The McAlester Army Ammunition Plant is a lot like a city.
So says McAlester Army Ammunition Plant Commander Col. Timothy Beckner, the U.S. Army officer in charge of the facility.
The base covers 45,000 acres, which amounts to 70 square miles.
“You really don’t get the idea of how big 45,000 acres is, until you drive around it,” Beckner said.
Inside the base are 2,826 permanent buildings, along with 6.3 million square feet of storage. In addition to its production sites, McAAP has 2,436 explosive storage facilities, the colonel said.
“We’re the Department of Defense’s largest storage facility,” Beckner said. About one-third of all conventional munitions are stored at the base, although Beckner said there are “no nukes” or chemical weapons.
“It’s pretty impressive we have that much storage capacity,” he said.
McAAP can be accessed by the 410 miles of improved roads, or 221 miles of railroad which are on the plant grounds.
In Fiscal Year 2012, the last federal fiscal year for which Beckner had complete numbers available, the facility generated a significant economic impact on the area, he said.
“Our value, with all of the activities, is $450 million,” Beckner said. That number includes everything from salaries to production, he said.
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