defense ammunition center

The Defense Ammunition Center and US Army Technical Center for Explosives Safety (DACTCES)

provides worldwide support with technical expertise and training for munitions, explosives safety, and hazardous materials. DACTCES is the Center for Excellence for Munitions and Explosives Safety. The Directorate for Training provides ammunition-related training for Department of Defense (DOD) military and civilian personnel through mobile training teams, regional training sites, and distance learning.


Mission

Provide worldwide support with technical expertise and training for munitions, explosives safety, and hazardous materials. Execute Army authority for munitions and explosives safety, developing solutions for Army, Joint, and Multinational forces to enable successful military operations and theater security cooperation.

Training

The Defense Ammunition Center and US Army Technical Center for Explosives Safety (DACTCES) is the Center for Excellence for Munitions and Explosives Safety. The Directorate for Training provides ammunition-related training for Department of Defense (DOD) military and civilian personnel through mobile training teams, regional training sites, and distance learning.

Ms. Theresa A. Smith, DML

Ms. Theresa A. Smith, DML

Executive Director, Defense Ammunition Center

Ms. Smith assumed the duties as the Executive Director for the Defense Ammunition Center (DAC) in 2019. Responsible for the management and execution of the Army's munitions and explosives safety mission. Serves as a recognized technical authority in the fields of ammunition management and explosives safety. Directs programs that encompass professional and highly technical work with diverse levels of impact across Army, Joint, and multi-national forces.

What is known today as the Defense Ammunition Center (DAC) has changed its name several times since inception.

Before July 19, 1971, the U.S. Army Material Command Ammunition School (AMCAS), the U.S. Army Materiel Command Ammunition Center (AMCAC) (Advisor's Office, Civilian Career Office, Engineering Division, Storage and Out loading Division, and Evaluation Division) and the Programs and Control Office were elements of the Directorate for Special Missions, Savanna Army Depot (SAD), Savanna, IL.

On July 19, 1971, General Order #198 established the AMCAC as a separate activity reporting to the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC). The AMCAC now included all the elements of the Directorate for Special Missions.