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  • Picatinny's ARDEC earns Richard Goodman Strategic Planning Award

    Feb 17, 2009

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - The Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center here is the recipient of the Richard Goodman Strategic Planning Award in the category of government, the award committee announced Jan. 29.

  • Cannon Gate goes south

    Feb 17, 2009

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Cosmetic work is not unusual these days, especially when you're nearly 124 years old. The Picatinny community will unveil its restored historical landmark, the Cannon Gate, in time for this year's Armed Forces Day celebration.

  • Crane Army receives appreciation from Homeland Security

    Feb 17, 2009

    Employees of Crane Army Ammunition Activity's demilitarization department recently received a certificate of appreciation from the Department of Homeland Security for help they provided last autumn in testing glass.

  • Army-Level Conference Addresses Quality of Life

    Feb 12, 2009

    The Army Family Action Plan has allowed spouses, Soldiers, dependents and retirees to take their concerns and possible solutions to the top for more than 25 years. Delegates have just returned from the Department of Army level conference Jan. 26-30 in Alexandria, Va. AFAP began in the late 1970s with spouses looking to solve concerns they had. In 1983, the Army formally adopted it. While the issues have changed over the years, the basic premise and structure of AFAP have not. "It began with a group of wives trying to help their Soldiers and families," Cathy Hays, quality of life program manager, said. "It has been adapted some, but the core is still the same. That speaks to its effectiveness."

  • AUSA president gives glimpse at 2009 activities

    Feb 12, 2009

    As individual memberships in the Redstone-Huntsville Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army grow close to the 3,000 mark, the organization is trying different things to expand its services, events and capabilities to both its members, and the Soldiers and military families it serves. One added event for 2009 - the 50th anniversary of AUSA worldwide -- was the chapter's first-ever general membership meeting, held Feb. 3 at the Veterans Memorial Museum. "Our newer members have asked me many times 'When are we meeting'' We are so busy doing the things that we do in support of our Soldiers and the Arsenal and the great people in this community, that we don't really have a meeting where we talk about what we are doing as a chapter," said Mike Howell, the local chapter president.

  • Air Force Retiree on Mission to Save Lives

    Feb 12, 2009

    Kristin Clark has been a possible bone marrow donor since 1992. Even with more than 15 years on the National Marrow Donor Registry, Clark has yet to receive a call that would match her up with a bone marrow recipient and give her a chance to save someone's life. But she's not waiting on the sidelines for that call. Despite her own lack of personal testimony as a donor, Clark is carrying the message of bone marrow donation to the military. This retired Air Force master sergeant, who moved to Huntsville in August, is now seeking to set up a bone marrow donor registration program within the gates of Redstone Arsenal. "Marrow donor drives are a great opportunity for Redstone Arsenal and tenant organizations in several ways - they give people a chance to save lives, they provide a positive image of the military and they create some great volunteer opportunities," she said.

  • Tuskegee Airman reflects on history of African-Americans in the Army

    Feb 12, 2009

    With his easy tone and quiet humor, a Tuskegee Airman and recipient of the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal, spoke of the hardship and sacrifice he and fellow African-Americans endured while in service to their nation during World War II.

  • Another winning year for Combined Federal Campaign

    Feb 12, 2009

    The nation's troubled economy didn't deter this area's federal workers from contributing to help those in need. The 2008 Tennessee Valley Combined Federal Campaign collected $2,278,923 to exceed its $2 million goal. Donors designated $1,146,156 of that total to local charities in the community.

  • 'Magnificent 7' Finishing Their Route

    Feb 12, 2009

    The mood was upbeat as the seven bus drivers gathered for their award ceremony Feb. 3. They represent the last of the line. When the school year ends, Redstone will relinquish its school bus operation in favor of the city of Huntsville's contractor Durham School Services. This means Redstone will no longer employ school bus drivers. But here they were smiling and joking. All expressed their appreciation for having served as drivers for Redstone's youngsters, some for more than 20 years. And Garrison commander Col. Bob Pastorelli wanted them to know how much he and Team Redstone appreciated their service. "I want to personally thank you for all that you've done for our children," Pastorelli said. "You're the stalwarts here. You made it happen each and every day. "On behalf of the entire Garrison, and really all of Team Redstone, I want to thank you again for taking care of our children day in and day out."

  • On the Ground: Troops Keep Transportation, Humanitarian Efforts on Track

    Feb 12, 2009

    Mileage was made on several fronts in Iraq recently, with U.S. and Iraqi forces teaming up to get a train rolling again and working to improve the quality of life for Baghdad children. In Taji, Iraq, northwest of Baghdad, Iraqi and U.S. forces completed a transportation project, signifying a step forward for Iraq's distribution capability.

  • DAC leads implementation of Explosives Safety Siting System

    Feb 12, 2009

    USATCES personnel serve as the Army's Approval Authority for explosives safety site plan submissions, hazard classifications, Munitions and Explosives of Concern and Chemical Agent safety site plan submissions. To assist with this mission, the Department of Defense Explosives Safety Board and the Military Services are developing software called the Explosives Safety Siting system to automate the explosives safety site planning process. This software will augment the installation's geographic information system map and real property inventory with explosives safety data. This data will allow ESS to perform quantity distance analysis and place the appropriate QD arcs on a map. It will also develop QD tables and a memo that can be used to submit the site plan through command channels.

  • Battle of the boats

    Feb 12, 2009

    It was the boat with the least positive name of ODR Wreck that prevailed and sank the competition of Shark Attack and USS Never Sail during the first Cardboard Vessel Regatta, Saturday at Benyaurd Indoor Pool. Designed to inspire a little community competition and fun between Fort Belvoir organizations, the regatta was organized by Anthony Poore, FMWR fitness coordinator.

  • Service personally rewarding for Cayanong

    Feb 12, 2009

    It's not uncommon for someone to have second thoughts about joining a branch of the military. However, that wasn't the case for Monica Cayanong. Cayanong, a first sergeant with the Army's Veterinary Command at Fort Belvoir, has recorded more than 20 years in a career filled with praise and accommodations. She was recently inducted into the elite Sgt. Audie Murphy Club and has aspirations of one day becoming a sergeant major.

  • Belvoir marks Black History Month with special guest

    Feb 12, 2009

    For Black History Month, Stokes took center stage at Fort Belvoir's Community Center Tuesday, when he described his experiences growing up in the South and how a student-strike committee he planned would set in motion one of the most powerful movements in American history.

  • Students get hands-on experience during Job Shadow Day

    Feb 12, 2009

    Students from Mount Vernon High School arrived at battalion head quarters on Fort Belvoir last Thursday for Job Shadow Day. Fort Belvoir's Public Affairs Office's Community Relations section put the event together to show students how education can lead into rewarding futures.

  • Obama, Kaine make historic visit to Fort Belvoir

    Feb 12, 2009

    President Barack Obama joined Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine at a construction site near Fort Belvoir's north area, also known as the Engineer Proving Ground, Wednesday. The commander-in-chief visited the site in the hopes of spurring quick action on a proposed economic stimulus package.

  • DAC leads implementation of Explosives Safety Siting System

    Feb 11, 2009

    USATCES personnel serve as the Army's Approval Authority for explosives safety site plan submissions, hazard classifications, Munitions and Explosives of Concern and Chemical Agent safety site plan submissions. To assist with this mission, the Department of Defense Explosives Safety Board and the military services are developing software called the Explosives Safety Siting system to automate the explosives safety site planning process. This software will augment the installation's geographic information system map and real property inventory with explosives safety data. This data will allow ESS to perform quantity distance analysis and place the appropriate QD arcs on a map. It will also develop QD tables and a memo that can be used to submit the site plan through command channels.

  • Command Post of the Future Wins Outstanding US Government Program Award

    Feb 11, 2009

    Command Post of the Future (CPOF) received the 2009 Network Centric Warfare (NCW) Award for Outstanding US Government Program. The award, given by the Institute for Defense & Government Advancement (IDGA), was presented during the 2009 NCW Conference in Washington, DC on January 28th, 2009. Criteria for the award include how the program incorporates the principles of network-centric warfare; objectives of the program and a technical profile; an explanation of interoperability and joint force integration within the development process; and how the program contributed to the overall effectiveness of the warfighter.

  • WINTER TRAINING IN YUMA PROVED TO BE A "CROWNING" AFFAIR

    Feb 11, 2009

    Miss U.S.A. Crystle Stewart jumps with the U.S. Army Parachute Team during winter training in Yuma Arizona.

  • 2008 Army Antiterrorism Award winners

    Feb 11, 2009

    Department of the Army presents Antiterrorism Program Awards.

  • Prepare to be blasted

    Feb 11, 2009

    Sandblaster John Dodge prepares rims for broadcast blasting in the Industrial Operations Facility.

  • On the job at Tobyhanna - Multiple Threat Systems Branch

    Feb 11, 2009

    The Multiple Threat Systems Branch's 22 employees overhaul AN/MST-T1(a) Multiple Threat Emitter Simulator computer systems, track drawers, planed position indicators and test equipment racks. The system is also integrated, tested and aligned for optimum performance. The branch is part of the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Directorate. MUTES provide realistic threat signals for training pilots and aircrews. The system can replicate threats such as surface-to-air missiles, early warning radar systems, anti-aircraft artillery and airborne intercept systems. The MUTES are an Air Force system

  • Radio test set replaces obsolete equipment

    Feb 11, 2009

    A modernized, automatic test set replaces seven pieces of manual equipment which are used for testing radio systems here.

  • Class is in session

    Feb 11, 2009

    Students from the Scranton State School for the Deaf observed depot employees (left) James Boos and Laura Dumback on Feb. 10 as part of the third annual Shadow Day Program.

  • Depot accepts Shingo medallions, announces 2009 candidates

    Feb 11, 2009

    Two Shingo medallions were presented to the depot during a ceremony on Jan. 28.

  • Hawaii Soldiers support Pro Bowl

    Feb 10, 2009

    Soldiers from the 8th Theater Sustainment Command were given a distinct honor this year to serve on the Joint Service Color Guard for the National Football League 2009 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. Three Soldiers comprised a part of the Joint Service Color Guard, which were responsible for rendering honors for the start of the Pro Bowl.

  • AMC, DLA host BRAC workshop

    Feb 10, 2009

    The Army Materiel Command's G3/5 and the Defense Logistics Agency's J39 recently hosted a workshop Jan. 13 and 14 at Fort Belvoir, Va., focused on the execution of BRAC action 177, transfer of the supply, storage and distribution mission from AMC to DLA. AMC and DLA leadership set a clear vision and direction to the over 100 participants. The goal of this BRAC decision is to improve the effectiveness of DoD industrial maintenance sites by transferring the non-core functions of SS&D to DLA. The BRAC process is part of a larger DoD strategy to transform the military force to one that is more agile, flexible, and can focus more power quickly, exactly where it is needed.

  • Crane Army security specialists named to Army Antiterrorism Honor Roll

    Feb 10, 2009

    Security Specialists Leah Clinton and Judy Brown were selected as members of the 2009 Army Antiterrorism Honor Roll for their efforts directed toward protecting people and Army missions from terrorist attacks.

  • Female flag officers honor first woman four-star

    Feb 9, 2009

    More than 50 retired and current female general and flag officers attended a lunch in honor of Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, Saturday, at the Women in Military Service for America memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.

  • New Knox contracting teams also boast latest Army MOS

    Feb 9, 2009

    Somewhere in Iraq a slab of concrete stretches four hundred feet. It's a sidewalk, or at least some of it resembles one. But it's also a monument. A U.S. Army Contingency Contracting Team hired the local Iraqi construction company that built the sidewalk. That's what CCTs do. They find vendors and service providers to help support U.S. military operations around the world. Once they find a party to provide goods and services, the CCT writes and administers the contract, makes sure that the vendor is paid, closes out the contract, and ensures that the product or service is received and that it's up to required standards. But it's the "around the world" part that can sometimes cause problems. Construction and commodity standards in other countries often aren't what they are in the U.S., according to Maj. Joel Greer, the team leader for Fort Knox's 631st Contingency Contracting Team. Greer was -- while attached to a different unit -- part of the team working with the Iraqi company that built the 400-foot sidewalk.

  • Congressional staffers visit APG

    Feb 9, 2009

    Community and installation leadership met with congressional staffers last week to collaborate on the issues facing Aberdeen Proving Ground's transformation.

  • AMC NewsCast 2009 - Edition 1: Anniston Army Depot Career Academy

    Feb 6, 2009

  • RDECOM partners with Cal State LA engineering students

    Feb 6, 2009

    Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. -- Building a house in just a few days is something that might be the making of a reality television show rather than a civil engineering project on behalf of the U.S. Army.

  • Aircraft movement by sea

    Feb 6, 2009

    ROTA, Spain - The ship looms in the pre-dawn grayness like a hulking monster, its ramp leading up to a yawning mouth. As the first aircraft rolls up, the steel ramp creaks and groans as if waking from a deep slumber. One mission is complete as members of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade (Air Assault) depart Afghanistan and return to Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Year of the NCO: Retired NCOs remember

    Feb 6, 2009

    The Year of the Noncommissioned Officer is well underway and NCOs are being honored Army-wide, but Fort Myer Military Community Command Sgt. Maj. Jefferson Varner III wants to ensure that the year-long celebration of enlisted leaders isn't limited to those currently serving.

  • Blazing the trail: A Buffalo Soldier's Story

    Feb 5, 2009

    The Equal Opportunity Program at Fort Belvoir sponsored a Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Holiday Observance at DeWitt Hospital Friday. Maxwell was a guest speaker at the event.

  • Finding Adoption Homes for Abandoned Pets

    Feb 5, 2009

    An organization is trying to ensure that all pets have the love and care they deserve, especially when left behind by their owners. A New Leash on Life is a nonprofit animal rescue organization in the Huntsville area. The all-volunteer group includes veterinarians, foster homes and others who give their time and services to help animals who have been abandoned by their owners for whatever reason. Jodi Rutenberg, A New Leash on Life volunteer and foster mother, said a large number of the animals they help come from Redstone. Some wander into office areas. Some are found trying to raise litters wherever they could. Others are simply left in housing areas when their owners relocate without them.

  • Bravo Company Takes Turn at Simulated Combat

    Feb 5, 2009

    Imagine this. You and your unit are outside the wire in Iraq, traveling down a dusty road in your Humvee, conducting a routine patrol of the area. The sun is shining, the air is hot like an oven, and no one is walking the streets. You look around, notice the empty landscape of the city, and think to yourself, "This is weird. Where are all the villagers'" Just then an enormous explosion erupts from an improvised explosive device, hurling you and your team inside the Humvee upside-down and into a small ditch filled with water. The vehicle is on fire and quickly filling with water. What do you do' "Don't panic," said Staff Sgt. Michael Bell, a platoon sergeant with Bravo Company, 832nd Ordnance Battalion.

  • Missiles Official Urges Continued Support for Programs

    Feb 5, 2009

    Even in the wake of expected future cuts in military spending, the U.S. needs to ensure enough funding to sustain its missile technology and development, said a top official with the Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space. Rod Summers, deputy PEO for integration, said the organization's top executives led by Brig. Gen. Genaro Dellarocco are working to tell the story of missile defense at the Pentagon to try to ensure against future budget cuts that could cripple the nation's missile defense industry. He made his comments during a speech Friday to members of the Redstone-Huntsville Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army at a Bosses' Breakfast at the Officers and Civilians Club.

  • Ex-Basketball Star Sheds Light on Glory Road

    Feb 5, 2009

    Nevil "The Shadow" Shed played the role of motivational speaker as deftly as he used to move across the basketball court back in the day. Walking back and forth across the Bob Jones Auditorium stage, he inspired his audience by sharing his experiences growing up in a segregated America. He related the blessings he has received throughout his life - from watching the racial insults his father endured, to aspiring to become a professional basketball player, to becoming a college basketball star who was drafted by the Boston Celtics. He was a forward on Texas Western's all-black starting five that beat the University of Kentucky for the national championship in 1966 and effectively broke the color barrier in college basketball. Shed and his teammates were inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in September 2007. Their feat inspired the 2006 Disney movie "Glory Road."

  • Links in the Chain of Command

    Feb 5, 2009

    Black Hawk, Patriot, HIMARS, Avenger, Chinook, NLOS-LS, MLRS, Sentinel, Hellfire, Huey - behind every Army aviation and missile system are the Soldiers and DoD civilians and contractors of Redstone Arsenal who stand with pride, commitment and determination in their mission to provide war fighters with the very best weapon systems. And standing with Arsenal employees are the Army organizations that manage weapon systems from beginning to end. Those organizations at Redstone Arsenal -- led primarily by the Aviation and Missile Command, Program Executive Office for Aviation and Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space - have set the standard for the entire Army in the application of the life cycle management philosophy. "Here at Redstone we support the Soldier in all phases of the life cycle," said Maj. Gen. Jim Myles, commander of Redstone Arsenal and AMCOM.

  • AMC Commander Makes Her First Visit to Redstone

    Feb 5, 2009

    One of the Army's leading generals made a quiet visit to Redstone Arsenal Jan. 27-28 to get up to speed on the some of the programs and initiatives that have made the Arsenal a hot spot for military investment and growth. Gen. Ann Dunwoody, the Army's first female four-star general and commander of the Army Materiel Command, made her first visit to Redstone Arsenal without any media fanfare. Though she kept her visit low key, those Dunwoody met with and greeted during her tours of the Prototype Integration Facility, Army Materiel Command Forward and Army Security Assistance Command Forward headquarters, and the Software Engineering Directorate were excited about the opportunity to talk with the general, shake her hand and even get their picture taken with her. "She's the first woman. Oh my gosh! Hillary (Clinton) didn't make it (as president). But General Dunwoody did make it up the general ranks," said Terrian Hicks, the equal employment officer for USASAC, after meeting Dunwoody. "Every woman in a green suit can now aspire to be like her. It's nice to have a woman at the helm."

  • Anniston hears Arrowhead Brigade war stories, shows off Stryker work

    Feb 5, 2009

    ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala.--Three Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade 2nd Infantry Division Stryker Brigade Combat Team, or 3-2 SBCT, at Fort Lewis, Wash., paid a visit to the depot Jan. 27 and 28 as part of a program that lets servicemembers provide feedback to the government civilians who repair their equipment.

  • Communication system loses weight, gains readiness

    Feb 4, 2009

    Time and communications are critical to operation security in a down-range environment, where the difference of minutes can save SoldiersAca,!a,,c lives. A Huntsville, Ala., company specializing in satellite communications has developed and deployed an ultra-portable communication system that hits the ground running with the warfighterAca,!"one that can be on satellite in less than an hour.

  • Maj. Gen. James L. Hodge

    Feb 2, 2009

  • Innovation saves thousands to ship damaged track vehicles

    Feb 2, 2009

    Transporting battle damaged Abrams tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles is no simple affair. Special ground transportation is required and is a costly proposition. Ralph Cote, a marine cargo specialist with the 842nd Transportation Battalion in Beaumont, Texas, found a solution that is saving thousands of dollars.

  • USTRANSCOM commander shares his intent as the Distribution Process Owner

    Feb 2, 2009

    Gen. Duncan J. McNabb, commander of U.S. Transportation Command, shared his intent as the Department of DefenseAca,!a,,cs Distribution Process Owner in a memorandum addressed to the service chiefs, other combatant commanders, and many of the DoDAca,!a,,cs most senior logisticians.

  • Safely moving Heavy Brigade Combat Team track vehicles

    Feb 2, 2009

    LIVORNO, Italy -- Camp Darby units 839th Transportation Battalion and 3rd Battalion, 405th Army Field Support Brigade worked ardently together to ensure the successful arrival and transportation of 144 vehicles belonging to the 172nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team Left Behind Equipment from the Port of Livorno to Leghorn Army Depot for repair.

  • 'Ace of Cakes' treats U.S. Army, Hawaii To Special Military Cake

    Jan 30, 2009

  • 4th Bde., 2nd ID Stryker vehicles fit, ready to go

    Jan 30, 2009

    With 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division receiving the final installment of refurbished Strykers from General Dynamics Land Systems Jan. 22, the Raiders are now prepared to move on in the Army Force-Generation cycle from resetting to reintegrating.

  • Commentary - Life is about more than achieving goals

    Jan 30, 2009

    We live in a society that makes a mania about planning and goal setting. Maybe thatAca,!a,,cs why so many people are unhappy. We would do better if we paid more attention to the details and let the big picture take care of itself.

  • Local artist finds inspiration in nature, travels

    Jan 29, 2009

    Judy Bobula knew her husband-to-be was a real keeper when he suggested adding an artistAca,!a,,cs studio during a renovation of his home in HuntsvilleAca,!a,,cs Five Points. Aca,!A"No one had ever offered me anything like that before,Aca,!A? she said, still amazed by the act of generosity. Bobula was particularly grateful for the offer because at the time she was painting in a closet in the townhouse where she lived. Aca,!A"You can tell a real artist because they are willing to paint anywhere,Aca,!A? she said with a laugh.

  • Vets Coalition Welcomes New Leadership as Impact Grows

    Jan 29, 2009

    Among the review of 2008 highlights Aca,!" including the Blue Star Service Banner Program, Flag Day ceremonies, Operation Christmas Bear and Veterans Day activities Aca,!" members of the North Alabama Veterans & Fraternal Organizations Coalition also said thank you during their annual membership meeting to a leader who has solidified the coalition as the communityAca,!a,,cs leading military volunteer organization. During the meeting Jan. 21 at the Alabama Veterans Museum, coalition president David Carney turned the responsibility of leadership over to incoming president John Perry and his new board members.

  • NCOs Appreciate Army's Yearlong Salute

    Jan 29, 2009

    RedstoneAca,!a,,cs top enlisted Soldiers are pleased at the ArmyAca,!a,,cs tribute this year to noncommissioned officers. The Army has named 2009 as the year of the NCO. Aca,!A"I think itAca,!a,,cs an outstanding move,Aca,!A? the Aviation and Missile CommandAca,!a,,cs Command Sgt. Maj. Ricky Yates said. Aca,!A"I think for the Army leadership Aca,!" the chief of staff of the Army, the sergeant major of the Army and the secretary of the Army Aca,!" to present this year as the year of the NCO is very pleasing for the noncommissioned officers and recognizes what theyAca,!a,,cre doing for the Army.Aca,!A?

  • AMCOM commander stands up for Soldiers

    Jan 29, 2009

    As a general officer, there is one duty that makes Maj. Gen. Jim Myles question his effectiveness as a military leader. That duty: serving at the funeral of a young Soldier. During a speech to members of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association at its annual membership dinner Thursday night at the Huntsville Marriott, Myles spoke about the recent deaths of Pfc. Ricky Turner, 20, of Athens, who was killed in Iraq when an improvised explosive device struck a vehicle he was riding in, and Staff Sgt. Josh Rath, 22, of Decatur, who was killed when his dismounted patrol was hit by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. Representing the Army at funerals for heroes like these two Soldiers Aca,!A"is something you never forget,Aca,!A? Myles said. Aca,!A"You stand in front of the Soldier and their family and you wonder Aca,!EoeHave I done enough', Was there something I could have done', Could I have stopped this' What can I do to keep it from happening again'Aca,!a,,cAca,!A? ItAca,!a,,cs those questions that drive Myles and the entire Army as it works to develop military systems to protect the nationAca,!a,,cs Aca,!A"most valuable treasureAca,!A? as they defend AmericaAca,!a,,cs freedoms. Aca,!A"ItAca,!a,,cs about the Soldier. ItAca,!a,,cs about the families. ItAca,!a,,cs about making a difference,Aca,!A? Myles said. Aca,!A"ItAca,!a,,cs all about Soldiers whose actions make this country great, the United States of America.Aca,!A?

  • Juggling priorities for post operations

    Jan 29, 2009

    Managing the day-to-day operations of the Garrison can be a juggling act with plenty of challenges and opportunities all vying for priority attention. In one hand, there are all the new Arsenal programs involving BRAC and non-BRAC-related construction, the privatization of Army housing and the impending enhanced use leasing program. In the other hand, there are longstanding quality-of-life programs on post and the long-established partnerships within the community working for better roads, schools and other infrastructure affecting the Soldiers and civilian employees of Redstone Arsenal. And, in the midst of all that, there are the Garrison employees who are focused on meeting the needs of a varied list of tenant customers and partners. Redstone ArsenalAca,!a,,cs unique community of Soldiers and civilian employees is very much appreciated by Garrison commander Col. Bob Pastorelli. Aca,!A"Because of what I had heard and seen of Redstone Arsenal, I knew it was Aca,!" and still is -- a high performing organization consisting of a lot of dedicated professionals taking care of Soldiers, their families and the civilian work force each and every day. The Garrison here is very successful and has a great reputation throughout the Army,Aca,!A? Pastorelli said.

  • Geren extends congratulations

    Jan 29, 2009

    Col. Jorge Castro and Lt. Col. Karl Gerhart, from AMC G3/5 Current Operations, receive Army Coins for Excellence from the Secretary of the Army Jan. 27 in recognition for their efforts in assisting in the rapid fielding of MRAP Gunner's Restraint Systems in Southwest Asia. The GRS dramatically improves Soldier survivability in MRAP incidents and can be directly attributed to saving lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Deploying Soldiers preview Picatinny nonlethal weapons

    Jan 29, 2009

    Soldiers of the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team will have available some of the latest Picatinny-developed nonlethal capabilities to man checkpoints and conduct detainee operations during their upcoming deployment to Iraq.

  • Commanding general says good-bye to Picatinny

    Jan 29, 2009

  • Looking back at Picatinny: Recognizing man who moved arsenal into Atomic Age

    Jan 29, 2009

    PICATINNY ARSENAL -- Last year saw the loss of a major figure in Picatinny history. Robert M. Schwartz, the man who moved the arsenal into the Atomic Age, died Oct. 21 at the age of 88.

  • Pre-Deployment Promotion

    Jan 28, 2009

    Image of promotion ceremony for members of an Army Reserve unit deploying to Afghanistan.

  • Depot employee claims award with determination, hard work

    Jan 28, 2009

    A tenant employee earned a Defense Logistics Agency-level award for her role in processing over 45,000 lines of unserviceable and battle-damaged combat equipment valued at $4.6 million.

  • High marks net honor graduate award

    Jan 28, 2009

    Edward Kilduff, security specialist, achieved honor status while attending the Defense Security Service Academy.

  • National Engineers' Week - Feb. 15-21

    Jan 28, 2009

    TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT EMPLOYS 141 ENGINEERS -- Safety engineer (1), Civil engineers (2), Environmental engineers (2), Chemical engineers (2), Electrical engineers (3), Computer engineers (5), Mechanical engineers (23), Electronics engineers (83), and Industrial engineers (20)

  • New technology improves cable harness fabrication

    Jan 28, 2009

    A technologically-advanced process will save time and improve the quality of cable harnesses produced at Tobyhanna.

  • Painting with powder

    Jan 27, 2009

    Brian Kanuik, powder coat technician, uses a new method to apply a primer coat of paint to an antenna mount.

  • Parts pull mission on mechanized vehicles expands at Sierra

    Jan 27, 2009

    Critical parts pull effort began at Sierra to support production lines at Anniston Army Depot

  • General Dunwoody impressed by APG workforce, technology

    Jan 26, 2009

    Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD Aca,!" General Ann E. Dunwoody visited several sites here January 22 to get her first detailed briefings and hands-on experience with existing and emerging technologies since assuming command of the Army Materiel Command.

  • Low-emitting locomotives replace old diesels on Fort Lewis

    Jan 23, 2009

    The Army began moving equipment by rail in the 19th century. Since then, the power source has changed from steam to diesel and electric. Fort Lewis just received two members of a clean, new generation Aca,!" Aca,!A"ultra-low-emitting locomotives.Aca,!A?

  • Anniston sides with GDLS on another MRAP variant

    Jan 23, 2009

    ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala.--The depot signed a contract in November 2008 with General Dynamics Land Systems for the production of a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle variant new to Anniston. Work on the four-wheeled RG-31 MRAP began in December 2008 and is scheduled to be completed in April, said contracting specialist Kaye Nunnelley.

  • It's Considered One of the Toughest Marathons

    Jan 22, 2009

    On March 29, Lt. Col. Ray Pickering will be taking a step back in time on a marathon course that draws more than 4,000 runners and walkers every year. Pickering is planning to participate in the Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., regarded by Marathon Guide as one of the top 30 marathons in the U.S. He will walk the course with his 75-year-old father. But the 20th annual historical event will be more than a recognition of the determination and fortitude of World War II veterans who defended the Philippine Islands, were forced to surrender to the Japanese and then were marched on a brutal 70-mile trek through rough jungle terrain and tropical heat to prison camps. For Pickering, it will also be a reminder of what one college ROTC student can do with the support of his unit and his determination to make a difference. Pickering, now a product manager with Infrared Countermeasures, PEO-Intelligence Electronic Warfare and Sensors, at Redstone Arsenal, started the Bataan Memorial Death March while an ROTC student at New Mexico State University. Aca,!A"I was a senior and the corps commander of ROTC. I needed one more credit hour to complete my degree. I offered up the idea of developing the Bataan Memorial Death March to get that hour of credit,Aca,!A? Pickering said.

  • Decorated Vietnam POW Shares Experience in New Book

    Jan 22, 2009

    ThereAca,!a,,cs a print of a black-and-white photograph hanging on the wall in the office of Leo Thorsness that recalls the day he regained his freedom as an American. In the picture, a group of American prisoners of war dressed in civilian clothes and carrying overnight bags are being led by a North Vietnamese guard from a bus and across an airfield. The menAca,!a,,cs faces Aca,!" including Thorsness seen toward the back of the group -- are etched with dismay, disappointment, exhaustion, sadness, confusion and ambivalence. The expressions are not surprising when a viewer realizes these men have endured the worst torture ever imaginable for the longest period of military imprisonment in modern day history. But what is surprising is that the men are just minutes away from freedom. And yet, there is no joy or hope on any of their faces. The picture is stark, emotionally moving and thought provoking. Aca,!A"We had been moved so many times, and our hopes had been up and down so much, that we didnAca,!a,,ct have much hope that we were really going to be released on that day. This could have all been a trick,Aca,!A? Thorsness said.

  • Uniting Families Separated by Deployment

    Jan 22, 2009

    As the ArmyAca,!a,,cs Family Covenant sweeps a widening arch to be inclusive of all families enduring a deployment of a loved one, Army Community Service is broadening its programs to include more than the wives of Soldiers. In recent months, ACS has been making a shift from its Waiting Wives and Waiting Spouses programs to a more encompassing program titled Hearts Apart. Aca,!A"We are making this change to reflect the makeup of geographically separated families,Aca,!A? Mary Breeden of ACS said

  • Nation Faces Challenges of Defending Space

    Jan 22, 2009

    Though stretched to its manpower limits, the Army is proving itself on the battlefield thanks to its Soldiers and the Army civilians and contractors who support them, a commanding general told an audience of more than 600 during FridayAca,!a,,cs annual membership luncheon of the Air, Space and Missile Defense Association at the Von Braun CenterAca,!a,,cs North Hall. But the future will bring new challenges and opportunities in terms of technology and resources that the Army must now work to address, particularly when it comes to space and global missile defense systems, said Lt. Gen. Kevin Campbell, commander of the Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command. Aca,!A"We are an out-of-balance Army, meaning that we consume all our resources in two theaters,Aca,!A? Campbell said. Aca,!A"If we can keep to 15 brigades deployed that will give our Soldiers time at home between deployments.Aca,!A?

  • Deer strikes costly and dangerous for drivers

    Jan 22, 2009

    Deer are beautiful creatures, whether you see them as dinner or characters from a favorite movie. Seeing one in nature can take your breath away. Seeing one hit your car, and the bill for the damage it causes, can render you speechless as well. Aca,!A"(They cause) an average of $500-$2,500 (in damages) depending on the location they hit and the type of vehicle,Aca,!A? Capt. Roger Triplett, assistant operations officer at Directorate of Emergency Services, said.

  • Policy Specialist sees bright road ahead

    Jan 22, 2009

    Sharon Aca,!A"CookieAca,!A? Corcoran is happy she signed up for the AMC Fellows program. Aca,!A"ItAca,!a,,cs changed the way I look at things,Aca,!A? she said. Aca,!A"The program has showed me a different side of the military.Aca,!A? Corcoran had worked for the military for many years. She began as a cook, later working her way up to a secretarial position. Her desire to continue moving up saw her moving between several installations over the years.

  • Lower Tier Project Office under new leadership

    Jan 22, 2009

    Darryl Colvin has rejoined the Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space as a project manager. On Thursday he took the helm of the Lower Tier Project Office, responsible for leading the Patriot, PAC-3, Missile Segment Enhancement, JTAGs, and the U.S. Medium Extended Air Defense System programs.

  • A success story of the Munitions Readiness Review

    Jan 22, 2009

    ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- The Joint Munitions Command headquarters recently completed a green belt Lean Six Sigma project designed to reduce the cycle time involved in publishing the monthly Munitions Readiness Review. The goal of the project was to reduce the cycle time by 10 percent by developing automated means of loading data into the MRR database and reducing the potential for errors.

  • Project improves quality/accuracy of OMA budget

    Jan 22, 2009

    ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- The Joint Munitions Command headquarters recently completed a green belt Lean Six Sigma project designed to improve the quality and accuracy of identifying Operation and Maintenance, Army budget requirements. The goal of the project was to reduce briefing changes (defects) on completed budget documents by 90 percent.

  • Conserving energy is a winning formula at Radford

    Jan 22, 2009

    RADFORD, Va. -- Conserving energy is one of the Army's and, in turn, Joint Munitions Command's top priorities. "The more money you spend on energy, the less money you have (available) to spend on bullets for the warfighter and facility improvements at the plant," said Randolph Evans, the energy manager for Radford Army Ammunition Plant. Evans is an industrial engineer at the plant and is recognized as a conventional fuels expert.

  • Anniston Munitions Center's mission uses open burn techniques

    Jan 22, 2009

    ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. - "Nothing left but the air," would amply describe the demilitarization process conducted by the Anniston Munitions Center. Several times a day, weather permitting, employees with ANMC eliminate outdated and suspended ammunition through a "below ground detonation or open burn." "(The employees) are unpacking M-15 anti-tank mines getting them ready for demil process," said Clyde Hill, a munitions operator, guided missiles supervisor with the munitions center. "After the (below ground detonation) you have an instant swimming pool."

  • Radford looks to new plant

    Jan 22, 2009

    RADFORD, Va. -- Radford Army Ammunition Plant is undergoing a major modernization effort. Construction began on a new Nitric Acid Concentrator/Sulfuric Acid Concentrator in December, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is now designing plans for a new nitrocellulose plant. "We hope to begin construction on a new facility between 2010 and 2013," said Rob Davie, the chief of Operations Division for Radford. "Radford is the sole North American source for Nitrocellulose. NC is the key ingredient in the manufacture of all propellants," said Lt. Col. Jon Drushal.

  • Purchasing tax-free fuel in Netherlands requires paperwork to be in order

    Jan 22, 2009

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands -- Procedures for purchasing rationed fuel in the Netherlands were updated in 2009. Individuals not stationed in the Netherlands must be on official travel or leave orders to purchase fuel in the Netherlands, according to a recent update to Army in Europe Regulation (AER) 550-35.

  • Watervliet Arsenal bucks national trend

    Jan 21, 2009

    WATERVLIET, N.Y. Aca,!aEURc U.S. Army Watervliet Arsenal, the oldest, continuously active arsenal in the country, closed out 2008 unlike many other manufacturing businesses in the nation - its orders and direct labor requirements grew. As the nationAca,!a,,cs manufacturing activity fell last year to its lowest point in 28 years, the ArsenalAca,!a,,cs production requirements grew by more than 25 percent last year, said Col. Scott N. Fletcher, Arsenal commander. Aca,!A"Although most people may associate the Arsenal as a cannon factory, our growth came mostly from non-cannon manufacturing,Aca,!A? said Fletcher.

  • TACOM HQ leaders travel to Rock Island, talk with employees

    Jan 20, 2009

    Life in Southeast Michigan is similar to the Illinois and Iowa Quad Cities, two senior leaders from the TACOM Life Cycle Management CommandAca,!a,,cs Warren, Mich., headquarters told TACOM employees here Jan. 13. Aca,!A"There are many good places to live depending on whether you like urban, rural or suburban living,Aca,!A? said Janet Bean, Integrated Logistics Support Center executive director, during a town hall meeting on the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommendations which move all of TACOM Rock IslandAca,!a,,cs 1,200 jobs, most to Detroit Arsenal, in 2011.

  • AMSA 128, 824th Transportation Company work together to complete mission

    Jan 20, 2009

    The 81st Regional Support CommandAca,!a,,cs Area Maintenance Support Activities 128, based at Morehead City, N.C., works on with the 824th Transportation Company to ensure the unit's land craft utility vessels are prepared for any mission.

  • Crane Army employee named 46th Honorary QASAS

    Jan 20, 2009

    Senior Wage Grade Supervisor Frank Dant recently joined a small but distinguished group when he was named the 46th person to be listed as an Honorary Quality Assurance Specialist (Ammunition Surveillance).

  • Poland Native Proud to Attain U.S. Citizenship

    Jan 16, 2009

    Danuta Aca,!A"DankaAca,!A? Zaremba can finally enjoy the benefits of American citizenship. After two decades of residence, she formally became a citizen last spring. Zaremba, a cashier at the Officers and Civilians Club, came to America almost 20 years ago. The turmoil of Communism in her native Poland made it necessary for her husband to seek political asylum in this country. Zaremba and her children followed two years later. The family relocated to Huntsville. Over the years, they moved several times around the nation, but always seemed to return to Alabama. Zaremba moved back permanently five years ago. Besides the economic, climate and municipal draws of the community, she said the people themselves made her want to be here. Aca,!A"The people are so friendly here,Aca,!A? she said. Aca,!A"On the street, they smile and say hi to you when they donAca,!a,,ct even know you.Aca,!A?

  • Wygal takes reins of Aviation Support Team

    Jan 16, 2009

    This product office may not be the most glamorous, but its importance to aviation units is evident. Aviation Ground Support Equipment, under the Aviation Systems Project Office, manages 20 systems. Lt. Col. Russ Wygal became the AGSE product manager Jan. 7 in an assumption of charter ceremony at Bob Jones Auditorium. Aca,!A"My goal is to support the requirements of the Soldiers and Army aviation units worldwide,Aca,!A? Wygal said.

  • Local Minister Reaches Out to Guard as State Chaplain

    Jan 16, 2009

    The Rev. Coy Hallmark carries a small black Gideon Bible in his jacket pocket that once belonged to World War II veteran Capt. Hartsell Northington. The Bible was given to Hallmark as a gift of gratitude by Lola Northington following her husbandAca,!a,,cs death. Aca,!A"His widow gave it to me on Veterans Day 2007. I was so touched by it because I had done his funeral,Aca,!A? Hallmark said. Aca,!A"I told her I would put it somewhere safe. She said Aca,!EoeNo, donAca,!a,,ct put it up and take care of it. Read it. Use it.Aca,!a,,cAca,!A?

  • USTRANSCOM Port Management Automation project achieves initial capability

    Jan 16, 2009

    The U.S. Transportation Command recently celebrated an important milestone as the convergence of two key automated port processing information systems reached initial capability. The migration of the Worldwide Port System with the Global Air Transportation Execution System creates a single port/terminal processing and management system for the Department of Defense.

  • ACS keeps focus on Soldiers and families

    Jan 16, 2009

    Redstone Arsenal families Aca,!" whether they live on post or not, whether they include a Soldier or Army civilian, or whether they are transferring in or out of the area Aca,!" are the top priority of Family and Morale, Welfare and RecreationAca,!a,,cs Army Community Service. As the ACS staff and volunteers prepare for the opportunities and challenges of 2009, they are working with a growing number of families that span the entire spectrum from the young enlisted Soldier to the retiree. Aca,!A"We feel confident that we have created a friendly environment at ACS and that people feel comfortable coming to us if they have any kind of problem or need information,Aca,!A? ACS division chief Sue Paddock said. Aca,!A"We are available for anyone associated with the Arsenal. All of the ACS staff is dedicated to going the extra mile for families. If ACS canAca,!a,,ct help them, we know where to look in the community to get them the help they need. We have a lot of strong partnerships with agencies and organizations in the area who want to help Arsenal families.Aca,!A?

  • Veteran Holds to Dream of Local Vets Memorial

    Jan 16, 2009

    Bill Stender has held his vision of a dream since 2001. ThatAca,!a,,cs the year he and two other veterans Aca,!" retired generals Grayson Tate and Bob Drolet -- committed themselves to seeing a veterans memorial built in Huntsville. Some eight years later, he and several volunteers still have that dream in sight. Yet, the dream Aca,!" although more concrete now than ever with the addition of an architectural drawing, a dedicated location and nearly $1 million in the bank Aca,!" still remains evasive. Aca,!A"WeAca,!a,,cve been a little bit disappointed in raising money. ItAca,!a,,cs a little slower than we thought,Aca,!A? Stender said, referring to the $3 million to $4 million needed to build the memorial in Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Huntsville. Aca,!A"Money is tight. The volunteers we have on our board have had to strengthen their focus on their own work because of the economy and they donAca,!a,,ct have as much time to dedicate to this project. Everybody is refocused on their own businesses.Aca,!A?

  • BRAC Townhall Meeting draws full house

    Jan 16, 2009

    By Sept. 15, 2011, all garrison employees at Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem will lose their jobs as the posts close, said Col. Deborah Grays, commander, U.S. Army Garrison, during the quarterly Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Town Hall Meeting held Jan. 8 at the Fort McPherson Post Theater.

  • Training Troops on Heavy Equipment

    Jan 16, 2009

    Army reservists from Tennessee, Alabama, Pennsylvania and Texas spent last week training on heavy equipment at Redstone Arsenal. Led by the 844th Engineer Battalion out of Knoxville, the training combined two military occupational specialties Aca,!" 21 Echo (heavy construction equipment operator) and 21 Juliet (general construction equipment operator) Aca,!" into one Super Echo specialty. The Army last October made the training mandatory for all Army Reserve units with Soldiers that carry a 21E or 21J specialty. Aca,!A"The engineer transformation to modularity created a number of challenges for our battalion, one of which was the merging of the 21 Echo and 21 Juliet MOSAca,!a,,cs into a single MOS, being the Super Echo, the 21 Echo,Aca,!A? 844th battalion commander Lt. Col. Adam Roth said. Aca,!A"The training that weAca,!a,,cre conducting at Redstone Arsenal facilitates everybodyAca,!a,,cs transition to the new Super Echo MOS. The training includes over eight separate pieces of equipment, including both operations and maintenance of that equipment.

  • Commanding general leaving Picatinny

    Jan 16, 2009

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. Aca,!" Picatinny commander Brig. Gen. William N. Phillips is being reassigned to support Operation Iraqi Freedom, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. announced Jan. 8.

  • Picatinny employees honored for improvement in hand grenade safety

    Jan 16, 2009

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. -- Picatinny employees Jason DeVenezia and Yusif H. Yafai were commended here in December for their work on a device that will make hand grenades safer for Soldiers to use.

  • Wounded Soldier recognized for sacrifice, choice

    Jan 15, 2009

    Bonds of fellowship forged in combat, a desire to lead, and eagerness to continue serving despite tremendous odds, gives Spc. Christopher York an inner strength to endure much hardship. It gives him the strength of character and push that optimizes the U.S. ArmyAca,!a,,cs motif -- Army Strong! On Dec. 15, 2007, York and several of his platoon members were on a patrol in Iraq as members of the 1st Infantry Division from Fort Riley, Kan. An explosive-formed projectile tore through his HMMWV while on the patrol and changed his life forever. Neither the three Soldiers, nor the Iraqi interpreter, in the truck were left unharmed.

  • Cadets seek solution to equipment issues

    Jan 15, 2009

    The senior enlisted advisor at Army Material Command visited West Point to discuss Cadet projects the Cadet teams will enter in the Soldier Design Competition.

  • Crossroads requires Watervliet transformation

    Jan 14, 2009

    WATERVLIET ARSENAL, N.Y. Aca,!aEURc The ArmyAca,!a,,cs cannon factory in upstate New York is at a crossroad, but some might say that it has been at one crossroad or another for nearly 200 years. The view at this crossroad, however, may never have been clearer. The Watervliet Arsenal will continue to improve its core mission, which is to produce the finest military hardware for cannon, artillery, and mortar systems, but will do so by creating an Arsenal that will be known as much for its high-technology park as it is for its cannon factory, said Col. Scott N. Fletcher, Arsenal commander

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