PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. (September 19, 2014) -- In the world of ammunition logistics, the Career Program 33 (Ammunition Management) will take you to places like an ammunition manufacturing plant, ammunition supply point or ammunition depot, or headquarters staffs at the Department of the Army.

"It's rare that an ammunition logistics manager gets to see what Picatinny Arsenal puts that ammunition through before it's fielded," said Thomas Hunt, Integrated Logistics Support Branch Chief at the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.

With approximately 2,400 General Scheduled and equivalent Federal Wage System and Local National members, the Ammunition Management Program offers only a handful of competitive professional developmental assignments, mostly at Army or TRADOC level, ranging from 30 to 90 days.

Recently that changed when Picatinny Arsenal welcomed its first CP 33 ammunition logistician, Melvin Outen, for a 30-day developmental assignment. Outen is Inventory Manager, Artillery fuzes and 60mm, Headquarters, Joint Munitions Command, Rock Island, Illinois.

In the four weeks that Outen began his developmental assignment, he said he was exposed to "the advanced R&D facilities and amazing work being conducted such as at METC's Synthesis and Formulating Lab combining two or more chemical species to form a more complex product, to the Propellant Surveillance Lab, and the large scale processing lab."

Outen noted that, "There is a great sense of pride and fulfillment in what they are accomplishing and what they think they will accomplish in the future in support of the Warfighter. Everyone was extremely excited about the work they are doing from the scientist in the lab to the administrative assistants."

When he visited the fuze development center, which is a rapid prototyping facility created to expedite new fuzing technology to the Warfighter, "I noticed a new training aid that was designed for the Marines and it was very unique and of such high quality."

During his briefing with the Future Concepts Division, one of the concepts in development was to have a totally automated Ammunition Supply Point (ASP) in the future. "I can almost see an ASP being automated from a tour I took through John Deer," said Outen.

"This newest ammunition management program career developmental assignment was pushed along by ARDEC employee Dan Oleary, Integrated Logistics Support manager," said Hunt.

"This program is only possible through the great support provided by the ARDEC Centers, the Quality Engineering and System Assurance Directorate and the Program Executive Office for Ammunition and its program managers. We truly appreciate their superb support and anticipate that this program will be offered twice per year to senior CP 33 managers," he said.