FORT LEE, Va. – A group of Soldiers from the 75th Ranger Regiment proved they’re the best at receiving and storing munitions during the Ammunition Transfer Holding Point Team of the Year competition Sept. 9-12 at Fort Pickett.
The annual Ordnance Corps event brings together the pinnacle of the Army’s ammo handler community to train, evaluate and assess the most effective tactics, techniques and procedures employed by the operational field against a spectrum of ATHP problems.
The Ranger squad out of Fort Benning, Ga., was comprised of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joseph Giron, ammunition warrant officer; Sgt. 1st Class Darryl Skelley, ammunition specialist; Sgt. Luis Heredia, motor transport operator; Sgt. Michael DeBord, automated logistical specialist; and Spc. James Maus, infantryman.
“What made us successful was that in the Rangers we are a team,” said Giron. “We had different skills we brought to the competition, and teamwork made it happen.”
ATHP Team of the Year provides training and readiness insight beyond the institutional domain. Assessment of performance gives leadership an opportunity to improve institutional training and refine doctrine.
“Every year, we increase the rigor, and we increase the realism of the training events,” said Brig. Gen. Heidi J. Hoyle, Chief of Ordnance, during Friday’s awards ceremony in Ball Auditorium here. “You all as competitors continue to tackle the challenges head on.”
Through the week, teams were tested on Soldier tasks to include the Army Combat Fitness Test, day and night navigation, and occupy and defend an ATHP with M-4 rifle firing for scores. The ammunition skills tested were ATHP layout, and munitions management and preparation for transport by facilitating the receipt and transfer of ammunition to include receipt, issue, holding and storage, trans-load and operation of a Standard Army Ammunition System ATHP.
“While you compete, one goal is you learn from each other and build confidence in your ability to handle tough, unexpected situations as an agile team,” said CW5 Pennie S. Temmerman, military deputy of the Munitions and Logistics Readiness Center, Rock Island Arsenal, Ill. “Friendly competition shows the ammunition enterprise and the ordnance community will do their part to ensure America’s Army is ready, lethal and prepared to destroy its enemies now and in the future, in any domain anytime, anywhere.”
The other teams competing were Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 10th Headquarters Special Troops Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, Fort Drum, N.Y. Its members were CW3 Jeffrey Springer, Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Tull, Sgt. Brian Nelson, Spc. Rachel Hersey, and Pfc. Fellisia Young. The 664th Ord. Co., 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas, was represented by 2nd Lt. Noah Stallbaumer, Staff Sgt. David Miller, Sgt. Ivan Rivera, Sgt. Jordin Staton, and Pvt. Alfredo Trejos.
“Without ammunition professionals in the U.S. Army, we would not have the ability to carry out large-scale combat operations to fight and win the nation's wars,” said Col. Joseph M. Colacicco, assistant commandant of the Ord. School and the corps’ chief of staff, while speaking to competitors. “Combat arms without ammunition and a rifle is just a club; a tank is just a moving bunker; artillery pieces are just something that holds the ground down. It’s what you guys do that makes the Army operate and execute its mission. Without that we cannot get anywhere.”