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Historic photo of plant operations.At the onset of World War II, the Ravenna Army Ammunition Plant (RVAAP) was built to produce large-caliber artillery projectiles and bombs. Although RVAAP downsized after WW II, plant production lines were reactivated during the Korean War and the Vietnam conflicts. Additionally, the plant conducted nearly continuous demilitarization of war stocks, refurbishment of inventoried ammunition, and minor research and development projects through 1992.

The Department of Defense established the Installation Restoration Program (IRP) to provide guidance and funding for the investigation and cleanup of hazardous waste sites caused by historical disposal activities at military installations. The Army began working under the IRP in 1989 to eliminate or reduce to prescribed, safe levels any potential risks at RVAAP.

In 1992, the installation's status changed from "inactive but maintained" to that of "caretaker." Administrative control of the facility acreage was transferred from the Base Realignment and Closure Division to the United States Property and Fiscal Officer (USP&FO) for Ohio in a series of transfers from 1999 to 2013. As of September 2013, administrative accountability for the entire 21,683-acre facility has been transferred to the USP&FO for Ohio and subsequently licensed to the Ohio Army National Guard (OHARNG) for use as a military training site, Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center (Camp James A. Garfield). The RVAAP restoration program involves cleanup of former production/operational areas throughout the facility related to former activities conducted under the RVAAP.

Icon photo for historic photo album. RVAAP 1940s Photo Album

Historic Archives - Ravenna Ordnance Plant Newsletters

Newsletters for CY 1971
Newsletters for CY 1970
Newsletters for CY 1969
Newsletters for CY 1963
Newsletters for CY 1962
Newsletters for CY 1961
Newsletters for CY 1960
Newsletters for CY 1959
Newsletters for CY 1958
Newsletters for CY 1957
Newsletters for CY 1956
Newsletters for CY 1955
Newsletters for CY 1954
Volume 3, Number 7, July 1943
Volume 3, Number 6, June 1943
Volume 3, Number 5, May 1943
Volume 3, Number 4, April 1943
Volume 3, Number 3, March 1943
Volume 3, Number 2, February 1943
Volume 3, Number 1, January 1943
Volume 2, Number 12, December 1942
Volume 2, Number 11, November 1942
Volume 2, Number 10, October 1942 (Volume, Number, and Date were Misprinted)
Volume 2, Number 9, September 1942
Volume 2, Number 8, August 1942
Volume 2, Number 7, July 1942
Volume 2, Number 6, June 1942
Volume 2, Number 5, May 1942
Volume 2, Number 4, April 1942
Volume 2, Number 3, March 1942
Volume 2, Number 2, February 1942
Volume 2, Number 1, January 1942
Volume 1, Number 6, December 1941
Volume 1, Number 5, November 1941
Volume 1, Number 4, October 1941
Volume 1, Number 3, September 1941
Volume 1, Number 2, August 1941

Ravenna Ordnance Plant Manual of Safe Practices, Jan 1941
Ravenna Ordnance Center Commissary Building (Bldg. 1038), APCO, Ohio, Post Card

RVAAP Site Tour Agenda - 1968

Record-Courier article on the Ohio National Guard maneuvers at RVAAP - 1980

For more history on RVAAP, see the history section in the Installation Action Plan.

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