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Brig. Gen. Kurt J. Ryan, 39th Chief of Ordnance, provides opening remarks at the Ordnance Corps WWI exhibit unveiling at Hatcher Hall on October 1, 2015. Brig. Gen. Ryan commented “The artifacts in this gallery are displayed as tokens of our rich Ordnance heritage. They are worthy of the spotlight, and like all of our historical pieces, they are worthy of safeguarding for future generations to enjoy.” An Ordnance Soldier wears WWI uniform in the background. A personal favorite of Brig. Gen Ryan’s is the display of items belonging to Sergeant Shirley Day who served in France disarming and rendering inert live ammunition. Sergeant Day was a forerunner of our modern Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians. On display with Sergeant Day’s personal gas mask, model 1917 wool coat and ditty bag is the .45 caliber blowback submachine gun. The Skeleton Tank, conceived by Edwin Wheelock of the Pioneer Tractor Company in 1914, is the only one of its kind and was created as a prototype in 1917, after the war ended. The US M1917 6 Ton Tank (prototype) featured angular armor to assist in deflection of projectiles and a .30 caliber Hotchkiss machine gun was fitted within a traversing turret. More than 40 exhibits displayed tokens of a war dubbed the “War of Ordnance,” with victory secured by the grit and determination of Ordnance Soldiers!

Welcome to the United States Army Home of Ordnance, Fort Lee, VA

The U.S. Army Ordnance Corps and School is a Sustainment branch of the U.S. Army, headquartered at Fort Lee, Virginia. The broad mission of the Ordnance Corps is to supply Army combat units with weapons and ammunition, including at times their procurement and maintenance. The Ordnance School trains soldiers, civilians and members of other services and nations in Ordnance skills and functions. The Ordnance Corps and School supports the development, production, acquisition, and sustainment of weapon systems, ammunition, missiles, electronics, and ground mobility material during peace and war to provide combat power to the U.S. Army.

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Trains Ordnance Soldiers and leaders in technical skills, values, common tasks, and the Warrior Ethos.
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