|Story & photo by Geneve N. Mankel, Public Affairs
A new piece of equipment has increased the efficiency at the Fort McCoy
Ammunition Supply Point (ASP) and supports the installation’s Recycling
A $71,000 brass deformer replaced a deformer that was not operating
properly, said Bill Blanchard ASP manager with BSA/LB&B, the contractor
providing services for the Directorate of Logistics.
Jeff Jackson, Ammunition Supply Point warehouse specialist with
BSA/LB&B, helps position a box of ammunition casings above the
new brass deformer. The casings are examined visually for live
rounds as they are fed into the machine for demilitarization.
Once demilitarized, the casings are sent to Recycling to be
The 50-horsepower, electric-motor deformer allows the ASP to
demilitarize about 9,000 pounds of brass each day. The ASP receives,
stores, and issues ammunition, as well as demilitarizes ammunition
casings, Blanchard said.
Many ammunition casings are recycled, including 5.56-mm, 7.62-mm, 9-mm
and .50-caliber, and must be demilitarized.
“Before the brass goes into the deformer it gets visually inspected
twice to make sure there aren’t any live rounds,” Blanchard said. “The
ammo is transported up a conveyor belt and then struck by hammers in a
rotary grinder that cause deformation of the casing.”
The demilitarized casings are then sent to Recycling. Casings that are
not recycled can be sold through the Defense Logistics Agency
Disposition Services, Blanchard said.
The ASP is one of the installation’s top recyclers, according to Mike
Miller, chief of the Water and Wastewater Branch for the Directorate of
The ASP also recycles or reuses all ammunition packaging materials.
“When units have completed their training they must return everything
including carrying containers, cardboard boxes, packaging material, etc.
that was drawn from the ASP,” Blanchard said “We keep 100 percent
accountability of all the items issued to units, and everything is
recycled or reused.”
ASP items that were not used or ammunition that was not expended is
inspected, repaired, if necessary, and put back into inventory,
It’s important that units not open materials they will not use,
Blanchard said. If items that are not used are returned to the ASP in
their original form it’s more likely they can be issued to another unit
immediately rather than having to be sent to the Ammunition Surveillance
Office to be inspected and repackaged.
The Recycling Program is funded by proceeds from the recycled ASP
materials, along with other installation recyclables. The funds go
toward purchasing recycling receptacles and equipment, such as the brass
deformer, and the recycling of items that cannot be sold, such as
florescent lamps, oil filters, glass and plastics, Miller said. Any
remaining funds are split between Pollution Prevention projects and the
Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs.