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  • Green Belt: Improving the way we do business

    Nov 2, 2009

    New processes developed by depot employees will produce savings of more than $1 million and shave hundreds of hours off repair cycle time.

  • ASC Reserve Soldiers test during STX

    Nov 2, 2009

  • Engineering battalion keeps lines humming

    Nov 2, 2009

    Fifteen Soldiers are making sure that Tobyhanna maintains its power while saving the depot on its light bill.

  • First time since World War I

    Nov 2, 2009

    Rock Island Arsenal military personnel assigned to the Army Sustainment Command prepare to raise the American flag over Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., Oct. 1.

  • Woodsman warms hearts, homes of those in need

    Nov 2, 2009

    A line from the movie 'Starman' sums up the good part of human nature - "You are at your very best when things are worst." A former Marine here exemplifies this.

  • Small team delivers big results on the battlefield

    Nov 2, 2009

    The Materiel Enterprise is a vast and complex operation, meant to harness the Army's intellectual and industrial might, then deliver the best equipment to Soldiers when and where they need it.

  • Job well done

    Nov 2, 2009

    Lt. Col. Dave Grauel, BFT program manager, and other personnel visited here Oct. 20 to attend a ceremony that honored depot technician's completion of 100,000 Blue Force Tracking installation kits.

  • Arsenal's protectors -- a stitch or shot in time

    Nov 2, 2009

    Long before the fires in a fuze manufacturing building in 1847 that killed an elderly man and a boy Aca,!aEURc both Arsenal employees Aca,!aEURc the Arsenal workforce knew their work to support the nation's warfighters was nothing short of perilous. Therefore, the value of individuals with unique skills, such as a military doctor or nurse, was exponentially raised and their skills were essential to maintaining the morale and welfare of the workforce.

  • Strength of the Arsenal - Families

    Nov 2, 2009

  • ACC TODAY Video News Report

    Nov 2, 2009

    U.S. Army celebrates the full operational capability of the U.S. Army Contracting Command. Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, AMC Commander, and Jeff Parsons, ACC executive director both spoke at Fort Belvoir

  • Employees fabricate custom cables

    Nov 2, 2009

    Employees at Tobyhanna now have the capability to fabricate better quality, custom cable harnesses.

  • Joint Chemical Biological Defense facility project kicks off at Aberdeen Proving Ground

    Oct 30, 2009

    Corps of Engineers and customers broke ground for the Joint Program Executive Office-Chemical Biological Defense facility.

  • Executive order bans texting while driving

    Oct 30, 2009

    Texting took a back seat to safety this month with an executive order prohibiting text messaging while driving on military installations or driving anywhere in government vehicles.

  • Hot Shots! TRICARE Makes H1N1 Immunizations Easy for Beneficiaries

    Oct 30, 2009

    FALLS CHURCH, Va. (October 30, 2009) - Immunizations against the H1N1 virus will soon be available, and people are eager to take precautions. TRICARE Prime, Standard and Extra beneficiaries can get their shots from network and non-network providers without paying a deductible or making a co-payment. A temporary waiver allows non-active duty TRICARE Prime enrollees to get the H1N1 immunization from non-network providers without a referral or authorization, eliminating point-of-service charges. Prime enrollees will not be charged a co-payment or cost share. Active duty service members should follow the guidance of their respective services.

  • Ex-Army Pilot Flies Friendly Skies To Help Others

    Oct 30, 2009

    Flying the skies is more than a hobby for pilot Dennis Boyer. It's also an affirmation of life, a chance to help someone who is suffering, an opportunity to touch someone coping with threatening health issues. Boyer is a Mercy Flight Southeast pilot, volunteering his six-seat, twin engine Cessna 310 to provide free airplane transportation for children and adults who need transportation for medical care in facilities hundreds of miles from Huntsville. He has also provided compassionate flights for Soldiers who need quick transportation to visit a dying relative. "This is something that I can do to give back," said Boyer, the chief engineer for the Kiowa Warrior Product Office, Program Executive Office for Aviation. "I've taken a lot of patients to M.D. Anderson in Houston for cancer treatments. I've made a lot of flights with children out to South Carolina to the Shriners Hospital. And a lot to Memphis to the Memphis Children's Hospital and to St. Jude's Children's Hospital." Mercy Flight Southeast is affiliated with the nationwide Angel Flight program. Its volunteer pilots provide transportation for transplant programs, medical care, compassionate care, domestic violence relocations and disaster relief.

  • Sun Shines On Special Olympics Track and Field

    Oct 30, 2009

    The annual Special Olympics track and field event just keeps getting better each year. The crowd, events and activities were even bigger than in previous years. So were the smiles. "It's a wonderful team effort between Redstone Arsenal and the local community to be able to support this event," Army Community Service director Sue Paddock said. "For the Soldiers it's a great learning experience. We really enjoy supporting it." Close to a thousand athletes, Soldiers, volunteers and well-wishers turned out at Milton Frank Stadium on Oct. 20 for the four and a half hour event. Among that number were 250 Soldiers from the 832nd Ordnance Battalion. "The Soldiers did a great job as escorts. We are so proud to have them be a part of this annual event."

  • Wearing Title Of Breast Cancer Survivor With Pride

    Oct 30, 2009

    Becky Feehan had never considered herself a "survivor." Now, she wears that descriptive title with pride. At age 31, Feehan became a breast cancer survivor. With the help of God, her husband, and her family and friends, she quickly responded by having surgery and undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, and she won a fight that threatened her life. "When we got the news, my husband told me I had to fight," she said. "He said 'I know you don't have a mean bone in your body, Becky. But you've got to get mean to fight this.' And I was ready to fight." For Feehan, the discovery of breast cancer came at a point in her life when the future held a lot of promise and happiness. Just a couple months earlier, she had married the love of her life, now Air Force Brig. Gen. Terrence Feehan, and the two were settling into their home at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. "In March 2003, we were brand new newlyweds," she said. "But it was my very first trip to the base clinic when the cancer was discovered ... "The possibility that this disease could take my life was not so much frightening as it was disappointing. Terry and I had finally found each other less than a year before, and we were planning a full and joyful life together. It just didn't seem fair to me that this dream could be ending even before it had really begun."

  • Program Allows Interface With Command's Leaders

    Oct 30, 2009

    AMCOM commander Maj. Gen. Jim Myles talked informally with the latest participants in the command's mentoring program. Myles asked each protege what he or she had gotten out of the six-month program and also conversed with their mentors. He awarded certificates to all the participants in this ninth cycle of the People Empowering People mentoring program during the award ceremony Oct. 20. "This program is set up so well to allow you to interface with our leaders. We've got some great leaders here," Myles said. he Aviation and Missile Command's latest cycle of the program, conducted by AMCOM G-1 (Human Resources), began April 20.

  • Animals Receive Annual Blessing At Chapel

    Oct 30, 2009

    Bicentennial Chapel celebrated its annual Blessing of the Animals on Oct. 3. The Blessing of the Animals has been celebrated at the chapel for more than 20 years.

  • Army always seeking improvements to combat uniform

    Oct 30, 2009

    Nothing says pride like a Soldier in uniform. Today's Soldier has much to be proud of in the current Army Combat Uniform, but the Army is always looking for way to make it better and more well-suited to the needs of the Soldier.

  • Soldier learns to dance while deployed in Iraq

    Oct 29, 2009

  • Depot takes Red Ribbon campaign to Coldwater

    Oct 29, 2009

  • HIRED! program helps teen learn customer service skills

    Oct 29, 2009

    ABERDEEN, Md. - A C. Milton Wright High School sophomore is learning customer service skills first hand by working at the Aberdeen Proving Ground Bowling Center this fall.

  • Depot partners with GDLS to reset Strykers

    Oct 29, 2009

  • Greene creates training tracking tool for LMP

    Oct 29, 2009

  • Dear Clinic provides update on flu vaccines

    Oct 29, 2009

  • Mechanics generate power packs by mating, ground hopping

    Oct 29, 2009

  • Depot represented at Business Expo

    Oct 29, 2009

  • Scientists from India collaborate on Army energy challenges

    Oct 29, 2009

    Scientists, engineers and professors from the United States and India recently met to find ways to solve the critical power and energy challenges faced by both nations.

  • "Always a Soldier" program gets new manager

    Oct 29, 2009

    Debra Y. Coleman became the new program manager for the "Always a Soldier" program at headquarters, U.S. Army Materiel Command Oct. 26. Coleman was previously a staff action control officer at AMC.

  • Dynamics Of Working At Redstone Shared With Students

    Oct 28, 2009

    Redstone Arsenal's "wow" factor was on display Friday for about 120 college juniors and seniors interested in engineering, management information systems, accounting, finance, procurement, operations management, supply chain and enterprise resource planning. During College Day, the students toured the Prototype Integration Facility, Software Engineering Directorate, Redstone Test Center and the propulsion areas at Marshall Space Flight Center to get an idea of the projects they might work on as civilian employees for the Aviation and Missile Command or the other 50 federal agencies located on the Arsenal. "There are a significant number of job opportunities here and there's a lot of opportunity in the midst of the organizations moving here," AMCOM deputy commander Ronnie Chronister told the students. "What all this means is there will be opportunities for you and your peers for employment here." Speaking to the group at Heiser Hall at the beginning of their daylong visit, Chronister told the students that Redstone Arsenal can offer them a lot of hands-on opportunities to make a difference in the nation's overseas contingency operations and the day-to-day survival of Soldiers at war. The students saw some of the Arsenal's aircraft and missile systems perform in an AMCOM video, which included an Apache firing a Hellfire missile, a Black Hawk delivering a box of NLOS missiles to a remote location and a firing of a Patriot missile. "All the science and technology, the engineering, that went into building the Apache helicopter or Hellfire missile ... all the science and technology for aviation and missile systems is managed at this Arsenal," Chronister said.

  • Youngsters See Science and Math Hands-On

    Oct 28, 2009

    Pingpong balls and lava lamps brought the lessons of microgravity down to earth for sixth and seventh grade students who visited educator William Heard's mini-science lab at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center during the third annual Space and Missile Defense Student Day. "You guys ready to learn some cool stuff'" Heard asked students from Randolph School and Fairview Middle School. He asked the students if they knew about Daniel Bernoulli, a Swiss mathematician and scientist who lived in the 18th century and who is remembered for his applications of mathematical equations involving the flow of fluids in terms of speed, pressure and potential energy. Heard told them much of modern technology, especially aerodynamics, is based on Bernoulli's formulas. From the looks on the students' faces, the "stuff" didn't seem so cool anymore. "This guy was French. He lived in the 1700s. Way back then he was talking about some of the forces acting on nature, some of the things that are the principles of how airplanes actually work," Heard said, as he drove his message into the 21st century. "Bernoulli's Principle explains the lift and drag of airplanes, and the effect of air pressure. It's about microgravity." Then the "cool stuff" did happen. The students tried their own "lift and drag" experiment with two cups and a pingpong ball. The idea was to blow over the cup containing the ball so that the ball was pushed up and out of the cup, landing in the second cup. "By blowing over the cup, you are changing the air pressure inside the cup," Heard said. "Blowing across the cup generates a difference in the pressure in the cup and causes the ball to go from one area of high pressure to an area of low pressure." Heard also used 1960s lava lamp entertainment to further demonstrate the effect microgravity has on fluid. The demonstration was among eight exhibits from government and industry representatives that participated in the Space and Missile Defense Student Day at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center's Davidson Center. During the event, more than 250 middle school students from Huntsville, Madison, Decatur and Cullman participated in hands-on demonstrations in robotics, unmanned aerial/ground vehicle aircraft, satellite technology, man's quest to rediscover the moon, and other space and missile defense technologies.

  • Summit Unites State Military Leaders

    Oct 28, 2009

    Disaster contingency plans, antiterrorism and force protection programs, emergency drills and pandemic influenza plans were all on the table for discussion during an annual meeting that brought Alabama's commanders to Redstone Arsenal. The Alabama Commanders' Summit, started by Gov. Bob Riley, involves commanders from the state's three military installations - Redstone Arsenal, Fort Rucker and Maxwell Air Force Base - as well as state commanders and state emergency officials. "The vision of Governor Riley was to bring all of the state, federal and local emergency managers together so that we know each other, and we know each other's assets and capabilities," said Alvin Odoms, the Garrison's director of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security. "So, now, if we have to call on each other we know who can best help with the emergency that we are dealing with." This is Redstone's second time to host the event, which rotates between the state's three installations. "This is about preparing for a holistic state approach to an emergency or disaster," Odoms said. "Every post and military company in the state has capabilities and it's good to know what those capabilities are in time of need. Because of these summits, we know each other and we can work together as a team. We are part of each other's emergency teams."

  • Army to launch technology blog

    Oct 28, 2009

    The Army is launching a new blog to help Soldiers and the public discover a little-known side of the Army, the research, development, engineering, testing and evaluation that goes into the technologies that make Soldiers safer and more effective.

  • PEO Soldier displays new equipment

    Oct 27, 2009

    Program managers from Program Executive Office Soldier met with members of the media Tuesday at the Pentagon to discuss the latest equipment fielded to soldiers.

  • Guard equipment to return from Iraq, Congress told

    Oct 26, 2009

    National Guard equipment will be returned from Iraq and Guard units can fill shortages with equipment currently in theater, Defense officials testified Oct. 21, at a House hearing.

  • National Committee Member Visits Base Supply Store

    Oct 23, 2009

    Redstone has its share of high-profile visitors. Last week a presidential appointee visited the post, but he wasn't here to see missile systems or aviation offices. He came to visit custodians, store clerks and sewing machine operators. James Omvig serves as the vice chairperson for the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. He was appointed to the committee in 2003 by former President George W. Bush. The independent federal agency oversees the AbilityOne program, which promotes business relationships for federal agencies with goods and services from blind or disabled people. He spent the morning of Oct. 13 touring facilities operated by the people his committee is charged to assist. "Mr. Omvig's visit is to thank AMCOM and the Huntsville federal community for 36 years of sterling support for the AbilityOne program," said Bryan Dodson, president and CEO for Phoenix Service. "Over the past 36 years, the combined support for AbilityOne in the Huntsville federal community has literally changed thousands of lives for person with disabilities served by Phoenix and the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind who operate the base supply center."

  • Full Slate Of Activities Greets Military Wounded

    Oct 23, 2009

    Veterans Day activities will once again be the backdrop for a Tennessee Valley program that extends Southern hospitality to wounded Marines and Soldiers. The Semper Fi Community Task Force will host a group of 16 Marines and 16 Soldiers along with their spouses during Heroes' Week, which will include the Marine Corps Ball, a fishing tournament and boat tour, and the Veterans Day dinner and parade. All events are free for the wounded warriors and their spouses. "This is our way of helping, our way of paying it forward," said retired Marine Lt. Col. Mike Dahl, who is coordinating Heroes' Week. The task force has been raising funds throughout the year for this event. The group has also recruited various local businesses to donate services and products, and volunteers to assist with transportation and other arrangements. "We rely on a lot of local organizations to help us with this," Dahl said. Organizations such as the Patriot Guard, North Alabama Veterans and Fraternal Organization's Coalition, Redstone-Huntsville Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army, Still Serving Veterans, Vettes for Vets Corvette Club, Blue Star Moms, Eagles Women's Auxiliary, Hands on Greater Huntsville, the cities of Huntsville, Madison, Decatur and Guntersville, and several local churches support Heroes' Week. Businesses such as Sierra Toyota, the Westin Hotel, Guntersville Yacht Club and Rocket Harley-Davidson are also providing support. "We want to show them that Huntsville and North Alabama is an awesome place. We support our troops and we accept people with open arms," said Reserve Gunnery Sgt. Joe Wittkop, a Heroes' Week volunteer.

  • Navy Reservist Returns Home After Year In Iraq

    Oct 23, 2009

    Well-wishers file into the conference room. There's cake on the table and a sign on the wall that says "Welcome home, Valerie." Co-workers celebrated Valerie Robinson's return from Iraq with a reception Thursday afternoon at the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center. The Navy reservist was deployed nearly a year in Al Asad, Iraq, with her unit, Navy Military Construction Battalion 24 out of Huntsville.

  • Protoype Integration Facility

    Oct 23, 2009

    Students from both public and private schools participating in the ninth annual Adventures in Engineering Day were brought by the busload Sept. 30 to tour the Prototype Integration Facility. Some of the attending high schools were Huntsville, Madison, Madison County, Limestone County and Arab. The AIE program allows students the chance to meet engineers who work on Redstone and to learn about their jobs firsthand. The Prototype Integration Facility welcomed the students and offered them the opportunity to see it and to speak with project leads. Once they reached the facility, the students were taken on a tour by government project lead TJ Lapointe who was eager to show and explain what he and other members of the PIF work force do. The bus with students from Bob Jones High was the first to arrive. The students piled in to the Visualization Laboratory where they squeezed between one another to get a better look at the large screens that gave examples of the 3D presentations being created there.

  • Celebrating Fort Monmouth history at Archives Day

    Oct 23, 2009

    FORT MONMOUTH, N.J. -- The staff of the CECOM LCMC Historical Office spent a Saturday recently promoting Fort Monmouth's rich history at the Monmouth County Archives' 14th Annual Archives and History Day in Manalapan.

  • Military Families Have Voice At Local Schools

    Oct 23, 2009

    Barbara Williams spends much of her time attending meetings at school and talking with military parents. She doesn't mind her busy schedule; she just wishes more people knew she's available to help. "I still see people every day that say they don't know about school liaison services," she said. "I would say that's an area that needs improvement." Williams serves as youth education support services director/school liaison officer in Child Youth and School Services under the Garrison. She started in April after 32 years in the Huntsville city schools system. "The position that I'm in is very similar to my position in the Huntsville city schools district where I worked with families and children. I'm still working with families and children," said Williams, who formerly served as the director of pupil services at the city school board. "This one's different in that it's issues that concern schools and military children's education. My primary responsibility is of course military children's education." She has already seen the community's support for military children, whose mobile lifestyle entails frequent school changes. Under a new program this year called Military Operation School Supplies, 20 corporate sponsors provided 375 book bags filled with school supplies. The effort started in June and the book bags were distributed to military families in early August. "It was just an overwhelming project," Williams said. "They poured out a lot of support for our families."

  • Women's Group Steps Up Support In Defense Fields

    Oct 23, 2009

    Huntsville's leadership in the promotion of women in defense-related careers is a perfect fit for a city that is known for its "forward thinking," said a top Army official. "Since 1979, Women in Defense has provided members with forums for professional growth. Today there are 15 chapters for women who work in a primarily male industry and environment," said Brig. Gen. Susan Lawrence, commander of the Army's Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Signal Command. "Women in Defense has been adding chapters fast and furious in the last five to 10 years. A Huntsville chapter is only natural for the Huntsville area because it is one of the most forward thinking areas for its time." The Tennessee Valley Chapter of Women in Defense was started in March 2003. Speaking to an audience of about 250 members of the local WID chapter and the National Defense Industrial Association, Lawrence outlined Huntsville's history in the promotion of women in defense-related careers, beginning in the 1940s when women worked in the Army's local chemical and ammunition plants to replace the men who went to fight in World War II. "Their work helped their families financially and their performance was very much related to their own patriotic duty," Lawrence said. "Many of our predecessors recognized the challenges they faced and they all took on those challenges to make our nation a stronger place to live, to serve and to work." Lawrence said there is "no institution more supportive of women then the Department of Defense. It's been two decades since the Department of Defense first allowed women to go to service academies. Now we have 57 women generals or admirals. Five three-star female generals and, the great news last November, is we now have one female four-star. I've served with her and there is no better selection than General Ann Dunwoody."

  • Soldier deploys to Iraq to help field laser defense system for Chinook helicopters

    Oct 23, 2009

    Laser technology is taking Chief Warrant Officer Cary Nadeau to Iraq for his fourth deployment in support of overseas contingency operations. It's a deployment that will give Nadeau the opportunity to show the Army's Chinook pilots the benefits of new technology tested by the Redstone Test Center.

  • Growing Post Thanks Community

    Oct 23, 2009

    Community leaders from across the Tennessee Valley were given a "bird's eye view" of what growth means for Redstone Arsenal during a briefing from top Redstone officers Oct. 13. That view was an overarching look at the Arsenal's footprint, its growing capabilities and new organizations, and the issues that could threaten future growth. During the Evening at the Arsenal, Maj. Gen. Jim Myles, commander of Redstone Arsenal and the Aviation and Missile Command, joined forces with Col. Steve Kihara, the new commander of the Redstone Test Center, and Garrison commander Col. Bob Pastorelli to share Redstone Arsenal's story with more than 100 community leaders. The Arsenal story included a missile firing of the Javelin, a flyover of Chinook and Black Hawk helicopters, and dinner, exhibits and a presentation at the Redstone Test Center's hangar at the Airfield. "This is an Arsenal that supports the entire country ... The mission of success today is having you get a better feel for your Arsenal and having you get a better feel of what we're all about, what our challenges are and where we're at," Myles told his audience. "Welcome to your Army."

  • Fitzmaier takes charge as Garrison manager

    Oct 23, 2009

    FORT MONMOUTH, N.J. -- George E. Fitzmaier took charge as the Fort Monmouth Garrison manager in a Transfer of Authority ceremony on Greely Field on Oct 21. Col. Stephen M. Christian relinquished command during the ceremony, marching into history as the final Fort Monmouth Garrison commander.

  • New M-ATV arrives in Southern Afghanistan

    Oct 23, 2009

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan-The first Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV) designated for Southern Afghanistan arrived here Oct. 22 by air transport.

  • Soldiers affect brigade modernization

    Oct 23, 2009

    Ground sensors that are part of the Army Brigade Combat Team Modernization program were recently overhauled in line with input from Soldiers.

  • New M-ATV arrives in Southern Afghanistan

    Oct 23, 2009

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan-The first Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV) designated for Southern Afghanistan arrived here Oct. 22 by air transport.

  • The Father of the Rock Island Arsenal returns to kick off LMP

    Oct 23, 2009

    Brig. Gen. Thomas J. Rodman returned home to Rock Island Arsenal Thursday to help Col. Craig S. Cotter, commander Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center, kick off their Logistics Modernization Program initiative.

  • Picatinny organizations showcase technology at AUSA

    Oct 23, 2009

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Three Picatinny organizations displayed some of their many products during the 2009 Association of the United States Army annual meeting and exposition in Washington, D.C., Oct. 5 - 7.

  • Olympic spirits lives on

    Oct 22, 2009

    Hidden on the last line of what is otherwise an ordinary bio of a not so ordinary person are seven words that often go unnoticed but tell an interesting story. A member of the 1984 Olympics team, Brig. Gen. Camille M. Nichols, commander of the Expeditionary Contracting Command, Fort Belvoir, Va., added that trinket of information to her bio recently for a few reasons.

  • Army researching new energy-efficient technologies

    Oct 22, 2009

    As the nation observes National Energy Awareness Month in October, the Army continues research on energy security, fuel efficiency and alternate power capabilities for its fleet of ground vehicles.

  • From Afghan battlefields to Army War College

    Oct 22, 2009

    As a decision on sending additional forces to counter gains by the Taliban looms in Washington, sustainment Soldiers on the ground continue to provide logistical support to the fight in Afghanistan. The 143d Expeditionary Sustainment Command, an Orlando, Fla. Army Reserve unit, was sent to Afghanistan to play a critical role in the addition of forces to shore up security.

  • Meet the APG Garrison commander

    Oct 21, 2009

  • APG DENTAC NCO helps keep Soldiers mission ready

    Oct 21, 2009

  • RDECOM CSM recognized by Hispanic engineers

    Oct 21, 2009

  • Everyday hero, the noncommissioned officer

    Oct 21, 2009

  • Inaugural U.S.-Indo Power & Energy Workshop a Success

    Oct 21, 2009

    Scientists, engineers and professors from the United States and India gathered to solve critical power and energy challenges facing both nations at the first U.S.-Indo Bilateral Power and Energy Workshop in Arlington, Va. Sept. 29 - Oct. 1. The three-day workshop provided a forum to identify collaborative research and development opportunities regarding power sources, power storage, cogeneration, and power management equipment and systems.

  • H1N1 vaccine to arrive in November

    Oct 21, 2009

    H1N1 vaccinations are expected to be available in November for active-duty servicemembers and their families, according to the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command.

  • USASMDC/ARSTRAT employees support Special Olympics

    Oct 21, 2009

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Twenty-five employees and Family members from the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command volunteered to assist with the 42nd Special Olympics at Milton Frank Stadium here Oct. 20.

  • Pentagon ceremony awards unit for heroism in Vietnam

    Oct 21, 2009

    Vietnam veterans of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Tuesday received the Presidential Unit Citation in a Pentagon ceremony hosted by Under Secretary of the Army Dr. Joseph Westphal.

  • Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant - Construction Photos, October 2009

    Oct 21, 2009

    The Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (PCAPP) will safely destroy 2,611 tons of mustard agent in mortar rounds and artillery projectiles stored at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot. Neutralization followed by biotreatment is the technology selected by the Department of Defense to destroy the Pueblo chemical weapons stockpile. The Program Manager, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives (ACWA), headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland is responsible for managing all aspects of the safe and environmentally sound destruction of the chemical weapons stockpiles in both Colorado and Kentucky. The Bechtel Pueblo Team, a partnership of Bechtel National, Inc.; Washington Demilitarization Company/URS; Parsons; and Battelle Memorial Institute, is the systems contractor selected to design, build, systemize, pilot test, operate and close PCAPP.

  • Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant - Construction Photos October 2009

    Oct 21, 2009

    The Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) will safely destroy 523 tons of chemical agent in rockets and artillery projectiles stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond, Kentucky. The technology selected by the Department of Defense to destroy the Blue Grass chemical stockpile is neutralization followed by Super Critical Water Oxidation (SCWO). The Program Manager, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives (ACWA), headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland is responsible for managing all aspects of the safe and environmentally sound destruction of the chemical weapons stockpiles in both Kentucky and Colorado. The Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass Team, a joint venture of Bechtel National, Inc. and Parsons Infrastructure and Technology Group, along with teaming partners Washington Demilitarization Company, Battelle Memorial Institute, General Atomics and General Physics, is the systems contractor selected to design, build, systemize, pilot test, operate and close BGCAPP.

  • Combat medic uses skills to save NCO's life

    Oct 20, 2009

    Spc. Timothy Lee used his combat medic skills to help save the life of a fellow Soldier at Fort Campbell, Ky., Oct. 7.

  • 'Old Crows' award Stryker unit's lifesaving EW

    Oct 20, 2009

    A 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team battalion accepted the "Association of Old Crows Outstanding U.S. Army Electronic Warfare Unit for 2009" honor during the opening ceremony Monday of the organization's 46th Annual International EW Symposium and Convention.

  • Army to delink distributed Learning from resident phase in Civilian Education System courses

    Oct 20, 2009

    Employees enrolling in a Civilian Education System course in the 3rd and 4th quarters of FY10 will notice a major change in the application process.

  • Soldiers bring water to Iraq's Muthanna desert

    Oct 20, 2009

    Task Force Pathfinder has sponsored more than 30 projects in Iraq's southern Muthanna province over the past several months, many providing water and power to impoverished villages.

  • Hispanic engineers recognize RDECOM CSM as role model

    Oct 20, 2009

    A national Hispanic engineering and science group recognized U.S. Army RDECOM Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Hector Marin as its Role Model for 2009. He received the award at the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards conference (HENAAC) in Long Beach, Calif., this month.

  • Attention to detail

    Oct 20, 2009

    Sidewinder Missile Branch employees disassemble, examine, evaluate and determine the extent of repair, replacement or reconditioning required on Sidewinder Tactical Missile Guidance and Control Systems.

  • On the job at Tobyhanna- Safety Division

    Oct 20, 2009

    The Safety Division's 11 employees operate an effective and comprehensive Occupational Safety and Health Program. The division is part of the Industrial Risk Management Directorate.

  • To have "heart" makes life worth living, each day an adventure to discover

    Oct 20, 2009

    The Army Materiel Command Chaplain, sends out daily quotes that are often comforting, challenging, inspiring or some combination thereof.

  • Plants take root on TEIRF

    Oct 20, 2009

    Workers place plant modules on the roof of the Tactical End Item Repair Facility, making it the second building at Tobyhanna Army Depot with a green roof.

  • Central Michigan University offers credits for Civilian Education System course

    Oct 19, 2009

    Army Management Staff College has signed another articulation agreement, demonstrating university recognition of its Civilian Education System program.

  • Army Management Staff College reschedules Continuing Education for Senior Leaders class

    Oct 19, 2009

    The Army Management Staff College has rescheduled an upcoming Continuing Education for Senior Leaders class.

  • Employees improve UAV Reset process

    Oct 19, 2009

    Tobyhanna employees are improving the unmanned aerial vehicle system Reset process.

  • Lessons learned

    Oct 19, 2009

    Depot employees and youth participated in Fire Prevention Week activities Oct. 4-10.

  • Employees dig new C4ISR facility

    Oct 19, 2009

    On Oct. 2, Tobyhanna Army Depot employees participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Command, Control, Communications Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Finishing Center.

  • 'Proper Exit' helps wounded warriors complete their mission

    Oct 19, 2009

    A group of eight wounded warriors have returned to the combat zone in Iraq where they were injured, to find a sense of closure.

  • Natick Soldiers win Leapfest

    Oct 19, 2009

    Staff Sgt. Eric McPherson earned the individual championship and the Natick Soldier Systems Center team of McPherson, Sgt. 1st Class Steve Brittain, CW3 Michael Doe and Sgt. 1st Class Joe Trull earned the team title at 28th Annual Leapfest in Kingston, R.I.

  • Army says body armor safe, despite GAO report

    Oct 16, 2009

    Testing anomalies cited in an Oct. 16 Government Accountability Office report on body armor do not mean the plates are unsafe, said Brig. Gen. Peter Fuller, program executive officer for the organization that fields new equipment to Soldiers.

  • Aviation Program Exec Office Earns Acquisition Award

    Oct 16, 2009

    WASHINGTON - Teams and individuals from the Program Executive Office for Aviation were recognized in three out of 16 categories at the 2009 U.S. Army Acquisition annual awards ceremony Oct. 4 at the Crystal City Gateway Marriot. The ceremony paid tribute to the uniformed and civilian professionals who work tirelessly behind the scenes to provide combatant commanders and their Soldiers the weapons and equipment they need to execute decisive, full-spectrum operations in support of the overseas contingency operations. Some 139 nominations were received from the field. Only 18 were recognized. "Our people - military and civilians are our most important asset," said Dean Popps, acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. "Tonight, we honor our finest - you." PEO Aviation was recognized in three categories for the Army Acquisition Excellence awards. The AAE recognizes an Army acquisition work force member or team whose performance and contributions set them apart from their peers. The nominees work at all levels of the acquisition community, from senior leadership to newly hired interns. Any Army acquisition work force member, team or joint program, active duty military, including reserve component Soldiers, and civilian employees, are eligible for award nomination. The awards directly reflect the outstanding achievements in support of the Soldiers and the Army's transformation efforts.

  • Annual Family Symposium Seeks Delegates

    Oct 16, 2009

    Nicki Swindle is looking for a few good volunteers. And you can be one of those volunteers if you have an association with the military and Redstone Arsenal; the desire to listen, question and follow through with quality of life issues as they are presented; the ability to work in a team to identify, develop and prioritize issues; and, above all, the commitment to making a difference in the lives of servicemembers, retirees, Army civilians and their family members. Oh, and one last requirement - you have to be able to participate in a two-day Team Redstone Army Family Action Plan conference set for Oct. 27-28 at the Officers and Civilians Club. "We need delegate volunteers," said Swindle, the quality of life program manager for Army Community Service. "We already have our facilitators, recorders, transcribers and issue support volunteers. But we need delegates with a variety of backgrounds and experiences. We need delegates that represent active duty, DA civilians, retirees, and active duty, retiree or DA civilian spouses." Thirty volunteer delegates are required by the conference. They are divided among three issue groups - medical/dental; benefits and entitlements, including traffic, transportation, personnel, finance and housing; and consumer services, including Commissary, PX and Family and Morale Welfare and Recreation activities. "The delegates do not have to be experts in these areas. We have subject matter experts that will provide them with the information they need to make decisions," Swindle said. Delegates work in their groups to review issues and brainstorm new issues, ask questions and conduct research involving subject matter experts, choose the group's top three issues, write issue statements and then present them at the end of the conference. "Everybody has a role in this process," Swindle said. "We want the delegates to feel comfortable enough to share their opinions. There are no uniforms, no ranks, no last names. Everyone is equal in this process. This conference gives people a voice, a way to get involved in change. But this isn't about personal agendas. We need delegates who want to see positive change come out of the process."

  • BALLOON SURVEILLANCE

    Oct 16, 2009

  • Furry Friend Makes Reading Time Fun

    Oct 16, 2009

    At first glance, Taka is a big dog. The German shepherd stands taller than many young children. But, after meeting him, it doesn't take long for Taka's gentle demeanor, high tolerance level and friendly nature to bring his stature down to a child's level, where he is petted, hugged and kissed, and read to. Read to' Taka is a registered therapy dog and a Reading Education Assistance Dog. He spends the first Saturday morning of each month practicing his listening skills with children who read to him at the Redstone Arsenal Library as part of the Tales with Taka program. At his side is his owner and trainer, Jamie Ward, who spends her working days as the acting chief of the acquisition management division, Lower Tier Project Office. "This is all fun for the children. It gets them comfortable around dogs and encourages them with their reading," Ward said. "It's a way for me to support the troops and their families." On a recent Saturday morning, Taka read books with two members of Taka's Pack Readers -- 9-year-old Sofia Rundini and 7-year-old Isabella Fratangelo. Both picked out books that they knew Taka would like.

  • Retirees Welcomed As Part Of The Arsenal Family

    Oct 16, 2009

    Besides information on health, benefits and local volunteer services, attendees of the two-day Military Retiree Appreciation Day at Redstone Arsenal also received an up-close look at the Arsenal and all it has to offer its Soldiers, civilian work force, retirees and their families. And much of that up-close look was provided by Garrison commander Col. Bob Pastorelli during an Oct. 3 presentation in Bob Jones Auditorium. "You are a part of our family," Pastorelli told the retirees. "This is an important event for us. I've been in the Army for 24 years, and as long as I've been in the service, no one does it better than Redstone Arsenal. "We're here to support you and we're going to do our best each and every time. We never forget about you even when you do retire. Our commitment is to provide you with whatever services we are capable of providing." Pastorelli thanked the event's coordinators - the Retiree Council of Redstone Arsenal - and all the organizations, including the Family and Morale Welfare and Recreation, Officers and Civilians Club, and Fox Army Health Center, that made the event possible. "Nothing gets done unless people lean forward, volunteer and make it so," he said. "(Co-chairmen) Henry Oldham and Doug Patrick and all their volunteers do phenomenal work every time." The colonel reviewed with retirees the size and economic impact of Redstone Arsenal - 38,125 acres; 12 million square feet of building space; $2.7 billion annual economic impact from salaries; 33,000-plus employees on Redstone Arsenal; 78,843 military retirees in the immediate area; 118,265 family members; and 55,303 civilian retirees.

  • 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.