FORT LEE, Va. — News media are invited to attend a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the U.S. Army Ordnance Training Support Facility.
WHAT: Ribbon cutting and building dedication ceremony
WHEN: 9 a.m., May 14 (media should arrive 30 minutes early – RSVP required)
WHERE: U.S. Army Ordnance Training Support Facility, 2102 Shop Road,
Building 5234, Fort Lee, Virginia 23801
The U.S. Army Ordnance Training Support Facility houses collections from Aberdeen Proving Ground, Redstone Arsenal, Picatinny Arsenal and Watervliet Arsenal. The equipment was moved and consolidated as a result of Base Realignment and Closure 2005 decisions.
The building is to be dedicated in honor of Col. G. Burling Jarrett, a member of the Ordnance Hall of Fame and who was instrumental in developing the Ordnance Museum at Aberdeen Proving grounds, Maryland.
The U.S. Army Ordnance Training Support Facility supports Soldier training, education and leader development. It also facilitates the preservation of historically significant artifacts and equipment from the colonial period to the present for research and development.
The training aid inventory includes roughly 130 artillery pieces, explosive ordnance disposal robots, rockets, tanks, small arms and other equipment located in a sunken high bay roughly the size of a football field. The facility totals more than 120,000 square feet with classroom space, archive storage areas, a library and administrative offices.
While it contains many historical pieces, the facility is not a museum and is not open to the public.
The Ordnance TSF was the Army’s first such facility to be constructed. Ground was broken at Fort Lee in July 2017 and the construction was completed in April 2020. The dedication ceremony originally was scheduled last year, but was delayed due to the pandemic.
Media interested in attending must contact Stephen Baker, public affairs officer, at (804) 734-6862 or ArmyFortLee.PAO@mail.mil to coordinate an escort on post. Face coverings and social distancing are required on post at all times.
The event also will be live streamed at www.facebook.com/USAODCorps
Fort Lee is the Army’s Home of Sustainment and supports the training, education and development of adaptive Army logistics professionals. The installation supports more than 90,000 Soldiers, retirees, veterans, family members and civilian employees in the local area. Fort Lee has a regional economic impact of about $2.25 billion per year. Major organizations on the installation include the Combined Arms Support Command, Army Logistics University, U.S. Army Ordnance School, U.S. Army Quartermaster School, U.S. Army Transportation School, Defense Commissary Agency and Defense Contract Management Agency.
Fort Lee Public Affairs Office | 804.734.7451 | ArmyFortLee.PAO@mail.mil