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Professional networking website started for ammo community.

More than 800 personnel have subscribed to a new website for the ammunition community that provides interactive ammunition safety guidance, resources, and expert advice. The Ammunition Community of Practice (COP) was launched 3 November 2008 through a Defense Acquisition University partnership with the Defense Ammunition Center, the Army Combined Arms Support Command, and the Army Ordnance Munitions and Electronics Maintenance School.

The forum allows warfighters to share knowledge throughout the ammunition enterprise and provides information on operations, logistics, training, publications, and systems. Members can browse for information; contribute documents, photos, and presentations; and help other users by sharing their experiences and expertise.

Professionals have already posted more than 500 documents, with many links to sites and locations where information is available to assist in ammunition-related functions. The site also offers an "ask an expert" function that provides information when an answer cannot be found in the forum. This useful link is prominently displayed on the main menu. Once the question is posted, the system forwards the question to the CoP administrators who respond within 24 hours. These responses are shared with the entire commmunity.

As the CoP expands, site administrators are asking members to contribute commonly asked questions along with corresponding answers based on location, duty, or position. These questions and responses will be posted as a ready reference.

The Ammunition CoP is open to all Department of Defense military and civilian personnel with a need to know. Although most members are ammunition professionals, the site benefits individuals who work with ammunition but are not necessarily trained ammunition personnel, such as master gunners, combat arms officers, squad leaders, and ammunition transporters. To join, visit the Ammunition CoP website at

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Title Annotation:PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT; Ammunition Community of Practice's
Publication:Army Logistician
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2009
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