Watervliet Arsenal Newsletter: Salvo 31 May 2013


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Watervliet Arsenal Newsletter: Salvo 31 May 2013

  1. 1. SALVOStory begins on page 3Arsenal Apprentice Robert Fournier, right, receiving the Blanchard Industrial Supplies Award from Hudson Valley CommunityCollege Professor David Larkin for his selection as the top graduate, having maintained a 4.0 GPA. Photo by John B. SnyderArsenal apprenticetakes top awardVol. 13, No. 5 U.S. Army Watervliet Arsenal, New York May 31, 2013Also inside:Commander’s ColumnSecArmy Safety AwardNew Orders
  2. 2. Page 2 Salvo May 31, 2013The Arsenal Salvo is an authorized monthly publication for members of the Departmentof Defense. Contents of the Salvo are not necessarily the official views of, or an endorse-ment by the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, the Department of the Army, orthe Watervliet Arsenal.News may be submitted for publication by sending articles to Public Affairs Officer,1 Buffington Street, Bldg. 10, Watervliet, NY 12189, or stop by office #102, Bldg. 10,Watervliet Arsenal. The editor may also be reached at (518) 266-5055 or by e-mail:john.b.snyder.civ@mail.mil. The editor reserves the right to edit all information submittedfor publication.Commander, Col. Mark F. MigaleddiPublic Affairs Officer, John B. SnyderEditor, John B. SnyderPhotographer: John B. SnyderArsenal Facebook Page @http://on.fb.me/sq3LEm Commander’sCornerMark F. MigaleddiCommandingManufacturer 6Although I’ll have one more message to you before Idepart on July 18, I thought I would lean forward andstart the transition of command to Col. Lee Schiller,your incoming commander.Col. Schiller is no stranger to the TACOM LifeCycle Management Command as he commanded theSierra Army Depot as a lieutenant colonel. Since hisdeparture from Iraq last year, he has been an activefollower of our activities, as he has been receiving ournews releases and newsletters. He is also followingour command on social media sites, such as Facebook.Earlier this month, Col. Schiller spent three daysat the arsenal walking our grounds and receivingbriefings from several key leaders. We kept him busyas we peppered him with data about such things asour strategic plan, contracting, command investmentprogram, personnel, safety, and our manufacturing.We gave him just enough to wet his appetite for moreinformation about the great work that you do.Needless to say, that when Col. Schiller takescommand on July 18 he will hit the ground running.Speaking of running, we have had some good newsthis month regarding workload.In an era of declining defense budgets and talk ofsequestration, the month of May actually turnedout to be very productive for us in regards to futureworkload. The first order coming in this month formortar bipods locked in more than 21,000 hours ofdirect labor. This order was followed by anotherorder for mortar barrels that will bring us another $6.9million of work and more than 18,000 hours of directlabor.We anticipate manufacturing to start for these ordersnear the end of this year and extend into 2015. We arealso tracking several high probable orders that maybe announced soon and if they come through, theywill provides us thousands more direct labor hours ofwork.Each new order requires our unique expertisethat cannot be replicated elsewhere. So, pleasebe exceptionally safe during the summer months,as we need everyone working together to get thebest products in the world into the hands of ourwarfighters.
  3. 3. Page 3 Salvo May 31, 2013Story continues on page 4, See CapstoneApprentice capstone project signifies the end is nearBy John B. SnyderAfter more than 11,000 hours of design, manufacturing, and assembling, it came down to this ... 2013 Capstone Project. This reduced-scale,fully functional lathe represents what a machinist might have found at the arsenal in the late 1800s.Photo by John B. SnyderArsenal machining apprentices are one step closer tobecoming Department of the Army machinists as theypresented their Capstone Project at a ceremony conductedthis month at the Hudson Valley Community College inTroy, N.Y. The Capstone Project is the culmination of theirschooling and a demonstration of their machining skillsthey have acquired in the four-year apprentice program.The 14 arsenal apprentices have for the last four yearsattended a rigorous educational program at Hudson Valleythat taught them how to draft blueprints to machining afinished product. While attending college, they were alsoworking full time at the Watervliet Arsenal trying to amass8,000 hours of hands-on training that is required for anapprentice to be considered for an entry-level journeymanmachinist position at the Watervliet Arsenal.Although the arsenal apprentice program began in 1905,its relationship with the community college began about 20years ago.Hudson Valley Professor David Larkin said duringthe ceremony that it took the class of 37 students morethan 11,000 hours to design, machine, and assemble thefinal capstone project. The other students, some of themapprentices for local businesses such as General Electric,worked side-by-side the arsenal apprentices to produce 18identical projects.The project was a late 1800s-era, fully functional lathecomplete with a steam engine, Larkin said. Each year,corporate sponsors provide the capstone project with seedmoney.“When one totals the amount of work that the studentsput into the project, the return on the investment is afinal product that is valued at approximately $70,000 thatsponsors can showcase in their businesses,” Larkin said.Hudson Valley College President Drew Matonak said
  4. 4. Page 4 Salvo May 31, 2013Capstone cont.Top: Arsenal com-mander taking a lookat the Arsenal’s cap-stone project madeby apprentices whileapprentice programsupervisor, John Zay-howski, left, and Op-erations Directorate’sFriedrich Schnacken-berg look on.Left: Arsenal appren-tices in second rowawait the presenta-tion of their capstoneproject.this was a great accomplishment and a true exampleof how much the college is committed to building upmanufacturing in New York’s Capital District.“We may need to build a bigger stage because thegathering here today is absolutely incredible,” Matonaksaid. “This is a tremendous program in that every one ofthe 37 students has a job or will have one soon.”Two of the arsenal’s apprentices were recognized fortheir academic excellence.Robert Fournier received the Blanchard IndustrialSupplies Award for his selection as the top graduate, havingmaintained a 4.0 GPA.“There wasn’t onehighlight of my four yearsbecause everything I didwas a highlight,” Fourniersaid of his apprenticeexperience. “This is a greatopportunity for me and onethat is personally satisfyingbecause I will be machiningthe products that may savea Soldier’s life.”Right behind Fournierin academic excellence wasfellow arsenal apprenticePeter Northup, who alsoachieved a 4.0 GPA.Northup said theapprentice program gave him an opportunity to learn howto machine on just about every one of the 600 machines atthe arsenal.“We started with manual-operated machines in ourfirst couple of months and soon moved onto computernumerical controlled machines,” Northup said.This 82ndclass of arsenal apprentices began theirtraining nearly four years ago and since then have beenworking full time at the arsenal while also putting inanother 10-20 hours a week for their college studies.The students graduated from Hudson Valley this monthand will complete their 8,000 hours of hands-on trainingthis summer at the arsenal. They will officially graduatefrom the apprentice program in August. Upon graduation,they will receive a certificate from the Department of Laborsaying that they are journeyman machinists.Arsenal apprentices in 1905 dealt with chalk boards ―today’s apprentices deal with high-tech smart boards.Apprentices in 1905 dealt with mud on the streets ofWatervliet as they walked their way to work ― today’sapprentices deal with I-787, I-87, and I-90.Apprentices in 1905 dealt with steel that was not muchbetter than flake iron ― today’s apprentices must deal withhardened Titanium and Inconel steel.Finally, apprentices in 1905 dealt with competitionfrom manufacturers mainly in the Northeast ― today’sapprentices must deal with global competition.List of apprentices who will graduate in August:Altenos, John Kusaywa, DylanBashford, William McCarthy, WilliamBoak, Timothy Northup, PeterChirpka, Kenneth Smith, JaredDay, Robert Weishaar, JohnDelisle, Robert Wert, BrantFontaine, Timothy White, JamesFournier, RobertNote: Kusaywa completed his studies last summer.Photos by John B. Snyder
  5. 5. established by the Army Materiel Command.-The total number of days lost days was decreased by 73percent from FY 2011.-The total Case Incident Rate that was 77 percent lowerthan industry standards.-No one placed on long-termdisability. In fact, since 2003,no one from the arsenal hasbeen placed on long-termdisability.Beyond the cold statisticsis an energized workforcewho actively participatesin several safety programs,as well as who readilyrecommend initiatives tomake the workplace safer,Church said.“In FY 2012, we conductedcommand-level accidentinvestigations within 24 hoursof occurrence, rolled out anew safety tracking programcalled INTELEX that is a one-stop-shop for all safety-relatedinformation, reinforcedan incentive-based safetysuggestion program, andempowered the workforce,”Church said.The arsenal also hadembarked on the road toStar Certification in OSHA’sVoluntary Protection Program(VPP) and leveraged itsrelationship with its localunion to ensure that safety waspart of everyone’s daily procedures.Church said that given the awesome scope ofresponsibility, his four-person team could not have beensuccessful without leadership involvement, at all levels.“We are not a separate division anymore,” Churchsaid. “We have become an inclusive division in that everyechelon of the arsenal now integrates our efforts into theiroperations.Page 5 Salvo May 31, 2013By John B. SnyderSecretary of the Army pins industrial safetyaward on Watervliet ... againPhoto by John B. SnyderThe Fiscal 2010 Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of StaffSafety Award of Industrial Operations banner proudly hangs inthe main production floor of the Watervliet Arsenal. The arsenalwas recently selected for the FY 2012 Secretary of the Army andArmy Chief of Staff Safety Award, now having received the awardtwice in three years.The Watervliet Arsenal announced this month that itwas named the winner of the Fiscal 2012 Secretary of theArmy and Army Chief of Staff Safety Award of IndustrialOperations. This is the secondtime in three years that thearsenal has been recognizedby the Army’s senior leadersfor its exceptional safetyprogram and record.After learning of theaward, arsenal CommanderCol. Mark F. Migaleddi toldthe workforce that this awardis a testament of their effortsof never letting talking aboutsafety, and practicing safety,to get old.“To achieve its mission, thearsenal engages in operationsthat are inherently dangerous,such as precision machining,metal fabrication, welding,composite filament winding,forging, and heat treating,”Migaleddi said. “Therefore,to operate in this environmentwe must stay on the cuttingedge of safety programs.”Given that there are morethan 850 Army employeeswho drive in and out the gateevery day; more than 600machines that grind, drill,and bore; and that the arsenalresides in an area with someof the harshest winter weather in the Northeast, this isa considerable achievement, said Matthew Church, anarsenal safety specialist.Church said that some of the arsenal safetyachievements that led to the award are:-No fatalities.-A lost time rate that was 50 percent lower than the goal
  6. 6. Page 6 Salvo May 31, 2013Arsenal History: Salvo 1978
  7. 7. The 60mm mortar system is used primarily by theinfantry as an indirect fire weapon when a high angletrajectory is required to hit enemy troops, materiel,and positions. It has a maximum range of about 3,500meters.The bipod consists of several close-tolerancemachined parts, such as traversing mechanisms, legs,and barrel collars, that support the barrel when it is inits firing configuration.The Watervliet Arsenal is an Army-owned and-operated manufacturing facility and is the oldest,continuously active arsenal in the United States havingbegun operations during the War of 1812.Page 7 Salvo May 31, 2013Another $9.3M mortarcontract brings 21,000+direct labor hoursBy John B. SnyderPhoto by USMC Sgt. Bryan PetersonAfghan National Army infantry soldiers, who recently graduatedANA basic training, conduct M224 60mm mortar training operationsin April 2013 at the Regional Military Training Center aboard CampShurabak, Washir District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.Preparingfor FurloughsSunmark Credit Union’s Jim Mack providing the first ofthree financial classes to the arsenal workforce in Mayto better prepare them for the upcoming furloughs. Oneof the key themes that Mack highlighted was that cuttingout little expenses, such as daily coffee, soda, and eatinglunch out can produce significant savings. More than 650arsenal employees are members of Sunmark.The Arsenal announced this month that it receiveda $9.3 million contract to provide 500 60mm mortarbipods for the U.S. Army’s TACOM Life CycleManagement Command.This multimillion dollar order will add to theArsenal’s current workload more than 21,000 hoursof direct labor, said Bruce Pienkoski, the Arsenal’sprogram manager for this order.“The order for raw stock material is currentlybeing drafted and we expect to start manufacturing thebipods in December 2013,” Pienkoski said.The first shipment of bipods is scheduled to leavethe arsenal in March 2014 and the order should becomplete by December 2014.Ray Gaston, the Arsenal’s chief of the ProductionPlanning and Control Division, said, “This ordertruly reflects the high confidence the Departmentof Army has on the arsenal’s ability to become themain manufacture of mortar systems, just as we havebecome for medium and large caliber cannons.”“What was just a few years ago a small part ofour overall production, mortar manufacturing for theU.S. Army, Marine Corps, and for foreign militariesis today our largest production line,” Gaston said.“Although we have been known for more than 100years as the nation’s leading cannon manufacturer,maybe we can now stake the claim to being thenation’s premier mortar manufacturer, too.”Photo by John B. Snyder
  8. 8. Page 8 Salvo May 31, 2013NYS Senate21 MayWith names such as “Dispatch Descent” and “ForcibleFury” arsenal firefighters Matthew Kolodzie and Luke Rydertook part in a grueling 17-obstacle “Hero Rush” race on May18th that was almost five-miles long. Each obstacle wasfirefighter and hero-themed that required each competitor todrag hoses, crawl over and through obstacles and to tra-verse hazardous material pits. This competition had nearly2,000 participate and was a fundraising event for firefighter-related charities. According to Kolodzie, “I want to field anarsenal team next year to showcase our skills and physicalcondition.” So, the challenge has been thrown. Matthew Kolodzie in action.Photo provided by KolodzieThe Arsenal had a two-event day with the NYSSenate on May 21st when the commander wasthe keynote speaker at the Senate’s VeteransHall of Fame Ceremony. Later in the daywhen the Senate went into session, Sen. NeilBreslin had a resolution read on the floor thattouted the Arsenal’s 200th Anniversary.Commander’s AwardforCivilian ServiceJim Uram received the Commander’s Award for Civilian Serviceduring the May town hall meeting for his expert technical oversighton a variety of public works projects and for his going beyond hiscall of duty to support engineering and maintenance services. Hisrole at the arsenal was critical to ensuring that the installation ofmajor electrical systems and components were executed within andaround critical mission requirements. The commander said thatUram is an invaluable asset to the arsenal’s mission.Photo by John B. SnyderPhoto by John B. Snyder“Hero Rush” Competition
  9. 9. Page 9 Salvo May 31, 2013CPAC -Civilian Personnel Advisory CenterMILITARY SERVICE DEPOSITSMaking a military service deposit can be beneficial when it comes time to retire, but waiting until retirement to pay it back may not beyour best option. The rules are different for how and when a buyback will affect your FERS or CSRS retirement so make sure you’relooking at the right information. Consider the following points when you’re deciding whether or not to pay back your deposit:For Both CSRS and FERS:1. Military Service Deposits must now be paid in full prior to the date of separation or retirement.2. The application and payback processing time for the deposit is approximately 120 days. Employees who are anticipatingretirement should plan accordingly.3. Once a deposit is completely paid, you MUST request proof of payment.  To do this, ask a payroll representative to submita Remedy ticket to DFAS requesting the proof of payment.  When the proof of payment is received, provide a copy to theCivilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC) to be placed in your Official Personnel Folder (OPF).4. The earlier you buy it back, the better! In both CSRS and FERS, your Military Service Deposit accrues interest. No interest ischarged for CSRS or FERS if you pay the deposit in full before the first interest accrual date (IAD).For more detailed information, visit: https://www.abc.army.mil/. You may also contact CPAC at 266-4058 or 266-4053.CSRS FERSEligibility forRetirementEmployed before 10-01-1982:No deposit is required in order toreceive credit toward retirementeligibility.Employed after 10-01-1982:Deposit is required in order to receivecredit toward retirement eligibilityDeposit is required in order toreceive credit toward retirementeligibilityAnnuity Computation Employed before 10-01-1982 ANDa. eligible for Social Security (SS)benefits at retirement, deposit mustbe paid for full credit. If no deposit ismade, military service time will not becredited toward annuity after age 62.b. are NOT eligible for SS benefits:no deposit needed to receive full creditEmployed on or after 10-01-1982:Deposit is required to receive creditDeposit is required to receivecreditInterest Accrual Dates(IAD)Interest begins to accrue on 10-01-1986or after completion of your third year ofservice in a CSRS positionInterest begins to accrue on 01-01-1989 or after completion ofyour second year of service in aFERS position
  10. 10. Page 10 Salvo May 31, 2013Save-the-Date 200th AnniversaryCovenant Signing Ceremony June 11 at 10 a.m. Building 110, “Big Gun Shop”Photos provided by the Arsenal MuseumTop: The first nuclear-capable gun being manufactured at the Watervliet Arsenalin the early 1950s.Bottom: The “Atomic Annie” firing its first round in 1953.WATERVLIET ARSENAL COMMUNITY COVENANTSUPPORTING THOSE WHO SERVE OUR NATIONCity of Albany - City of Schenectady - City of Troy - City of WatervlietWe, the Community, recognize...- The commitment to our Nation that Soldiers, their Families, Veterans, and the Arse-nal Civilian Workforce are making every day.- The proud and historic commitment of the Arsenal’s workforce to support ourNation’s war fighters in every U.S. military conflict since the War of 1812.- The Arsenal’s skilled artisans who have manufactured the products that have helpedhundreds of thousands of servicemen and women to come home safely from battle.We, the Community, are committed to...- Building partnerships that support the strength and resilience of our Soldiers, theirFamilies, our Veterans, and our local Arsenal Civilian workforce.- Sustaining the Army’s footprint at the Watervliet Arsenal.- Helping the community to better appreciate the Arsenal’s story and its value to ourcommunity, state, Army, and to our Nation.__________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________Michael P. Manning Gerald D. Jennings Gary R. McCarthy Lou Rosamilia Brian U. StrattonMayor, City of Watervliet Mayor, City of Albany Mayor, City of Schenectady Mayor, City of Troy Dir., NYS Canal Corp.__________________ __________________ __________________ __________________Daniel P. McCoy Linda Weiss MG Patrick Murphy COL Mark F. MigaleddiAlbany County Executive Stratton VA Medical Center NYS Military Affairs Watervliet ArsenalARSENAL COMMUNITY COVENANT200 Years of Continuous Service200THAnniversary
  11. 11. Page 11 Salvo May 31, 2013Memorial Day ActivitiesPhotos by John B. Snyder
  12. 12. Page 12 Salvo May 31, 2013Arsenal Appreciation Night with the ValleyCatsSaturday, 20 Julyat 7 p.m.• The Arsenal has coordinated with the Tri-City ValleyCats baseball organi-zation for the 5th Annual Arsenal Appreciation Night.• Game is on Saturday, 20 July, at 7 p.m. (Fireworks Night)• Department of the Army Civilians and Arsenal family members may pur-chase a "Reserved Box" ticket for only $5.50 (42% discount). These aregreat seats Section 230 and 250).• All Military Veterans will still receive a free ticket.• You may also purchase a reduced meal voucher for only $3.50 Thisvoucher is good for one hot dog, small soda, and a bag of chips.ContactJohn Snyderin Room 102Building 10(266-5055)orMelissa Ryderat the Body Forge(266-4829)forTickets!!!Our own Suzanne Delaney will sing the National AnthemYou may pick up your ticketsbeginning onJune 12thContactJohn Snyderin Room 102Building 10(266-5055)orMelissa Ryderat the Body Forge(266-4829)forTickets!!!