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  • New concrete passes PCAPP Test

    Mar 30, 2009

    Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant workers have been testing and placing self-consolidating concrete, or SCC, that will be used in the walls of the Explosive Containment Room of the Enhanced Reconfiguration Building. SCC is unique because it contains chemicals that allow it to flow freely as it is being placed without the use of vibration, a technique used in regular concrete placement.

  • Construction ready to spring forward

    Mar 30, 2009

    Construction continues to move at a rapid pace at the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant project site. By summer, the construction of the PCAPP project is expected to be 30 percent complete. Vertical construction efforts are ongoing, with structural steel beams for the Agent Processing Building going up in the east end of the building since late September. Vertical construction of the Enhanced Reconfiguration Building is scheduled to begin in January. The structural steel beams will eventually form the shells of these two main processing buildings.

  • Secondary waste at Blue Grass: The National Research Council and Noblis Reports

    Mar 30, 2009

    The Department of Defense and U.S. Army Element, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives leadership are currently reviewing the results of two technical reports, as well as stakeholder feedback, to make a decision regarding disposal options for hydrolysate, the byproduct of the neutralization process that will be used at the Blue Grass and Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plants.

  • Protecting health, the environment through the permitting process

    Mar 30, 2009

    The Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Disposal Pilot Plant is being constructed to perform an essential mission: the destruction of aging chemical weapons that have been safely stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot. In fulfilling that mission, the project must adhere to the requirements of specific permits designed to protect human health and safety, as well as Kentucky air, water and soil. Any facility in Kentucky that plans to treat, store or dispose of hazardous waste must obtain permits from the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection, and BGCAPP is no exception

  • Mission to destroy deteriorating steel containers nears completion

    Mar 30, 2009

    Operation Swift Solution, the mission to destroy three deteriorating steel containers holding a nerve agent mixture, is expected to wrap up early this year, marking a major milestone for the Kentucky chemical weapons destruction program.

  • New certification revolutionizes the way the military paints

    Mar 30, 2009

    With delicate precision, Timothy Justice, painter for CCAD, narrows his eyes and begins "painting." He is using a virtual-reality based paint training simulator called VirtualPaint and he's about to be one of six painters at Corpus Christi Army Depot to receive the very first Chemical Agent Resistant Coating certification from Spray Technique Analysis and Research for Defense.

  • BRAC: Army Team C4ISR Town Hall provides information at fingertips for relocating employees

    Mar 30, 2009

    In preparation for the upcoming summer relocation of more than 700 Fort Monmouth employees, Col. Augustus Owens, deputy commander of CECOM Life Cycle Management Command (Forward), held a town hall meeting March 25 at the Edgewood Conference Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Employees slated to leave Fort Monmouth, N.J., as part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure law implementation attended the meeting via video teleconferencing from APG.

  • U.S. Army Element, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives Newsletters

    Mar 30, 2009

  • U.S. Army Element, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives

    Mar 30, 2009

  • Fort Carson FRA hosts open house

    Mar 30, 2009

    The Tobyhanna Army Depot Forward Repair Activity on Fort Carson, Colo., hosted an open house March 11 to get the word out about their newly remodeled facility and electronics repair expertise.

  • Playing Hockey Desert Style: U.S. Faces Canada at Kandahar

    Mar 28, 2009

    Sgt. Francisco N. Aponte, 143d Expeditionary Sustainment Command maintenance noncommissioned officer, and Sgt. Sean M. Sloan, 143d materiel readiness branch, played with the Kandahar Hawks ball-hockey team in a game March 4 against visiting Team Canada at Kandahar Air Field (KAF), Afghanistan.

  • Kandahar joint sustainment operations center opens for business

    Mar 27, 2009

    The 143d Expeditionary Sustainment Command held a ribbon-cutting ceremony March 16 to officially open the new Joint Sustainment Operations Center at the 143d's Joint Sustainment Command Headquarters here at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan.

  • Cartwright appointed to Senior Executive Service

    Mar 27, 2009

    Carl J. Cartwright of Port Byron, Ill., was formally appointed to the Senior Executive Service during a ceremony held today at Heritage Hall on Rock Island Arsenal.

  • ASC provides mission insight at AUSA's winter gathering in sunny, warm Fort Lauderdale

    Mar 27, 2009

    Private industry and some Army commands got a golden opportunity to show off what they do and how they do it during the Association of the United States Army Winter Symposium and Exposition held at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 25-27.

  • Army segues from LOGCAP III to IV

    Mar 27, 2009

    With the recent announcement by President Barack Obama downsizing forces in Iraq and increasing in Afghanistan, the Army is adapting its contracted support for troops in overseas contingency operations.

  • Arsenal leaders sign Warrior Covenant

    Mar 27, 2009

    Rock Island Arsenal and Community Based Warrior in Transition Unit - Illinois leaders signed the Army Warrior Healthcare Covenant on Feb. 17 at the Arsenal Club. The covenant reaffirmed the commitment that installation and medical leadership pledged as a part of Army Warrior Care Month.

  • Kandahar troops observe Women's History Month

    Mar 27, 2009

    Soldiers in Kandahar, Afghanistan honored Women's History Month by hosting an event hosting a decorated woman veteran who led an MP battalion into combat in Iraq.

  • Army wins prestigious awards

    Mar 26, 2009

    Since 1987 the DSPO has recognized individuals and organizations that have effected significant improvement in quality, reliability, readiness, cost reduction, and interoperability through standardization. The Defense Standardization Program mission is to identify, influence, develop, manage, and provide access to standardization processes, products and services for warfighters and the acquisition and logistics communities. The program also promotes interoperability and assists in reducing total ownership cost and sustaining readiness.

  • Intern excited about her career adventure

    Mar 25, 2009

    Diane Corlew is always up for an adventure. As a new Garrison intern, she is excited about the opportunities and new direction her career is taking. "It's really exciting to have the opportunity to learn so much about what goes on at the Garrison and how it all comes together to make everything work for the Arsenal," she said. "It's really exciting to be a part of the first group of interns."

  • Floor Cloths Come Alive with Designs of Budding Artists

    Mar 25, 2009

    Six-year-old ReAuna Heard loves her mom and dad, flowers, squiggly lines and birthday celebrations. And she wants to include all of those favorites on her uniquely designed floor cloth.

  • Mothers-to-Be New Addition to Parking Privileges

    Mar 25, 2009

    The Post Exchange and Commissary have a new addition outside. Expectant Mother parking spaces have been designated in each parking lot. "They're my baby," Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Rick Cooper quipped.

  • Soldier's Soldier Jumping into Retirement

    Mar 25, 2009

    As 1st Sgt. Paul Grosch walks out the door at Headquarters & Headquarters Company-Garrison, he can look back over his shoulder knowing his last assignment was one of the best in a career filled with challenges and opportunities that turned a young man into an accomplished and successful Soldier. With 21 years of service, Grosch is turning over his administrative duties as the senior enlisted Soldier for 650 Soldiers on Redstone Arsenal (not including the Soldiers of OMEMS, Fox Army Health Center or SMDC) and as a community liaison for the Garrison to incoming 1st Sgt. Albert Rocker, who previously served on the Arsenal in 2007 as the first sergeant of the NCO Academy. After a brief absence, Grosch hopes to return to Redstone Arsenal as a civilian employee. "One of the highlights of my career was this job because I learned a whole lot about the business of the Army," he said.

  • Test center recycles helicopter sensors

    Mar 25, 2009

    Throughout the Army, recycling often refers to innovative approaches to reusing paper, ink cartridges, plastics and other items that would normally be disposed of in a landfill. But by looking at possible ways to reuse outdated military hardware, some programs on Redstone Arsenal are using the idea of recycling to give new purpose to hardware that's aged beyond its normal life cycle. At the Redstone Technical Test Center, engineer Chris Dobbins is now in possession of six infrared sensors (also known as pods) that will add new capabilities to Test Area 3's testing program. Though of value to RTTC, these sensors - known as the Star SAFIRE I, the first generation forward looking infrared sensor, for the Black Hawk -- were deemed unusable by Medevac Black Hawk, Utility Helicopters Project Office, which has long since replaced them with the more technologically advanced Star SAFIRE II.

  • Pay banding for intelligence mission

    Mar 25, 2009

    About 400 civilians at Redstone will convert to the Defense Department's new personnel system for intelligence workers. The Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System was explained in a town hall meeting March 17 at Bob Jones Auditorium. An estimated 150 people attended. "DCIPS is a human resource tool authorized under Title 10 giving the Secretary of Defense the authority to hire, develop and retain a diverse, versatile and highly-qualified work force to perform both the defense and national intelligence missions," said Yolanda Watson, chief of the Intelligence Personnel Management Office, headquarters Department of Army, DCS G-2.

  • PBCA to receive first AMC safety award

    Mar 25, 2009

    The Pine Bluff Chemical Activity at Pine Bluff Arsenal has been awarded the U.S. Army Accident Prevention Award of Accomplishment in Safety from the U.S. Army Material Command. According to the AMC Safety Division, this is the first time this award has been presented.

  • Watervliet Arsenal forges steel, West Point forges mettle

    Mar 25, 2009

    While United States Military Academy cadets had an opportunity this week to learn how the Watervliet Arsenal forges steel, the Arsenal employees also had an opportunity to see how the Army's academy at West Point forges its mettle.

  • Crane Army certifies new LSS Black Belt

    Mar 24, 2009

    Crane Army Ammunition Activity took another important step in building its successful continuous improvement program with the recent certification of Process Improvement Specialist Tina Johnson as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

  • ARCIC and TARDEC release robotics strategy

    Mar 24, 2009

    The Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) and the Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) recently announced a jointly-published "Robotics Strategy" white paper. The strategy looks at ways to further enable the Army's 1.1 million Soldiers.

  • RDECOM NCOs gather at APG for quarterly training

    Mar 24, 2009

    NCOs meet at APG quarterly

  • D.C. Police Chief speaks at ATEC for Women's History Month

    Mar 24, 2009

    From high school drop out to DC police chief, Cathy Lanier tells a compelling story.

  • SDDC celebrates 10K MRAPs moved via surface

    Mar 23, 2009

    A ceremony was held in Charleston, S.C., today to celebrate the 10,000th mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle shipped via surface by Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) to U.S. Central Command.

  • Tobyhanna builds steel bracket prototype - Picatinny joins forces with employees, engineers to help

    Mar 23, 2009

    Tobyhanna partnered with Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., to build a device that will help protect warfighters against the threat of improvised explosive devices.

  • Acting JM&L LCMC commanding general honors local student for earning his karate black belt

    Mar 23, 2009

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - The acting commanding general for the Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command recognized a local student for attaining his black belt during a karate class at Forge Fitness here March 11.

  • Remember the Alamo

    Mar 23, 2009

    Maj. Gen. Keith M. Huber, commander of U.S. Army South, spoke at the Alamo Mar. 10 in a ceremony honoring the 173rd anniversary of the famous battle there in 1836.

  • U.S. Army Garrison Livorno 2009 NCO Induction ceremony

    Mar 23, 2009

    LIVORNO, Italy - Being inducted into the Army's noncommissioned officer corps is a time-honored tradition, with even more focus on the event in 2009 as it is Year of the NCO.

  • Women in History- Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines play vital role in nation's defense

    Mar 23, 2009

    Who do you think of when you hear the phrase "women in the military'" Does a black and white photo of your mother, sporting her dress blues, pop into your head; do you see your sister the night she broke the news to your parents that she was joining the service; or do you picture your daughter, bearing a Cheshire Cat grin, the day she returned from basic training'

  • Army Led Solid State Laser Science & Technology Effort Achieves 100kW

    Mar 20, 2009

    A Joint solid state laser (SSL) Science & Technology effort executed by the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command has achieved weapon level (100kW+) performance in the laboratory. This accomplishment marks the first time that a SSL has achieved the level of performance required for weapon applications of interest to the Army. A 100kW laser can rapidly heat a target causing various catastrophic effects, such as exploding a warhead or airframe failure.

  • Department of Defense Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Role Model Award

    Mar 20, 2009

    For the Army's civilian winner of the 2009 Department of Defense Women's History Month Foreign Language and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Role Model Award serving her country, giving back to her community, and helping students of all ages build a future is part of the job-a job she loves.

  • Association Recognizes Top Army Workers

    Mar 19, 2009

    Emotions ran high for Rick Turner during the Department of the Army Civilian of the Year Award Dinner hosted by the Redstone-Huntsville Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army on March 10 at the Von Braun Center. Turner, the executive director of the Aviation and Missile CommandAca,!a,,cs Test Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment Activity, first got emotional when his name was announced as a nominee for the top civilian award presented by the local AUSA chapter. But those emotions were even stronger when he was announced as the chapterAca,!a,,cs 2009 winner of the highly coveted award. Aca,!A"I get choked up when I think about Soldiers in harmAca,!a,,cs way and how critical it is for us to support them,Aca,!A? Turner said.

  • Troops Get Advice from Senior Enlisted Soldier

    Mar 19, 2009

    Chances are that the insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan know as much about U.S. Soldier capabilities as the young Soldiers that enlist. "Learn your craft. You need to stay ahead of them," Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Mellinger of the Army Materiel Command said. Mellinger addressed a roomful of Soldiers on March 5 at Heiser Hall during his visit to Redstone Arsenal. In this session titled "NCO Professional Development: Technology and the Warfighter," he shared personal experiences during his career and hard lessons learned during war. He wanted to let Soldiers know that each of them is an essential part of the Army and that each makes a difference in the nation's defense. He wanted them to know what it means to be a Soldier.

  • Zabul Afghan Aucoin Feb 09

    Mar 19, 2009

  • Warrior Family Covenant signing

    Mar 19, 2009

  • LOGCAP Camp Arifjan, Kuwait

    Mar 19, 2009

  • TOCDF Destroys 50 Percent of Mustard Ton Container Stockpile

    Mar 19, 2009

    The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency achieved another milestone March 12 when Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility hit 50 percent completion of the mustard agent-filled ton containers stored at Deseret Chemical Depot. This is more than 3,199 mustard agent-filled ton containers.

  • Warrior Tactical Academy Prepares Soldiers for Deployment

    Mar 19, 2009

    The 832nd Ordnance Battalion is the last stop for many trainee Soldiers before they head off to their respective units. So when the chance comes up for these Soldiers to receive extra training to prepare them for a possible deployment overseas, they head off for Warrior Tactical Academy where they will receive a refresher course on their "Warrior Task and Battle Drills." While at the WTA, trainee Soldiers could face a multitude of scenarios, making preparation for each a vital part of their training mission. "What we had going on (March 10) was training the Soldiers for the lane they will go on tomorrow. They will be conducting convoy operations where they will be dealing with civilian scenarios and also IED (improvised explosive device) scenarios, all to prepare them of any possible deployments overseas," said Staff Sgt. Alexander Cox, a member of Headquarters & Alpha and also a cadre at the WTA.

  • Blue Star Banners Honor Families of War Fighters

    Mar 19, 2009

  • Setting Example for Young Soldiers with Dedication to Cause

    Mar 19, 2009

    Leading by example - it's what a noncommissioned officer is committed to do from the first day they are promoted to a leadership position. NCOs live the Army values. They are known as "The Backbone of the Army" and the professional trainers of the Soldier force. Their mission and the welfare of their Soldiers always come first. Their professionalism and care for Soldiers in their charge has ensured Army success both on and off the battlefield during a time of persistent and extended conflict. The Army is recognizing the efforts, dedication and exemplary performance of its NCOs by proclaiming 2009 the Year of the Noncommissioned Officer. Secretary of the Army Pete Geren announced the year's special designation at the opening of the annual Association of the U.S. Army meeting in Washington, D.C. in October 2008.

  • Stop-Loss stops in January, Army leaders say

    Mar 18, 2009

    That Army plans to phase out its reliance on stop-loss by January, Army leaders say.

  • Engineer Unit Soldiers Prepare for Deployment

    Mar 18, 2009

    Deploying to Iraq is not a new experience for Reserve Spc. Brandon Hall. But it is for his wife, Raeneal, their infant daughter Alivia and their yet unborn daughter Audrey. So, while Hall completes additional war fighter training and gets ready for a one-year deployment, his eight-months pregnant wife wants to learn everything she can about Army services, benefits and family support programs that will help her care for two daughters while her husband is away. For that reason, the couple appreciated the opportunity to participate in an information-packed Army Reserve Yellow Ribbon Pre-Mobilization Briefing on March 8 in preparation for the deployment of 181 Soldiers of the 375th Engineer Company. The six-hour briefing at the Officers and Civilians Club involved presentations on everything the military has to offer families, from Tricare, the Post Exchange and veterans benefits to entitlements, legal issues and services provided by Army Community Service, Military One Source, Family Morale Welfare and Recreation, and the American Red Cross.

  • Watchdogs Take Bite Out of Procurement Fraud

    Mar 18, 2009

    The organizations at Redstone deal with a lot of contracts, as both supplier and receiver. With millions of dollars at stake, they must be ever vigilant to ensure that what the contract calls for is what is actually being done. When it looks like something isn't right, the Huntsville Fraud Resident Agency of the Criminal Investigation Division is there to help. "When all these big buying commands go out and purchase tanks, helicopters or equipment, we are the watchdog for the Army," Jim Wallis, resident agent in charge, said.

  • Secretary of Army presents top achievement awards

    Mar 18, 2009

    The 17 recipients of the 2008 Secretary of the Army Awards were honored March 18 during a ceremony at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at the gates of Arlington National Cemetery.

  • Brain Injury Services Pass Review

    Mar 18, 2009

    A Soldier's scars from war are often hidden. They reveal themselves through memory loss, headaches, dizziness or blurred vision. The symptoms may appear months or years after his or her return home. These hidden scars are diagnosed and treated in the newly formed Traumatic Brain Injury program at Fox Army Health Center. TBI Services director Dr. Lynley Ebeling and her case manager Tim Elmore have their office within the behavioral medicine clinic at Fox. "Basically our mission is to have them functioning back at normal levels so they can go on and complete their mission as a Soldier," said Ebeling, a neuropsychologist and licensed clinical psychologist.

  • JMTC exports training capability to Fort Bragg

    Mar 18, 2009

    The 7th Army's Joint Multinational Training Command send its Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) to Fort Bragg for a month to test the Army's exportable training concepts.

  • 'No Thin Skin' - Trainers Help Hawaii-based Soldiers Improve During Exercise

    Mar 18, 2009

    The small group of Soldiers walked around the controlled chaos of the forward command post, observing and writing notes. The Soldiers wore their patrol caps indoors, to be more easily identified. Their purpose - to help a developing theater sustainment command staff raise their game and better serve their commanding general. The observer trainers are part of Operations Group Sierra Fox, a specialized unit of combined arms experts from the Battle Command Training Program out of the Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The group was formed as part of Army Transformation to oversee and train theater sustainment commands, expeditionary sustainment commands, and other support and functional brigades.

  • Crane Army stands-up LMP Cadre Leadership Team

    Mar 17, 2009

    Crane Army Ammunition Activity is taking steps in alignment with the Army Materiel Command to modernize the way it does business for the warfighter by standing up its Logistics Modernization Program.

  • 143d ESC Celebrates St. Patrick's Day in Afghanistan

    Mar 17, 2009

    The 143d Expeditionary Sustainment Command celebrated St. Patrick's Day only weeks after arriving in Afghanistan to coordinate the movement of more than 20,000 additional forces to the region. The command will also assume a garrison support role at the Kandahar Air Field.

  • U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team Kicks off 50th Anniversary Celebration

    Mar 16, 2009

    The Golden Knights, the U.S. Army's official parachute demonstration team, kicked off their 50th anniversary during a special ceremony that celebrated the team's half century of serving the country as Army ambassadors while also representing more than one million American Soldiers.

  • RDECOM top NCO sees promise in the Year of the NCO

    Mar 16, 2009

    Command Sgt. Maj. Hector Marin said he is proud of the fact that 2009 has been named the Year of the NCO by Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. and that he is proud of the installation's Year of the NCO kickoff ceremony that was held at the Aberdeen Area Recreation Center Feb. 24.

  • SDDC units finish redeployment of Cobra Gold 2009

    Mar 16, 2009

    A traffic management specialist from the 599th Transportation Group headquarters and a deployment and distribution support team from the 835th Transportation Battalion moved III Marine Corps Expeditionary Force cargo from the port of Chuk Samet, Thailand, Feb. 28 and March 1, during the last phase of the redeployment for Cobra Gold.

  • 34th U.S. Army Culinary Arts Competition

    Mar 13, 2009

    The 34th U.S. Army Culinary Arts Competition concluded March 13 at Fort Lee, Va., with an awards ceremony. After two weeks of competitive events, the team from Fort Bragg, N.C., earned the Installation of the Year award.

  • WMRD team wins recognition for standardizing Army process

    Mar 13, 2009

  • 20th SUPCOM NCO speaks to legislators

    Mar 13, 2009

    20th Spt Cmd (CBRNE) NCO speaks to Maryland legislators for the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

  • APG & RDECOM top NCO sees promise in Year of NCO

    Mar 13, 2009

  • APG kicks off Year of the NCO celebration

    Mar 13, 2009

    Ceremonial kickoff at APG to celebrate the Year of the NCO

  • Read on a bridge, read in Lake Ridge

    Mar 13, 2009

    The Cat in the Hat made an appearance Saturday afternoon in a Lake Ridge community center to promote reading. The event is held yearly to generate interest in reading and celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday. He would have turned 105 this year. The event featured sevA,AA,Aeral activities for children, including games, free books, and pictures with ' the Kat,' guest readers, puppet shows, book distriA,AA,Abutions; free reading reA,AA,Asources, and a book fair.

  • Belvoir welcomes new additions to NCO Corps

    Mar 13, 2009

    Fort Belvoir welcomed 15 Soldiers into the noncomA,Amissioned officer corps Friday, during an induction cereA,Amony at the DAU auditorium.

  • Engineer, medic named installation NCO, Soldier of Quarter

    Mar 13, 2009

    Two Soldiers emerged as winners in the NCO and Soldier of the Quarter comA,ApetitionA,A their individual efA,AA,Aforts standing out in a field of nine competitors.

  • NCOs keep government leaders moving around D.C.

    Mar 12, 2009

    It looks just like any other parking garage in northwest Washington, D.C., a sliding metal door, no markings on the building. What's inside, however, is very different from a typical parking garage.

  • 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.

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