Ammunition amnesty program on target for personal safety

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Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 6:00 am

In an effort to continue to keep Redstone safe, to minimize hazards and potential personal injury, Redstone adheres to the Department of the Army Ammunition Amnesty Program.

Army Regulation 710-2 established the AAP for all Army installations in recovering military ammunition, explosives and residue items. The program assists individuals in returning ammunition that may have been erroneously left in their possession after a turn-in. Returns can be made without fear of prosecution.

However, at Redstone, with the diminished troop numbers, civilians and others also can take advantage of the program.

Redstone’s policy is primarily for small arms, .50 caliber and smaller. Personnel can turn in these small arms, and/or live ammunition, to the amnesty collection box, located south of the Patton and Buxton roads intersection. The red box is clearly marked with signs and can be seen from the road. The box is available 24 hours a day.

"The amnesty box has been out there for over a year," Kevin Waldrep, the Garrison quality assurance specialist ammunition surveillance, said.

He sees an influx in the use of the amnesty dropoff box during and after hunting season.

This practice is fine with Rusty Brands, the Garrison explosive safety officer. "We’d rather get the ammunition out of your hands if you don’t need it, and explosives out of hands that shouldn’t have it," Brands said.

What the amnesty dropoff box is not designed to hold are items larger than .50 caliber. Rarely, items are placed in or near the dropoff box that really should be handled in a different manner. The Redstone program covers these items as well.

If people have items that are larger than .50 caliber, they can call the Ammunition Surveillance Workshop at 842-9078. Ammunition and explosives above .50 caliber are more hazardous and need to be handled differently. Trained personnel can arrange to pick up these large items, also with no questions asked and no penalty involved.

Redstone’s policy states "the AAP is not a substitute for normal turn in procedures and will not be used to circumvent standard supply procedures."

Occasionally, items are found in the amnesty program that can be returned to service.

"Trained safety personnel can determine what are serviceable assets," Brands said. "These items can be used for training purposes, and save taxpayers’ money."

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