Iowa Army Ammunition Plant

Photo of Lt. Col. Jason P. Crist COMMANDER
Lt. Col. Jason P. Crist

Lieutenant Colonel Jason P. Crist assumed command of Iowa Army Ammunition Plant on July 8, 2021.

Lt. Col. Crist commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps via ROTC attaining his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in 2003. Additionally, he earned his B.S. in Criminal Justice from UCF in 2000.

Lt. Col. Crist most recently served in Army’s Office of Business Transformation. In response to the Nation’s effort to combat COVID-19, he volunteered joining the White House Supply Chain Task Force supporting Health and Human Services’ (HHS) response to COVID-19. He served as the Ventilator Transportation and Distribution Coordinator of the National Stockpile. Previous assignments include; S-3 Chief of Operations and Operational Planner for SDDC’s 597th Transportation Brigade at Fort Eustis, Virginia. Additionally, while at Fort Eustis, he served as the Executive Officer of the 832nd Transportation Battalion overseeing three Rapid Port Opening Elements (RPOE) supporting DOD’s globally responsive Joint Task Force Port Opening mission. Additional field grade assignments include; serving as the S-4 for the 11th Air Defense Artillery “Imperial” Brigade, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Fort Bliss, Texas. Executive Officer and Planner, Installation Logistics Directorate (ILD), Army Sustainment Command (ASC), Rock Island, Illinois. While stationed at Rock Island, Lt. Col. Crist volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan serving as the S-3 Planning Officer 401st AFSB located in Bagram, Afghanistan; responsible for retrograde operations and the remission / relocation of the 401st AFSB to Kuwait.

Lt. Col. Crist’s company grade and command assignments include serving as the S-4, 704th Military Intelligence Brigade, INSCOM, Fort Meade, Maryland. Company Commander, 704th Brigade Support Battalion (BSB), 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT), 4th Infantry Division, deploying from Fort Carson, Colorado to Fob Fenty, Jalbad, Afghanistan supporting operations in Northeast Afghanistan.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)), Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC). Lt. Col. Crist is a distinguished member of the Order of St. Martin (Quartermaster), Order of St. Christopher (Transportation Corps), and the Order of St. Barbara (Field & Air Defense Artillery).

Photo of DC Steve Bellrichard DEPUTY TO COMMANDER
Steve Bellrichard

Mr. Steve Bellrichard serves as the Deputy to the Commander for Iowa Army Ammunition Plant.

In this position, Bellrichard is the senior civilian responsible for ensuring the operation of the 19,000-acre ammunition plant meets the readiness needs of the U.S. Army and the Department of Defense. These duties include overall program management, facility contract surveillance, coordination, and administration of government and contractor personnel. The deputy provides strategic direction to the operating contractor and monitors their munitions production performance, operation, maintenance, and modernization of the plant.

Bellrichard previously served as the Chief of Operations Support Division at Iowa Army Ammunition Plant. In this position, he supervised a diverse staff of professionals. His division performed oversight of facility contract environmental compliance, security, safety, fire protection, and maintenance performance work statements. Other divisional responsibilities included master planning, modernization, event planning, visit preparation and execution, management of agricultural leases, natural and cultural resource management, and environmental restoration.

Before arriving at Iowa Army Ammunition Plant in 2004, Bellrichard worked on the Island of Guam for 10 years. He held environmental positions with a variety of governmental organizations and private industries. This work varied from positions with regulatory and conservation agencies to restoration and consulting contractors. He also became a certified SCUBA instructor, an accomplished underwater photographer, and lead diving adventures tours throughout Micronesia.

Bellrichard graduated from University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a Bachelor’s of Science in biology (field biology) and from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a Master’s of Science in biology (aquatic science).

He is the recipient of numerous awards and is an established author. He recently had publications in Iowa Sportsman Magazine and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Magazine, both in 2021.