 1,800 magazines, 150 miles of rails, and more than 500 miles of roads within a 100-square mile property with a budget limited to $7.5 million per year. The use of military reserves is becoming an even more essential need as budgets are constrained and workload increases. Project selection is based on core mission requirements and approved by the Army Commander. The following projects, completed from July 1997 through May 1999, produced a savings of $517,000 by using military reserves for the following: Renovation of buildings #156 and #2531
Movement of the extruder process from the Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant
Construction of magazine access roads
Clearing of firebreaks.
Golden Cargo and facilities/grounds maintenance have realized tremendous benefits by using military reserves. Future plans call for additional tasks to be identified and submitted to capture military reserve manpower.
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