Iowa Army Ammunition Plant

Photo of Lt. Col. Stephen T. Koehler COMMANDER
Lt. Col. Stephen T. Koehler

Lieutenant Colonel Stephen T. Koehler assumed command of Iowa Army Ammunition Plant on May 16, 2017.

LTC Koehler was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and was raised in Hickory, North Carolina. He graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from East Carolina University in 1998. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an Army Officer in the Quartermaster Corps through the university’s ROTC program.

He has served in a variety of command and staff positions including: Platoon Leader, 5th Maintenance Company, Rhine Ordnance Barracks, Germany; Battalion Logistics Officer, 39th Transportation Battalion (MC), Kleber Kaserne, Germany; Battalion Operations Officer, 559th Quartermaster Battalion, Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, Georgia; Iraqi Security Forces Logistics Officer, Camp Taji, Iraq; Company Commander, 512th Quartermaster Company, Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, Georgia; Iraqi Security Forces Military Transition Team Logistics Officer, Forward Operating Base Caldwell, Iraq; Chief, Materiel Readiness Division and later Brigade S4, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, Fort Stewart, Georgia; Battalion Executive Officer, Balad Air Base, Iraq; Support Operations Officer, 260th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, Georgia; Sustainment Chief, Operations Group Delta, Mission Command Training Program, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

His military education includes: Quartermaster Officer Basic Course, Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, Support Operations Course and the Army Command and General Staff College.

LTC Koehler’s military awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster); Army Commendation Medal (3 Oak Leaf Cluster); Army Achievement Medal (4 Oak Leaf Cluster); National Defense Service Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Kosovo Campaign Medal and NATO Medal. He also holds the Combat Action Badge.

Photo of Julie K. Solinski DEPUTY TO THE COMMANDER
Julie K. Solinski

Julie K. Solinski, a native of Rock Island, Ill., has 30 years of civilian federal service starting in 1983 as a quality assurance and reliability intern in training at AMETA. In 1984, she started work at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant, Middletown, Iowa as a quality assurance representative on a variety of munitions programs focusing on missile warheads.

In 2001, she became the government property administrator and plant clearance officer and in 2009 was promoted to chief of the installation management division, which included safety and security activities.

In 2013, Solinski became chief, contract administration division and was in charge of all contract activities.

She was promoted to her current position, civilian executive assistant, in 2014 and placed in charge of all civilian activities while serving as assistant to the commander.

Solinski is a graduate of Rockford College in Rockford, Ill., where she received a bachelor’s degree in English and Music. She is a graduate of the quality assurance and reliability intern program. In 1990, she received certification from American Society for Quality as a quality engineer.

During her career, Solinski has received Level III Acquisition Workforce certification in Industrial Property Management as well as Level II certification in Quality Assurance.

Her additional assignments and special projects have included Lean Six Sigma teams cost reduction activities and plant competition efforts.