Final yr, after Russia invaded Ukraine, the U.S. Division of Protection developed a whole-of-government effort to supply assist to Ukraine. In response to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s now well-known name to motion – “I want ammunition, not a journey” – Joint Munitions Command, with assist from U.S. Transportation Command, distributed munitions in report time to assist these emergent necessities. JMC and its subordinate arsenals, depots and ammunition vegetation have the mission to provide, retailer, distribute and demilitarize typical munitions for the U.S. Division of Protection. USTRANSCOM’s mission is to mission and maintain navy energy globally to guarantee U.S. allies and deter potential adversaries, and JMC has supplied ammunition at a quantity and velocity that the command has by no means finished earlier than.

“We’re transport to locations we haven’t finished earlier than, due to the synergy, coordination and collaboration we’ve with USTRANSCOM,” stated Col. Landis Maddox, commander of JMC, logistics integrator for life-cycle administration of ammunition and supplier of a world presence of technical assist to frontline models.


“It’s wonderful how everybody has stepped up and communicated forwards and backwards to fulfill necessities,” stated Dave Banian, munitions logistics director for JMC.

“It’s all about teamwork. The transportation trade companions are making sacrifices, too. They’re really patriots,” Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, USTRANSCOM’s commander stated.

Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost (left), the commander of U.S. Transportation Command, listens to Col. Landis Maddox (proper), the commander of Joint Munitions Command, communicate on April 10 at JMC’s headquarters in Rock Island, Illinois.(Picture by Shawn Eldridge/Joint Munitions Command)

Since February 2022, greater than $32.5 billion in navy support has been supplied by the U.S. to Ukraine. JMC has requested greater than 3,500 Transportation Protecting Service vehicles by means of USTRANSCOM and Army Floor Deployment and Distribution Command (the Military’s service part command to USTRANSCOM) to ship munitions from eight installations to 6 airfields and one seaport for cargo in assist of Ukraine. With help from rail and trucking companions, JMC produced a further 3,500 containers of munitions – 2,000 by rail and 1,500 by truck to port terminals to be moved by vessel. By particular project airlift missions, JMC executes orders on the pace of relevance. JMC’s yearly common of SAAM execution is usually 80 per yr, however up to now 15 months it has executed over 500 SAAMs of ammunition in assist of Ukraine.

JMC’s capacity to react swiftly to every presidential drawdown order has led to a gentle movement of munitions to the battlefield. The traditional planning timeframe for a SAAM is 45 days from receipt of requirement to SAAM departure, however JMC and the Protection Journey System enterprise have scale back it to 5 days. The traditional timeframe for a sustainment vessel is 135 days from identification of necessities to closing supply to the seaport of embarkation, and the enterprise has been capable of execute this course of in as little as 11 days by means of extraordinary coordination to fulfill rising necessities. JMC has moved, and is at present transferring, an unprecedented quantity of ammunition on the pace of conflict to make sure our allies are prepared, dependable and deadly.

An explosives sign marks the cordon around a C-17 Globemaster III during a security assistance mission at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. The Department of Defense is providing Ukraine with critical capabilities to defend against Russian aggression under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative.
An explosives signal marks the cordon round a C-17 Globemaster III throughout a safety help mission at Dover Air Pressure Base, Delaware. The Division of Protection is offering Ukraine with crucial capabilities to defend towards Russian aggression beneath the Ukraine Safety Help Initiative. (U.S. Air Pressure photograph by Airman 1st Class Cydney Lee)