In the past, one civilian worker was only person qualified to support 10 of the divisions forward operation bases.
Jackson also pointed out some of the ammo that is set for disposal dates back to the liberation of Baghdad.
Weve been re-inspecting a lot of old ammo from previous deployments, said Spc. Victor Guzman, an ammunition specialist assigned to Company A, 404th Aviation Support Battalion.
If the ammo doesnt pass the inspection, then its given to explosive ordnance disposal personnel for disposal or its sent to the United States for repair, he explained.
The ammunition that passes inspection is put into the units stock in the ATHP. The ammunition is arranged in the ATHP to ensure safe storage and operations.
Were putting up more Hesco barriers so we can divide the ammo by net explosive weight, Guzman added.
There are berms and Hesco barriers that were recently put up to store the ammo into separated areas based on the net explosive weight of the munitions.
The munitions will be cataloged and mixed with the various weaponry stored in the sections. This is done to ensure that in case an accident should occur, the munitions do not literally go up in flames.
The unit has also instituted additional safety measures for its personnel.
We wear road guard vests at night and use flashlights, said Sgt. Maria Solis, an ammo specialist assigned to Company A, 404th Aviation Support Battalion. We give people working here from other military occupational specialties a safety briefing every morning.
While the mission is always placed first, the safety of the ammo specialists and their munitions is paramount since the missiles are needed to protect soldiers on the ground.