A great invention
One of the Army's Greatest Inventions for 2007 was Objective Gunner Protection Kit, developed by the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J. The kit provides a common force protection system capable of integration onto multiple vehicle platforms. Its integrated turret is mounted on vehicles, providing all-over ballistic protection from explosive device fragmentation and small arms fire. More than 8,000 kits were fielded in 2007.

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command will be presented the U.S. Army Superior Unit Award for its support to America's warfighters during the Global War on Terrorism.

The RDECOM command team and directors of its subordinate elements will receive the award during a ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, on APG's Fanshaw Field.

The Army is recognizing that during 2007, RDECOM and its research centers and laboratories displayed meritorious devotion in support of the war-fighting force and performed in a superior manner while accomplishing unique and complex tasks.

The Army Superior Unit Award was established by the Secretary of the Army in 1985 to recognize the outstanding performance of a unit during a difficult and challenging mission under extraordinary circumstances. The award streamer will be added to each element's colors, and each organization's director will receive award lapel pins for every person in their organization.

Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, commander, U.S. Army Materiel Command, will add the award streamer to the RDECOM unit colors at the APG ceremony.

The award citation credits RDECOM with developing and accelerating many technological and engineering solutions critical to Warfighter needs. For example, nine of the Army's top 10 greatest inventions in 2007 came from RDECOM's centers and laboratories. These include the Improvised Explosive Device Interrogation Arm, the Reconnaissance Vehicle System and the Objective Gunner Protection Kit.

Dunwoody will present RDECOM headquarters and its four APG-based subordinate organizations -- the Army Research Laboratory, the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, the Communication-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, the U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity, and the RDECOM Contracting Center -- streamers during the ceremony.

RDECOM's other four subordinate organizations - the Tank, Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center at Warren, Mich., the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center at Natick, Mass., the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., and the Aviation, Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. -- will receive their awards from the command team the following week.

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