Army seeks nominations for Soldier Greatest Invention awards
The MRAP (mine-resistant ambush-protected) Overhead Wire Mitigation Kit was a top Army invention in recent years. The Army is now accepting nominations for 2010 Army Greatest Invention awards and new this year Soldier Greatest Invention awards.

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., May 24, 2011 -- Since 2003, the Army Materiel Command has conducted the Army Greatest Inventions program to encourage and reward those fighting the war from research labs throughout the Army by developing the best technology solutions for the Soldier.

This year, AMC is also proud to promote the Soldier Greatest Inventions, or SGI, Awards in order to recognize Soldiers for their exemplary effort to enhance their fellow Warfighters' equipment and/or performance. SGI nominations are now being accepted for practical extensions, applications and/or game-changing new products initiated by one or more active duty U.S. Army Soldiers.

Winners will be selected by fellow warfighters based on the invention's impact on Army capabilities (breadth of use and magnitude of improvement over existing systems), inventiveness and potential benefit outside the Army.

This program's unique nomination and selection process reflects the voice of the warfighter and insight into the future of Army equipment. The SGI awards are truly "Soldier Choice Awards."

Previous AGI award winners include the 40mm M320 Grenade Launcher, Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare Duke V3 (CREW DUKE V3) and MRAP (mine-resistant, ambush-protected) Overhead Wire Mitigation Kit.

Nomination criteria:

-- Nominated inventions for SGI must have been "First Fielded" during calendar year 2010: Jan 1. through Dec. 31, 2011.

-- The SGI "fielding" definition can include traditional and other expedited fielding methods used to put a new mission critical product, device or process in to use by Soldiers at any level.

Technology nomination criteria for each award are available through the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, executing on behalf of AMC. Nomination packages must be submitted by email to: AGI-Awards@conus.army.mil by July 1, 2011.

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