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  • I'm Not Stopping Serving No Matter What"

    Oct 16, 2009

    This year's Military Retiree Appreciation Day at Redstone Arsenal was all about life changes -- life changes that make a positive impact, that lead to reassessments and new commitments, that make a difference in the lives of others. Health care exhibitors including Fox Army Health Center, Huntsville Hospital and Crestwood Medical Center provided information about managing health issues, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Volunteer agencies like Still Serving Veterans and Army Community Service offered both services and volunteer opportunities. And program speakers urged attendees to make the most of their retirement years. The two-day event gave retirees a glimpse of the life changes they can make in their own lives and in the lives of others. Leading those life changes was one of the Army's most active military retirees - Jack Tilley, who prefers to be introduced as the former - not the retired - 12th sergeant major of the Army. Tilley brought his message of life changes to the second day of the annual Military Retiree Appreciation Day event, held Oct. 2 at the Officers and Civilians Club and Oct. 3 at the Sparkman Center's Bob Jones Auditorium and cafeteria. His message - interspersed with personal antidotes - told of his deep faith in God, his belief that the U.S. still stands for hope, peace and equality throughout the world, and his willingness to continue in his service to the nation despite carrying the label "retired." "My name is Jack Tilley. I'm a retiree. I'm a Soldier. And I will never stop serving," he told retirees in closing his presentation on Oct. 3. But before the closing came so much more.

  • NCO Academy Aces Organizational Day

    Oct 16, 2009

    It all came down to this last test of strength and will. Two Soldiers, a male and female, from Headquarters & Headquarters Company and the NCO Academy squared off to determine who would walk away with the 59th Ordnance Brigade Organizational Day 2009 trophy. When the dust cleared from the rapid succession of pushups, the Academy stood alone. Oct. 2 had provided individual and team heroics as Bravo, Charlie, Headquarters & Alpha, the Marines, HHC 59th and NCO Academy gathered for a fun-filled day of activities to build morale within the companies. HHC 59th and the Academy ended the final event of the day, the tug-o-war, tied for first place and then squared off in the tiebreaking event, the pushup. But the true feat was two companies with the oldest Soldiers in the unit beat out more than 400 privates, with the average age of 20. HHC 59th and the Academy both proved age doesn't matter. "You know, it's kind of hard for the NCOA to compete because we have older Soldiers," 1st Sgt. John Butler, senior leaders course branch chief, said. "Some have injuries, some don't run like they used too. But we came out and competed really well against companies like Bravo and Charlie, who have fresh, young Soldiers. For us to come out on top, this was great. It says a lot for our Soldiers in the NCOA." And this victory for the Academy was indeed important. Though the Academy has dominated when it comes to static display contests, they are not known for their athletic achievements. "This victory is special to us," Butler said. "For the last few years, the NCOA was getting beat pretty bad in these (competitions). It's nice to come out on top."

  • Readiness Group Reaches Out To Team Redstone

    Oct 16, 2009

    Unlike predominately-military installations, Redstone deploys both Soldiers and civilians. It's looking to support them through a non-traditional readiness group. "The concept is new in that our demographic is unique here," said Kathleen Riester, Army Community Service program manager and FRG representative. At other installations, troops deploy as a unit. A traditional family readiness group is in place at their post to meet the needs and answer the questions of their families for the duration of their deployment. At Redstone, however, civilians and Soldiers deploy throughout the year - sometimes individually or in small groups for varying time periods. A traditional readiness group just wouldn't work for them. "That's why our name is the 'Community Family Readiness Group,'" Riester said. "Because we're trying to cover all of our people under this one umbrella. Even if you're an office of only five and you have no one deployed right now, you may have someone deployed in the future. You're welcome to the table." Last year the Community FRG formed to try and meet the needs of Team Redstone, both Soldier and civilian, as they deploy. Along the way, they have identified issues unique to civilian deployments.

  • Milestone Run At Army Ten-Miler

    Oct 16, 2009

    WASHINGTON - After all the congratulations for finishing first for the third straight year, the news got even better for members of Redstone's Army Ten-Miler team. The runners learned they had won two first-place awards for the first time in Redstone Arsenal's history of competing in the 25th annual event. Redstone finished first in the government agency division for the third year in a row at the 10-mile race held Oct. 4 near the Pentagon. Redstone also had an entry in the all-comers division. Preliminary results announced at the awards ceremony had Redstone Two finishing second among the all-comers. However, the official results on the Army Ten-Miler website subsequently had Redstone Two finishing first in that division as well. So, Redstone Arsenal swept both the government agency and all-comers divisions for the first time. The Army Ten-Miler office was notified of its earlier discrepancy and promised to settle the matter by Oct. 15.

  • Agreement signed at Fort Irwin to create solar power

    Oct 16, 2009

    The Army signed a memorandum of agreement Oct. 15, for an enhanced-use lease to begin development of a 500-megawatt solar power plant at Fort Irwin, Calif.

  • Under secretary says Hispanic community shares Army values

    Oct 16, 2009

    When Dr. Joseph WestphalAca,!a,,cs father moved his family from Chile to the United States, he told them to never lose the pride of their heritage Aca,!" to maintain their language and their cultural connections.

  • Anniston Army Depot - almost 7 decades later, still growing

    Oct 16, 2009

    Anniston Army Depot celebrated a birthday Oct. 13. At 68 years, the depot is still 'growing' strong. This piece offers an historical write-up and photos.

  • Stryker MEV avoids the shredder

    Oct 16, 2009

    ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. - The depot's Stryker production team responsible for repairing battle- and combat-damaged vehicles did more than just mend a Stryker medical evacuation vehicle, or MEV, that had returned from Southwest Asia. From April 2008 to September 2009, MEV No. 19 was completely restored.

  • Depot builds new small arms facility

    Oct 16, 2009

    ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. - The depot broke ground Oct. 5 on a new small arms repair facility, which will replace the one that's been used by workers here for more than 40 years in the refurbishment of rifles, machine guns and other weapon-related hardware for the U.S. military. As the primary small arms rebuild center for the Department of Defense, Anniston Army Depot produces more than 30,000 small arms weapons each year.

  • Hydraulic Shop sticking to Lean principles

    Oct 16, 2009

    ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. - Magnets are replacing rolls of masking tape in the Hydraulic Shop thanks to an idea from Keith Thomas, a mechanic currently assigned to the Lean manufacturing project. Thomas presented the new concept to his co-workers during a rapid improvement event on Aug. 24, demonstrating how magnets, cut to fit the areas of hydraulic parts for Paladins and M1 vehicles that do not require painting, could reduce time spent taping up each part.

  • Smart coatings development earns ARDEC engineers the 2009 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award

    Oct 16, 2009

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - A four-member team of Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center engineers here paired up with a team from the New Jersey Institute of Technology to develop a smart coating system capable of operating in conditions that are not ordinarily predetermined, earning themselves a 2009 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award in the process.

  • Disability Employment Month: Army helping wounded warriors find jobs

    Oct 15, 2009

    This month the nation observes National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the Army Wounded Warrior Program is focusing on efforts to help more disabled veterans find employment.

  • Command confronts challenges in filling contracting positions

    Oct 15, 2009

    Although the nation is experiencing unemployment levels not seen in decades, Army Contracting Command continues to face a challenge when it comes to recruiting qualified contracting specialists at the mid and senior levels.

  • Office of Small Business Programs: The gateway to working with the government

    Oct 15, 2009

    In the world of contracting, the small business community sometimes views itself in a less dominate position when vying for contracts, which are often being pursued by larger companies. The U.S Army Contracting Command's Office of Small Business Programs seeks to level the playing field for those small businesses. "Our over arching mission is to promote continuous prime contract and subcontract opportunities within the ACC contracting activities world-wide for small businesses," said Alice Williams-Gray, OSBP associate director.

  • Questions and Answer with the Top Vertebrae

    Oct 15, 2009

    Command Sgt. Maj. Tony L. Baker - During its inception the new 51Cs were primarily assigned to the Army Sustainment Command. They now belong to the US Army Contracting Command. As the field matures 51Cs will be assigned throughout big Army. The duties of a 51C are to provide operational and contingency contracting support to deployed forces and DoD agencies. My immediate concerns is the attention given to the 51C NCO (a low density-high demand MOS)-everyone wants one. This MOS takes time to grow.

  • AMC Band performs at BWI for Honor Flight veterans

    Oct 15, 2009

    The U.S. Army Materiel Command Band provided a musical greeting for five arriving chartered flights carrying World War II veterans during Honor Flight Network-sponsored receptions at Thurgood Marshall Baltimore-Washington International Airport Sept. 26.

  • World War II veterans visit APG

    Oct 15, 2009

  • The backbone

    Oct 15, 2009

  • Security awareness - Understanding foreign disclosure

    Oct 15, 2009

  • PM EW set to meet Army's electronic warfare needs

    Oct 15, 2009

    The Army stood up the Project Manager Electronic Warfare office Sept. 1 under Col. Rod Mentzer.

  • Operational Control of U.S. Army IMCOM's information management functions expected to be invisi

    Oct 15, 2009

  • NFPA free online game helps children learn important fire facts

    Oct 15, 2009

  • Lights, camera, action at APG

    Oct 15, 2009

  • Make the right choice! Act to prevent!

    Oct 15, 2009

  • APG hosts first Iron Horse motorcycle ride

    Oct 15, 2009

  • APG acquires fuel efficient hybrid vehicles

    Oct 15, 2009

  • With shift to Signal Command, DOIM becomes 70th APG tenant organization

    Oct 15, 2009

  • Commentary: Ditch that handshake for a smart salute

    Oct 15, 2009

  • Corps of Engineers pays first expanded Homeowners Assistance Program claim

    Oct 14, 2009

    Air Force major receives first check under HAP program enhanced by the Recovery Act ....

  • SMDC participates in Army 10-Miler

    Oct 14, 2009

    On the morning of Sunday, Oct. 4, more than 30,000 military and civilian runners gathered at the Pentagon to participate in the 25th Annual Army 10-Miler. USASMDC/ARSTRAT participated with two teams as well as individual racers. The race starts and finishes at the Pentagon, passing Washington, D.C., landmarks including the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and the Capitol Building. The event is produced by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington and precedes the AUSA National Conference in Washington, D.C., annually.

  • National Guardsman Keeps Ammo Moving

    Oct 14, 2009

    CAMP BEAUREGARD, La. - Ammunition has to be at the right place at the right time to support National Guard training. And the Joint Munitions Command knows that a National Guard Soldier at Camp Beauregard gets it there every time.

  • Suicide Gets Army's Attention

    Oct 14, 2009

    The Army is taking suicide among Soldiers as a very serious problems and taking various measures to address it.

  • Defense Acquisition University offers opportunities for APG workforce

    Oct 14, 2009

  • TIGR allows Soldiers to "be there" before they arrive

    Oct 13, 2009

    As Warfighters patrol the dangerous streets in theatre or secure enemy safe houses, Tactical Ground Reporting's (TIGR) new "Patrol View" function will soon enhance their visual perspective.

  • And they're off...

    Oct 13, 2009

    Maj. Gen. Yves Fontaine, commanding general, U.S. Army Sustainment Command at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., started the 12th annual Quad Cities Marathon in downtown Moline, Ill., Sept. 27.

  • Afghanistan IT Infrastructure Expansion Earns Moore Bronze Star

    Oct 13, 2009

    For his efforts in helping the Combined Joint Task Force 101st Airborne Division with its expansion in Afghanistan, Col. David Moore received the Bronze Star from Mr. Dean Popps, Army acquisition executive, acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology.

  • Picatinny veterans recognized for selfless service

    Oct 13, 2009

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Veterans were recognized for their service during major U.S. military conflicts to include World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and the two ongoing overseas contingencies during a ceremony at the Rockaway Townsquare Mall in Rockaway, Sept. 22.

  • Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody quote

    Oct 13, 2009

  • RDECOM senior leader promoted to Brigadier General

    Oct 9, 2009

    U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Deputy Commanding General and Senior Commander of the Soldier Systems Center Brig. Gen. Harold J. Greene was promoted from colonel on Oct. 9 in a ceremony held at Top of the Bay, Aberdeen Proving Ground.

  • Power managers get top recognition for defense acquisitions

    Oct 9, 2009

    FORT MONMOUTH, N.J. -- Project Manager Mobile Electric Power has been chosen to receive the David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award for 2009 in the Program Management category. The achievement was based on two criteria: Power and Energy Reduction Initiatives, and Acquisition Process Re-engineering.

  • MREs no longer contain 'mystery meat' of past

    Oct 8, 2009

    DoD's Combat Feeding Directorate set up an elaborate display with interactive activities on the floor of the AUSA Annual Meeting and Symposium, including a place for Soldiers to taste-test new ration items

  • LandWarNet takes joint-service approach

    Oct 8, 2009

    Leadership from across the services Wednesday discussed the importance of making the Army's LandWarNet part of a joint enterprise.

  • Army psychiatrist: Military children have increased mental-health risk

    Oct 8, 2009

    The increasing mental-health needs of military children are taxing both the military and civilian health care systems.

  • Ceremony officially recognizes organization's operational status

    Oct 8, 2009

    The Army celebrated the official full operational capability status of the Army Contracting Command and its subordinate commands with a ceremony on the Army Materiel Command Parade Ground, Fort Belvoir, Va. Created after the need for a dedicated Army contracting command was identified in the 2007 independent report, Aca,!A"Commission on Army Acquisition and Program Management In Expeditionary Operations,Aca,!A? also known as the Gansler Commission Report, ACC, AMCAca,!a,,cs newest major subordinate command, brought contracting capabilities from existing Army organizations into a new structure that focuses on professional, ethical, efficient and responsive contracting operations.

  • Ceremony officially establishes ACC operational status

    Oct 8, 2009

    The Army celebrated the official full operational capability of the Army Contracting Command with a ceremony Thursday on the parade field at Fort Belvoir, Va.

  • Picatinny's senior military commander promoted to brigadier general

    Oct 8, 2009

    Picatinny Arsenal's Senior Military Commander Brig. Gen. Jonathan A. Maddux is one of the Army's newest general officers following his promotion to brigadier general Sunday evening in Arlington, Va.

  • ATC staff sergeant earns honor at Basic NCO Course; grateful for chance to help today's, tomorr

    Oct 8, 2009

  • Women in Defense comes to Aberdeen

    Oct 8, 2009

  • Senior CBRNE Soldier begins to 'fade away'

    Oct 8, 2009

  • MRICD breaks ground on new building

    Oct 8, 2009

  • Focusing on vision and continuing process improvement at Joint Program Manager Guardian

    Oct 8, 2009

  • Exton hosts Wounded Warriors during Memorial Golf Tournament

    Oct 8, 2009

  • CSSC named Active Base Community of the Year

    Oct 8, 2009

  • Commentary: Coping strategies for workplace survivor syndrome

    Oct 8, 2009

  • Commentary: Being prepared

    Oct 8, 2009

  • Commissioning of the USS New York Nov. 7

    Oct 8, 2009

  • Ordnance Museum move: Riggers, trailers and cranes ... oh my!

    Oct 8, 2009

  • Mathisen conquers the Northeast Maryland Triathlon

    Oct 8, 2009

  • ECBC assists military Families in equipping students

    Oct 8, 2009

  • DENTAC holds change of command

    Oct 8, 2009

  • History in the making, ATEC breaks ground at APG

    Oct 8, 2009

  • Education key to overcome PTSD stigma

    Oct 7, 2009

    The author of "Collateral Damage: How Can the Army Best Serve a Soldier with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder," spoke at an Association of the U.S. Army forum about the recommendations he made in his paper that he hopes will aid in better understanding how to care and treat mental health problems for Soldiers and their families.

  • Environmental Team Cleaning Up Past Mistakes

    Oct 7, 2009

    Corroded air filters and disintegrated pieces of gas masks mar the natural beauty of a once popular fishing and swimming hole on Redstone Arsenal. But it's not what's above the water in the quarry at the corner of Neal and Mills roads that worries environmentalists Terry de la Paz and Wes Smith. It's what's underneath. An underwater video camera has revealed chemical drums and ordnance on the floor of the quarry pond. What the camera doesn't reveal is if those chemical drums actually hold substances that could damage the environment. "It will cost four to five million dollars to get the drums and ordnance out of the water and to clean up the site," de la Paz said. "But if there is a chemical warfare agent in those drums that we have to dispose of, then we will have to figure out how to destroy them and that will cost a lot more. "The problem is we don't know and it's a big risk. We have to plan on the drums having chemicals in them until such time as we can prove there's not." Redstone Arsenal is one of the Army's top three installations for the number of contaminated sites that have to be restored based on the regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

  • NCO Academy Gives Local Youngsters Lesson Of Hope

    Oct 7, 2009

    What started out for the Soldiers of the NCO Academy as a simple afternoon of fund-raising became a lesson of hope and inspiration to a group of children at the Harvest Youth Club. A few weeks ago, many NCO Academy Soldiers spent their weekend washing cars to help raise money for the club. On Sept. 17 the same Soldiers had the chance to visit the children. The Academy raised $600; and the club will use the money to pave the back lot behind the club's main building. The paved area will give many of the children the chance to play games and learn how to ride bicycles, according to executive director Melvin Allen. He said the money raised by the Academy will be matched by Old Navy, bringing the total to $1,200. Once the Soldiers arrived at the club, the children were called to their assigned rows and stood at attention. They preformed military facing movements and then sat quietly. The Soldiers were impressed by the well-disciplined children. But the visit wasn't for the Academy Soldiers to brag about their accomplishments; it was to meet with the kids and give some guidance toward school, teamwork and life. "It's important to be here. We need to let these kids know that school is extremely important," said Sgt. Nicolette Pringle, 114th Signal Battalion, who is a student at the Academy.

  • Ordnance School Prepares For Move

    Oct 7, 2009

    Moving is a way of life for any Army family. But these days, moving from one post to another has taken on a whole new dimension for Col. Lee Merritt and his command staff at the 59th Ordnance Brigade/Ordnance Munitions and Electronics Maintenance School. While the brigade's move to the Missile and Munitions Center at Fort Lee, Va., is still more than a year away, the spring of 2011 looms large on Merritt's radar as he reviews plans to move office and classroom furniture, training and simulation equipment, and instructional supplies as well as staff and students - all while still maintaining the educational and training experiences provided by OMEMS. "Our first goal is to continue to provide quality training with feedback from the field. We want to train Soldiers so they will be prepared to hit their unit on day one of a deployment and fight and win our nation's battles," said Merritt, who will be the last commander of the 59th/OMEMS at Redstone Arsenal. "At the same time, we need to be preparing to execute BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommendations) and move to Fort Lee. We will have lots of great facilities there that will give us more capability because they are built to meet our needs at today's standards. And, third, we need to take care of our people, both civilian and military, primarily because of BRAC. Anytime you have such a large organization move it impacts a lot of folks." There are about 1,100 military and civilian personnel from the 59th/OMEMS who conduct and support training in 39 military occupational specialties in the areas of munitions management, explosive ordnance disposal, electronic and missile maintenance, and test measurement and diagnostic equipment arenas. Each year, the staff at Redstone trains about 6,000 Soldiers, who are assigned to the 832nd Ordnance Battalion. Since its inception in 1952, OMEMS has graduated more than 190,000 students.

  • More unmanned aircraft striving to eliminate IEDs

    Oct 7, 2009

    The Army trained more than 1,400 Soldiers, Marines and civilians to fly unmanned aircraft systems in 2009, and expects to train more than 2,300 in 2010.

  • Ordnance Museum move - The remains

    Oct 7, 2009

  • Photocopying military, CAC IDs a violation of federal law

    Oct 7, 2009

  • ARL hosts new laboratory groundbreaking at APG

    Oct 7, 2009

  • Changes to employee leave provisions benefit Soldiers, Family members

    Oct 7, 2009

  • Chiarelli: Mental wounds 'no phantom issue'

    Oct 7, 2009

    The "signature wounds of this war" are post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli said Tuesday.

  • RDECOM conducts staff ride to Saratoga

    Oct 7, 2009

    Research, Development and Engineering Command senior leaders conducted a staff ride to Saratoga National Battlefield in Stillwater, N.Y., on Sep. 29 in order to relate one of the most decisive battles during the American Revolution to the current conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • New SecArmy recognizes quality-of-life initiatives

    Oct 7, 2009

    New Army Secretary John McHugh recognized outstanding quality-of-life improvements, programs and best practices from around the Army during the second Family Forum of the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition Tuesday.

  • Mellinger says AMC technology saving lives

    Oct 6, 2009

    The U.S. Army Materiel Command's top enlisted Soldier spoke about advancements in war technology Monday and their effects on Soldiers.

  • CSA says Army will balance mission, troops for Afghanistan

    Oct 6, 2009

    Army leaders will work to provide the forces necessary to be successful in Afghanistan, while at the same time attempting to balance that demand with the needs of Soldiers and families, said the service's senior-most officer.

  • Army reaffirms Family Covenant

    Oct 6, 2009

    Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh, Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston reaffirmed the Army's commitment to Soldiers and their families by signing a family covenant Monday at the Association of the U.S. Army's annual meeting.

  • Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant Deactivates

    Oct 6, 2009

    The Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant, officially deactivated Sept. 30 completing its mission of providing ammunition to soldiers and warfighters for almost 70 years.

  • CMA Destroys its Two Millionth Munition

    Oct 6, 2009

    Today, the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency (CMA) announced the safe destruction of its two millionth munition since Entry-Into-Force of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). The United States ratified the CWC in 1997, joining more than 180 countries pledging to rid the world of chemical weapons.

  • Resiliency training to be given Army-wide

    Oct 6, 2009

    Officials describe Comprehensive Soldier Fitness and its implementation throughout the Army during a forum at the Association of the United States Army conference on Oct. 5, 2009.

  • Family life chaplains bridge the gap

    Oct 6, 2009

    1st AD bridges gap with family life chaplain

  • Pilot program helps FORSCOM commanders support Soldiers, Families

    Oct 6, 2009

    FORT MCPHERSON, Ga. (Oct. 5, 2009) - U.S. Army Forces Command Deputy Commanding General Lt. Gen. Joseph F. Peterson recently approved a one-year pilot program to assist corps- and division-level commanders identify and address emerging Family readiness needs within their commands. The Family Readiness Program Coordinator Pilot Program affords FORSCOM commanders the opportunity to hire a Family Readiness Program Coordinator. FRPCs serve as the commander's advisor on Family readiness issues within their commands, said Ronna Rowe Garrett, FORSCOM Human Resource Division director.

  • McHugh: 'Failure is not an option'

    Oct 5, 2009

    The way ahead in Iraq and Afghanistan will be tough, but America's Soldiers can handle it, said Secretary of the Army John McHugh.

  • Workers Urged To Step Up To The Plate To Help Others

    Oct 5, 2009

    He inherited fame from his father, but he makes his own legacy by helping others. Roberto Clemente Jr., son of a major league baseball legend, gave a pep talk to an estimated 350 people during Team Redstone's Hispanic American Heritage Month event Sept. 23 in Bob Jones Auditorium. "My father left a fingerprint in baseball and the whole world," he said. "When I leave this world, I want to say I left a fingerprint in a positive way." Clemente Jr.'s fingerprint has included founding the Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities or RBI program, aimed at helping at-risk youth through the sport in San Juan. He also established the Roberto Clemente Foundation benefiting children in the Pittsburgh community. In 2002, Clemente Jr. was named honorary chairman for the baseball assistance team annual fund-raising dinner. He is also known for his work with the American Diabetes Association.

  • Spotlight On Aviation Technology For Ground Support

    Oct 5, 2009

    The Army's aviation maintenance equipment is only as good as the Soldiers who use it to repair and maintain helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. So, it's not surprising that a four-day conference - the Aviation Ground Support Equipment User Conference - included plenty of opportunities for Soldiers to provide feedback on the aviation ground equipment they use in the field, and to learn about new and improved equipment designed to make their job more efficient and responsive in support of aviation missions in both peaceful and wartime environments. The conference, hosted by the product management office of Aviation Ground Support Equipment, brought about 300 Soldiers and Army civilians together with 50 vendors to the Von Braun Center Sept. 20-24 to discuss everything from maintenance software systems to battle damage assessment repair kits. The conference included presentations by PM AGSE and various other product management and project management offices related to AGSE. "PM AGSE is listening to what the Soldiers need," said Lt. Col. Russ Wygal, the AGSE product manager. "We're trying to be responsive to what the Soldiers need in the field. We want them to know that the input and feedback we've gotten from them in the past is actually benefitting them now in the products we are providing. "We listen. We take that information and we implement it to support the Soldier. We are all about making sure we support the Soldiers who are supporting aviation maintenance, and we are doing that with the right tools at the right time at the right place."

  • Improved battery technology sitting unordered in Army inventory

    Oct 5, 2009

    Soldiers are carrying unnecessary weight into battle because many units do not realize that newer, lighter batteries with more capacity are sitting unordered in the Army supply channel.

  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems Team Opens Site In Utah

    Oct 5, 2009

    The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office on Sept. 23 officially opened its Rapid Integration and Acceptance Center at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, consolidating the testing of UAS payloads and technologies to allow for faster deployment to war fighters. Brig. Gen. Tim Crosby, program executive officer for aviation, paralleled the new RIAC operation with the Pony Express operations that took place across the neighboring Utah desert in 1860 and 1861. "In the same pioneering spirit those passionate and dedicated riders served their country, we serve our country and our war fighters today. The RIAC will allow us to serve our Soldiers faster," he said. Col. Greg Gonzalez, project manager for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, also acknowledged service to the war fighter, noting that it is the Soldiers in combat who give his office its orders.

  • Year of the NCO Spotlight - Staff Sgt. LaNiece E. Bowman

    Oct 5, 2009

    Staff Sgt. LaNiece E. Bowman, a contracting non-commissioned officer with the 412th Contracting Support Brigade, Fort Sam Houston, Texas joined the 51C series after spending her first nine years of service as a logistics specialist. Always reaching for new heights and new challenges, Bowman quickly embraced the opportunity to expand her knowledge to become one of the Army's newest contracting NCOs. Bowman graduated from the Army Acquisition Basic Course, U.S. Army Logistics Management College in May and was immediately re-assigned to the 412th in June. The unit was in need of a personnel NCO as they prepared for their July unit activation so Bowman was tasked to temporarily fill the void and served as a driving force behind the ceremony.

  • 25th Army Ten-Miler sets event records

    Oct 5, 2009

    The silver anniversary running of the Army Ten-Miler produced event record times in the men's and women's divisions and the largest field of registered runners in the history of America's largest 10-mile race.

  • Machinist's hard work earns quarterly award

    Oct 5, 2009

    A machinist earned a depot-level award for his technical expertise, dedication and take-charge attitude, which contributes to the completion of program schedules in the Machining Branch.

  • Finishing touch

    Oct 5, 2009

    Multiple Threat Systems Branch employees overhaul, repair and align the the AN/MST-T1A Multiple Threat Emitter System (MUTES).

  • The art of storytelling helps keep hopes, dreams alive

    Oct 5, 2009

    I have unexpectedly spent the last several weeks with my mother in the hospital. She suffered from a brain aneurism, but she is on the long slow road to recovery.

  • APICS award recognizes depot contributions

    Oct 5, 2009

    Tobyhanna claimed third place in the 2009 Advancing Productivity, Innovation, and Competitive Success (APICS) Corporate Award's Education Award of Excellence.

  • SPARK bracket tasking ignites depot teamwork

    Oct 5, 2009

    To meet an urgent requirement, Tobyhanna personnel pulled together to fabricate 20 Self Protective Adaptive Roller Kit brackets in less than two months.

  • Firefinder test equipment expands capabilities

    Oct 5, 2009

    Firefinder technicians here are testing radar systems using high-tech equipment that can simulate the heat of the desert - in the mountains of Pennsylvania.

  • FORSCOM FRG leaders arrive in nation's capital for training

    Oct 4, 2009

    CRYSTAL CITY, Va.- Family Readiness Group leaders from various U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) units across the nation assembled today, Oct. 4, at the Crystal City Hyatt here for the 2009 FORSCOM Family Readiness Group Training Symposium. After completion of conference registration, FORSCOM Well-being officials hosted an orientation session to ensure participants were aware of all developmental opportunities available to them during the next four days, to provide guidance on how to enhance their effectiveness of engaging with Army leaders and to answer any questions concerning the symposium agenda.

  • Global communications equipment moves closer to battle deployment

    Oct 2, 2009

  • Cavalry soldiers tour depot, learn how workers affect war effort

    Oct 2, 2009

    ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala.--Five of the depot's customers visited the shop floor here Sept. 15 and 16 to talk with employees and see what the depot is doing to help the warfighters. The visiting Soldiers - 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, 9th Cavalry Regiment, C Troop from Fort Hood, Texas - were awed by the detailed way the depot employees built or repaired combat vehicles, small arms and other weapons.

  • Spc. Mcpherson leaps

    Oct 2, 2009

    Spc. Darwynn McPherson, Army Materiel Command, leaps over an obstacle during the 'Stress Fire' event of the Army Best Warrior Compeition held Sept. 27-Oct. 2 at Fort Lee, Va.

  • Students Learn about Potential Careers through Adventures in Engineering Day

    Oct 2, 2009

    On Wednesday, Sept. 30, more than 200 high school students visited the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (SMDC/ARSTRAT) as part of the 9th Annual Adventures in Engineering Day.

  • Senior Army Leadership Participation in Q & A Sessions during Association of U.S. Army Annual Me

    Oct 2, 2009

    The Secretary of the Army, Chief of Staff of the Army, and Vice Chief of Staff of the Army top the list of senior U.S. Army leadership participating in sixteen 30-minute Q&A sessions during the 2009 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition, October 5-7, 2009 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the District of Columbia.