FORT LEE, Va. (Aug. 3, 2017) — In an attempt to highlight each of the corps military occupational specialties, the Ordnance Crucible this year will be extended to three weeklong events and will result in several team-of-year titles.
The competitions are Ammunition Transfer Holding Point, set for Aug. 7-11; Combat Repair Team, scheduled for Aug. 21-25; and Explosive Ordnance Disposal set for Sept. 11-15.
According to competition coordinators, the Crucible builds esprit de corps and friendly competition amongst the different units. The competing team that earns first place in each event will be awarded a team of the year title and will receive a trophy to display at their home unit until the competition next year.
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Twenty personnel across four different divisions are set to compete in the ATHP competition, which will be held at Fort Pickett, said 1st Lt. Jensen Pickett, operations officer for the event and the assistant S-3 for the 832nd Ordnance Battalion.
“Our events will test the technical knowledge of the Army’s ammunitions experts,” he said. “The event also will test each individual’s capabilities to perform ammunition-related tasks in a field environment.”
The next event – the CRT competition – will be held at Fort Pickett as well, and is set to test the pinnacle of the Army’s maintenance community and assess the most effective tactics, techniques and procedures employed to solve challenging maintenance scenarios, said 1st Lt. Merrick Stewart, CRT operations officer and assistant S-3 for the 16th Ordnance Battalion.
“I am excited to see the entire event as this is the first time the maintainers have the opportunity to demonstrate their expertise and skills at the Department of the Army level,” he said.
The last event – the EOD competition – will take place at Fort A.P. Hill and will have six teams of two personnel who will be put through realistic EOD scenarios, said Capt. Jacob Walsh, EOD operations officer and 73rd Ordnance Battalion assistant S-3. Competitors will be presented with unexploded ordnance or improvised explosive devices and challenged to disarm or dispose of the item in the safest way possible.
“This EOD event is important because it shows the current capabilities for EOD technicians over a strenuous five-day event,” he said. “It also enables leadership to identify new TTP, introduce developing TTPs in worldwide operations and build esprit de corps. I’m excited to see the competitors tackle tough EOD scenarios.”
People can follow the event at http://www.goordnance.lee.army.mil/OD_Crucible/index.html and www.facebook.com/59thOrdnancebrigade.