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History


 An image depicting the progression of military vehicles maintained by the Anniston Army Depot.

M42 Self-Propelled Twin Guns

M60 Tank

M48A5 Tank

M88A1

M1A1 Tank

Stryker

Anniston Army Depot has proudly served our nation since 1941 and continues to play a vital role in our nation’s defense mission. Numerous significant events are etched in its history. Click on the timeline below to find out more about these key events.


1940s

Planning begins

1940, March

The War Department began planning of the Anniston Ordnance Depot (AOD) in Northeast Alabama.

Construction begins

1941, February

Construction began on the first 500 ammunition storage igloos, six standard magazines, 20 warehouses, and several administrative buildings.

Hiring begins

1941, September

The depot's workforce is made up of four employees. By November of 1942, this number increased to 4,339.

1950s

The Mission commences

AOD is assigned a maintenance mission for overhaul and repair of combat vehicles.

1960s

New programs begin

Involvement with the M47 and M48 programs, as well as reconditioning programs for the M19, M38, M42, M47, M56 and M59 vehicles began.

Installation name changes

1962, August

Anniston Ordnance Depot is renamed Anniston Army Depot (ANAD). The installation is placed under the jurisdiction of the Army Materiel Command.

Maintenance and storage of chemical munitions begins

1963

Maintenance and storage of chemical munitions at ANAD begins.

1970s

New programs added

Overhaul of the M551 Sheridan commences as well as the overhaul and conversion of the M48A1 to the M48A5 and the M60A1 to the M60A3.

M1 Abrams work begins

1978

ANAD began work on the M1 main battle tank with the Physical Teardown/Maintenance Evaluation.

1980s

Missile maintenance added

Missile maintenance added as a new mission.

1990s

Supply mission's name changes to DDAA

1992, August

ANAD’s general supply mission was assumed by the Defense Logistics Agency.

Partnering initiatives begin

1993

Efforts initiated to partner with private industry. These efforts become a forerunner in Public-Private Partnerships.

Chemical stockpile mission's name changes to ANCA

1995, October

Chemical stockpile transferred to the Anniston Chemical Activity under the Chemical and Biological Defense Command.

TACOM becomes parent command

1998, October

Operational control of ANAD transferred to the Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM).

Ammo mission's name changes to ANMC

1998, October

Anniston’s ammunition mission renamed the Anniston Munitions Center under control of Blue Grass Army Depot and Joint Munitions Command.

2001

CITE designation received

2001, August

ANAD designated as the Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for Combat Vehicles, Artillery and Small Caliber Weapons by the Secretary of the Army.

2002

Partnership expands

2002

Partnership with General Dynamics/General Motors on new production of Stryker vehicles began.

2003

Destruction of chemical stockpile begins

2003, August

With a focus on safety and security, the destruction of the depot’s stockpile of chemical munitions began at the Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility.

Support to Operation Iraqi Freedom

2003, December

ANAD and other TACOM installations fabricate Armor Survivability Kits for use on HMMWVs in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

2004

Creation of JAB/ABV programs

Fabrication sustainment for DoD M1 systems culminates in the creation of the Joint Assault Bridge and Assault Breacher Vehicle programs.

2006

Production of Stryker vehicles starts

2006, January

Production on battle and combat damaged Stryker vehicles began.

Depot receives recognition for Stryker work

2006, October

ANAD was named U.S. Army’s organic maintenance depot facility for the Stryker Family of Vehicles.

2007

SHINGO Award recognition

Shingo recognition for FAASV assembly process and AGT 1500 Turbine Engine process.

ACLE award received

ANAD was presented the Army Combined Logistics Excellence Award, Depot Maintenance Category, for accomplishments in small arms support to the war fighters.

ISO: 9001 certification received

2007, May

ISO 9001: 2000 compliance certified throughout the depot’s Nichols Industrial Complex.

2008

Army Superior Unit Award

ANAD employees were awarded the Army Superior Unit Award for the depot’s performance in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

ABV production for USMC begins

2008, July

First full-rate production Assault Breacher Vehicle shipped to the U.S. Marine Corps.

2009

ABV production for Army begins

2009, April

Production of the Army’s Assault Breacher Vehicle began.

Powertrain Flexible Maintenance Facility opens

2009, August

Production operations began at the Powertrain Flexible Maintenance Facility for overhaul and repair work of reciprocating diesel engines.

Stryker reset work begins

2009, December

ANAD and General Dynamics Land Systems began a 50/50 partnership program to repair and reset Stryker vehicles.

2011

Completion of New IWTP

2011, March

New industrial wastewater treatment plant is completed.

Stryker ICV Pilot Program begins

2011, May

The first Stryker variant pilot overhaul program began for the Infantry Carrier Vehicle.

End of Chemical Weapons

2011, September

The Anniston Chemical Activity completed demilitarization of chemical weapons along with the Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility.

2012

Small Arms Repair Facility relocates

2012, January

Production operations began at the Small Arms Repair Facility, collated with the Defense Logistics Agency’s small arms storage facility.

Powertrain Transmission Facility opens

2012, May

Production operations began at the Powertrain Transmission Facility.

2013

ANCA closes

2013, May

The Anniston Chemical Activity held its closing ceremony.

2014

M109 FOV induction ceremony

2014, May

Anniston Army Depot held an induction ceremony for low-rate initial production of the M109A7 family of vehicles in partnership with BAE Systems.

CITE for Locomotives, Rail Equipment and Non-Tactical Generators

2014, July

ANAD received CITE Designation for Locomotives, Rail Equipment and Non-Tactical Generators

AAME received

2014, September

ANAD was presented the Army Award for Maintenance Excellence for accomplishments in the Assault Breacher Vehicle program during FY13.

2015

DA Fire Prevention Program of the Year

ANAD was recognized with the Department of the Army Fire Prevention Program of the Year.

2016

DA Antiterrorism recognition

ANAD was the recipient of the Department of the Army's Best Installation Antiterrorism Program Category D for FY16.

AAME received

ANAD received the Army Award for Maintenance Excellence in the Depot Maintenance Category, Turbine Engine Shop, for the Total Integrated Engine Revitalization program, known as TIGER, during FY15.

75th Anniversary

Anniston Army Depot celebrated its diamond anniversary during an opening ceremony and day-long activities held Sept. 1. The installation was established Oct. 14, 1941.

2017

Solar Array ribbon cutting

A project encompassing 87,000 solar panels installed on 90 acres at Anniston Army Depot was completed in April 2017. It is expected to develop approximately seven megawatts of electricity.