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28 November 2022, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

 

QUESTIONS

 

Question about 2.75 Rocket's Fins Restrain band and EMR Shields NSN

R. Sanchez: I am looking for a PowerPoint/PDF presentation for how to order the fins restrainer band and EMR shields for the 2.75 In rockets. I also would like to know if there is a NSN for the fins restrain that looks like soda can without any ends.

 

Question about ceremonial ammunition storage and handling

R. Chenard: Does anyone have an explainer on storage and handling of ceremonial rounds? I'm wondering if there is something already developed that the rotating honor guard teams could use as a safety review for when it is finally their turn to fire the canon.

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community%20Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 

ARTICLES


Repair of Fin Restraint Bands and EMR End Shields on MK66 2.75" Rockets

PowerPoint on:

  • Defects
  • Required Items
  • Apply Fin Restraint Band
  • Apply EMR End Shield

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Rockets.aspx

Contributed by R. Sanchez.

 

DA PAM 385-64 Ammunition and Explosives Safety Standards

20–8. Outbound motor shipment of ammunition and explosives

a. All motor vehicles which will be carrying DOT Class 1.1, 1.2 or 1.3 explosives must be inspected using a DD Form 626 (Motor Vehicle Inspection https://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/forms/dd/dd0626.pdf ). Deficient equipment will not be used.

b. When a commercial vehicle fails an inspection using a DD Form 626, a copy of the inspection will be provided to the transportation officer and the procedures in DTR 4500.9–R will be followed.

c. Loading methods prescribed by Army Materiel Command (AMC) 19–48 series drawings (https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Drawings.aspx) will be followed for the loading and bracing of motor vehicle shipments of military ammunition and explosives. The packages will be placed in position without excessive or violent force.

d. All Government trucks transporting any DOT class of explosives (both on post and off post) will be equipped with two portable fire extinguishers rated class 10BC or greater. It is recommended that these two fire extinguishers be rated 2A:10B:C to enable users to fight a class "A" fire. One must be CO2 or dry chemical, if chemical munitions are being transported. Commercial trucks transporting explosives for the Army are required to have only one 10BC or greater rated fire extinguisher. Crews loading and unloading vehicles carrying or about to carry ammunition or explosives must have two 10BC or greater fire extinguishers available as required by chapter 6.

e. Before motor vehicles loaded with ammunition and/or explosives leave an installation, drivers will be given hazardous materials response information. Commercial drivers will have the bills of lading annotated with the appropriate guide number from DOT Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/A and E Resources - Tools.aspx . Military drivers will use the DD Form 836 for hazardous materials information dissemination.

f. See AR 190–11 for instructions on security of vehicles carrying ammunition and/or explosives. https://armypubs.army.mil/default.aspx

 

Ammunition Item of the Week, AA52 - Cartridge, 12 Gage: Shotgun, Non-Lethal, Crowd Dispersal, M1013

 

 

 


12/19/202211/28/2022 5:43 PM
  
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14 November 2022, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

QUESTIONS


Question about ceremonial ammunition storage and handling

R. Chenard: Does anyone have an explainer on storage and handling of ceremonial rounds? I'm wondering if there is something already developed that the rotating honor guard teams could use as a safety review for when it is finally their turn to fire the canon.

Question about ammunition bunker lights and electrical conduits (1 response)

R. Moghadam: I need to have a reference or check if ammunition bunkers need to have explosion proof lights and conduits. I also need to find a reference regarding light level in ammunition bunkers.

 

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community%20Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 

ARTICLES


Ammunition Item of the Week, DODIC - AC10, 5.56mm Short Range Training Ammunition (SRTA) M1037 w/M27 Link (Lead Free)

 

AIN 003-23, Muzzle Velocity Variation (MVV) For Specific Lots Of Cartridge, 105MM, M1 (DODIC C445) That Contain Incorrectly-Loaded Charge, Propelling, 105MM, M67

 

CAUTION

MVV OF ZERO (0.0) MUST BE INPUT INTO THE SOFTWARE FOR CHARGE-1 AND CHARGE-2 IF THERE ARE NO ENTRIES IN THE MVV DATABASE FOR THESE CHARGES

**                                                     **

FAILURE TO COMPLY CAN CAUSE SOFTWARE TO AUTOMATICALLY TRANSFER MVV DOWN THAT CAN CAUSE SHORT ROUNDS https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/105mm.aspx

 

AIN 004-23, Residue Present In Chamber After Firing Newer Lots Of M865 TPCSDS-T 120MM Cartridge

DODIC: C785

In recent years, there has been an increase in reports of excessive residue remaining in the chamber after firing M865 cartridges with the ACS. The residue is an inert kraft paper material that is part of the upper portions of the CCC which was not completely expelled from the chamber during firing of the cartridge. This residue is not considered hazardous. Examples of excessive residue can be seen in the attached pdf (AIN 004-23A). https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/120mm.aspx

 

AIN 005-23, CHANGE TO Appendix A OF TB 9-1300-385.

Appendix A OF TB 9-1300-385 is changed by adding the restriction codes in this AIN. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Munitions History Program MHP.aspx

 

Substitutability and Interchangeability List, September 2022

 

This publication provides a listing of Army, to include AMCOM items, and Marine Corps substitute and interchangeable items for ammunition managers at all levels. Suspension notices, restrictions, safety of use messages and technical publications remain the governing authority for ammunition and weapons compatibility and take precedence over any information contained herein. This listing is published as a ready reference for commanders and their staffs as well as operating personnel at depots, plants and arsenals, posts, camps, and stations. This publication supersedes all previous editions.

 

This publication is separated into two sections, one for the Army and one for the Marine Corps. Each section is then separated into chapters, where items are grouped by family and/or caliber. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/A and E Resources - Tools.aspx 


12/12/202211/14/2022 3:07 PM
  
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31 October 2022, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

QUESTIONS

 

Question about ammunition bunker lights and electrical conduits

R. Moghadam: I need to have a reference or check if ammunition bunkers need to have explosion proof lights and conduits. I also need to find a reference regarding light level in ammunition bunkers.

 

Question about Drawing 19-48-4326/50A R5 (1 response)

J Hannan: Does anyone know when the next revision for this instruction is being published?  Drawing 13065801 (Combination of Adopted Items) calls out this as the Unitization Procedure, however, the Revision 5 does not show the DODIC "DA67."

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 

ARTICLES

 

Ammunition Item of the Week, DODIC AB43: Cartridge, Caliber .300, MK 248 Mod 1, Winchester Magnum, Match, Single Round

 

AIN 001-23, Shelf-Life Establishment For DODICS: DA39, DA45, DA58, DA71 (Projectile, 155MM, Precision Guided, HE, M982 Series (Excalibur)).

 

HQ JMC has added the Excalibur Controlled/Uncontrolled Shelf Life / Service Life in Appendix C, TB 9-1300-385. The Excalibur has a humidity controlled container with desiccant and humidity indicator to protect its electronics. Do not store Excalibur outside of its container, unless in an approved Paladin Sponson. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/155mm.aspx

 

AIN 002-23 To Support the Fielding and Deployment Release (F&DR) of the Cartridge, Caliber .300: NORMA MAGNUM, M1163, DODIC AC33 for U.S. SOCOM

 

The inspection criteria for DODIC AC33 has been included in the Munition History Program (MHP) website and the small arms inspection criteria has been updated accordingly, https://mhp.redstone.army.mil. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Small Arms Ammunition.aspx

 

 ATP 4-35.1 Ammunition And Explosives Handler Safety Techniques, 11/08/2021

Palletized Ammunition And Explosives Hazards

1-45. Visually inspect pallets and containers for broken banding or damage before moving palletized or containerized AE. Repair or replace damaged pallets or containers before using them for AE operations.

1-46. The United States Army Material Command has established several tools to assist units in palletizing AE safely and in accordance with regulations. Both, Army Material Command Drawing 19-48-75-5 and the Conventional Ammunition Packaging and Unit Load Data Index (CAPULDI), provide technical drawings and data, respectively, to ensure proper use of pallets and containers for AE operations. Personnel can access both documents on the Defense Acquisition University: Munitions and Explosives Safety page. (https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Default.aspx)

1-47. At a minimum, AE handlers should wear protective gloves, safety shoes, and eye protection. Inside the storage magazine re-palletization and replacement of defective banding is authorized. However, if there is not enough space to work safely, the operation is permitted on the adjacent apron.

1-48. Except for the preservation and packaging of small arms AE, containers should not be opened or repaired in any ammunition support activity (ASA). DA Pam 385-64 provides required separation distances based on storage magazine types. https://armypubs.army.mil/default.aspx


11/28/202210/31/2022 2:43 PM
  
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17 October 2022, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

FM 3-0 Operations October 1, 2022

 

FM 3-0 expands on the Army's capstone doctrine for multidomain operations described in ADP 3-0. It describes how Army forces contribute landpower to the joint force and integrate joint capabilities into operations on land to achieve military objectives and fulfill policy aims. FM 3-0 focuses on large-scale combat operations and their relationship to the full range of military operations that support joint campaigning. https://armypubs.army.mil/default.aspx

 

DA PAM 700-16 Ammunition Management, 23 June 2021

 

Magazine Data Cards, DA Form 3020

 

12–18. Inventory
b. DA Form 3020 (Magazine Data Card) is a working document that helps control the receipt, storage, issue, and inventory of munitions within a storage location. Magazine data cards are not formal accountable documents. Use DA Form 3020 (Magazine Data Card) only to aid in the resolution of discrepant accountable records and for storage of ammunition. DA Form 3020 is available in MHP and on the Army Publishing Directorate website. Do not use DA Form 3020 to determine quantities when conducting inventories because inventories will be recorded on DA Form 3020 as they are conducted.


13-15. Processing Condition Codes Changes

Posting condition code changes at the retail level.
(d) Upon receipt of DA Form 4508 (Ammunition Transfer Record) from the surveillance section, the stock control clerk updates the magazine data card with the correct CC.


13-22.   After moving ASP ammunition stocks from one magazine or pad to another magazine or pad, update the magazine data cards.


13-23. Inventory Procedures
Wholesale Inventory Procedures
(3) Installation personnel may use a hand-held scanner to scan each 2D barcode on the munitions and validate the accuracy of the scan by physically counting the munition or verifying the physical asset markings and comparing the count to the individual magazine data cards. In the event that hardcopy count sheets are required, every sheet will have two signatures and dates (counter and recorder) and record the physical counts and the date will align with the month the inventory was conducted and inventory frequency will be met (CAT I semiannually; general supply and all other munitions annually).
https://armypubs.army.mil/default.aspx

 

ATP 4-35.1 Ammunition and Explosives Handler Safety Techniques, November 2021

Appendix B, Ammunition Identification


The Department of Defense identifies AE by markings and color-coding on the items themselves, the containers, and the packing boxes. The markings and standard nomenclature of each item, together with the lot number, federal supply class, NSN, DODIC, and Department of Defense Ammunition Code DODAC, completely identify each item and maintain accountable records. This appendix provides a basic explanation of markings and color-coding. Because color-coding is a ready means of identification in the field, it receives greater emphasis here. https://armypubs.army.mil/default.aspx

 

Ammunition Item of the Week, DODIC CA04 Cartridge, 120mm HE, M934A1


11/14/202210/17/2022 3:31 PM
  
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3 October 2022, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

Information on Blast Radius

Here is a Web based application by the Army Software Factory, the blast radius is a Tactical Explosives Safety Risk Management tool designed to assist Army Ammunition Specialists with storing munitions.

The website: https://blastradius.swf.army.mil/

Send an email if you want more information and POCs. On global: CW3 Lima, Michael

 

AIN 042-22, Lake City AAP Cage Code Changes for Small Arms Cartridges Through .50 CAL

 

DODIC(S): A059, A062, A071, A075, A080, A091, A111, A112, A122, A129, A130, A131, A140, A143, A146, A150, A151, A159, A164, A165, A168, A222, A255, A257, A531, A541, A552, A555, A557, A575, A576, A585, A598, A606, A607, AA06, AA11, AA41, AA42, AA50, AA58, AB30, AB56, AB57, AB58, AB68, AB72, AB73, AB74, AB76, AB77, AB79, AB80, AB81, AB82, AB84, AB85, AB86, AB88, AB89, AC04

 

The purpose of this AIN is to clarify and to update existing direction regarding cage code reporting on Product Quality Deficiency Reporting (PQDR) relating to ammunition lots produced at Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (AAP) and as a result of contractor transition. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Small Arms Ammunition.aspx

 

AIN 043-22, Information Concerning the Fielding and Deployment Release of Cartridge, 5.56 MM, Practice: Plastic Short Range Training Ammunition (PSRTA), M862E1

DODIC: AC48

Supply procedures and systems for the 5.56mm cartridge will be the same as for the current 5.56mm cartridges. The requisition, handling, and storage will be similar to all Class V items. In all cases, movement and shipment will be via standard ammunition channels. Existing material handling equipment used for other 5.56mm ammunition items will be used. No changes to current ammunition re-supply vehicles will be made for this item. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/5.56mm Cartridges.aspx

 

AIN 044-22, Change to Appendix F of TB 9-1300-385 (AMCOM Ammunition Restriction Definitions).

 

Appendix F of TB 9-1300-385 is changed by adding two restriction codes, A41 and A42. https://mhp.redstone.army.mil/

 

AIN 045-22, Use of Unserviceable Ammunition for Emergency Destruction and Combat Disposal Training

 

This AIN is being issued to clarify the guidance provided in the reference above (paragraph 4.0) on the use of unserviceable ammunition for emergency destruction and combat disposal training.  Request addressees distribute this AIN to all Installation Training, Ammunition Logistics, Safety, and Environmental Personnel. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/DEMIL - Disposal.aspx

 

AIN 046-22 Inspection of Wood Packing Material (WPM) And Defect Code Indicator for Munitions Packaged/Palletized With WPM

 

BACKGROUND DATA: The Department of Defense is involved in the WPM program because of laws mandated by International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC); ISPM 15 "Guidelines for Regulating WPM In International Trade", adopted by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and implemented by DOD 4140.65-M.

 

Raw wood can be a pathway for pests and the spread of their destruction, such as the Pinewood Nematode and Termites.

 

Inspection for ISPM-15 compliancy and identification of compliant or non-compliant WPM material is mandatory during all inspections, with the exception of administrative remarks. Munitions History Program (MHP) is used for documenting inspections and associated WPM compliance. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/DoD%20Wood%20Packaging%20Materials%20WPM.aspx

 


10/31/202210/3/2022 2:31 PM
  
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19 September 2022, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter has been posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

QUESTIONS

 

Question about Computing Magazine Storage Space

Does any organization have a method for computing storage space requirements in magazines?  I've asked depot systems and USADACs and never got a clear answer. Mostly what I have received was "there is no standard, everyone does it differently" but no examples.  Mostly what my team here does is compute the SQFT for a variety of DODICS, and then divide available space by the SQFT requirements, then tweak it for various known pallet size and cube - cross-checking against compatibility and type, and compare with drawings of like items - very slow methodical, tedious, drawn out. 

 

Question about DD Form 2977 Jan 2020

Inman: I have tried to download the DD 2297 from both APD and the DOD site with no luck (wants me to update adobe). Can someone provide me with a clean form.

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 

ARTICLES

 

Ammunition Item of the Week, DODIC AA29 Cartridge, 12 Gauge, Non-Lethal, Bean Bag

 

Sustainment Force Structure Reference Handbook September 2022

 

This update to the Sustainment Planners Reference Book includes updates to organizational designs and the programmed sustainment force structure in Army Structure Memorandum (ARSTRUC) 2024-2028. The force designs in this book portray the objective organizational designs with full modernization applied for each Standard Requirements Code (SRC). The Modification Table of Organization and Equipment (MTOEs) for each SRC are based on force modernization guidance by the unit identification code (UIC). The equipment annex provides an overview of key sustainment equipment found in the 2024-2028 force structure. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Sustainment.aspx

 

AIN 040-22 Support the Fielding and Deployment Release (F&DR) Of Cartridge, 9MM: Jacketed Hollow-Point, Barrier Blind, M1196: DODICS AC54 & AC57 (Military Pack/Commercial Pack) For USSOCOM Use Only.

 

The inspection criteria for DODICS AC54 and AC57 remain the same as other currently fielded 9MM ammunition. The small arms inspection criteria in the Munition History Program (MHP) has been updated accordingly.

 

This ammunition will be handled, stored, and supported in a similar manner as existing 9mm small caliber ammunition. Management, accountability, and requisition will be via standard ammunition channels for Army Depots, Ammunition Supply Points (ASP'S), and Ammunition Transfer and Holding Points (ATHPS) similar to currently fielded small caliber ammunition. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/9mm%20and%20.45%20cal%20Cartridges.aspx

 

AIN 041-22 Recovery Operations Not Authorized for Cartridge, 60MM FRPC, M769 (DODAC 1310-BA15); Cartridge, 81MM FRPC, M879, M879A1 (DODAC 1315-C875); and Cartridge, 120MM FRPC, M931 (DODAC 1315-CA09)

 

Recovery of Full Range Practice (FRP) Mortar Cartridges is not authorized. Failure to comply may result in serious injury to personnel (injury may include lacerations, burns, loss of digit, eye and hearing injury). FRP cartridges were neither designed nor intended to be recovered. This includes the M769, M879, M879A1 AND M931 Full Range Practice Cartridges.

 

Full Range Practice Cartridges cannot be refurbished and cannot be rendered safe.

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Mortars.aspx

 


10/17/20229/19/2022 2:46 PM
  
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5 September 2022 Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

FY2023 DoD Munitions (Ammunition) Logistics, Surveillance and Explosives Safety Review Guide, 17 August 2022

 

HQDA Ammunition Logistics/Explosives Safety Reviews identify local and systemic problem areas, provide commanders technical expertise, and provide recommendations for corrective actions. Reviews provide a mechanism that encourages improvement and problem solving.

 

This guide is provided to aid the ammunition supply activity personnel to perform a self-assessment of ammunition logistics, ammunition surveillance, and explosives safety functions. Contributed by Mr. Mace. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/Ammunition Logistics and Explosives Safety Program.aspx

 

AIN 035-22, Cartridge,81MM, HE, M821A4 W/ Fuze Multi-Option M734A1 (DODAC 1315-CA66), NSN 1315-01-672-9780

 

Request that this information be disseminated to all Organizations/Activities that store and maintain conventional ammunition, Quality Assurance Specialist Ammunition Surveillance (QASAS)/Ammunition Inspectors, Range Safety Officers (RSO), Ammunition Supply Point (ASP) Personnel, and using Units. Please distribute this AIN to the lowest level.

 

It is a high explosive cartridge authorized for use in the M252 and M252A1, 81MM Mortar Systems (see attachment, AIN 035-22A). https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/81MM.aspx

 

AIN 037-22 Allowable Number Of Rounds (ANOR) With Double Hearing Protection And Additional/Updated Warnings for 81MM M252 Series Mortar Operator Manuals

DODIC: C226, C256, C276, C484, C868, C869, C870, C871, C875, C876, CA43, CA61, CA63, CA66

Updated firing safety precautions for 81MM M252 series operator manuals includes ANOR and Points Per Round with double hearing protection (see attachment AIN 037-22A). Double hearing protection is recommended. The double hearing protection must consist of any approved earplug worn in combination with either: a combat vehicle crewman (CVC) helmet or any approved over-the-ear headset worn with a combat helmet.

 

More additional/updated warnings for 81MM M252 series operator manuals are listed in this AIN.

 

AIN 038-22 Information Concerning Restrictions and Reporting Procedures For All 9 Millimeter (MM) Ammunition and Pistols

 

DODIC: A260, A363, AA49, AB45, AC20, AC21, AC22, AC23, AC24

 

See AIN 038-22A for ammunition/weapon authorizations.

 

Due to these recent issues and minimal compatibility testing it is recommended that ammunition and weapon types (MHS & LEGACY) are not mixed for combat use. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/9mm and .45 cal Cartridges.aspx

 

AIN 039-22, Advisory / Restriction Regarding Hardened Downbore Cannon Residue When Firing 155MM Howitzers with Steel Bore Cannon Tubes and Charge, Propelling, 155MM: M203A1 (DODAC 1320-D532) or M232A1 (DODAC 1320-DA13)

 

/////CAUTION/////

Failure to take the User actions outlined in this AIN could result in cannon bore conditions that prevents proper periodic borescope inspection and can create conditions that render the cannon unserviceable

            

Excessive spiral wear could lead to unsafe flight characteristics of artillery projectile (GPA 17-014) https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/155mm.aspx

 

Newly Published Drawings, August 31, 2022 https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Drawings.aspx

 

CAPULDI excel on MilBook https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-926829


9/26/20229/5/2022 5:45 PM
  
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22 August 2022, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

Ammunition Item of the Week - DODIC AB05, Cartridge, 5.56mm, FX Blue Marking, MK 302 Mod 0/1

 

ALARACT 055/2022 – Fiscal Year (FY) 23 Army Transportation Policy Guidance for Transportation Account Code (TAC) Validation and Renewal

https://armypubs.army.mil/

 

 

AIN 031-22 Small Arms Ammunition (SAA) .50 CAL and Below with Lost Lot Identity

 

The purpose of this AIN is to clarify and to update existing direction regarding local lots of Small Arms Ammunition (SAA), and to correct the application of how local lots are managed.

 

Once a local lot is established, it will not be shipped to another posts, camps, or stations. Local lots are only to be used at the location where they are established. Local lots are only in a serviceable condition code at the location where they are created. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Small Arms Ammunition.aspx

 

 

AIN 033-22 Army Guidance on Shipping Full or Light Pallets of Depleted Uranium (DU) Penetrator Munitions

 

DODICS: A675, A676, A979, A983, A986, AB20, AC56, B102, B103, B117, B128, C380, C523, C524, C543, C783, C786, C792, CA26, CA64

 

Request this AIN be disseminated to all Army Personnel involved in shipping and receiving Depleted Uranium (DU) penetrator type munitions and coordinated with the installation Radiation Safety Officer (RSO). Other U.S. Military Services will consider distributing DU ammunition shipping guidance to their personnel.

 

DOT-SP 9649 (FORMERLY DOT-E 9649), provides DOD limited relief from radioactive material shipping regulations when shipping/receiving DU munitions. Major changes to DOT-SP 9649 went into effect 1 May 2010. This AIN provides supplemental guidance to DOT-SP 9649 and went into effect on the same date. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/HAZMAT Transportation.aspx

 

 

AIN 34-22 Guidance for Firing of Projectiles 155MM, M549/M549A1, HERA (1320-D579)

 

Request dissemination of this AIN to all Artillery Personnel and Units, Ammunition Supply Points and Ammunition Inspection Personnel.

 

Reference A, TM 43-0001-28, provides current guidance for firing rocket assisted projectiles. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/155mm.aspx


9/12/20228/22/2022 4:14 PM
  
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8 August 2022, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

Ammunition Item of the Week, DODIC - BA06, Cartridge, 40mm, Sponge Grenade, Non-Lethal, M1006

 

SOP Requirements

DA PAM 385-64 Ammunition and Explosives Safety Standards, 2–4. Use of written procedures

Written procedures will be developed and used for each AE operation. The SOPs will be developed per AR 385–10 for all explosives operations to ensure workers have the information necessary to perform their assigned tasks safely. The SOPs for AE and related operations will identify potentially hazardous conditions.

 

DA PAM 385-10 Army Safety Program

Chapter 9 Standing Operating Procedures for Hazardous Operations (9-4, 9-7, 9-9, 9-10, 9-11)

 

A well-written SOP provides detailed procedures. The net result of following an SOP is a product or service that is consistent in quality and that is the same as other items produced in the same manner. The SOP has to meet certain criteria to be acceptable. These criteria include—

  • The steps must be in logical sequence…
  • The safety procedures have to protect the worker and the environment throughout the process.
  • Risks must be identified
  • The process set forth in the SOP should be the most efficient possible

The SOPs will be reviewed and staffed by all required parties.  Also see AMC R 700-107  Preparation of Standing Operating Procedures (SOP) and Written Standards for Ammunition Operations and DA PAM 700-107 Preparation Of Standard Operating Procedures And Written Standards For Ammunition Operations, both have examples to follow.

 

A method will be provided for the signatures of supervisors and operators indicating that they have read the SOP; understand operations involved in the task; have verified that the operators are trained in and understand the SOP; and that the task can be executed in a safe and efficient manner.

 

SOPs will be posted in the work area and readily available to the supervisors, operators and A&E related personnel.

https://armypubs.army.mil/ and https://hqamc.aep.army.mil/gstaff/amcio/ia/r/p/Publications/AMC-R%20700-107.pdf

 

AMMO-54-DL, 9E-F68/920-F36 (DL), RISK MGMT & PREP OF SOP FOR AMMO & EXP (CERT)

https://defenseammunitioncenter.org/index.php/distance-learning

 

FY21 DoD Munitions (Ammunition) Logistics, Surveillance and Explosives Safety Annual Digest 20 October 2021

https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-1070128

 


8/29/20228/8/2022 1:26 PM
  
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25 July 2022, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

Ammunition Item of the Week, DODIC A363, Cartridge, 9mm, Ball, M882

 

AIN 030-22, Information Concerning Restrictions and Reporting Procedures For All 9MM Ammunition and Pistols

DODIC: A260, A363, AA49, AB45, AC20, AC21, AC22, AC23, AC24

Due to these recent issues and minimal compatibility testing it is recommended that ammunition and weapon types (MHS & LEGACY) are not mixed for combat use.

For units equipped with M9 and M11 handguns, MHS cartridges 1305-AC20, AC21, AC22, & AC23 may be used in lieu of 1305-A363 and 1305-AA49 For Training Use Only. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/9mm and .45 cal Cartridges.aspx

 

DA PAM 385-64 Ammunition and Explosives Safety Standards

20–7. Inbound motor shipment of ammunition and explosives

a. Inbound motor vehicles loaded with explosives, ammunition, or other hazardous material will be inspected by a competent person at a designated inspection station in accordance with DTR 4500.9–R using DD Form 626 (Motor Vehicle Inspection). The inspection station will be far from hazardous and populated areas.


b. When inspection reveals that an incoming tractor or trailer is in an unsatisfactory condition, the risk associated with the defect will be assessed.

(1) Under no circumstances will a tractor or trailer be allowed into the ammunition area with a defect which could endanger the area or the load.
(2) When a commercial truck is not allowed to enter the ammunition area, consider unloading it at the truck inspection station. If no other option is available, the tractor will be disconnected from the trailer and the tractor will be sent off-post for repairs. In this case, the installation will provide security for the trailer.
(3) The drivers or repairmen hired by the drivers will repair the trailer. No repairs which use a flame or spark producing device will be made to an explosives-laden trailer.
(4) In all cases, defective equipment on inbound shipments will be noted on the DD Form 626 and a copy provided to the transportation officer.
(5) At no time will an explosives-laden truck known to be defective be allowed to leave an Army installation.

c. When explosives-laden vehicles cannot be dispatched to unloading points immediately, they must be moved to a holding yard or area. The holding yard or area must be sited in accordance with the provisions of table 8–6 of this pamphlet.
https://armypubs.army.mil/default.aspx
 

Deputies and EOD Defuse What Could Have Been an Explosive Situation

Eddyville, Kentucky Lyon County Deputies joined forces with Fort Campbell EOD Technicians to dispose of explosives discovered in the personal belongings of a late veteran. According to a social media post from Sheriff Brent White of the Lyon County Sheriff's Office, they found yellow banded TNT, hand grenades, M117 booby trap devices, military grade blasting caps, and other military ordnance on the property.

White took the opportunity to remind anyone who comes across explosive devices to avoid touching or moving them. Instead, citizens should notify a local law enforcement agency so they can properly dispose of them.

The sheriff's office also issued thanks to the 184th Ordnance Battalion, 49th OD CO out of Ft. Campbell for their assistance, and to deputies Joe Witherspoon and Seth Pool who assisted in the safe removal of the items. Article posted July 20, 2022 at UXOINFO.com.


8/15/20227/25/2022 4:51 PM
  
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11 July 2022, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

Ammunition Item of the Week

DODIC: BA44, Cartridge, 60mm, High Explosive, M720A2 w/ Multi-Option Fuze M734A1

 

DA PAM 385–64 Ammunition and Explosives Safety Standards

20–6. Vehicle general safety requirements

a. Government-owned motor vehicles used to transport hazardous materials must be inspected frequently by a qualified person to see that mechanical condition and safety devices are in good working order. The periodic inspections of such vehicles will be documented using a DD Form 626 (Motor Vehicle Inspection https://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/forms/dd/dd0626.pdf), or a similar local form.

b. Operators must conduct a daily inspection to determine that:

(1) Fire extinguishers are serviceable and of proper (10–BC or greater) rating. Extinguishers must have an intact inspection seal or a gage to verify that the extinguisher is full.
(2) Electric wiring is in good condition and properly attached.
(3) Fuel tank and piping are secure and not leaking.
(4) Brakes, steering, and other equipment are in good condition.
(5) The exhaust system is not exposed to accumulations of grease, oil, gasoline, or other fuels and has ample clearance from fuel lines and other combustible materials.

c. All lifting devices on vehicles used in explosives operations will have a serviceable mechanism designed to prevent the sudden dropping of the load if power fails.

d. All ammunition or explosives loaded on vehicles will be secure and stable before movement. Additionally, ammunition or explosives will be blocked and braced in accordance with approved drawings. (AMC 19-48-series Drawings for Ammunition Storage and Outloading, https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Drawings.aspx)

e. Placarding of explosives-laden vehicles gives firefighters an idea of the hazards that a vehicle contains. All vehicles hauling ammunition and/or explosives for the Army within the United States require proper DOT placards for off post movement. Host country requirements for placarding will be followed outside the United States. Ammunition or explosives shipments that remain on post may be placarded with the DOT placards, host country bilingual placards (outside the United States) or with the fire symbols detailed in chapter 6. If the Army installation is an open post, DOT placards will be used in the United States. https://armypubs.army.mil/default.aspx

QASAS Vehicle Inspection Checklist (Feb 21) https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Land Transportation.aspx

DOT Chart 17 Hazardous Materials Markings, Labeling and Placarding Guide  https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/DAU Sponsored Documents/DOT Chart 17 Markings%2C Labeling%2C and Placarding Guide.pdf?Web=1

Hazmat Transportation https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/HAZMAT Transportation.aspx


8/1/20227/11/2022 3:48 PM
  
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27 June 2022, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

TC 3-22.90 Mortars, Appendix A,

 

Ammunition Care and Handling

A-6. The key to proper ammunition functioning is protection. Rounds prepared but not fired should be returned to their containers. Safety is always a matter of concern for all personnel and requires special attention where ammunition is concerned. Supervision is critical—improper care and handling can cause serious accidents, as well as inaccurate fire. Some of the principles of proper ammunition handling are—

  • Never tumble, drag, throw, or drop individual cartridges or boxes of cartridges.
  • Do not allow smoking, open flames, or other fire hazards around ammunition storage areas.
  • Inspect each cartridge before it is loaded for firing. Dirty ammunition can damage the weapon or affect the accuracy of the round.
  • Keep the ammunition dry, cool, out of the sun, and out of the elements, if possible.

A-7. Each projectile must be inspected to ensure that there is no leakage of the contents and that the projectile is correctly assembled. https://armypubs.army.mil/default.aspx

 

AIN 026-22, Possibility of Forward Handle Breaking During Firing of

Launcher and Cartridge, 84 MM: AT4 Confined Space Reduced Sensitivity (AT4CS-RS), M136A1.

 

DODIC: CA30

Request dissemination of this AIN to all Users, Ammunition Supply Point (ASP) Personnel, Quality Specialist Ammunition Surveillance (QASAS), Ammunition Logistics Assistance Representatives (LAR), and Range Safety Officers (RSO). This AIN shall be provided to all Units and each User at time of issue.

 

BACKGROUND: It was reported that the Forward Handle on a number of CA30 launchers (total of five at time of AIN Issue) broke during firing. No injuries or damage to property were reported. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Rockets.aspx

 

AIN 027-22, Reporting Army Ammunition Malfunctions (AR 75-1)

 

Request dissemination of this AIN to all Users, ASP Personnel, QASAS, LAR, and RSO.

 

BACKGROUND: Email addresses have changed for malfunction reporting within AR 75-1 for both the Joint Munitions Command (JMC) and the Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM). Both organizations are experiencing Units submitting DA FORM 4379-SG (Ammunition Malfunction Report) and DA FORM 4379-1-SG (Missile and Rocket Malfunction Report) via the Munitions History Program (MHP) with incorrect or missing data. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Tactical Ammunition Operations.aspx

 

AIN 028-22 Cartridge 81MM, HE (IM), M821A3 with Fuze Multi-Option M734A1 (1315-CA61), NSN 1315-01-602-6954 and Cartridge, 81MM, HE (IM), M889A4 with Fuze PD-DLY, M783 (1315-CA63), NSN 1315-01-602-6914

 

Request that this information be disseminated to all organizations/activities that store and maintain conventional ammunition QASAS/Ammunition Inspectors, Range Safety Officers (RSO) ASP Personnel, and using Units. Please distribute this AIN to the lowest level.

 

The M821A3 Cartridge has a new DODAC (1315-CA61) and a new NSN 1315-01-602-6954.

 

The M889A4 Cartridge has a new DODAC (1315-CA63) and a new NSN 1315-01-602-6914. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/81MM.aspx

 

AIN 029-22 CHANGE TO APPENDIX A OF TB 9-1300-385.

 

The restriction listed above is being added to the reference TB for future use.  This AIN does not apply the restriction to any lots of ammunition. Any future use of the restriction will be issued in a Notice of Ammunition Reclassification (NAR). https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-1163370

 

 

 


7/25/20226/27/2022 4:08 PM
  
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6 June 2022, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

 

Ammunition Item of the Week - DODIC C870, Cartridge, 81mm, Smoke, Red Phosphorus, M819

 

AIN 022-22 New Configuration, Serviceability Criteria and Linking of Dummy Drilled Inert (DDI) Ammunition

DODICS: AB36, AB46, AB47 AND AB48.

 

Request this information be disseminated to all organizations/activities that store and maintain conventional ammunition, Quality Assurance Specialist Ammunition Surveillance (QASAS)/Ammunition Inspectors, Range Safety Officers (RSO), Ammunition Supply Point (ASP) Personnel, and using Units. Please distribute this AIN to the lowest level.

 

The one-piece design and the two-piece design are both acceptable for use and interchangeable.  There are no changes to either model number, DODIC or National Stock Number (NSN). Handling and inspection criteria remain the same.

 

See attachments (AIN 022-22D thru AIN 022-22F) for guidance on 5.56MM, 7.62MM and .50 Caliber DDI and link serviceability criteria, linking and delinking procedures for DDI as well as link and belt serviceability, and warnings, restrictions and procedures for breaking and joining belt for service ammunition. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Small Arms Ammunition.aspx

 

AIN 023-22 Information for New Cartridge, 81MM Practice, M879A1 (NSN 1315-01-537-7915, DODAC 1315-C875).

 

The cartridge, 81MM, Practice, M879A1 is the replacement for Cartridge, 81MM, Practice, M879. It is a full range practice cartridge authorized for use in the M252 and M252A1, 81MM Mortar Systems.

The new Cartridge shares the DODAC with the current M879 Cartridge (1315-C875) but has a new NSN 1315-01-537-7915. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/81MM.aspx


AIN 024-22, For Projectile, 155MM: HE M795 (IMX-101) And Fuze, Multioption: M1156 PGK Are No Longer an Authorized Projectile/Fuze Combination

 

DODICS: DA54, NA29, NA36.

The projectile-fuze combination of Projectile, 155MM: HE M795 (IMX-101), DA54, and Fuze, Multioption: M1156 PGK, NA29 and NA36, is no longer an authorized combination. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/155mm.aspx

 

 


6/27/20226/6/2022 3:43 PM
  
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23 May 2022, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

 

Ammunition Item of the Week

DODIC J007 Mine, Antipersonnel, M18A1 With Nonelectric Initiation System

 

AIN 020-22 To Support the Fielding and Deployment Release (F&DR) Of the Cartridge, Caliber .338, NORMA MAGNUM Armor Piercing, M1162, DODIC AC32 For U.S. SOCOM Only.

Request dissemination of this AIN to all organizations/activities that store and maintain conventional ammunition, Quality Assurance Specialist Ammunition Surveillance (QASAS)/Ammunition Inspectors, Range Safety Officers (RSO), Ammunition Supply Point (ASP) Personnel, and Ammunition Logistics Assistance Representatives (LAR). Please distribute this AIN to the lowest level.

The inspection criteria for DODIC AC32 has been included into MHP.

This ammunition will be handled, stored, and supported in a similar manner as existing .338 Caliber Small Caliber Ammunition.  Management, accountability, and requisition will be via standard ammunition channels for Army Depots, ASP'S, and ATHPS similar to currently fielded small caliber ammunition. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Small Arms Ammunition.aspx

 

AIN 021-22 To Support the Urgent Material Release (UMR) Of the Cartridge, 30 MM, High Explosive Proximity (HEP), XM1211

Request dissemination of this AIN to all organizations/activities that store and maintain conventional ammunition, Quality Assurance Specialist Ammunition Surveillance (QASAS)/Ammunition Inspectors, Range Safety Officers (RSO), Ammunition Supply Point (ASP) Personnel, and Ammunition Logistics Assistance Representatives (LAR). Please distribute this AIN to the lowest level.

The inspection criteria for DODIC AC61 has been included into MHP.

Transportation, transportation activities, and traffic management for XM1211 ammunition will be handled by the U.S. Army Joint Munition Command. Outloading, Conveyance, and Magazine Storage Drawings will be similar to existing 30MM Medium Caliber Ammunition. These items will be a Category IV Security Sensitive Item IAW DOD 5100.76-M and will require Transportation Protective Service (TPS) pursuant to DOD 4500.9-R, Defense Transportation Regulation, Part II. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/20mm - 30mm.aspx

 

Shelter from the Storm, Compiled by the Risk Management Staff, RM Quarterly, Risk Management, Official Safety Magazine of the U.S. Army, Spring 2022. https://safety.army.mil/Portals/0/Documents/MEDIA/RISKMANAGEMENTMAGAZINE/Standard/RMQ_Spring_2022.pdf


6/13/20225/23/2022 2:52 PM
  
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9 May 2022, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

QUESTIONS

 

Question about Reduced QD Magazines Inter Magazine distance (Three responses)

TP-15 and the Reduced QD magazine guide describe the arcs for reduced QD magazines (like the CETASM and Advanced EOD ARMAG).  However, when I am siting these ARMAGS within the QD Arcs of an ASP, as an Exposed Site, do I calculate them as an AGM (K4.5 to ECM, for example)?  Or can I site them closer, like the HPM at K1.5?

 

Question about DA Form 1687 (Two responses)

My team and I are trying to find the AR/DA PAM/etc on a line-by-line filling of the DA Form 1687 for ASP/ASA. We have the new AIN 015-22 about SIGNATURES. Can anyone provide an example External SOP from your operation?

 

Question about Magazine Data Cards (DA Form 3020-R) (One response)

Is there a regulation that describes how to properly fill out a 3020-R? I have gone through AR 710-2, DA PAM 710-2-1, DA PAM 700-2-2, as well as DA PAM 700-16. All I have been able to find is them saying that there needs to be one on any ammunition being stored for over 24 hours.

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 

ARTICLES

 

AIN 016-22, Disposition Instructions for Unserviceable Non-Standard Ammunition

Request this AIN be disseminated to all organizations/activities that store, test and/or maintain non-standard ammunition; QASAS; Ammunition Inspectors; and all Ammunition Supply Point Personnel.

Pending further guidance, disposition for unserviceable NSA shall be requested through the appropriate Designated Disposition Authority (DDA). A list of DDA's is provided on the spreadsheet attachment AIN 016-22A. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Non-Standard - Foreign Munitions.aspx

 

AIN 017-22, Retransmittal of JMC SOUM 20-002 (Operational Use of Grenade, Hand: Smoke, Visual, Restricted Terrain, M106, (GG25), Screening Obscuration Device-Visual Restricted Terrain (SOD-VR), NSN: 1330-01-557-1954, LIN G23252.)

Units failed to follow guidance in TC 3-23.30, Grenades and Pyrotechnic Signals before training with the M106 SOD-VR Grenade. As a result, soldiers training with and employing the M106 SOD-VR Grenade have sustained serious injuries to the hand and face due to grenade misidentification. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Grenades.aspx

 

AIN 018-22 Information Concerning Restrictions and Reporting Procedures for All 9 Millimeter Ammunition and Pistols

DODIC: A260, A363, AA49, AB45, AC20, AC21, AC22, AC23, AC24

See AIN 018-22A for ammunition/weapon authorizations. Due to the recent issues and minimal Compatibility Testing it is recommended that ammunition and weapon types (MHS & LEGACY) are not mixed for combat use. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/9mm and .45 cal Cartridges.aspx

 

AIN 019-22 JMC Ammunition Condition Report (ACR) Updates In MHP

The JMC automated ACR submission process in the MHP was updated several years ago to allow users to submit ACRS thru the Inspection Module. ACRS submitted thru MHP do require approval by personnel with inspection approval authority in MHP. Any issues with accessing the ACR Module may be addressed to the JMC POC listed in this AIN, or to the MHP Help Desk. AINs contributed by Mr. Garcia. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/Surveillance.aspx

 

ALARACT 025-2022, Arms, Ammunition, and Explosives Accountability and Loss and Recovery Reporting

The purpose of this message is to announce a forthcoming Army Directive, changes for the Chief Of Staff Of The Army (CSA) Commander's Critical Information Report (CCIR) and announce forthcoming policy changes relating to the accountability and reporting of lost, stolen, and recovered arms, ammunition, and explosives (AA&E). Headquarters, Department of The Army (HQDA) is increasing the speed/timeliness and accuracy of the status of lost, stolen, or missing weapons and munitions by establishing a live feed dashboard to inform Army Leaders. The forthcoming changes to the reporting requirements will be outlined in an Army Directive and are designed to feed the HQDA dashboard and provide real-time data for analysis. Contributed by CW3 Lima https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/Physical Security.aspx

 

 


5/30/20225/9/2022 4:00 PM
  
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25 April 2022, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammunition%20Multimedia.aspx

 

QUESTIONS

 

Question about DA Form 1687

My team and I are trying to find the AR/DA PAM/etc on a line-by-line filling of the DA Form 1687 for ASP/ASA. We have the new AIN 015-22 about SIGNATURES.

Can anyone provide an example External SOP from your operation?

 

Question about Magazine Data Cards (DA Form 3020-R) (one response)

Is there a regulation that describes how to properly fill out a 3020-R? I have gone through AR 710-2, DA PAM 710-2-1, DA PAM 700-2-2, as well as DA PAM 700-16. All I have been able to find is them saying that there needs to be one on any ammunition being stored for over 24 hours. Click here to respond.

 

Question about Amnesty Collection (one response)

Ms. Gilg: During my previous assignments QASAS collected ammunition from base amnesty boxes and turned in at the ASP. Now that I'm working at a Military Ocean Terminal how does the amnesty collection / program work?  Who is authorized to collect from base amnesty containers? What training / certification is required to collect ammunition from amnesty container?  Who can transport amnesty from collection points to base arms room for storage until turn in at supporting ASP?  What training / certification is required to transport from amnesty container to local arms room?

 

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 

 

ARTICLES


AIN 012-22, Changes to Shelf Life For DODICS: MD73 and A965, CTG Impulse M796 and CTG 25.4MM Decoy M839

DODICS:  NSN/DODIC: 1377-01-049-6365 MD73 AND1305-01-082-8986 A965

HQ JMC has updated the CAD/PAD Shelf/Installed Life Listing for the following DODICS:MD73 and A965. The Shelf Life has been increased from 228 to 240 months. The Installed Life for both DODICS remains at 12 months.

 

AIN 014-22, Possible Early Function with M783 PD Fuzed Mortar Cartridges  (DODICS BA14/BA17/BA45/CA43/CA44/CA63)

Do not lay fuze end of mortar cartridge directly on ground and keep cartridges covered prior to firing to prevent sand, dust, dirt, snow, ice, and any other debris from getting into the fuze turbine air inlet (See attachment AIN 014-22A). https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Mortars.aspx

 

AIN 015-22, DA Form 1687 (Delegation of Authority) Guidance

DETAILS:  currently, there is conflicting guidance in AR 700-28 and DA PAM 700-16 regarding DA Form 1687 and what constitutes a correct "SIGNATURE". Original intent was to do away with the requirement of a PPT/PDF signature as part of the digital signature requirement, but the requirement did not translate correctly into the regulation updates.  As a result of these discussions/emails, signature guidance in this AIN will be implemented immediately upon receipt until relevant publications are updated or additional guidance is provided. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/Tactical Ammunition Operations.aspx

AINS contributed by Mr. Garcia.

 

Ammo Help

Ammo Help is DAC's most accessible means for a customer to ask a question about ammunition and explosives: logistics, safety, surveillance, training, demilitarization technology or engineering.

The DAC directorate having the expertise to provide definitive guidance will answer the question.

To Contact Ammo Help: https://defenseammunitioncenter.org/index.php/lrtao/ammo-help


5/16/20224/25/2022 4:42 PM
  
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11 April 2022, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

Question about Amnesty Collection (one response)

Ms. Gilg: During my previous assignments QASAS collected ammunition from base amnesty boxes and turned in at the ASP. Now that I'm working at a Military Ocean Terminal how does the amnesty collection / program work?  Who is authorized to collect from base amnesty containers? What training / certification is required to collect ammunition from amnesty container?  Who can transport amnesty from collection points to base arms room for storage until turn in at supporting ASP?  What training / certification is required to transport from amnesty container to local arms room? https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 

New/Updated Manuals

SB 742-1427-92-002, Ammunition Surveillance Procedures for Javelin Surface Attack Guided Missile & Launcher: FGM-148 Series, Revision, 4/1/2022

TM 9-6920-688-10, Operator Manual for Javelin Missile System Field Tactical Trainer (NSN 6920-01-391-9214) (EIC NA) P/N 13306105-Series, Revision, 3/29/2022

TM 9-1015-263-10, Operator Manual for Multi-Role Anti-Armor Anti-Personnel Weapon System (MAAWS) Rifle, 84 MM Recoilless: M3E1 (NSN 1015-64-000-1068) (EIC 7RR), 03/21/2022

https://login.aesip.army.mil/portal/faces/home

 

8 Keys to a Successful Ammunition Program

This article lists and explains the eight key factors Hotel Forward Support Company improved or implemented to make their CLV program a success.

  1. FSCs and Master Gunners Must Become Best Friends
  2. Identify all Limitations and Constraints
  3. Find the Sweet Spot
  4. Turn your Limitations into Strengths
  5. The Necessities No One Talks About
  6. All Companies Must Buy In
  7. Give the AIP a Little Love
  8. Take Responsibility and Work as a Team

These eight key factors have the potential to streamline your unit's ammunition program, directly impacting the unit's lethality. These factors also enable your team to work together toward a better culture. Read complete article by Capt. Sarah F. Antioho, dated February 24, 2022. https://www.army.mil/article/253847/8_keys_to_a_successful_ammunition_program
 

Newly Published Drawings, https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Drawings.aspx

 


4/25/20224/11/2022 3:04 PM
  
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28 March 2022, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

QUESTIONS/DISCUSSION

 

Ammunition Lessons Learned from a DIVARTY

Chief Lima: Black on Ammunition, Green on Forecasting: Ammunition Lessons Learned from a DIVARTY, By: MAJ Mikhail Jackson, https://www.fieldartillery.org/news/black-on-ammunition-green-on-forecasting-ammunition-lessons-learned-from-a-divarty

 

Question about DD Form 626 for Inert Loads (one response)

Mr. Leroy: Is a DD Form 626 actually required for incoming and outgoing of inert loads, i.e.: bomb fins, dummy rounds, etc....?

 

Question about Record Keeping (DD FORM 626) (one response)

Mr. Smith: Does anyone know how long copies of vehicle inspections (626) are required to be kept on file? Is it a year or 6 years and three months like most documents?

 

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community%20Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 

ARTICLES

 

AIN 010-22, Unit Level Delinking/Linking of Small Arms Ammunition (SAA) or Medium Caliber Ammunition (MCA)

 

DODICS: AA01, AA02, AA04, AA05, AA06, AA07, AA08, AA26, AA27, AA34, AA35, AA36, AA37, AA39, AA44, AA50, AA65, AA79, AA85, AA89, AA90, AA94, AA96, AA98, AB03, AB04, AB15, AB16, AB17, AB30, AB35, AB56, AB66, AB73, AB75, AB76, AB79, AB81, AB85, AB86, AB88, AB89, AC09, AC10, AC31, AZ33, AZ34, AZ35, AZ36, AZ41, A062, A064, A073, A075, A111, A127, A128, A131, A143, A146, A147, A151, A152, A156, A163, A164, A165, A168, A200, A207, A208, A209, A217, A218, A219, A225, A236, A255, A257, A258, A516, A517, A518, A519, A520, A523, A528, A530, A534, A540, A544, A550, A555, A557, A559, A573, A576, A577, A581, A583, A589, A590, A593, A595, A596, A598, A599, A602, A603, A605, A607, A608, A940, A953, A974, A975, A976, A981, A983, A986, A991, BA21, BA30, BA35, B470, B480, B481, B542, B570, B571, B573, B576, and B584.

 

  • Units are authorized to delink/link a single DODIC of SAA or MCA only for the adjustment of the belt length.
  • Units are prohibited from delinking a single DODIC of SAA or MCA to alter the DODICS original configuration, such as removing tracer rounds from a ball and tracer DODIC, or removal of individual rounds for use in single fire weapons, such as in sniper rifles.
  • Units are prohibited from delinking/linking two or more DODICS of SAA or MCA into a nonstandard ammunition configuration.

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Small Arms Ammunition.aspx

 

AIN 011-22, Authorization to Fire Various 60mm, 81mm, and 120mm Mortar Cartridges Using Older Mortar Ballistic Computers

DODICS:  BA44, BA45, C875, CA61, CA63.

 

Some older versions of the LHMBC and MFCS software may not have selections for all ammunition. The necessary firing data and correction factors to allow firing of these rounds are also provided in attachment AIN 011-22A, where applicable. Units with MFCS software prior to Version 7 or LHMBC software prior to VERSION 5 should have their MFCS/LHMBC updated to comply with current software versions used in the field.

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Mortars.aspx

 

M2/M2A1 Machine Guns: Ammo for Training on Short Range, PS Magazine, 21 March 2022, https://www.psmagazine.army.mil/News/Article/2973131/m2m2a1-machine-guns-ammo-for-training-on-short-range/

 


4/11/20223/24/2022 11:55 AM
  
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14 March 2022, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

Question about Record Keeping (DD FORM 626) (one response)

Mr. Smith: Does anyone know how long copies of vehicle inspections (626) are required to be kept on file? Is it a year or 6 years and three months like most documents?

 

Question about Access to Army TM's (two responses)

I am a former QASAS, now working for the Navy as an Explosives Safety Officer. I am trying to find a way where I can get access to the TM 43 series pubs. A lot of information in the TM's would benefit me in my current position, but seems I cannot get access to the Army TMs anymore.

 

Question about A&E Load Securement on an Installation (one response)

Mr. Pezzulo: What is/are the standard(s) for the securing of A&E loads for transport when on installation boundaries? Specifically, when in reference to contractor operated facilities? Also, what are the options for deviation from these requirements?

 

Question about Electric Vehicles for Transporting Ammunition

Mr. Chenard: Has anyone heard whether there will be guidance regarding using electric vehicles to transport ammunition/explosives?

 

Share an Idea about Ammunition References

Mr. Matthews: The Ammunition Reference Guide is a Knowledge Management MilWiki tool used by the Ammunition community. It is a powerful tool and a living knowledge bank where experts are encouraged to contribute their experience and update information as it happens. It allows users to integrate and interlink knowledge into topical-based articles and collaborate on issues up to and including UNCLASSIFIED/FOUO documentation. Suggestions for edits can be made keeping the references current. The Ammunition Reference Guide is also posted at https://www.milsuite.mil/wiki/Ammunition_References  and https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/General-Ammunition-Information.aspx.

 

 https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community%20Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 

 

Ammunition: Cold Weather Affects Performance

PS Magazine, Feb. 23, 2022, https://www.psmagazine.army.mil/News/Article/2803731/ammunition-cold-weather-affects-performance/

 

 

Ammunition Item of the Week

GG25 - Grenade, Hand: Smoke, Visual, Restricted Terrain, M106.

The M106 produces an instant obscurant cloud and is intended for use in restrictive terrain, i.e., inside urban structures, subterranean locations, and caves.


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28 February 2022 Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

Question about Electric Vehicles for Transporting Ammunition

Mr. Chenard: Has anyone heard whether there will be guidance regarding using electric vehicles to transport ammunition/explosives? I was asked that question recently and I have no idea; although I don't see why this would be a problem or create a hazard greater than a fuel driven vehicle...

 

Question about AMC Drawing 19-48-series Release Authority for FMS NATO Country

Mr. Malik: Good morning, I am trying to find the releasing authority for the AMC Drawings 19-48 Series for a FMS NATO country. I work for Navy and since this is an Army drawing. Not much information regarding release authority on the drawing.

 

Question about A&E Load Securement on an Installation (one response)

Mr. Pezzulo: What is/are the standard(s) for the securing of A&E loads for transport when on installation boundaries? Specifically, when in reference to contractor operated facilities? Also, what are the options for deviation from these requirements

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 

 

AIN 009-22, Information Concerning the Full Material Release of The Modular Handgun System and Related Ammunition


DODIC: A260, A363, AA49, AB45, AC20, AC21, AC22, AC23, AC24

In an effort to provide soldiers with an improved handgun and ammunition, the Program Manager for Soldier Weapons (PM SW) has issued a Full Material Release of The Modular Handgun System: M17 Full Size Handgun, M18 Compact Handgun, and General Officer Handgun. The ammunition for these weapons will be the M1152 Ball Cartridge, M1153 Special Purpose Cartridge, and M1156 Dummy Drill Inert Cartridge.


The Nomenclature and National Stock Numbers (NSN) for the MHS handguns and the Nomenclature, National Stock Numbers (NSN), and DODICS for the new and legacy 9mm ammunition are listed in AIN 009-22A. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/9mm%20and%20.45%20cal%20Cartridges.aspx

 

Cardinal Rule of Ammunition and Explosive Safety
(ATP 4-35.1 Nov 2021)


1-6. All operations involving AE follow the cardinal rule of AE safety: expose the minimum number of people, for the minimum period of time, to the least amount of explosive required to perform safe and effective operations.

1-7. During operations AE personnel—

  • Allow only tasks that are necessary to an operation.
  • Deny entry to nonessential personnel (This restriction does not prohibit official visits by safety, quality control [QC], management, inspection or other personnel authorized by the commander.)
  • Enforce established personnel limits at all times.

 

1-8. One Soldier can perform many AE operations. However, if the tactical situation permits, at least one additional person should be present to assist AE handlers in the event of an emergency. Proper supervision is required for all operations to observe and enforce safety precautions.
https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/Tactical Ammunition Operations.aspx

 
Ammunition Item of the Week

DODIC B647 Cartridge, 60mm, Illuminating M721


3/28/20222/28/2022 2:38 PM
  
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14 February 2022, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

Question about A&E load securement on an installation

Mr. Pezzulo: What is/are the standard(s) for the securing of A&E loads for transport when on installation boundaries? Specifically, when in reference to contractor operated facilities? Also, what are the options for deviation from these requirements? https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 

Question about Lightning and when operations should cease

Mr. Chenard: Is there any written clarification on the following standard?

A large majority of DOD Explosive, Ranges, and FARPs are not within the installation footprint. Complying with DESR V2.E4.4.1.1. forces operation/ training to cease when the installation could be 20, 50 or 100 miles away.

 

Is there a letter of interpretation for "within 10 miles [16 kilometers] of the installation"?

-V2.E4.4.1.1. Explosives facilities are served by an approved local lightning warning system (as determined by each DoD Component) permitting AE operations to be terminated before a thunderstorm is within 10 miles [16 kilometers] of the installation. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 

 

New/Updated Documents

Ammunitions Defect Codes, November 2021 w/AIN 006-22 https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Army Surveillance.aspx

QASAS Vehicle Inspection Checklist, QASAS Form 1, February 2021 https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Land Transportation.aspx

 

 

Ten Principles Of Ammunition And Explosive Safety

(ATP 4-35.1 Nov 2021)

 

1-9. While mission variables may limit a commander's ability to adhere to the specifications of AR 385-10 and DA Pam 385-64, the following ten principles apply to all AE operations, regardless of whether the unit is operating in peace, during contingency operations, or in war.

  • Know your explosive safety responsibilities.
  • Know your explosives safety points of contact and contact information.
  • Understand and have current explosives safety site plan on hand.
  • Train your personnel to perform their AE mission properly. Have policies and procedures in place that cover your AE requirements.
  • Make sure all AE locations are properly sited and have current licenses; prepare a DA Form 7632 (Deviation Approval and Risk Acceptance Document (DARD)) to authorize any explosives storage safety deviations.
  • Know where to find maps depicting AE locations with associated explosives safety quantity distance (ESQD) arcs, exclusion, and/or clear zones.
  • Know the outcome of the most recent internal and higher headquarters explosives safety assessment and institute corrective measures as necessary. Be aware of any new construction or modification plans that affect your explosive safety clear zones.
  • Know your local policies and procedures for the AE amnesty program including the location of collection points, responsibilities for collection, and frequency of collection.
  • Know proper response procedures in the event of a munition mishap including notification and evacuation procedures, personnel accountability, unexploded explosive ordnance (UXO) or explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) support, accident reporting requirements, and malfunction reporting requirements.
  • Learn what AE risks exist that could adversely affect your mission or capability and mitigate those risks. Communicate risks up the chain of command.

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/Tactical Explosives Safety.aspx

 

Ammunition Item Of The Week

DODIC GG20 Grenade, Hand, Diversionary, BTV-1 EL, MK 13 MOD 0

 


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31 January 2022, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

Question about Lightning and when operations should cease.

Mr. Chenard: Is there any written clarification on the following standard?

A large majority of DOD Explosive, Ranges, and FARPs are not within the installation footprint. Complying with DESR V2.E4.4.1.1. forces operation/ training to cease when the installation could be 20, 50 or 100 miles away.


Is there a letter of interpretation for "within 10 miles [16 kilometers] of the installation"?


-V2.E4.4.1.1. Explosives facilities are served by an approved local lightning warning system (as determined by each DoD Component) permitting AE operations to be terminated before a thunderstorm is within 10 miles [16 kilometers] of the installation. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 

Transformation of the Army Ammunition Surveillance Program, by CW3 Lima dated December 16, 2021. https://www.army.mil/article/252596/transformation_of_the_army_ammunition_surveillance_program


Newly Published Drawings
https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Drawings.aspx

Web Page Updated – January 26, 2022

 
General Conventional Ammunition Drawings

Basic Procedures - Unitization Procedures for Boxed White Phosphorus (WP) and Plasticized White Phosphorus (PWP) Loaded Ammunition on 4-way Entry Pallets
Unitization: 19-48-4015-20PA1004  
https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/DAU Sponsored Documents/Unit 19-48-4015-20PA1004 - Revision 6.pdf?Web=1

Basic Procedures - Unitization Procedures for Ammunition and Components packed in Cylindrical Metal or Plastic Containers on 4-way Entry Wooden Pallets with Metal Top Lift Unitization: 19-48-4326-20PM1012  
https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/DAU Sponsored Documents/Unit 19-48-4326-20PM1012 - Revision 4.pdf?Web=1


Rockets, Rocket Ammunition and Rocket Components

Unitization Procedures for Unitization Procedures for Ammunition and Components packed in Cylindrical Metal or Plastic Containers on 4-way Entry Wooden Pallets – 2.75" Hydra Rocket, packed 4 per M643 HDPE Container, Unitized 12 per 69-/34" x 41" Metal Bottom Frame and Pallet with Top Lift Adapter; Approx Container Size 70"" L X 10-1/8" W X 10-1/8" H Unitization: 19-48-4231/62-20PM1012 https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/DAU Sponsored Documents/Unit 19-48-4231 62-20PM1006 - Revision 2.pdf?Web=1


Miscellaneous Items

Sling, Multiple Leg, Top Lift Ammunition
Materials Handling: AC00000398
https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/DAU Sponsored Documents/Materials Handling AC00000398.pdf?Web=1


CAPULDI excel updated by DAC 26 January 2022 https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/DAU Sponsored Documents/CAPULDI excel updated by DAC 20 April 2021.xlsx?Web=1

CAPULDI excel on MilBook  https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-926829
 
CAPULDI text updated by DAC 26 January 2022 https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/DAU Sponsored Documents/CAPULDI Text updated by DAC 20 April 2021.txt


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17 January 2022, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

DOT Chart 17: Markings, Labeling, and Placarding Guide, November 2021 https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Posters.aspx

 

AIN 008-22, GPA, JMC 20-001 for Projectile, 155mm High Explosive M795, DA54; Projectile, 155mm, Smoke, White Phosphorous M1121, DA66; Projectile, 155mm High Explosive M1122, DA51

 

Problem:  There are 155MM projectiles utilizing a plastic meltable fuze plug (MFP) that enhances insensitive munition (IM) safety. The lunette (LOOP) on the MFP is intended for hand lifting and carrying of the projectile only. Lifting or suspending the projectile by the MFP using means other than hand lifting or carrying may cause the MFP to break and cause injury to personnel or damage to the projectile. Contributed by Mr. Garcia

 

SOP Requirements

DA PAM 385-64 Ammunition and Explosives Safety Standards,

2–4. Use of written procedures

Written procedures will be developed and used for each AE operation. The SOPs will be developed per AR 385–10 for all explosives operations to ensure workers have the information necessary to perform their assigned tasks safely. The SOPs for AE and related operations will identify potentially hazardous conditions.

 

DA PAM 385-10 Army Safety Program

Chapter 9 Standing Operating Procedures for Hazardous Operations (9-4, 9-7, 9-9, 9-10, 9-11)

A well-written SOP provides detailed procedures. The net result of following an SOP is a product or service that is consistent in quality and that is the same as other items produced in the same manner. The SOP has to meet certain criteria to be acceptable. These criteria include—

  • The steps must be in logical sequence…
  • The safety procedures have to protect the worker and the environment throughout the process.
  • Risks must be identified
  • The process set forth in the SOP should be the most efficient possible

 
The SOPs will be reviewed and staffed by all required parties.  Also see AMC R 700-107 Preparation of Standing Operating Procedures (SOP) and Written Standards for Ammunition Operations and DA PAM 700-107 Preparation Of Standard Operating Procedures And Written Standards For Ammunition Operations, both have examples to follow.


A method will be provided for the signatures of supervisors and operators indicating that they have read the SOP; understand operations involved in the task; have verified that the operators are trained in and understand the SOP; and that the task can be executed in a safe and efficient manner.


SOPs will be posted in the work area and readily available to the supervisors, operators and A&E related personnel.

https://armypubs.army.mil/ and https://hqamc.aep.army.mil/gstaff/amcio/ia/r/p/Publications/AMC-R%20700-107.pdf

 

AMMO-54-DL, 9E-F68/920-F36 (DL), RISK MANAGEMENT & PREPARATION OF SOPs FOR AMMUNITION & EXPLOSIVE OPERATIONS (CERT) https://defenseammunitioncenter.org/index.php/distance-learning

 

 


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Question about 463L Pallets Standard Drawings

During my time in shipping munitions from one Deployed base to another, I have found there is really no guidance on how to load up and tie down munitions to go air cargo.  Yes, there is some guidance on height limits, which nets to use, and weight for the pallet.  I am just curious if I have missed something on where there might be some standard drawings on this.  I work at a CRTC base and would like to start teaching a class in this for the future ACE concept.  For example, there is no guidance on AIM-9 and creating a 463L pallet.  I created one, but I believe there should be some standards out there. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community%20Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 

MIN 17-10, Disposition for Empty ATACMS/GMLRS/MLRS Pods

Prior to transfer, the items shall be inspected and certified as inert and free of material potentially presenting an explosive hazard. Contributed by Mr. Garcia. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-1093058

 

Modern War in an Ancient Land Volumes I and II

These volumes, prepared by the Operation Enduring Freedom Study Group, present a first cut operational-level narrative of how the U.S. Army formed, trained, deployed, and employed its forces in Afghanistan from October 2001 to December 2014. https://history.army.mil/html/books/059/59-1/

 

Ammunition and Explosives Light Box Management

DA PAM 385-64 Ammunition and Explosives Safety Standards, 3-2 h https://armypubs.army.mil/

Incomplete boxes of AE may be stored in magazines containing AE packed per approved drawings. Incomplete boxes of AE, which must be clearly marked to identify the content and quantity of AE, will be stored in designated locations within a magazine.

 

MILSTD129R Military Marking for Shipment and Storage, 5 14 4 2 f. https://quicksearch.dla.mil/qsDocDetails.aspx?ident_number=35520

When a package contains less ammunition or explosives than the package is designed to contain, the box shall be specifically marked as follows:

  • Light (lite) box shall be identified as such by marking or stenciling the words "LIGHT BOX" ("LITE BOX") in a contrasting orange paint scheme, on the identification side, space permitting, and on one other outward facing surface, in the largest practical size letters. If placing the "LIGHT BOX" ("LITE BOX") marking on the identification side is impractical, stencil the words "LIGHT BOX" ("LITE BOX") on one outward facing surface of the "lite box" and a second "LIGHT BOX" ("LITE BOX") marking on any other outward facing surface of the "lite box", in the largest practical size letters. A contrasting orange colored water-resistant label with the words light (lite) box can be used in lieu of marking or stenciling.
  • In a general shipping situation, there is only one light (lite) box per lot, per 
    condition code, per structure.

 

Drawings https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-939029

  • DRAWING 12982865 REV K, 20 JAN 16, SUBJECT: Minimum Marking Instructions for Ammunition and Explosive Containers.
  • DRAWING 9325874 REV K, 26 JAN 18, SUBJECT: Packing for Light Boxes.
  • DRAWING 8796522 REV BU, 26 APRIL 17, SUBJECT: Marking Diagram and Sealing for Wood Packing Boxes.

A link to Ammunition and Explosives Light Box Management can also be found on the Munitions and Explosives Safety CoP under A&E Resources/Tools https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/A%20and%20E%20Resources%20-%20Tools.aspx



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Articles


Ammunition Item of the Week, DODIC: AA51 Cartridge, 12 Gauge, Non-Lethal Point Control M1012

 

AIN 006-22, New Ammunition Defect Code

A new component code has been added to the Munitions History Program (MHP).

FA - FLASH REDUCER.

Updated defect code file is available on the "POLICIES & PROCEDURES" tab on the JMC Ammunition Surveillance Website at the following web address:

https://jmc.aep.army.mil/mlrc/qa/qas/qasurveillance/default.aspx Contributed by Mr. Garcia

 

AIN 007-22, Army Guidance On Shipping Full Or Light Pallets Of Depleted Uranium (DU) Penetrator Munitions

 

DODICS: A675, A676, A979, A983, A986, AB20, AC56, B102, B103, B117, B128, C380, C523, C524, C543, C783, C786, C792, CA26, CA64

 

Request this AIN be disseminated to all Army Personnel involved in shipping and receiving depleted uranium (DU) penetrator type munitions and coordinated with the installation Radiation Safety Officer (RSO). Other U.S. Military Services will consider distributing DU ammunition shipping guidance to their personnel. AINs contributed by Mr. Garcia https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/HAZMAT Transportation.aspx

 

Ammunition Class V Research Guide Nov 2021

 

The purpose of this guide is to identify various sources of information to assist the ammunition community in the proper cataloguing of conventional ammunition and missiles.
https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-464327  Contributed by Mr. Garcia

 

Soldiers make history firing experimental tank round 15 years in the making

 
Two crews from 4th Infantry Division made armor history in September at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona. The crews were the first to fire the XM-1147 Advanced Multi-Purpose (AMP) round, an experimental round that has been in development for over a decade. Currently, the U.S. Army utilizes five 120mm service rounds, each with a unique purpose and intended target. The AMP encompasses all four of these rounds, with additional capabilities such as breaching reinforced walls. For tank crews, this versatility serves a vital purpose in addressing the 'Battle-Carry Dilemma' and giving two invaluable resources: time and space.

Read complete article by Capt. Tobias Cukale dated November 2, 2021. https://www.army.mil/article/251668/soldiers_make_history_firing_experimental_tank_round_15_years_in_the_making


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Transaction Requirements


"Attached are the latest training slides. As the ASCC/DMC/higher command (whichever applies) you are required to provide training to your ASPs. You can utilize the slides provided or do your own, but please ensure that the ASPs become knowledgeable in the requirements. All slides in here are derived from wording within DA PAM 700-16 or FRAGO 3, https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-1051769  so should not be new information to the field. Please provide this training NLT 30 November 21 and provide proof of the training to this office by that date as well as maintaining it for required timeframe of 6 years 3 months. All training will be required annually once updated regulations are published. Proof of training can be via a sign in sheet or emailed MFR from AO stating that all personnel are trained (including list of ASP personnel). If there are personnel who are not available for training in this timeframe, please provide the date that they will be trained by." Ms. Miceli, Logistics Management Specialist.

Contributed by Mr. Garcia

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/Tactical Ammunition Operations.aspx

 

 

AIN 004-22 To Support the Fielding and Deployment Release of Close Combat Blank Family of Ammunition, DODICS AC51, AC52, AC53 FOR SOCOM Use Only

 

The inspection criteria for DODICS AC51, AC52, and AC53 remain the same as other currently fielded CCMCK ammunition with the exception that CCBS ammunition does not contain projectiles. The Small Arms Inspection Criteria in the Munitions History Program (MHP) has been updated accordingly. The shelf life for these items is listed in Appendix C of the TB 9-1300-385. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/5.56mm Cartridges.aspx

 

AIN 005-22, Change of Shelf Life for M21 Cutter Cartridge Actuated Assy

 

DODIC: M500

HQ JMC has updated the CAD/PAD Shelf/ Life for the following DODIC: M500. The Shelf Life has been increased from 336 to 360 months. The Installed Life remains at 72 months and 144 months for those in climate controlled areas. The updated PDF version of the list that can be found in MHP:
HTTPS://MHP.REDSTONE.ARMY.MIL/ > NOTICES> VIEW TB 9-1300-385 > APPENDIX D.(Change 48) > PARA D-5A >"LINK TO LIST"  AINs contributed by Mr. Garcia.


FY2022 DoD Munitions (Ammunition) Logistics, Surveillance and Explosives Safety Review Guide, Revision 2, 22 October 2021

This guide is provided to aid the ammunition supply activity personnel to perform a self-assessment of ammunition logistics, ammunition surveillance, and explosives safety functions. Contributed by Ms. Ortiz. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/Ammunition Logistics and Explosives Safety Program.aspx  


ATP 4-35.1 Ammunition and Explosives Handler Safety Techniques, November 2021
This manual is intended to provide ammunition and explosives handlers the information necessary to safely perform ammunition and explosives operations and fully support the operational requirement. The primary focus of ammunition and explosives safety is to reduce the probability and limit the damage caused by unintended initiation. Safety, fire protection, prevention, and safety awareness during ammunition and explosives operations is every Soldier's responsibility. Reader should follow the guidelines in this publication as closely as possible within the constraints and restrictions of the operational or tactical environment. ATP 4-35.1 contains five chapters.  https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/Tactical Explosives Safety.aspx


ATP 5-19 Risk Management, November 2021

ATP 5-19 provides doctrinal guidance on managing risk within the conduct of operations. Administrative risk management (RM) guidance and techniques are in AR 385-10. These two documents are designed to be complementary, and in tandem, they provide guidance on the implementation of RM throughout the Army. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Risk Management.aspx


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15 November 2021, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

Share an Idea: HQDA G-4 Exception to Policy, Enlisted Persons as Accountable Officers, 22SEP2021


This exception to policy (approved by the Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics G-4, LTG Duane A. Gamble on 22 Sep 2021) permits appointment of DoD enlisted personnel in the grade of E-7 or higher as Accountable Property Officers.

 

By exception, this memorandum authorizes the first General Officer (GO), Senior Executive Service (SES) Civilian, or Senior Commander (SC, defined per AR 600-20 paragraph 2-5b.)

Contributed by Chief Lima. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-1065147

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/Tactical Ammunition Operations.aspx

 

 

TAMIS Guide 3.0

 

Things you should know, or, help you, while navigating through TAMIS.

Contributed by Mr. Dougherty

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/TAMIS.aspx

 

 

Portable Ammo Sorting Table Blueprints

 

Blueprints for an ammunition sorting table that can be used or modified as needed for unit. Contributed by Ms. Theadore.

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Turn-in.aspx

 

 

Cheese Charge Video

 

Warnings were not followed

  • Excess increments were not destroyed Daily
  • All dead grass and brush was not cleared from within 30 meters of the burn area
  • The burn area was not a minimum of 100 meters from parked vehicles, ammunition piles, or the nearest mortar position
  • The increments were piled higher than 2 inches high

https://safety.army.mil/MEDIA/Video-Library/Video-Player/VideoId/30/UseHtml5/True

US Army Combat Readiness Center and

https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/120MM%20Mortar.aspx

 

 

Ammunition: Cold Weather Affects Performance

PS Magazine, Oct. 7, 2021

 

Soldiers, we told you how ammo performs when it's hot, and now it's time to tell you what happens when it's cold. Keep reading to see how cold weather affects your ammo's performance.

 

It's important to keep your weapon and ammo dry in extremely cold weather. What happens when you bring your weapon in from the cold? The warm, humid indoor environment causes condensation to form on your weapon and ammo. If you take your weapon back outside with condensation on the ammo, then it'll freeze and cause serious problems.  For instance, ammo with ice particles on it will not feed or fully chamber properly. That's why the best thing to do is secure weapons and ammo outside if you're going indoors for a quick warm up. 

 

When you're done with outdoor training for the day, ensure all ammo is accounted for and turned in to the ammo point. Make sure your weapon is clear of ammo and bring your weapon indoors and give it time to warm up to the indoor temperature. Read complete article from PS Magazine https://www.psmagazine.army.mil/News/Article/2803731/ammunition-cold-weather-affects-performance/


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FY21 DoD Munitions Ammunition Logistics, Surveillance and Explosives Safety Annual Digest

This digest is a summary of significant observations and trends reported during eighteen ammunition reviews conducted from 1 October 2020 through 30 September 2021. This digest is prepared and published as an aid in identifying potential problem areas that could affect an installation's capability to accomplish its mission in an accountable, efficient, environmentally responsible, safe and secure manner. All Army commanders with an A&E mission should place an increased emphasis on areas with increased findings from previous year reviews. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-1070128

Contributed by Ms. Ortiz.

 

AIN 001-22, Muzzle Velocity Variation (MVV) For Specific Lots Of Cartridge, 105MM, M1 (DODAC 1315-C445) That Contain Incorrectly-Loaded Charge, Propelling, 105MM, M67


Request that this information be disseminated to all organizations/activities that store and maintain conventional ammunition, all 105MM Artillery Units, Range Safety Officers, Quality Assurance Specialist (Ammunition Surveillance) (QASAS) and Ammunition Supply Point (ASP) Personnel. Please distribute this AIN to the lowest level.


This AIN provides information about specific lots of M1 Cartridges (C445) that contain incorrectly-loaded M67 Propelling Charges. The M1 is used in the M101-series, M102 and M119-series 105MM howitzers. The M67 is a seven increment propelling charge that is fired at Charge-1 through Charge-7. These specific lots of M1 Cartridges produce muzzle velocity that is slower than standard for Charge-3 through Charge-7. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-406767


AIN 002-22, Residue Present In Chamber After Firing Newer Lots Of M865 TPCSDS-T 120MM Cartridge

 

Request this AIN be disseminated to all personnel involved with firing 120MM tank cartridges from the M1A1 or M1A2 Abrams Tanks, including Tank Crews, Quality Assurance Specialist Ammunition Surveillance (QASAS)/Ammunition Inspectors, Range Safety Officers (RSO), Ammunition Supply Point (ASP) Personnel, and using Units. Please Distribute This AIN to the lowest level.

 

In recent years, there has been an increase in reports of excessive residue remaining in the chamber after firing M865 cartridges with the ACS. The residue is an inert Kraft Papermaterial that is part of the upper portions of the CCC which was not completely expelled from the chamber during firing of the cartridge. This residue is not considered hazardous. Examples Of Excessive Residue Can Be Seen In The Attached PDF (AIN 002-22A). https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-406765

AINs contributed by Mr. Garcia.

 

Ammunition Item of the Week

AC47 – Cartridge, 30MM X 173, Programmable Air Burst Munition with Tracer (PABM-T), MK310 MOD 0

 

 



11/29/202111/1/2021 3:29 PM
  
News

18 October 2021, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was post at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx


QUESTION

Question about Rocket/Missile aerial delivery

Mr. GonzalezRivas: Working on research to pass along to our aerial delivery section with the Airborne Service Detachment (ASD) about the feasibility to add the items listed below to our airborne FARP.

  • Rocket, 2.75", Hydra, packed in PA150 Container
  • Rocket, 2.75", Hydra, packed in M643 Plastic Container
  • AGM114 Hellfire on CNU-448/E

Any papers, publications, TM's and/or any other information I can pass along for their research, I would really appreciate your help. https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community%20Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 


ARTICLES


Conventional Ammunition Inspection Interval and Priority List, 21 September 2021, https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-708647

 

Ammunition Item of the Week  

CA55 - Cartridge, 120MM: High Explosive Guided, XM395

 

Appendix A Ammunition (TC 3-22.90 MORTARS)

Mortar ammunition component consists of a fuze, a cartridge, propellant charges and the fin assembly. A complete round of mortar ammunition contains all of the components needed to get the round out of the tube and to burst at the desired place and time. This appendix discusses the proper care and handling, field storage of ammunition and types of ammunition.

AMMUNITION CARE AND HANDLING

A-6. The key to proper ammunition functioning is protection. Rounds prepared but not fired should be returned to their containers. Safety is always a matter of concern for all personnel and requires special attention where ammunition is concerned. Supervision is critical—improper care and handling can cause serious accidents, as well as inaccurate fire. Some of the principles of proper ammunition handling are—

  • Never tumble, drag, throw, or drop individual cartridges or boxes of cartridges.
  • Do not allow smoking, open flames, or other fire hazards around ammunition storage areas.
  • Inspect each cartridge before it is loaded for firing. Dirty ammunition can damage the weapon or affect the accuracy of the round.
  • Keep the ammunition dry, cool, out of the sun, and out of the elements, if possible https://armypubs.army.mil/

 

FY2022 DoD Munitions (Ammunition) Logistics, Surveillance and Explosives Safety Review Guide, Revision 1

This guide is provided to aid the ammunition supply activity personnel to perform a self-assessment of ammunition logistics, ammunition surveillance, and explosives safety functions. Contributed by Mr. Fairhurst. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-114964 or https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/pages/topics/Ammunition%20Logistics%20and%20Explosives%20Safety%20Program.aspx

 




11/8/202110/18/2021 4:16 PM
  
News

4 October 2021, Munitions and Explosives Safety Newsletter was posted at https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Pages/Topics/Ammo%20CoP%20Newsletter.aspx

 

 

QUESTION

Question about ESS Software Load Approval – Army

Mr. Chenard: Where do I find Army NEC approval for loading Explosives Safety Siting (ESS) Toolkit and Site Planner software onto Army system?

Ref To: Ammo-103-DL ESS and Army Site Submission Electronic Tool (ASSET) https://defenseammunitioncenter.org/index.php/50-course-catalog/dac-course-catalog/392-ammo-103-dl

Special Instructions: This course is provided as a web-based course only. Students must have the ESS software (version 6.0.0, Build 193). https://www.dau.edu/cop/ammo/Lists/Community Discussion/AllItems.aspx

 

ARTICLES


Substitutability/Interchangeability list 2021

This publication is separated into two sections, one for the Army and one for the Marine Corps. Each section is then separated into chapters, where items are grouped by family and/or caliber. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-487905

Contributed by Mr. Dougherty.

 

AIN 039-21, To Support the Full Material Release (FMR) Of Cartridge, 7.62MM Advanced Armor Piercing M1158.


DODIC: AC09 and AC35

This ammunition will be handled, stored, packaged and supported in the similar manner as existing 7.62mm small caliber ammunition. However, due to capabilities that are not releasable to the public, these items are to be considered a Category II High Sensitivity Item. Items will require a commensurate level of physical security IAW DOD 5100.76-M, Physical Security of Sensitive Conventional Arms, Ammunition and Explosives and AR 190-11, Physical Security of Army, Ammunition, and Explosives.  Items will require Transportation Protective Service (TPS) in transit pursuant to DOD 4500.9-R, Defense Transportation Regulation, Part II. For hazard classification information see the Joint Hazard Classification System. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-669445

 

AIN 040-21, Lake City AAP Cage Code Changes for Small Arms Cartridges Through .50 CAL

 

DODIC(S): A059, A062, A071, A075, A080, A091, A111, A112, A122, A129, A130, A131, A140, A143, A146, A150, A151, A159, A164, A165, A168, A222, A255, A257, A531, A541, A552, A552, A555, A555, A557, A557, A575, A576, A585, A598, A606, A607, AA06, AA11, AA41, AA42, AA50, AA58, AB30, AB56, AB57, AB58, AB68, AB72, AB73, AB74, AB76, AB77, AB79, AB80, AB81, AB82, AB84, AB85, AB86, AB88, AB89, AC04

 

The purpose of this AIN is to clarify and to update existing direction regarding cage code reporting on Product Quality Deficiency Reporting (PQDR) relating to ammunition lots produced at Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (AAP) and as a result of contractor transition. Contractor changed from ATK to Olin-Winchester Group on1 OCT 20. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-890992

AINs contributed by Mr. Garcia.

 

Newly Published Drawings

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Storage in Approved Magazines of JSOW (AGM-154) Missiles packed in CNU-710 Containers Storage:  19-48-8880-SP1-3-4-14-22J56

 

Storage in Approved Magazines of GBU-53 Small Diameter Bomb II packed in CNU-714 Metal Containers Storage:  19-48-8887-SP1-3-4-14-22J57

 

Combination of Adopted Items for Unitization of M643 Containers COAI:  ACV00833

 

Loading and Bracing in MILVAN Containers of Small Diameter Bomb Carriage/System packed in CNU-660 Containers MILVAN:  19-48-8839-SP15J164

 

Combination of Adopted Items, Pallet & Pallet Adapter, Unitization of PA117 Containers COAI:  ACV00134

 


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