Original Date: 06/23/1997
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Letterkenny Army Depot (LEAD), located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, is a depot installation reporting to the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Command at Huntsville, Alabama. LEAD operates a maintenance and ammunition depot for the receipt, storage, issue, maintenance, and disposal of assigned commodities. LEAD also provides administrative, logistic, and facilities support to tenants and attached organizations.
LEAD's ammunition mission occupies 16,000 acres, with more than 2.2 million square feet of explosive storage space, 902 earth-covered igloos, 10 above-ground igloos, 150,000 square feet of inert storage space, and more than 100,000 square feet of open inert storage space. LEAD missions include maintenance, stockpile reliability, and logistics operations comprised of all up-rounding, testing, modification, renovation, disassembly, demilitarization, shipping, receiving, storage, surveillance, stock control, inventory, and transportation for all DoD missiles and conventional ammunition. Demilitarization operations include disposal of up to 5,000 pounds of ammunition per day through detonation and burning.
On December 18, 1941, the Secretary of War directed the acquisition of land in central Pennsylvania for the storage of ammunition and general supplies. This mission later expanded to include the maintenance of combat and transportation vehicles. This maintenance mission has continually expanded to include electronic equipment, radar, and missile systems. Although the general supply mission transferred to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) in 1992, LEAD retains its ammunition storage mission.
Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) 93 postured LEAD as the Defense Department's specialized missile components and missile support equipment Center of Technical Excellence and the integrated depot-level maintenance facility. LEAD joined United Defense, Limited Partnership (UDLP) in a model teaming program for the production of the Army's latest M109 Self-Propelled Howitzer – the Paladin.
BRAC 95 transitioned all towed and self-propelled artillery to Anniston Army Depot. The BRAC Commission also recommended privatization of tactical missile guidance and control or transition to Tobyhanna Army Depot.
Tenant activities located at LEAD include Communications and Electronics Command and Missile Command Liaison Offices consisting of the following: Defense Enterprise Computing Center Detachment - Chambersburg
DISA - Logistics Division
DISA - Field Security Operations Division
Defense Automated Printing Service
Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office (DRMO)
Test Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment Support - Region I
Test Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment Support - Letterkenny
U.S. Army Audit Agency
U.S. Army Health Clinic
U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity
U.S. Army CECOM Industrial Logistics Support Office
Letterkenny Munitions Center (LEMC)
LEAD serves as the Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for the Air Defense and Tactical Missile Ground Support Equipment, which includes the Homing All the Way Killer (Phase I); Phased Array Tracking to Interception of Target (PATRIOT); and Paladin, Avenger, Sparrow, Hellfire, and Hazard Minimization. LEAD is the organic depot for the overhaul, test, repair, and/or modification for Javelin; Tube-launched, Optically Tracked Wire (TOW) Bradley; TOW 2; TOW Cobra; Phoenix; Air to Air Stinger; Sidewinder; High Speed Anti Radar Missile (HARM); Army Tactical Missile System; and the M578 Recovery Vehicles. LEAD also serves as the site for mobile power generation equipment. LEAD performs depot maintenance on generator from 2 kW to 150 kW and on a variety of other commodities such as MHE, soldier support equipment, tactical vehicles, and special operations vehicles.
In addition to the typical facilities that provide LEAD the capability to perform depot-level maintenance on a wide variety of equipment, the Depot has many specialized facilities associated with its assigned maintenance and ammunition missions:
Radar Test Site - LEAD has a 28-acre tree-space radiation site dedicated to testing a wide variety of radar devices. LEAD can realistically simulate tactical emplacements for individual radars or fully integrated systems.
Radiographic Inspection Facility This facility houses a 320-kilovolt X-ray machine and a 25-megavolt betatron X-ray machine which provide LEAD with the capability to X-ray through up to 20 inches of steel.
Flexible Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Computer Numerical Control/Manual Data Interface, and Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing Automation, business practices, and equipment are integrated to focus on support of customers.
LEAD has a support agreement with the Air Force to store, test, and ship Shrike, Sparrow, Sidewinder, and HARMs, and to upround Sparrow and Sidewinder missiles.
LEAD employs nearly 2,78 civilian personnel, three military personnel, and 5758 contractor personnel. The depot includes 18,864 acres and 1,780 buildings with 8.4 million square feet of floor space. LEAD’s annual operating budget is $492 million, with an annual payroll of $86 million and local procurement totaling $179 million.
TABLE OF ACRONYMS
The following acronyms were used in this report:
|AGM|| ||Air to Ground Missile|
|AIM|| ||Aerial Intercept Missile|
|AMC|| ||Army Materiel Command|
|APE|| ||Ammunition Peculiar Equipment|
|ARL|| ||Army Research Laboratory|
|ASNT|| ||American Society of Nondestructive Testing|
|BRAC|| ||Base Realignment and Closure|
|DAO|| ||Directorate of Ammunition Operations|
|DLA|| ||Defense Logistics Agency|
|DPW|| ||Directorate of Public Works|
|DRMO|| ||Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office|
|HARM|| ||High-Speed Anti Radar Missile|
|LEAD|| ||Letterkenny Army Depot|
|LEMC|| ||Letterkenny Munitions Center|
|NDT|| ||Nondestructive Testing|
|PATRIOT|| ||Phased Array Tracking to Interception of Target|
|RCF|| ||Radiological Counting Facility|
|ROP|| ||Reorder Point|
|TOW|| ||Tube-launched, Optically Tracked Wire|
|UDLP|| ||United Defense, Limited Partnership|
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