Mechanics at Anniston Army Depot line up an M1 Abrams
turret with its hull.
Anniston Army Depot (ANAD) is a major United States Army facility fulfilling various depot operations. Primary missions are the repair of tracked vehicles overhaul of Small Arms Weapon Systems and the storage of chemical weapons (Anniston Chemical Activity). The depot is located in Bynum, Alabama.
The depot employs over 5,000 people and covers 25 square miles (65 km2) of land. Tanks and other equipment are repaired and tested there, but historically Anniston's main role has been as a major munitions storage site, since WWII. Anniston is one of seven depots in the United States where chemical weapons are stored (7.2% of nation's chemical weapons stockpile). The stockpile included rockets, bombs, projectiles, and land mines armed with Sarin, VX nerve agent, or mustard gas. The last chemical munitions were destroyed in September 2011.
ANAD is the only depot capable of performing maintenance on heavy-tracked combat vehicles and their components and houses a state of the art 100,000 square foot Small Arms Overhaul facility that opened in January 2012 replacing a previous facility that was outdated. The depot is designated as the Center of Technical Excellence for the M1 Abrams Tank and is the designated candidate depot for the repair of the M60 Patton tank, AVLB, M728, M88 Recovery Vehicle and M551 combat vehicles. During the Iraq War, over 1,000 M1 tanks, howitzers and other armored vehicles were stored awaiting re-engineering.
ANAD is under command of the US Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC), although other operators on the facility include the Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office, Department of Army Center of Military History, Health Services Command, and Soldier and Chemical Biological Command ODCMP Civilian Marksmanship Program.
Coordinates: 33°39′08″N 85°57′44″W / 33.65222°N 85.96222°W