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  • 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

  • Deputy commanding general praises depot uniqueness, employee competence

    Jan 13, 2009

    Larry Tompkins briefs Lt. Gen. James H. Pillsbury, deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, on capacity management tools within the Logistics Modernization Program system.

  • Tobyhanna Army Depot police officers cited for A+ performance

    Jan 13, 2009

    Two police officers earned honors recognition at Aberdeen Proving Ground Police Academy, Md.

  • On the job at Tobyhanna - The Welding Branch

    Jan 13, 2009

    TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. Aca,!" The Welding BranchAca,!a,,cs 18 employees weld fabricated components supporting several missions -- Blue Force Tracking, Power Distribution Illumination systems, electronic shelters and vans, Mine Resistant Ambush Protectant Brackets, large antennas for communications systems, and housings for missile control subsystems. The branch is part of the Systems Integration and Support DirectorateAca,!a,,cs Industrial Services Division. Branch personnel use state-of-the-art equipment such as welding machines, handcutting and brazing torches, plasma cutting machines, and a modular fixturing table to work on thousands of components annually. Each welding booth is equipped with an air flow system to remove harmful fumes and dust from the work area. Tobyhanna Army Depot is the largest full-service Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) 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. TobyhannaAca,!a,,cs missions support all branches of the Armed Forces. The depot is the Army Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence (CITE) for Communications-Electronics, Avionics, and Missile Guidance and Control Systems and the Air Force Technology Repair Center (TRC) 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 commandAca,!a,,cs mission is to research, develop, acquire, field and sustain communications, command, control, computer, intelligence, electronic warfare and sensors capabilities for the Armed Forces.

  • Scope of logistics mission extends from NEPA mountains to warzone

    Jan 13, 2009

    TobyhannaAca,!a,,cs ability to make on-site repairs to communications-electronics equipment extends the scope of its maintenance and logistics mission from the mountains of Pennsylvania to the deserts of Southwest Asia.

  • AMC program teaches directors, managers new ways to do business

    Jan 13, 2009

    Tobyhanna senior leaders are discovering new ways to improve business processes with the help of an Army Materiel Command executive development program.

  • Deputy commanding general praises depot uniqueness, employee competence

    Jan 13, 2009

    Larry Tompkins briefs Lt. Gen. James H. Pillsbury, deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, on capacity management tools within the Logistics Modernization Program system.

  • Firefinder processor tests successful - Verification exercise preps radar for rollout of new equipme

    Jan 13, 2009

    Verification exercise preps radar for rollout of new equipment. Testing conducted here last month may soon give warfighters even more reliable Firefinder radar systems.

  • Rock Island Arsenal New Year's reception

    Jan 12, 2009

    Maj. Gen. Robert M. Radin, commanding general of Army Sustainment Command, hosts New Year's reception at historic Quarters One.

  • Moving the military in the Land of the Midnight Sun

    Jan 12, 2009

    The 599th Transportation Group's four-person Alaska Detachment carries out the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's mission in extreme conditions, handling all the surface movements for Alaska's growing military presence.

  • Technologies Score Big at All-American Bowl

    Jan 12, 2009

    Robotics, communications electronics, sensors, simulators and the latest battlefield cuisine brought the message of strength through technology to a New YearAca,!a,,cs weekend event best know for its focus on the physical characteristics of strength. High technology exhibits from the U.S. ArmyAca,!a,,cs Research Development and Engineering Command took center stage for the thousands who came through the Army Strong Zone, the display-filled parking lot of the Alamo Bowl football stadium.

  • Witness to King's assassination speaks to Anniston Army Depot

    Jan 9, 2009

    Most pioneers are not around long enough to walk the trails theyAca,!a,,cve blazed, but that doesnAca,!a,,ct mean anyone should stop dreaming. That is what Rev. Samuel Aca,!A"BillyAca,!A? Kyles told a group of Anniston Army Depot employees Jan. 6 during an event held in the east industrial area by the Equal Employment Opportunity Office in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Annual energy consumption down at Anniston

    Jan 9, 2009

    Workers at Anniston Army Depot, Ala., are using less energy these days. Ongoing energy conservation projects and a sustainable culture have put the depot on a path to reduce its energy consumption through the use of Ground Coupled Heat Pump systems.

  • Technologies Score Big at All-American Bowl

    Jan 8, 2009

  • Wounded Warrior: 'I Just Feel Lucky to be Here'

    Jan 8, 2009

    For Col. Frederick Heaggans, director of the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command Forward, supporting the war fighter is more than a phrase on a bumper sticker or a line in a speech. It is something he has bled for.

  • 'Caveman' teaches robotics to troops in Iraq

    Jan 7, 2009

    Soldiers in Iraq are now better trained to use the ArmyAca,!a,,cs latest robotic systems thanks to the work of Redstone ArsenalAca,!a,,cs Aca,!A"Caveman.Aca,!A? Although his moniker dates to prehistoric times, Norm Root is very much up to date with the high-tech use of robots like the Marcbot IV-N and Packbot 510 with Fastac Kit in explosive hazard identification, surveillance and reconnaissance, and route clearance. He recently returned from a two-month training mission in Iraq where he taught Soldiers and Marines the techniques and tricks of using the robots for bomb identification and other life threatening situations in theater. Aca,!A"They asked me at first to train Soldiers and Marines on the new equipment, the Marcbot IV-N. But those are just now getting in the field and it turned out training was really needed with the Fastac. So they asked me if I would train them on how to use the Fastac, which is in very big demand,Aca,!A? said Root, who is a Redstone contractor with Qualis Corp. working in support of PEO-Ground Combat Systems, Robotic Systems Joint Project Office.

  • AMC moving toward better future

    Jan 7, 2009

    As 2009 begins, the Army Materiel Command is coming closer to realizing a synergy through its move to Redstone Arsenal that will Aca,!A"re-energize and transformAca,!A? its work force, said one of its leading generals. Lt. Gen. Jim Pillsbury, who is the former commander of Redstone Arsenal and the Aviation and Missile Command, and who is now the Army Materiel CommandAca,!a,,cs deputy commander, has an insiderAca,!a,,cs perspective on the Army organizations that will be co-located at the Arsenal when the base realignment and closure recommendations are completed by 2011. AMCOM along with Program Executive Office-Aviation and PEO-Missiles and Space are subordinate commands to AMC, now headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Va. AMC is the ArmyAca,!a,,cs premier provider of materiel readiness, including technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection and sustainment, ranging from weapon systems to maintenance and distribution of spare parts.

  • Army leaders kick off 'Year of the NCO' at Texas installation

    Jan 6, 2009

    Army senior leaders officially kicked off the service's year-long focus on the noncommissioned officer corps during a media event on Fort Bliss, Texas, Monday.

  • Wounded Warrior kicks off new armor for Humvee

    Dec 31, 2008

    Master Sgt. Jeffrey Mittman was the guest of honor at the Product Manager, Light Tactical Vehicles kick-off event for Fragmentation Kit Seven, the latest Overhead Armor protection for the ArmyAca,!a,,cs work horse, the M1151 Up-Armored HMMWV.

  • New lighter batteries last longer, set unordered

    Dec 31, 2008

    The ArmyAca,!a,,cs newest batteries are lighter, last longer and are setting unordered because Soldiers donAca,!a,,ct know about them, according to officials at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center.

  • Picatinny employees realize $2.7 million cost savings, cost avoidance during LSS certification

    Dec 31, 2008

    Picatinny Arsenal - The ARDEC Lean Six Sigma staff recognized 16 teams consisting of 39 team members who achieved grean and black belt certification.

  • Looking back at Picatinny: World War II coveralls

    Dec 31, 2008

    A World War II museum in Arkansas is requesting that anyone who may have coveralls from that era to please contact them.

  • Four Picatinny employees recognized by NDIA

    Dec 31, 2008

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. Aca,!" Four Picatinny employees were among 10 individuals honored by the Picatinny Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association during the organizationAca,!a,,cs 28th annual Firepower Awards luncheon in Randolph Nov. 13.

  • Picatinny lab dazzles participants with non-lethal studies

    Dec 30, 2008

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. Aca,!" How could Soldiers determine if suspicious vehicles contain innocent civilians or dangerous insurgents' Are there ways to suppress an insurgent from opening fire on Soldiers without injuring innocent civilians in the immediate area' What are the most effective methods to clear crowds'

  • Picatinny club hosts historic holiday homes tour

    Dec 29, 2008

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. Aca,!" Installation employees had the opportunity to tour the homes of Picatinny military families during a Picatinny Military and Civilian Club-sponsored holiday homes tour here Dec. 8.

  • Picatinny wounded warrior receives a little help from a friend

    Dec 29, 2008

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. Aca,!" Customers of a local hotel chain generiously rounded up their final bill either by $1, $5 or $10 in support of the Wounded Warrior program.

  • Last VX nerve agent munition eliminated from CMA's destruction stockpile

    Dec 29, 2008

    The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency marked the destruction of all VX nerve agent munitions at its destruction sites on Wed., Dec. 24, 2008.

  • Arsenal's 'Secret Santas' donate to needy

    Dec 29, 2008

    The Watervliet Arsenal is well known for the manufacturing of military hardware for cannons, mortars, and artillery systems. But behind the 1800s-era facades that hide hundreds of machines that pound cold steel into weapon systems everyday are warm hearts. Despite recent headlines of a slowing economy, which has negatively affected donations to charitable organizations nationwide in 2008, the Arsenal and its union, National Federation of Federal Employees Local 2109, collected nearly 500 toys and a cash donation of $500 this holiday season for The Salvation Army in Troy, N.Y.

  • Crane employee receives Air Force Combat Medal for Iraq service

    Dec 23, 2008

    Crane Army Ammunition Activity employee hired in 2008 recently became one of the first Indiana Air National Guard Airmen to receive the Air Force Combat Action Medal for his heroic actions while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004. Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Tyler Shields, currently an explosive handler for Crane, received the medal for his actions in August 2004. Shields, from the 181st Fighter Wing, had been attached to the Army's 1058th Gun Truck Company in Iraq, where he helped to provide convoy security.

  • Defense Ammunition Center partners with local college to develop degree program

    Dec 23, 2008

    Defense Ammunition Center strives to provide additional opportunities for ammunition interns to help progress their careers. The Oklahoma State Regents approved a new associate degree at Eastern Oklahoma State College in Ammunition Management and Safety. This program represents a partnership between EOSC and DAC to provide college degree opportunities to DAC interns.

  • McAlester Army Ammunition Plant teams up with Air Force to resolve Item Unique ID issue

    Dec 23, 2008

    McAlester Army Ammunition Plant has always worked closely with customers in meeting requirements. IUID (Item Unique Identification) deployment is one example. The Air Force was tasked to meet the Department of Defense's requirement to uniquely mark all items with a unit cost of $5,000 or higher. The Air Force and MCAAP's Ammunition Operations Process Division together researched and tested many different marking systems/materials to determine the best method.

  • Joint Munitions Command headquarters finalizing preparations for Yellow Belt Certifications

    Dec 23, 2008

    The Joint Munitions Command headquarters Lean Six Sigma Office will recognize Subject Matter Experts with a yellow belt certificate and coin for the contributions they make in bringing about the successful completion of a JMC headquarters green belt or black belt project. This is being implemented to recognize SME's who go "above and beyond" simply going to some of the team meetings, and therefore play a vital role in the success of GB/BB projects.

  • Radford breaks ground on new facility for making propellant

    Dec 23, 2008

    The Joint Munitions Command marked the start of a project that will impact the future of propellant manufacturing in North America with groundbreaking Dec. 4 for a new Nitric Acid Concentrator/Sulfuric Acid Concentrator at Radford Army Ammunition Plant. "The purpose of the NAC/SAC is to manufacture strong nitric and sulfuric acid, which is key to the production of Nitrocellulose. The NAC/SAC will cost $103 million and is the first major modernization project to break ground at Radford," said Lt. Col. (P) Jon Drushal, Radford's commander.

  • Watervliet Arsenal Workforce to become...thinner

    Dec 22, 2008

    The Arsenal information technology folks have a New Year's resolution and it means getting the Arsenal workforce thinner. No, this isn't some new health kick or an attempt to make the workforce workour everday in the gym. Because we know that ain't going to happen.

  • BenAfAt, Arsenal Electrify Old Concept

    Dec 22, 2008

    The Chinese are widely known to have discovered gunpowder more than 1100 years ago, an event that radically changed warfare from what was a very personal, hand-to-hand engagement, to a beyond-the-horizon contest between armies. But for the last 25 years, the U.S. Army BenAfAt Laboratories at the Watervliet Arsenal has been quietly working on a new gun system that will once again change the history of warfare - maybe for the next thousand years.

  • Film crew uses 3rd HBCT Soldiers for recruiting

    Dec 19, 2008

    A film crew from Ignited LLC, an advertising agency in El Segundo, Calif., came to Kelley Hill Dec. 12-14 to capture Soldiers at work for a new series of recruitment videos. The videos will be used to put together interactive videos for recruiters to show potential recruits various military occupation specialties (MOSs) and what each job entails.

  • Anniston Army Depot's Career Academy to appear on AMC News Dispatch

    Dec 18, 2008

    Members from the Army Materiel Command public and congressional affairs office were on depot Dec. 16 to obtain footage of the Career Academy for an upcoming AMC News Dispatch broadcast.

  • Artists give back to troops

    Dec 18, 2008

    Singer John Ondrasik talks to the Fort Sill Cannoneer about "For the Troops II"

  • Christmas parade opportunity for co-op students to hone carpentry skills

    Dec 18, 2008

    Thanks to a lot of hard work by students and instructors at the depotAca,!a,,cs Career Academy, Anniston Army Depot was able to participate in the City of AnnistonAca,!a,,cs Aca,!EoeGo GreenAca,!a,,c Christmas Parade Dec 5. The parade goers lined up along Noble Street were able to see the craftsmanship of area high school seniors employed here under the depotAca,!a,,cs high school cooperative education program.

  • Annual depot Christmas Cheer Program sponsors 224 children with DHR

    Dec 18, 2008

    ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- 'Elves' plugged away at the depot over the past month to bring a bit of Christmas cheer to local children under the care of DHR. The depot delivered five truckloads of Christmas gifts to Calhoun CountyAca,!a,,cs Department of Human Resources on Dec. 16 as part of the annual Christmas Cheer Program.

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