CERDEC educates future workforce
Mechanical engineer J.J. Kowal, left, watches Corinne Brown, 10, operate a remote powered race track at the Army Power Division Display belonging to the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center.

Armed Forces day provided a venue for the U.S. Army CECOM Life Cycle Management Command and Army Team Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance to introduce its technologies and workforce, as the organization is slated to relocate in the coming months as part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure law implementation. More than 300 C4ISR employees have already moved, and are expected this summer.

Among the social activities for the community to enjoy on Armed Forces Day, CECOM and Army Team C4ISR exhibited technologies relevant to today's Warfighter.

The CECOM LCMC Software Engineering Center's Army Reprogramming Analysis Team-Program Office displayed an unclassified simulated version of the ARAT Warfighter Survivability Software Support Portal. The portal is used by military personnel, government civilians and support engineers who are in charge of reprogramming the force protection systems in Army aviation and ground vehicles during tactical operations in the field, said Nelson Capan, ARAT-PO project engineer. The software is used to keep force protections systems up to date and optimized to account for the latest threats unique to that region. In application, as a Soldier travels, the types of threats encountered may differ in type and frequency encountered.

The CECOM LCMC SEC Avionics Branch demonstrated the Advanced Multiplex Test System which is software used to diagnose electronics onboard weapons systems in the field environment. Presently fielded, this equipment saves time in its ability to troubleshoot an error in the field, identify what the problem is and where it occurs. If the mechanic in the field is unable to resolve an issue, he or she will soon be able to access the SEC's Aviation Responsive Maintenance System, also developed by the SEC Avionics Branch. The ARMS empowers field maintainers to fix their aircraft while still out in the field, after efforts to troubleshoot have been exhausted.

"The ARMS is a collaborative network that supports Army aircraft maintenance and repair personnel, so they can solve technical problems in the field twenty four/seven," said Frank Claycomb, a software developer for CECOM LCMC SEC. The software is not fielded yet however, it is expected to increase technical rates, reduce resource requirements and costs, improve maintenance processes and contribute to mission readiness.

CECOM exhibited its new mine detector system. This equipment is unique in that it detects what is and is not a land mine, said Jaclyn Fanelli, CECOM Logistics Readiness Center, Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors Directorate. The older system was only able to detect metal. The new system has been fielded for approximately five years, Fanelli said. Training Target and the Sweep Monitoring System are used to train Soldiers on the mine detector. Training is conducted at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri.

The Combat Survivor Evader Locator is a radio used by aviators and crew members on personnel recovery missions. The multi-service radio works with a satellite and will identify who is down and where they are located. The equipment is being worked within the Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications.

Armed Forces Day attendees were permitted to walk through a mobile work station called the Communications-Electronics Evaluation Repair Team. This portable workstation is manned with a Field RESET Team from CECOM LCMC which sends personnel to brigades, such as Fort Bragg or Fort Hood, when they return from deployment. Upon arrival, the personnel accounts for, inspects and repairs SINCGARS radios and night vision devices to bring them up to standards within the specified RESET timeline. This portable workstation is equipped with all the repair and test equipment necessary to inspect and RESET the equipment.

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