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  • Officials visit depot to discuss rail center move from Hill AFB

    Mar 12, 2009

    Tooele Army Depot received a visit from the Assistant Deputy Undersecretary of Defense, Maintenance Policy and Programs on Jan. 22 to meet with depot leaders to discuss the possibility of relocating the Defense Generator and Rail Equipment Center from its current location at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

  • 405th AFSB announces LBE PMO office opening

    Mar 12, 2009

    The 405th Army Field Support Brigade announces the opening of its Left Behind Equipment Program Management Office in Kaiserslautern. The office is responsible for the oversight and management of all LBE materiel resulting from deploying and redeploying units in the European theater of operations. Lt. Col. Tony Davila has been named the LBE program manager.

  • AOAP MLC obtains first ISO recertification

    Mar 12, 2009

    The Army Oil Analysis Program Mannheim Laboratory Center recently became the first AOAP laboratory worldwide to receive recertification under the newest International Organization for Standardization 9001:2008 criteria. Although the laboratory had already received previous ISO certification, the new certification is awarded at a higher level of standards.

  • TASM-E increases operations to support warfighting units

    Mar 12, 2009

    The Theater Aviation Sustainment Manager - Europe is meeting the challenge of an increased operational demand with dedication, perseverance and a commitment to the mission. The organization is supporting multiple units simultaneously through its equipment reset program, taking the units' aircraft and performing extensive maintenance on them to make sure each unit has the best possible equipment available for use. The 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, the 3-158th Assault Battalion, the 5-158th General Support Aviation Battalion and the C/1-214th Medical Evacuation unit all have aircraft at the TASM-E, resulting in an increased workload for the organization.

  • Measuring success: Army R&D Center supports Marine CALFAC Reset

    Mar 12, 2009

    They say, "Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades"; this is especially true in modern warfare where precision is everything -- hence the importance of proper calibration. Deployable calibration facilities help save lives and support mission success by insuring quality during weapon and equipment maintenance. That's why the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command is pleased that the final stage of their calibration facility reset began, March 1, at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

  • Taji National Maintenance Depot takes giant leap forward

    Mar 12, 2009

    The Iraqi Army continues to set the conditions for increased stability throughout the country by improving its strategic logistics base in Taji, Iraq. March 4 marked a significant milestone in the establishment of the Taji National Maintenance Depot when the first M1114 HMMWV to be totally rebuilt rolled-out of the 12,000 square foot Main Wheel Assembly & Disassembly facility, also known as the Wheel Depot, at Camp Taji.

  • Umatilla Depot seeks World War II depot workers, descendents for commemoration

    Mar 12, 2009

    In anticipation of a 65th anniversary commemoration of the March 1944 World War II accidental explosion of conventional munitions at the Umatilla Chemical Depot in Hermiston, the depot would like to hear from depot workers of that era or their family members. Invitations to a brief March 19 commemoration ceremony on the depot will be extended to those workers or family members, plus current depot employees.

  • New battle tank rolls into TACOM LCMC Rock Island

    Mar 12, 2009

    The TACOM Life Cycle Management Command caught a glimpse of its largest new resident, an M1A2 System Enhancement Package version two battle tank, on Feb. 27 when it was delivered to support TACOM's training and maintenance missions here.

  • RDECOM NCOs gather to conduct quarterly training and Aberdeen Proving Ground

    Mar 12, 2009

  • RDECOM NCOs conduct quartely traingin at Aberdeen Proving Ground

    Mar 12, 2009

    United in focus and in their mission, the noncommissioned officers of the U.S. Research Development and Engineering Command gathered at Aberdeen Proving Ground to conduct their quarterly professional development training. Maj. Gen. Paul S. Izzo greeted his non-commissioned officers at the kick off of the training and ensured them that they had his full support.

  • Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant to welcome new site project manager in July

    Mar 12, 2009

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Jeffrey L. Brubaker has been selected as the project site manager for the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant in Richmond, Ky. Brubaker will be the lead government engineer, responsible for managing the plant's field office and overseeing the system contract with Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass. He will report to the Program Manager Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives (ACWA), headquartered in Maryland.

  • 8th Theater Sustainment Command Soldier gets attention with 'pink bike'

    Mar 12, 2009

    typical day for Cpt. Lynn Song, a staff officer with the 8th Theater Sustainment Command's secretary of the general staff, looks something like this: wake up early, beat the commanding general to work, make sure he's taken care of during the day, prepare for the next day late in the evening, and leave the office after the general goes home. It's a demanding schedule and doesn't leave much free time for Song, so time management is vital.

  • Explosives + Safety = USATECS

    Mar 11, 2009

    Bullets, bombs and grenades are the Joint Munitions Command's business. And if there's any group of people comfortable with things that go "boom," it's the JMC. Thanks to the U.S. Army Technical Center for Explosives Safety, JMC employees can continue to breathe easy knowing those things that go "boom," do so safely.

  • Ready, reliable, lethal

    Mar 11, 2009

    Many at Joint Munitions Command may not realize that we have an ammunition expert stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. This man is skilled in working with all types of conventional, chemical and missile related ammunition. His name is Mark Combs, and he is assigned to the 407th Army Field Support Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Logistics Support Element.

  • A historical look at McAlester AAP

    Mar 11, 2009

    The State of Oklahoma has and enforces stringent racial segregation laws -- commonly referred to as "Jim Crow" laws. Bitter resentment was expressed when it was learned that negro enlisted personnel, both Navy and Marines, were being assigned to the depot, but the commanding officer declined to request their removal when it was obviously the department's policy to use these ratings at this depot. It appears that at least this part of Oklahoma is neither North where the negro is accepted, nor South where he is understood. Instead, the unenlightened natives of this area hold a bitter, resentful, and unreasoning hatred of negroes in general. In this atmosphere, the racial problem assumes potentially dangerous proportions.

  • At Tooele, work that makes a difference

    Mar 11, 2009

    The commanding general of the Joint Munitions Command, Brig. Gen. Larry Wyche, visited Tooele Army Depot in mid-February, praising employees at the depot for their hard work and support to warfighters around the world. The purpose of the general's visit was to learn more about Tooele's mission and capabilities through overview briefings and seeing, first-hand, sites supporting the ammunition mission to include storage areas, as well as understand the design, development and fielding of Ammunition Peculiar Equipment. Col. Yolanda C. Dennis-Lowman, Tooele commander, provided the overview to the general, highlighting other parts of the depot's mission and capabilities to include many of the organization's private partnerships and development of innovative demilitarization equipment.

  • Growing threat of ballistic missiles drives agency's efforts

    Mar 11, 2009

    The growing threat of ballistic missile proliferation around the world is a concern not only of military leaders but also of President Obama's administration, said the new director of the Missile Defense Agency.

  • Garrison Intern's Efforts Count with Environment

    Mar 11, 2009

    Garrison intern Shannon Allen is no bean counter. However, her job as an ecologist providing National Environmental Policy Act support in the Directorate of Public Works does make her the occasional shrimp counter. Allen's assignment in the Garrison intern program puts her on the DPW team that manages the endangered and protected wildlife on Redstone.

  • Refreshing Way Around Acquisition Process

    Mar 11, 2009

    There's a government-industry partnership team at Redstone Arsenal that is catching the attention of aviation and missile system leaders throughout the Army and Defense Department. The partnership - designed to update existing and aging weapon systems while also cutting costs, speeding up the design, production and acquisition processes, and providing the best equipment possible to the war fighter - is known as Continuous Technology Refreshment. It is a DoD-wide program that has been implemented successfully by the Integrated Materiel Management Center for the Aviation and Missile Command. "CTR is a life cycle management success story for AMCOM," said Alan Miller, chief of maintenance information operations for IMMC. "AMCOM is a model of how to make CTR work. This is a high priority program to (AMCOM commander) Maj. Gen. (Jim) Myles and IMMC director Eric Edwards."

  • Go Out There and Continue to Make a Difference

    Mar 11, 2009

    Women's History Month isn't about making history, according to the keynote speaker at Team Redstone's annual observance program March 5. "It's about women making a difference," Liz Hurley, news anchor for WAFF Channel 48, said. She has definitely done that.

  • Expect more testing in skies over Redstone

    Mar 11, 2009

    Much of the Army's test and evaluation resources will be channeled through the Aviation Technical Test Center. That's what Keith Darrow told the International Test and Evaluation Association at its luncheon Thursday at the Qinetiq facility in Huntsville. Darrow, deputy commander for ATTC and guest speaker at the luncheon, informed the group of his organization's role and mission in the testing community and what the community can expect during and after its transition from Fort Rucker to Redstone Arsenal due to the Base Realignment and Closure. Sixty aircraft will be conducting aviation testing in the surrounding communities on a daily basis. "I don't think the community has a good understanding of that yet," Darrow said, explaining that organizations in Redstone and ATTC are doing everything they can to inform the community of what they may start seeing and hearing from the air.

  • Economy hurting your wallet' Save money commuting by ride sharing

    Mar 11, 2009

    Picatinny Arsenal - Federal employees here can earn $120 per month for taking advantage of the federal van-pool program.

  • Tournament teeing off to benefit Honor Flight

    Mar 11, 2009

    They may not be wearing red, white and blue, but golfers teeing off in the Tennessee Valley Honor Flight Golf Tournament on April 24 will be displaying their patriotism in all its glorious colors. After all, there's nothing more patriotic than lending a helping hand to a World War II veteran who wants to fulfill a dream of visiting their war memorial in Washington, D.C. Golfers playing in the April 24 tournament at the Links at Redstone Arsenal will indeed be lending that hand by participating in the first-ever Honor Flight golfing fund-raiser organized and sponsored by a Redstone Arsenal organization. The AMCOM Security Assistance Management Directorate has stepped up to make this fund-raiser a success in providing much-needed financial assistance to Tennessee Valley Honor Flight.

  • Leading the way in the Year of the NCO

    Mar 11, 2009

    Command Sgt. Maj. Angel Clark-Davis isn't really concerned about the motives that cause a Soldier to join the Army. "Some join the Army to provide for their family and to serve. Some join to go to college and to serve. There are a lot of reasons. Each of those reasons comes with 'and to serve.' Soldiers have a desire to serve their country and to be part of something that's bigger than all of us," Clark-Davis said. "And they are a better person for that."

  • RDECOM NCOs conduct quarterly training at Aberdeen Proving Ground

    Mar 11, 2009

    United in focus and in their mission, the noncommissioned officers of the U.S. Research Development and Engineering Command gathered at Aberdeen Proving Ground to conduct their quarterly professional development training.

  • Army site project manager acccepts new challenge Brubaker moving from CMA/Indiana to ACWA/Kentucky

    Mar 11, 2009

    The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency announced today the impending reassignment of one of its successful site project managers. Jeffrey Brubaker, who has been the site project manager for CMA's Newport Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in Newport, Ind. for the last six years, will begin similar site project manager duties at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant located on Blue Grass Army Depot, Richmond, Ky.

  • USACR/Safety Center Reminds Soldiers to Drink Responsibly this St. Patrick's Day

    Mar 11, 2009

    News release

  • Picatinny Arsenal NCO oath

    Mar 11, 2009

  • Army FMWRC offers Great Getaways to Armed Forces Recreation Centers

    Mar 10, 2009

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Imagine attending a luau on Waikiki Beach; golfing in the shadows of the Magic Kingdom; sightseeing a seventh-century city in The Land of the Morning Calm; sunbathing beneath a famous lighthouse on the Atlantic; or skiing or hiking in the Bavarian Alps. One of those dream vacations awaits the winner of the Great Getaways Sweepstakes, an Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command-sponsored contest that began March 1 and runs through May 31 at www.afrcresorts.com

  • Immersive technology melds Hollywood, warrior training

    Mar 10, 2009

    WASHINGTON -- Training technology development in California has demonstrated the possibility of having Soldiers walk through virtual environments that contain both real-world objects and simulated characters.

  • Saving dollars, space -- Thanks Lean Six Sigma

    Mar 10, 2009

    A team of subject-matter experts from throughout the Joint Munitions Command developed a new process that addresses excess inventory. The initial evaluation of 153 items found that 43 items could be removed, resulting in a cost avoidance of $2,391 in inventory program costs and clearing an additional 82,243 cubic feet at the government-owned contractor-operated and government-owned government-operated plants.

  • Out West, Wyche visits Hawthorne Army Depot

    Mar 10, 2009

    Brig. Gen. Larry Wyche experienced his first taste of Hawthorne Army Depot when he visited on February 10. Wyche became the commanding general of the Joint Munitions Command last August and also serves as the commander of the Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command. The general is touring JMC installations to, as he put it, "meet the good people and see the great things they are doing in support of our warfighters." Wyche brings more than 25 years of combat command experience to the ammunition mission.

  • An order of inclusion

    Mar 10, 2009

    What a diff'rence a day makes, twenty-four little hours..." What a difference June 25, 1941, made; a day that created the landscape for federal employment equality. That date may not bear notable significance to the general public; but for African-Americans during that era, June 25 marked the beginning of desegregated government and defense employment. On June 25, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 8802.

  • Depots streamline to save billions

    Mar 9, 2009

    The Base Realignment and Closure Commission's 2005 decision to transfer depot-level reparable procurement management and related non-core supply, storage and distribution and support functions from the Army Materiel Command to the Defense Logistics Agency will have a dual benefit. The change should eliminate the cumbersome process of having to contact multiple agencies for assistance. A single department within DLA will be the source for purchases, questions and/or concerns.

  • NSSC Scores Touchdown with Year of the NCO Kickoff Event

    Mar 9, 2009

    Short article describing the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center's Year of the NCO kickoff event.

  • LMP moves AMC into the 21st century

    Mar 9, 2009

    The U.S. Army Materiel Command is bringing its logistics data collection system into the 21st century with the use of an Enterprise Resource Planning tool. The ERP tool, better known as the Logistics Modernization Program, will modernize the ArmyAca,!a,,cs national logistics business practice and supporting technology to meet current and future military readiness requirements. It is the cornerstone for the Single Army Logistics Enterprise and is the first step to enabling end-to-end supply chain visibility for AMC, its depots, industry partners, and the warfighter.

  • FREEZE FRAME - Photographer revels in thrill of sport one image at a time

    Mar 9, 2009

    BIKES...camera... action! Those are the only three things on Brian Wilcox's mind when he gears-up for a dirt flying, height defying motocross photo shoot.

  • On the job at Tobyhanna - Wideband Components Branch

    Mar 9, 2009

    The Wideband Components Branch's 16 employees overhaul mechanical and electrical components on the AN/TRC-170 Troposcatter Radio Terminal Set subassemblies. Branch personnel use oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers and signal generators to troubleshoot systems. The branch is part of the Communications Systems Directorate. The TRC-170 is a wideband communications system that links voice and data by providing transmission and reception of radio frequency signals. The system reflects signals off land objects or layers of the atmosphere and is capable of sending and receiving multiplex digital analog voice, digital data or a combination of both.

  • Teamwork, technology helps personnel locate, track assets on the depot

    Mar 9, 2009

    A lost communications-electronics system has helped find a better way to project cost. Productivity Improvement and Innovation and Production Management personnel have combined the Master Production Scheduling project and Radio Frequency Identification technology to help locate and track assets here.

  • Depot produces 12k antenna flex-mount devices

    Mar 9, 2009

    Dozens of employees at Tobyhanna have teamed up to fabricate, assemble and ship 12,500 retrofitted and new antenna flex-mount devices to Army and Navy units serving in Southwest Asia.

  • IMCOM Northeast Region leaders visit Tobyhanna

    Mar 9, 2009

    Tobyhanna Army Depot is the largest full-service Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance maintenance and logistics support facility in the Department of Defense. Employees repair, overhaul and fabricate electronics systems and components, from tactical field radios to the ground terminals for the defense satellite communications network. Tobyhanna's missions support all branches of the Armed Forces. The depot is the Army Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for Communications-Electronics, Avionics, and Missile Guidance and Control Systems and the Air Force Technology Repair Center for ground communications and electronics. About 5,700 personnel are employed at Tobyhanna, which is located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. Tobyhanna Army Depot is part of the U.S. Army CECOM Life Cycle Management Command. Headquartered at Fort Monmouth, N.J., the command's mission is to research, develop, acquire, field and sustain communications, command, control, computer, intelligence, electronic warfare and sensors capabilities for the Armed Forces.

  • 8th Theater Sustainment Command Begins Command Post Exercise

    Mar 9, 2009

    The 8th Theater Sustainment Command (TSC) continued its path toward validation as a fully operational capable command, deploying its forward command post (FCP) here for a command post exercise (CPX), which began March 9.

  • Soldier's suicide leaves unanswered questions

    Mar 6, 2009

    The suicide of Spc. Jamie Dalton, an Infantryman in B Company, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, in 2006 shocked everyone who knew him. Many of the warning signs weren't evident in Dalton's behavior or the things he said to friends.

  • Relocation Program Eases Minds of TACOM Employees Facing BRAC

    Mar 6, 2009

    For TACOM Life Cycle Management Command employees affected by an upcoming BRAC move, learning of a program that will relieve them of the burden of selling their homes eased their minds during information sessions held here Feb. 24 and 25.

  • Defense Department Reaches out to Alabama A&M

    Mar 5, 2009

    In 2002 the Department of Defense began an outreach event for historically black colleges and universities. Last week marked a first for the program which travels to various institutions each year. This was the first year Alabama A&M University served as host.

  • Garrison Builds Toward Future Work Force

    Mar 5, 2009

    With an aging work force headed toward retirement, work force development is on the minds of many organizations at Redstone. The Garrison is no exception. The new Garrison Intern Program is working toward continuing to provide a quality staff for the organization that gives support to the entire installation. "A large part of our work force is ready to retire in the next five years," Kathy Watkins, Garrison Intern Program lead mentor, said. "That's scary. We're turning the tide. The vision is to bring people in at the ground level to re-energize this work force."

  • Huntsville Center Worker Honored as Engineer of Year

    Mar 5, 2009

    An Army Engineering and Support Center employee received special recognition Feb. 19 from the Society of American Military Engineers, Huntsville Post. Jeffrey Coulston, the chief of the Structural Branch, Civil Structures Division, in the Engineering Directorate, was named the Huntsville Post's Engineer of the Year for his leadership of a diverse group of structural engineers in support of numerous missions of national importance and visibility, and for his expertise in seismic design, explosives effects and structural design.

  • 'Unsung Hero' Proud of Keeping Disabled Employed

    Mar 5, 2009

    Janice Caudle can look over the manufacturing floor at Phoenix Manufacturing and know she has made a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. As disabled employees work side-by-side with non-disabled employees to make burial flags, parachute harnesses, equipment bags for TOW missiles and seat cushions for Humvees, Caudle is busy reviewing costs and pricing, ordering materials, interfacing with customers, negotiating new business contracts and managing other behind-the-scenes aspects of running a non-profit business that has employed 82 people with disabilities for almost three years.

  • Fan AMC on Facebook

    Mar 5, 2009

  • AMC's YouTube Channel

    Mar 5, 2009

  • AMC's Flickr album

    Mar 5, 2009

  • AMC videos on Google Video

    Mar 5, 2009

  • Army's SA/ED M1 variant built at Anniston

    Mar 5, 2009

    ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala.-A new high-tech variant of the Army's M1A1 combat vehicle was introduced into the depot's production schedule in January, and the assembly of the first of 156 ordered by TACOM Life Cycle Management Command was completed here March 2.

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    Mar 5, 2009

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    Mar 5, 2009

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    Mar 5, 2009

  • Plenty of Fun to Spare at Special Olympics Bowling

    Mar 5, 2009

    Special Olympics and Army Community Service have a recipe they've spent years perfecting. Take special needs athletes, mix in Soldiers and spread them across a sporting event for a generous dollop of fun. This year's batch began with the bowling event Feb. 26. "This is a tradition at Redstone Arsenal," ACS director Sue Paddock said. "The Soldiers appreciate it because they learn from these athletes. Of course, the athletes love having the Soldiers here. It's a wonderful fit."

  • Rocket munitions don't make good souvenirs

    Mar 5, 2009

    A rocket motor nozzle assembly discovered in an empty employee cubicle launched a scenario of safety measures on Redstone Arsenal, Ala., on Feb. 25 that resulted in lost employee productivity and new concerns over unexploded ordnance.

  • AER Gives More Than It Gets

    Mar 5, 2009

    "Adding Strength to Army Strong" is this year's theme for the Army Emergency Relief campaign, which had its kickoff March 2. The annual fund-raising drive continues through May 31 with a $210,000 goal. "AER helps active duty and retired Soldiers and their family members with financial emergencies," AER officer Mike Burden said.

  • Volunteers Take Turns to Thank Servicemembers

    Mar 5, 2009

    There are many ways to thank Soldiers for their service. Boyce Allen found a unique and special way to tell Soldiers thank you. Allen, Wood Shop lead for Morale Welfare and Recreation's Arts and Crafts Center, created "Turn-a-thon" after he heard about the Freedom Pens Project from a neighbor. The project is an all-volunteer effort that has its roots in Virginia with the Saw Mill Creek Woodworkers Forum. Allen pitched the idea to his supervisors; and the first Turn-a-thon was held on Redstone Arsenal in February 2007, with the most recent Feb. 22.

  • Combatives training school kicks off at Belvoir

    Mar 5, 2009

    As 31 Soldiers from the Military District of Washington converged on Wells Field House last week for the first in a series of combatives training sessions, Fort Belvoir took a major step in being recognized as a training center for the Modern Army Combatives Program.

  • Soldiers show their talent

    Mar 5, 2009

    There were 16 different Soldiers and 16 different styles as Soldiers stepped into the spotlight and on the stage showcasing an abundance of talent in song and dance Saturday at Wallace Theater as they vied for positions in the U.S. Army Soldier Show.

  • Historic characters take the stage at Women's History Month observance

    Mar 5, 2009

    While snow covered the ground, the Belvoir commuA,Anity gathered at the Officer's Club to observe Women's History Month Tuesday. This year's theme is 'Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet.' First Sgt. Cynthia Moody presented Sojourner Truth's speech, 'Ain't I a Woman'' with passion. Truth mesmerA,Aized her audience with her speech in 1851 at the Women's Convention in Akron, Ohio.

  • First female commanding general of Belvoir makes historic visit

    Mar 5, 2009

    Fort Belvoir's first female commander, retired Brig. Gen. Evelyn Foote, visited Belvoir on Tuesday to attend the post's Women's History Month observance and to see how things have changed in the past 20 years.

  • LEMC program management review highlights PFRMS support

    Mar 4, 2009

    Letterkenny Munitions Center hosted its first U.S. Army Precision Fires Rocket and Missile Systems Program Management Review Feb. 10-11, highlighting its key support of the systems.

  • Kansas Army Ammunition Plant ends mission

    Mar 4, 2009

    After 68 years, the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant officially ended its ammunition production mission following a deflagging ceremony March 4. Col. Arnold P. Montgomery, commander, McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, in McAlester, Okla., applauded the community's commitment is supporting the nation's defense.

  • RDECOM at the Black Engineer of the Year Awards

    Mar 4, 2009

    Video package from the BEYA awards

  • Benning honors NCOs in ceremony

    Mar 3, 2009

    Fort Benning honored the "backbone of the Army" when more than 60 newly promoted sergeants and corporals were inducted into the NCO Corps during a ceremony that kicked off the designation of 2009 as the Year of the NCO Tuesday at Marshall Auditorium. "In every aspect of the Army, it's really NCOs making it happen," said CSM William Ulibarri. "We hold it together through training, and also operationally."

  • Setting the force at Fort Bragg: Taking care of vehicle, aircraft repairs

    Mar 3, 2009

    Soldiers need weapons and vehicles to complete ground and air missions. Over time, machinery breaks down, rusts and malfunctions. The harsh conditions Soldiers endure while deployed are the same for these tools of the trade. If they're broken, who fixes them' "MMD (Material Maintenance Division) can repair almost all tactical equipment assigned to Fort Bragg units and tenants," said Joe Karmazyn, Directorate of Logistics MMD chief. The division, in partnership with ITT Industries, a government contractor, provides maintenance support to ensure mission readiness for Fort Bragg units, Army garrison, and other military units training on Fort Bragg. During the past year MMD repaired or serviced: n 22,669 small arms and night vision goggles n 3,558 pieces of equipment left behind in theater n 12 completely refurbished aircraft n 1,552 mobilization/ demobilization resets n 1,582 unserviceable engines, transmissions and other parts repaired to a national standard, also known as national maintenance or NMP.

  • From challenge to opportunity: Repairing CH-47 rotor blades

    Mar 3, 2009

    Rotor blades for the CH-47 are in short supply, especially the aft rotor blades. If the rotor blades of a damaged Chinook are in workable condition, they are removed from the damaged aircraft and transferred to one that is functioning. Even without crashes or hard landings, these rotor blades suffer from heavy workloads; frequent usage and environmental factors. Increased operational tempo has necessitated a more efficient overhaul of CH-47 rotor blades to sustain the Soldiers' needs on the field.

  • Corpus Christi Army Depot welcomes Apache's new Sighting and Targeting System

    Mar 3, 2009

    An exciting upgrade arrived at Corpus Christi Army Depot recently, marking a revolution in attack helicopters within the past five years. An AH-64 Apache, equipped with a new sighting and targeting system, caused a bit of a stir in the Directorate of Aircraft Production as CCAD employees tested the technological marvel.

  • Waste shipment from Operation Swift Solution answers treaty obligations

    Mar 3, 2009

    Operation Swift Solution, the Army initiative to eliminate three deteriorating steel containers storing a mixture of GB nerve agent and its decontamination breakdown products, reached another critical milestone today when two trucks holding the caustic wastewater, known as hydrolysate, generated during the neutralization process were received at Veolia Environmental Services, near Port Arthur, Texas.

  • SMA Kenneth O. Preston Reconizes Tampa NCO of the Year

    Mar 3, 2009

    SMA Kenneth O. Preston was the feaured speaker at the AUSA Suncoast Chapter NCO of the Year luncheon.

  • CBS Radio Tampa Bay Interview with SMA Kenneth Preston

    Mar 3, 2009

    John Sipos of CBS Radio Tampa Bay conducted an 11-minute interview with SMA Kenneth Preston that covered many topics. The interview ran on Tampa, FL CBS Radio stations on Sunday, March 1, 2009.

  • Basic training Soldiers test limits in gas chamber

    Mar 2, 2009

    The gas chamber at Brittin Range goes by many names - house of horrors, confidence chamber, chamber of horrors - but no matter what Soldiers call it, they all pass through its walls during Basic Training.

  • Army Materiel Command CG visits with Soldiers and civilians of 12th CAB

    Mar 2, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany (Feb. 26, 2009) - The commanding generals of the U.S. Army Materiel Command and U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, along with their senior enlisted staff members, visited the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade at Katterbach Army Airfield here, Feb. 25. General Ann E. Dunwoody, AMC Commanding General, and Maj. Gen. Paul S. Izzo, Commander of RDECOM, met with 12th CAB commander Col. Robert C. Doerer and key brigade leaders before visiting Company B, 412th Aviation Support Battalion. Afterward, the generals had lunch with 12th CAB officers and then visited with Soldiers and civilian contractors at the post's vehicle reset program hangar.

  • Army targets individual Soldier for radio communications

    Feb 27, 2009

    The ability to communicate; through voice, digital message or simply by position, is arguably, the most critical capability for the men and women of today's Army.

  • Crane employees learn about Martin Luther King, Voting Rights Act

    Feb 26, 2009

    Addressing a crowd of Army and Navy employees at the Crane Navy base Feb. 24, Indiana University Assistant Professor Dr. Darryl Hall provided a lunchtime lecture discussing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.

  • Army Belvoir leaders focused on recognizing suicide indicators

    Feb 26, 2009

    Despite the many successes printed and televised about the Army during its proud history, ofA,Aficials are all too aware of the dark cloud hovering above them.For the fourth consecutive year, suicides are on the rise. In 2008, the Army experienced 128 conA,Afirmed suicides - up from 117 the year before. At such an alarming rate, Gen. Peter Chiarelli, viceA,Achief of staff, issued an executive order calling for greater emphasis on recognizing suicidal behavior among Soldiers.

  • Command Sgt. Maj. of Army Reserve observes Black History Month at Mosby Reserve Center

    Feb 26, 2009

    Command Sgt. Maj. of the Army Reserve Leon Caffie joined members of Fort Belvoir's Military Intelligence Readiness Command and 55th Sustainment Brigade Tuesday for a celebration marking February as Black History Month.

  • Dual focus of Army scientists yields spinouts

    Feb 26, 2009

    The Army has a dual focus in its development of science and technology: modernization for the future and accelerating technology for today's warfighter.

  • Army first female 4-star visits 21st TSC

    Feb 26, 2009

  • Dining Facility Worker Beaming over US Citizenship

    Feb 25, 2009

    There's a lot of laughter and merriment in the kitchen of the Dining Facility between meals as the staff works together to prepare the day's menu offerings. And in the midst of the camaraderie, there's one staff member whose million dollar smile is hard to contain. The smile on the face of Ruedeeporn "Nuey" Suwanapogdee Hart got even bigger recently when she returned from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Atlanta as a new U.S. citizen. "Everything good for me. I'm proud to be an American," Hart said in her somewhat broken English.

  • Software Engineering Directorate leads from front

    Feb 25, 2009

    The Software Engineering Directorate, under the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, has been appointed one of only 12 "Agents of the Certification Authority" within the Department of Army. The appointment, made by the Army's Chief Information Officer G-6 Certification Authority, LeRoy Lundgren, approves the SED to perform third party independent evaluation for automated information systems. "I am very proud of this recent appointment and of the information assurance support we've been providing our program managers for some time now," SED director Dr. Bill Craig said. "Our enterprises and Soldiers depend more and more on information systems and the ability to send and receive information securely. SED will continue leading from the front in the area of information assurance."

  • Plan Gives Aid to Soldiers, Vets Coping with Coming Home

    Feb 25, 2009

    Soldiers live by plans. When they enter the Army, Reserve or National Guard, Soldiers choose a military occupational specialty, and are given a plan that sets out a course of training and experience. When they are qualified in their MOS, they are assigned to their unit, given job responsibilities and provided a plan that defines their military career. When they deploy to a wartime environment, Soldiers are given a plan that outlines their duties, assigns them to a team and battle buddy, and gives them a timetable for their return. It is on their return from a deployment when planning - with the details of what they may experience emotionally and psychologically, what they can do to help themselves recover, how they can regain the life they left at home -- often falls short of what a Soldier needs to reintegrate back into a normal military routine, family life and society as a whole.

  • Relying on the rules of acquisition

    Feb 25, 2009

    Expertise in the areas of acquisition, technology and logistics is the key to making a difference for the war fighter on the battlefield, said a top executive of the Defense Acquisition University. Claude Bolton, a retired Air Force major general who was named in January as the DAU's executive-in-residence, told attendees at DAU's South Region annual conference on Jan. 18 that the work of DoD's acquisition, technology and logistics employees ensure Soldiers have the "right product at the right time in the right place and at the right cost."

  • Umatilla Depot seeks World War II depot workers and descendents for commemoration

    Feb 25, 2009

    In anticipation of a 65th anniversary commemoration of the March 1944 World War II accidental explosion of conventional munitions at the Umatilla Chemical Depot in Hermiston, the depot would like to hear from depot workers of that era or their family members. Invitations to a brief March 19 commemoration ceremony on the depot will be extended to those workers or family members, plus current depot employees

  • RDECOM commanding general visits Soldier Systems Center

    Feb 25, 2009

    On Feb. 10, Maj. Gen. Paul S. Izzo, commanding general, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, visited the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Mass. During the day, Izzo saw demonstrations and heard briefings on shelter technologies, joint precision aerial delivery systems, combat feeding, individual protection and biomechanics. Jean Hampel, Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, demonstrates shelter airbeam technology. Izzo said it was a "great visit," and he was glad he took the time to come. During the visit, Izzo met with NSSC Soldiers.

  • Nevil Shed scores with audience at Anniston Black History Month luncheon

    Feb 25, 2009

  • DLA divvies up rifles to area law enforcement

    Feb 25, 2009

    ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala.-Representatives from about 10 law enforcement agencies in Alabama and Georgia inspected a large supply of M16 and M16-A1 rifles here Feb. 11 inside a warehouse at the Anniston Defense Distribution Depot operated by the Defense Logistics Agency. The law enforcement officers were at Anniston Army Depot to inspect the surplus weapons and determine whether or not they could be used to combat crime within their respective cities and counties.

  • Mayor's praise for the Watervliet Arsenal, City

    Feb 25, 2009

    Mayor Michael Manning said in his State of the City address earlier this month that "We are in good shape," as he highlighted several program and department successes. During his 35-minute remarks, Manning proudly talked of where the city has been, where it is today, and where it is going. And as typical of Manning, when he speaks of the City of Watervliet, he also spoke of the Arsenal. Manning said he is very pleased the Arsenal took center stage in the Capital Region business community and in the media for much of 2008. "After years of attrition and not-too-good news, we have a reason to hope for the future," Manning said in regards to the direction the Arsenal is now heading.

  • Research at BenAfAt Labs where small is BIG

    Feb 25, 2009

    Remember the old grade school question, "If a tree fell in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound' That philosophical question may be the way to look at BenAfAt Laboratory's challenge in hyping nanotechnology to the general public. In essence, if you can't see it, how do we know it's there' Better yet, if we can't even pronounce it Aca,!aEURc strain-induced crystallization of the semicrystalline polymers Aca,!aEURc should we even care' According to Dr. Brian Van De Wal, Chief of Fatigue and Fracture Analysis Branch at BenAfAt Labs, we should care because nanotechnology will eventually affect just about every aspect of our lives, from medicine to infrastructure. BenAfAt Labs conducted its first Nano-Scale Materials Forum on Feb. 19 in downtown Albany, hosting representatives from 10 universities that represented such institutions as West Point and Cornell University, and from three civilian corporations, GE Research Labs, Lockheed Martin, and First Nano.

  • Medal of Honor: African-American hero recognized decades after brave act

    Feb 24, 2009

    Black NCO earns Medal of Honor, presented 50 years later

  • Heavy metal moves to Livorno for repairs

    Feb 24, 2009

    Story chronicles movement of M-1 Abrams tanks from ship at Port of Livorno, Italy, to repair facilities at 3rd Battalion/405th Army Field Support Brigade.

  • Crane Army LSS Setting the Standard of Excellence

    Feb 24, 2009

    Self improvement can be difficult for an organization, but spotting where and when change is needed and applying it evenly over a long period can be downright tricky. That is why the success of the Crane Army Ammunition Activity Lean and Six Sigma program is a source of pride to everyone involved in the effort.

  • Crane Army LSS setting the standard of excellence

    Feb 24, 2009

    Self improvement can be difficult for an organization, but spotting where and when change is needed and applying it evenly over a long period can be downright tricky. That is why the success of the Crane Army Ammunition Activity Lean and Six Sigma program is a source of pride to everyone involved in the effort.

  • 90-day program gives former military doctors chance to serve again

    Feb 24, 2009

    Col. Lionel M. Nelson is a man of many hats. A former Air Force Reservist, and a retired Army Reservist, Nelson came out of a five-year retirement and shut down his private practice in San Jose, Calif., to participate in the "90 Days Boots on the Ground" program, a program that gives former military doctors the opportunity to deploy to Iraq for 90 days.

  • RRAD civilian awarded medal equivalent to Purple Heart

    Feb 23, 2009

    Tony M. Hall, a Fort Worth native employed by Red River Army Depot, Texarkana, Texas and assigned to 1st Battalion, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, Joint Base Balad, Iraq, was awarded a Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom in a ceremony held at JBB Feb. 18 for injuries sustained when the quarters in which he was sleeping came under an indirect fire (mortar) attack from insurgents on Camp Anaconda, Balad, Iraq on April 20, 2008.

  • Tuskegee Airman speaks to Rock Island audience

    Feb 23, 2009

    Tuskegee Airman shares experiences during Black History Month event

  • Editorial: Army taking measures to improve property accountability

    Feb 23, 2009

    Since 9/11, our Army has been in a continuous cycle of deployment, redeployment and reset operations. The continued success of our Army, that will always have some amount of its force deployed on some type of mission, hinges on accurate and precise property accountability.

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