AMMO Heritage Monument Design SELECTIONS

Please review the five monument designs submitted below. When you have finished the review please go to this link and take the survey and vote for your choice to represent the AMMO – Munitions Systems Specialist Career Field, past, present and future.

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ROCK OF AGES # 1

AmmoMemorial1

A Proposal for the AMMO Heritage Memorial

I am submitting this suggestion to the ACA and committee on the design and materials to use.  

I have done the research and have found the following manufacturer.  The company is called Rock of Ages:   https://rockofages.com/.    They are experts at Civic Memorials. 

All color samples and granite are from Rock of Ages:  https://rockofages.com/.  They also offer a perpetual warranty that reads:

“We are dedicated to making the most durable monuments and headstones. Rock of Ages guarantees your products with the strongest warranty in the industry. If a SEALMARK™ monument, headstone or memorial cracks, checks or proves defective with the passage of time, we will replace it. Whatever happens, there is no expiration date. This is our uncompromising promise.”

The bottom of the base to the top of the flame should be as large as the location chosen will allow but not less than 6 foot.  This design is 8 foot. Note: all granite surfaces to be a polished finish

THE  BASE:

Five or six sided with one side dedicated to a plaque honoring the career field.  The sides to have the 3 new duty badges, basic, senior and master, one on each side.  The current AF logo and the maintenance badge to be placed on the remaining sides.  Preferably the base will have slanted sides leading up to the Shell & Fame.        

BASE of Monument:

The base to be made of Medium Gray Granite.   Samples shown.

THE SHELL

The SHELL to be made of Midnight Black Granite.  

 THE FLAME

The FLAME to be made of Crimson Red Granite.

THE LOGO’S

The logo should be engraved into the base in relief as it is manufactured.  One logo on each facet of the base.   If it is cost prohibitive or not feasible than the logos should be plaques from the same company design and material as used for the front plaque see below. 

THE PLAQUE

Recommend https://www.impactsigns.com/aluminum-plaques/.  The plaque to be cast polished aluminum satin finish with a black stipple background and a cast aluminum bevel border. 

The plaque to be hung on the front side of the monument base and is to read as follows. 

MUNITIONS SYSTEMS SPECIALIST

This AMMO Heritage Monument represents those personnel who since the creation of the United States Air Force have provided the skills, knowledge, and expertise to put munitions in the hands of the warfighter at every level of the Unitized States Air Force. 

USAF Munitions Systems Specialist, otherwise known as AMMO, perform all logistics on munitions systems to provide the warfighter with the armament, weapons, and explosives to perform the mission.   Their duties include receiving, shipping, handling and transport of non-nuclear conventional munitions.  They perform routine periodic inspections and maintenance on munitions. They maintain storage records and perform material accounting functions.  They prepare, assemble, test and deliver missiles, bombs, rockets and all guided smart munitions to the flight line ready to be loaded on aircraft.  At some locations they receive store, handle and transport nuclear munitions.  They are responsible for the disposal of nonhazardous munitions that are no longer needed.  They issue all small arms, egress components and other munitions components to base customers.  Seldom seen, often heard “AMMO” is the name, Munitions is the Mission.  AMMO’s level of excellence, achievement, and esprit-de-corps is well known throughout the USAF.   

Rock of Ages:

They have come back with a wonderful design and specifications that includes a quote.   See the two facsimiles and the specifications are shown at the beginning of this proposal. The quote was for approximately $32, 500 not counting shipping and site construction cost.  Putting an estimate at a total cost of roughly $40,000. 

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AIRCRAFT & AMMO # 2

  • PISSPOT ON PLATFORM (AMMO INDENTED INTO THE GRANITE)
  • EACH AIRCRAFT LOOKING LIKE THEY ARE FLYING OUT OF THE BOTTOM OF THE FLAME
  • ON EACH PIECE OF GRANITE THAT HOLDS EACH AIRCRAFT COMING FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE FLAME, HAVE THE MUNITIONS THAT AIRCRAFT CAN CARRY INDENTED INTO THE STONE.
    • I.E. -A-10> 30MM ROUND, GBU-12, GBU-38, GBU-54, GBU31, MISSILES, ETC
    • I.E. -F-16> 20MMM ROUND, GBU’S, SDB’S, MISILES, ETC

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AMMO ALLEY # 3

MONUMENT DESIGN IDEA

AMMO ALLEY

The history of Ammo Alley is unknown to many AMMO troops, This idea will provide a symbol that explains the lore behind our beloved piss pot and our career field heritage. Being able to conceptualize and design this memorial would be an honor and privilege.

“AMMO Alley is a unique place. It is believed to be the only heaven claimed by a professional group as exclusively it’s own.”

KEY FEATURES

Interactive

Onlookers may enjoy the space and spend time in the area with friends or loved ones as an outdoor venue.

AMMO FLAME: At the center of the square will be a piss pot that can be lit with a replaceable torch wick. This action of igniting the flame may be ceremoniously used when adding Chiefs to the memorial wall.

Historic documentation/plaques presented along the alley for AMMO troops and others to learn about our heritage.

Perspective

The symmetry and alignment of the monument can create powerful symbolic gesture about the past and future of AMMO heritage

Walking down the alley is a journey from our past, present, and future.

The Fire for the future of ammo in the middle of the court will align with the torches of our past.

The frame of the portal into AMMO valley Halo’s around the AMMO Chief’s memorial wall.

IYAAYAS can only be discovered after entering the court on the back of the portals frame.

STRUCTURES

Plaque posted with AMMO Alley Poem

Piss Pots alignment (1842/1878/1882/1907/1944/Future)

Benches for seating

AMMO Chief Memorial Wal

“The Alley nestles in a large valley spotted with trees and crossed with many cool streams.”

PERSPECTIVE

Standing in front of the memorial should create a picturesque composition of all the structures linearly displayed.

This achievement will showcase the portal’s framing of the Chief memorial wall.

Also displaying AMMO’s Piss Pot future flame to glow/shine through all of the past ordnance insignia’s.

HERITAGE

Each Piss Pott will represent the unique flame design from our past.

“The thrown bomb or grenade was the beginning of all munitions.”

“The flaming or bursting bomb is the oldest military insignia used today in our armed forces and is one of the oldest still used throughout the world.”

Halfway down the trail to hell,
In a shady meandering lane,
Are the souls of many Ammo Troops
Camped in a beautiful valley.
And this eternal resting place
Is known as Ammo Alley.
Though others must go down the trail
To seek a warmer scene,
No Ammo Troop ever goes to hell,
Ere he’s emptied his canteen.
And so returns to drink again,
With friends who never tell.

IYAAYAS

After entering into the courtyard behind the AMMO portal IYAAYAS will be on the frame.

With comradery and AMMO spirit this area is perfect for AMMO calls.

IN CONCLUSION

“If we should collide with the rocks of temptation or bog down in the quagmire of sin, remember: your comrades will be waiting by the campfire in a peaceful meadow in the middle of AMMO Alley.”

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AMMO PILLERS # 4

LARGE FLAME AND SHELL RESTING ON PILLERS WITH “AMMO” SITTING IN FRONT

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AMMO JAMMER # 5

LARGE FLAME & SHELL WITH 3 BOMBS, TWO RESTING ON JAMMERS

LARGE SHELL & FLAME WITH A PLAQE HELD BY A RAMS GANTRY

PLAQUE READS: THIS PROPERTY HAD BEEN PLACED ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES BY THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

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