Iowa Army Ammunition Plant

Photo of Lt. Col. Michael Triplett COMMANDER
Lt. Col. Michael Triplett

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Triplett was born and raised in Seneca, Mo., and joined the Missouri National Guard in 1989. He received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Missouri Southern State University in 1995. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an Army Officer in the Quartermaster Corps through the university’s ROTC program. He was promoted to his present rank on May 1, 2012.

He served in his initial assignment at Fort Hood, Texas with the 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery Battalion, 4th Brigade Support Battalion, and 664th Ordnance Company.

His previous assignments include: supply platoon leader and executive officer, 626th Forward Support Battalion, Fort Campbell, Ky.; Class IX platoon leader, 801st Main Support Battalion, Fort Campbell, Ky;. Brigade S4 OIC, 501st Corps Support Group, Camp Red, Cloud Korea; Brigade S1 OIC, 45th Corps Support Group and Host Nation Support Operations Officer, 45th Corps Support Group, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; 40th Quartermaster Direct Support Company commander, 524th Combat Service Support Battalion, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; observer controller trainer, 87th Division Training Support Battalion, Birmingham, Ala.; military transition team leader, 9th Iraqi Army Brigade, Camp Taji, Iraq; Aviation Support Battalion S3 and support operations officer, 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, Ga.; Observer Controller Training, Lima Team Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La.

Lt. Col. Triplett most recently served as deputy commander, 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Fort Polk, La. He took command of Iowa Army Ammunition Plant on June 13, 2013.

His combat deployments consist of Military Transition Team (MiTT), 1st Infantry Division, Camp Taji Iraq, 9th Iraqi Army Brigade, Operation Iraqi Freedom and 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.

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

Lt. Col. Triplett’s military awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal (1 Bronze Service Star), the Meritorious Service Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters); the Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters); the Army Achievement Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters); the Meritorious Unit Award; the National Defense Service Medal; the Afghanistan Campaign Medal; the Iraq Campaign Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; NATO Medal. He also holds the parachutist badge and the Air Assault Badge.

Photo of James D. Nelson CIVILIAN EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
James D. Nelson

James D. Nelson, a native of Mediapolis, Iowa, has 36 years of civilian federal service which started in 1973 with the Treasury Department Internal Revenue Service in Denver, CO. In 1983, he continued his career with the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant, Middletown, Iowa as an accountant, and then as supervisory contract administrator. He was promoted to Chief of the Operations Management Division in 1991 where he has held the position as Administrative Contracting Officer in charge of all contract activities, as well as quality assurance, ammunition surveillance, and transportation. In May 2008 he was promoted to the position of Civilian Executive Assistant under LTC Benjamin Nutt. In June 2009 a Change of Responsibility ceremony transferred operation and management of the IAAAP from LTC Benjamin Nutt, IAAAP Commander to Mr. Nelson. He became the first civilian appointed to the position at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant.

Mr. Nelson is a graduate of Western State College of Colorado where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He received his Certified Public Accountant certificate in 1981 and in 1999 he received a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.

During his IAAAP career Mr. Nelson has received his Level III Acquisition Workforce certification in contracting as well as Level II certification in business and finance. He has received his Green Belt Lean Six/Sigma designation and has completed the Organization Leadership for Executives course. In May 2005, Mr. Nelson received the Ordnance Order of Samuel Sharpe Award, as well as numerous performance awards during his civilian career.

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