CRANE, Ind. – The Crane Army’s ammunition activity is located on the rolling hills and wooded canyons of South-Central Indiana on Naval Support Activity Crane. The sprawling 124-mile paved road that connects the Crane Army requires a fleet of more than 250 construction and state-owned vehicles to assist the workforce in their mission to provide ammunition to war fighters around the world.

CAAA knows its strength lies in the world-class hoosiers who use their skills to assist the U.S. military. Ensuring the safety of this workforce on the road is an integral part of the drive of the future to shape the future of the army. A small device hidden under the dashboard of Crane Army vehicles helps reduce potential safety issues and accidents.

“We implement Geotab primarily for workforce safety,” said Joe Mikac, CAAA chief of staff. “We used to have no way of keeping track of where everyone was. Now, in an emergency, we have eyes in which there are people everywhere in the installation. “

Geotab is a cloud-based telecommunications information technology solution offered by the General Services Administration that can be hardwired into GOVs before becoming fleet vehicles. The system records data such as speed, vehicle location and engine diagnostics in real time and can send a detailed report to the fleet managers. Vehicle location tracking was one of the most important features for fleet managers as they wanted to be able to track down every single CAAA employee in an urgent situation like severe weather.

The system can also report on individual drivers and predict maintenance by identifying mechanical problems early on. The program tracks numbers such as hard braking, accelerating and using seat belts by individual drivers and can send audible warnings to drivers who violate rules within the algorithm.

“Reducing the number of GOV and material handling equipment accidents is a top priority for the security bureau and therefore a top priority for the Crane Army,” said Eric Byrnes, CAAA chief security officer. “We started implementing a more robust strategy in October 2020 as most of our collisions were due to accidents.”

In the 2020 financial year, the CAAA reported a total of 11 accidents for both GOV and industrial vehicles. After enforcing traditional safety measures such as floor guides, placing orange cones behind GOVs after parking, and purchasing new vehicles with reversing cameras, more than 250 devices from the Geotab Global Positioning System were installed in GOVs and agency vehicles in the activity’s fleet. This increased focus on security has resulted in only two collisions being reported in the 2021 financial year.

“Once our drivers find that they are being monitored, the more likely they will engage in potentially bad driving. We hope this improves the safety of all road users at NSA Crane, ”said Jesse Ladaker, CAAA equipment specialist.

Other benefits of the system are cost efficiencies resulting from less idling, better fuel economy based on the warnings, and better informed maintenance information based on the vehicle diagnostics. Crane Army personnel can more accurately predict and perform fleet maintenance based on engine data collected by the device. The ability to spot technical problems early on makes employees safer driving around the facility, and more vehicles on the road help drive the activity forward to maximize the performance of their mission.

“This program increases our relevance as an organic industrial base and keeps us in line with the modernization goals set by General Daly,” said Mikac. CAAA is a subsidiary activity of the Joint Munitions Command and the US Army Materiel Command, which includes arsenals, depots, activities and ammunition factories. General Edward Daly currently serves as General Commander of the US Army Materiel Command.

By seeking to maintain modern security precautions in every area of ​​a Crane Army employee’s work day, the activity will continue to provide superior service to the DOD, from the heart of the land to the people who defend it.

Crane Army Ammunition Activity ships, stores, demilitarizes, and produces conventional ammunition in support of the U.S. Army and Joint Force readiness. It serves as the Army’s second largest ammunition depot and holds roughly a quarter of the US Department of Defense’s conventional ammunition. CAAA was founded in October 1977 as a subordinate command of the JMC and AMC.

Recording date: 04/05/2021
Release Date: 05/05/2021 6:59 PM
Story ID: 395711
Place: IN U.S
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