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  • Remote Utah Army post Dugway High School gets Mustang sculpture

    Apr 26, 2016

    Remote U.S. Army post Dugway Proving Ground, Utah school get a bronze Mustang statue for its small K- 12 school. Students, teachers and residents are thrilled.

  • A lifetime of service, in and out of the military

    Apr 26, 2016

    Navy veteran John Bacon has a demanding job overseeing the maintenance of some of the ground combat arsenal's most depended-upon combat vehicles as they undergo punishing testing at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground (YPG). In his spare time, he devotes at least 30 hours per week serving as operations officer of Yuma, Arizona's nascent chapter of the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corp, whose cadets have achieved notable success far beyond initial expectations.

  • Yuma Test Branch veteran recalls service during U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground visit

    Apr 26, 2016

    In the 1940s, what is now U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) was part of Gen. George Patton's Desert Maneuver Area, a massive swath of the Southwest utilized to realistically train Soldiers for combat in North Africa. During that time, a desilting basin below Imperial Dam, just down the road from modern day YPG, prefabricated portable bridges were tested prior to be deployed to theater, with evaluators altering the flow of water from the mighty dam as necessary. A veteran of those early days of testing, Milton "Dub" Banning, recently visited for the first time since 1949.

  • Earth Day celebrated at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground

    Apr 26, 2016

    As a natural laboratory for testing virtually every piece of equipment in the U.S. Army's ground combat arsenal, U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) has a definite interest in responsible ecological stewardship. To celebrate Earth Day, YPG school children had a special guided tour of a wash that meanders across the street from the post library, getting an up close and personal look at a rich natural world that exists unseen while they go about their daily activities. Having learned that trees stabilize a wash's channel and help prevent erosion, the students also helped plant several mesquite and palo verde seedlings in a spot on the wash's bank where tamarisk, an invasive species native to the Middle East, had until recently been growing.

  • Sled to transport equipment tested in Alaskan cold

    Apr 26, 2016

    To effectively conduct dismounted operations in a cold environment, a sled is the only practical means of transporting all of the equipment Soldiers need. Further, it needs to be rugged enough to carry not only gear, but even a wounded Soldier across many miles of the world's most dangerous and unforgiving terrain. The Ahkio sled, a venerable piece of Army cold weather gear, was recently subjected to two weeks of punishing use by testers at U.S. Army Cold Regions Test Center (CRTC) with participation from Soldiers stationed at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

  • Manhattan Project spouse fulfills Trinity Site wish

    Apr 25, 2016

    An 89-year-old Manhattan Project spouse was granted a "Wish of a Lifetime," of visiting Trinity Site in White Sands Missile Range with her daughters during the semi-annual open house April 2.

  • Seeing Alaska through a camera lens: Cold Regions Test Center photographer serves nation, community

    Apr 25, 2016

    In the world of military test and evaluation, test photography can pinpoint the exact fraction of a second a critical piece of equipment failed, allowing the system in question to be made better and stronger. This vital work is even more important--and difficult--in the harsh winters and terrain of U.S. Army Cold Regions Test Center (CRTC). It takes talent and tenacity to achieve the mission, and recently hired test photographer Sebastian Saarloos has earned high plaudits from his fellow rugged professionals.

  • Army testing air defense system integration

    Apr 25, 2016

    A series of tests at White Sands Missile Range is demonstrating the capabilities of a new air defense system in development by the U.S. Army. The Integrated Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-Intercept, IFPC Inc 2-I, is a defense system in development to protect Soldiers from aircraft, cruise missiles, and unmanned aerial systems, as well as artillery weapons like cannons, rockets and mortars.

  • The power to change sexual assault begins with awareness

    Apr 20, 2016

    Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month are annual campaigns to raise public education about sexual assault in communities and prevent violence. Observed in April, they reinforce, every year, the U.S. Army's and Dugway Proving Ground's pledge to public health, human rights and social justice issues.

  • Utah military impact researchers amazed by Dugway

    Apr 20, 2016

    Utah's Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) for 14 years. John Edwards visits Army installations and facilities throughout Utah, learns their issues and capabilities, and keeps local, state and national leaders informed.

  • Dispatcher is Dugway Garrison Employee of the Quarter

    Apr 18, 2016

    Heather Dekanich the lead public safety dispatcher at the Directorate of Emergency Services tol be presented the Dugway Garrison Employee of the Quarter award.

  • Computer parts fabrication serves U.S. Army Cold Regions Test Center customers well

    Apr 18, 2016

    It is vital that all military equipment work wherever in the world American Soldiers need it, and treacherous extreme cold is something American troops have had to contend with more than once. U.S. Army Cold Regions Test Center (CRTC) is the Army's center for testing systems in extreme cold, and the active support of the test center's Allied Trade shop is crucial to carrying out this important mission. Fabricating everything from replacement parts for items under test to specialized fixtures and adaptors necessary for test infrastructure, Allied Trade machinists work each day to make the items testers count on. Today, they use a new Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine that is significantly more advanced to accomplish their mission.

  • Personnel parachute continues to be tested and refined at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground

    Apr 14, 2016

    The T-11 personnel parachute has recently returned to U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground for testing of different packing configurations of both the main canopy and the reserve canopy Soldiers depend on if the main fails. The current configuration of the T-11 underwent developmental testing at the proving ground in 2005.

  • Rugged outdoorsman a natural fit at U.S. Army Cold Regions Test Center

    Apr 14, 2016

    At U.S. Army Cold Regions Test Center (CRTC) near Delta Junction, Alaska, the most important attribute for a potential employee to possess is ruggedness. Tasked with testing military equipment in one of the world's coldest places, CRTC's employees spend countless winter hours outside in the natural environment, in temperatures where nostrils freeze shut and breathing hurts. It is a tall order, and one that Richard Gardner, test vehicle operator, has readily accepted as a second career.

  • Govt. Vehicle needs work? Dugway shop can fix or maintain

    Apr 14, 2016

    The auto shop in the Ditto area of Dugway Proving Ground offers minor repair and maintenance services for government and GSA vehicles, and plans to expand its services even more.

  • Prototype applicator tested at Dugway with indicator spray

    Apr 14, 2016

    Dugway personnel are testing a system whose liquid solution changes color when encountering chemical agent, to ensure that its applicator works as required and won't compromise Soldiers' safety in contaminated areas.

  • MRT training puts everyday Soldier experiences in perspective

    Mar 29, 2016

    WEST FORT HOOD, Texas -- Upon finishing early morning physical fitness training, a young company commander gets a message from a colonel that reads, "Come see me when you get to work."

  • RTC Lightning Tests are one of a Kind

    Mar 28, 2016

    The U.S. Army Redstone Test Center (RTC) conducts a form of environmental testing that can't be performed by any other Department of Defense (DOD) agency and possibly not by any other agency in the world.

  • RTC and PM-Apache Collaborate to Make Future of Flight Safe and Effective

    Mar 28, 2016

    Thanks to the forward-thinking expertise of the Apache Project Office and the U.S. Army Redstone Test Center (RTC), the future of safe flight and more effective mission completion is being implemented with the use of Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUMT).

  • Redstone Test Center Prepares to Open New X-ray Facility

    Mar 28, 2016

    The U.S. Army Redstone Test Center (RTC) is best known for its state-of-the-art, military munitions and equipment testing. While there are many facets that feed into the testing process, one piece of the process puzzle that is rather unknown is X-ray.

  • Amputee uses inspiration to complete Bataan Memorial Death March

    Mar 25, 2016

    The first person to step over the start line at the 27th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March was the last person to finish. Kirk Bauer, an above-the-knee amputee began the march at about 7:25 a.m. and endured 26.2 miles of sinking sand, rolling hills and the chill of night when he crossed the finish line at approximately 10 p.m. March 20 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

  • Army Test and Evaluation Command commanding general impressed by Cold Regions Test Center

    Mar 23, 2016

    Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) commander Maj. Gen. Daniel Karbler made his first site visit to U.S. Army Cold Regions Test Center in February, visiting test ranges, support shops, and CRTC's automotive test track. "I was impressed by the dedication of the workforce here to the mission of making sure the equipment we are going to give our Soldiers is thoroughly and rigorously tested in this very extreme environment," he said.

  • Can we bridge the gender gap? Dugway considers the question

    Mar 21, 2016

    Dr. Susan R. Madsen, a professor of management at Utah Valley University and an expert in women's studies having created the Utah Women in Leadership Project in 2013 spoke at the Dugway Proving Ground Women's History Month observation March 14. Madsen is a top tier speaker who advances women in leadership not only in Utah, but on a global level. In 2015 she chaired International Leadership Association's women in leadership conference and recently co-hosted The Women and Leadership Think Tank with top scholars from around the world.

  • Honoring the Soldiers of the Bataan Memorial Death March

    Mar 20, 2016

    Over 6,600 marchers, including wounded warriors, a 10 year old and a 98 year old participated in the March 20 Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, honoring those who endured the Bataan Memorial Death March.

  • Dugway training impresses British R.A.F. Gunners

    Mar 17, 2016

    Flight Lt. Cris Bond of the Royal Air Force first visited Dugway in 2003, for a NATO exercise, and returned to the United Kingdom impressed. Thirteen years, and numerous visits later, he's still impressed with Dugway's expertise, capabilities and personnel. Recently Bond, equivalent to a U.S. captain, commanded 35 Gunners of the 20 (U.K. Defence CBRN) Wing, Royal Air Force Regiment, while they received chemical and biological defense training in the U.S.

  • Dugway outreach encourages students in science, technology

    Mar 15, 2016

    Dugway High School students are treated to an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the Rapid Integration and Acceptance Center (RIAC) Feb. 23 as part of a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) outreach program sponsored by Dugway Proving Ground's test center.

  • Dugway's new solar chamber mimics harmful effects of sun

    Mar 9, 2016

    Materiel are tested in solar radiation chambers at Dugway that replicate the sun, from the dawn's merest peep to sunset's last sigh. Testing was recently upgraded with the installation of a new facility to replace a 1980s solar radiation chamber and outlying fixtures. The new facility is 35 feet long and 12 feet wide, and places the chamber, equipment, and operators' room under one roof.

  • Dugway's Army Emergency Relief office aids retired Soldier

    Mar 9, 2016

    Two weeks before Dugway Proving Ground launched its Army Emergency Relief (AER) donation drive, a retired Army Staff Sergeant obtained a quick loan from Dugway's AER to repair water damage to his Salt Lake City home Assistant AER Officer Brent Console worked with the elderly soldier, and soon had him approved for an interest-free loan. "Often, if they apply in the morning, they can have the check in-hand that day," Console said.

  • Dugway receives CFC bronze award

    Mar 9, 2016

    Don Smith, Dugway garrison manager and Kula Toleafoa, Dugway human resource director, hold a Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Bronze "Over the Top" Award, presented to U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, March 3 for increasing donations in 2015 by more than 15 percent over the previous year. CFC, as a federal employee donation program, raises millions of dollars each year to support and assist individuals and groups in need around the world through health and human service agency work.

  • Range Commanders Council meets at White Sands Missile Range

    Mar 4, 2016

    White Sands Missile Range leaders hosted 81 participants and 13 commanders during the Range Commanders Council meetings Feb. 23 to 25, which brought about discussions on "third offset strategies" that could affect member ranges in the near future.

  • 13,000 years of human history at Dugway protected by laws, field surveys

    Mar 3, 2016

    Before Dugway, a massive Army post, was created in 1942, it already had a fascinating human story at least 13,000 years old. Protecting the remnants of this human activity, while allowing testing and training missions to continue, is the responsibility of archaeologist Rachel Quist. Before a test, training or upgrade, the Cultural Resources office conducts surveys to ensure historical items and features (trails, shelters, campsites, etc.) are not damaged or destroyed. It can be daunting, given Dugway's 800,000 acres. Surveys are often conducted on short notice.

  • Motorcycle mentorship lunch gathers OTC bikers

    Mar 2, 2016

    WEST FORT HOOD, Texas -- About 17 military and civilian bikers met with their commanding general March 2 for his Motorcycle Mentorship Program lunch at the West Fort Hood dining facility.

  • Experimental Developer Career Track Keeps Technical Expertise at Forefront

    Mar 1, 2016

    Out of the approximately 1,200 people employed at Redstone Test Center in Huntsville, Ala. only four individuals fall into the highly-specialized category of Experimental Developer. In an organization where most people are highly technically inclined, this extremely small population displays just how technically specialized one can become.

  • Failure Analysis: A Special Niche Leads to Improved Development

    Mar 1, 2016

    Design engineers work preemptively to ensure every component of a machine is designed in order to prevent operational failures. Despite best efforts, components do fail and a comprehensive analysis of these failures can lead to design improvements to prevent future failures.

  • Mentor Relationships Strengthen Technical Ability

    Mar 1, 2016

    In the evolving business of flight testing, a mentoring relationship forged over 10 years ago during a flight test program at Redstone Test Center (RTC) has come full circle.

  • Resiliency Training -- Activating Events, Thoughts, and Consequences

    Mar 1, 2016

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command's (ATEC) Ready and Resilient Campaign program held a Master Resiliency Training (MRT) session on Activating Events, Thoughts, and Consequences (ATC) at the Aberdeen Test Center Feb. 4.

  • Operational Test Command welcomes new command sergeant major

    Mar 1, 2016

    WEST FORT HOOD, Texas -- A new senior enlisted adviser took over as standard bearer at the U.S. Army Operational Test Command during a ceremony here Friday.

  • Soldiers and families gather to learn better relationship skills

    Feb 29, 2016

    The Dugway Hope Chapel sponsors a Strong Bonds Retreat in Salt Lake City to strengthen relationships in military families and with in the single Soldier community.

  • A ticket to space? DPG to test capsule for space travel

    Feb 25, 2016

    A first look at the Boeing Crew Space Transport (CST-100) Starliner, which will be tested this spring a U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Utah.

  • New seatbelt covers remind DPG to buckle up

    Feb 24, 2016

    Buckle up Dugway, every trip, every time. Safety measure to ensure buckling up is easy to remember with new florescent-yellow seatbelt covers, which are being be placed in Dugway government vehicles this week.

  • Dugway highlights the abolitionist movement beginning for Black History Month

    Feb 24, 2016

    Black History Month speaker Command Sgt. Maj. Montonya Boozier highlights the beginning of the abolitionist movement.

  • High-visibility seat belt covers mandated

    Feb 22, 2016

    Bright, visible colors will soon replace the dark color of seat belts on the driver side of government vehicles throughout the installation. An operation order was released in early February from the Army Test and Evaluation Command headquarters mandating all government vehicle driver seat belts be installed with high-visibility seat belt covers.

  • White Sands Missile Range to host annual Bataan Memorial Death March

    Feb 5, 2016

    The 27th annual Bataan Memorial Death March is gearing up to step into another record-breaking year at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, March 20. The event is an active history lesson and a true test of endurance.

  • ATEC hosts fifth annual FIRST Lego League competition

    Feb 4, 2016

    The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) hosted its fifth annual FIRST Lego League (FLL) robotics competition at ATEC headquarters on Aberdeen Proving Ground Jan. 30.

  • Multiple Object Tracking Radars at WSMR

    Feb 4, 2016

    White Sands Missile Range is now the only place in the world that can say it houses three Multiple Object Tracking Radars. Only five exist in the world.

  • Sonoran Pronghorn reintroduced to U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground's vast ranges after nearly a century

    Feb 3, 2016

    As a natural laboratory for testing virtually every piece of equipment in the ground combat arsenal, U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground has a vested interest in responsible stewardship of the land. Despite being the busiest of the Army's six test centers and boasting the longest overland artillery range in the United States, a relatively small portion of the proving ground's vast ranges are subject to impact on a given day. It is located in one of the nation's most extreme climates, but the proving ground is home to a vast diversity of wildlife, including desert tortoises and bighorn sheep. Now, the proving ground is home to an experimental population of Sonoran Pronghorn, the fastest land animal in North America.

  • CrossFit can help build strength in 2016

    Jan 29, 2016

    CrossFit officially came to White Sands Missile Range in the fall of 2015 just in time for the new year, thanks to one very adamant recreation aide supervisor at Bell Gym.

  • White Sands Missile Range Solar Array saving dollars

    Jan 29, 2016

    The White Sands Missile Range Solar Array and solar carport have been running for three years and have already saved the installation over $2 million in energy costs.

  • White Sands Missile Range tests cruise missile for extended service

    Jan 29, 2016

    An unusual test of a cruise missile system on White Sands Missile Range is expected to see the missile's continued use for years to come.

  • NASA parachute tests approaching new phase at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground

    Jan 25, 2016

    The Capsule Parachute Assembly System (CPAS) for the Orion space capsule underwent its 17th and final developmental test at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in mid-January. The test used a 44-foot long dart attached to a pallet instead of a mock-up of the Orion capsule. Though the developmental phase of the program is now complete, qualification tests of the CPAS will begin at the proving ground this summer. NASA officials expect more than two years of testing remain before the system is fully certified. "They will be identical tests as far as our support is concerned," said Ryan Fraser, test officer.

  • Non-destructive testing upgrades maintain U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground's cutting edge status

    Jan 11, 2016

    At U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground (YPG), non-destructive testing of everything from artillery to mortars to vehicle seats is an important, but sometimes overlooked part of the mission so far as the public is concerned. In the test and evaluation world, however, YPG's Physical Test Facility is regarded as second-to-none, and recent ongoing efforts to add or upgrade equipment means YPG's cutting edge advantage in this critical area remains razor sharp.

  • Dugway christens new K-12 school

    Dec 22, 2015

    The new Dugway School was dedicated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 3 at U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. After nearly two years of planning and construction, the new building brings a significant change this remote Army post and its community.

  • Indigenous tribe harvests stalks at WSMR

    Dec 16, 2015

    White Sands Missile Range opened its gates to invite tribe members from Los Indigenes de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, an indigenous tribe of Tortugas, New Mexico, to harvest sotol stalks Dec. 7. The tribe uses the yucca-like plant during their annual sacred pilgrimage. Sotol has been scarce within the Tortugas area for quite some time. Miguel Parra, a tribe member who helped harvest the stalks, said they have been traveling as far as El Paso, Texas to obtain the sotol stalks. For the past two years now, members of the indigenous tribe have been able to harvest sotol stalks from the WSMR range. WSMR archaeologist Jim Bowman said they were happy to be able to accommodate the tribe and assist in their harvest.

  • Christmas comes to a post-war world -- 70 year anniversary of the end of World War II

    Dec 9, 2015

    World War II, the largest armed conflict in human history, came to an end exactly 70 years ago. When hostilities came to an end in September 1945, demobilization began swiftly, with the intent being to get as many Soldiers as possible home by Christmas. The effort, dubbed "Operation Magic Carpet," was a logistical nightmare involving all forms of transportation stressed beyond their limits. Though many could not get home and were forced to content themselves with long distance telephone calls, at least they had survived the war and safely returned.

  • Mortar training rounds tested as rigorously as other rounds at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground

    Dec 9, 2015

    U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground's primary mission is to test equipment to ensure it works anywhere in the world. This includes virtually everything in the ground combat arsenal, including items that are meant for training men and women in uniform for combat. The M769 Full Range Practice Round, which has the shape and characteristics of the 60 millimeter mortar round commonly used by combat infantrymen, is one such item. Though not used in combat, the Army and Marine Corps fully rely on the M769 to function safely and effectively in training situations.

  • Dugway Proving Ground begins test of next-generation chemical detectors

    Nov 18, 2015

    The Next Generation Chemical Detector (NGCD) Program has begun at Dugway Proving Ground, and pre-test preparations are underway. Testing is scheduled to begin in fall of 2016 and continue at least five years. The NGCD Program focuses on equipping Warfighters with the most advanced detection capabilities for all chemical threats.

  • Japanese Test Engages Supersonic Target on WSMR

    Nov 5, 2015

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense conducted a total of 10 successful flight tests at White Sands Missile Range during the summer of 2015 using a Japanese-made air defense system to successfully engage and destroy cruise missile representative targets. WSMR is a premiere location for missile and air defense system testing, and the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force takes full advantage of the range annually to conduct the acceptance test for their existing Chu-SAM missiles.

  • Drones used for NIE 16.1 recon missions at White Sands Missile Range

    Oct 30, 2015

    In this season's Network Integration Evaluation taking place on White Sands Missile Range and Fort Bliss, coordinated units of remotely operated and automated aircraft will be used to represent a possible threat on tomorrow's battlefields.

  • Drones support advanced laser testing at WSMR

    Oct 30, 2015

    A commercially available hobby-drone is flying on White Sands Missile Range in support of advanced laser testing.

  • White Sands Missile Range participates in international ballistic missile test

    Oct 30, 2015

  • ATEC Commander tours White Sands Missile Range

    Oct 9, 2015

    Editor's Note: Erin Dorrance, White Sands Missile Range Chief of Public Affairs, interviewed Maj. Gen. Daniel Karbler, Army Test and Evaluation Command commander, Oct. 1 at the Frontier Club during his first visit to WSMR as the ATEC commander. It was unknown up until the night before if PAO would be able to conduct the interview due to a looming government shutdown which did not happen.

  • A round every two seconds -- mortars fired to the limit at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground

    Oct 7, 2015

    U.S. Army Proving Ground (YPG) recently conducted a rate-of-fire test to verify that the Army's M1061 60mm mortar round could be used at the specified rate of fire without overheating the weapon system. Most YPG mortar tests are conducted remotely, with weapons operators remotely firing with a lanyard system while under protective cover. The realism necessary for this test, however, made that procedure impossible: the test called for the weapons operation crew to fire 320 rounds within 15 minutes, with an initial rate of fire of 30 rounds per minute for four minutes, or one every two seconds.

  • Nation's oldest military award presented to Dugway Soldier

    Oct 6, 2015

    More than six years after being wounded in Iraq, Army Staff Sgt. Michael Caruso received a Purple Heart medal Sept. 30, pinned to his chest by his Colorado commander.

  • Army engineers demonstrate anti-drone technology

    Oct 5, 2015

    Army engineers, who are seeking to adapt ongoing research to counter aerial systems that could threaten Soldiers, successfully shot down two aircraft as part of their final technology demonstration.

  • Over 600 Soldiers seize Space Harbor for NIE 16.1

    Oct 2, 2015

    Over 600 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Soldiers out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, jumped from airplanes during a simulated airborne air assault at White Sands Missile Range's Space Harbor Sept. 27 as part of the Network Integration Evaluation 16.1 Exercise.

  • Chlorine test concludes safely with five successful trials

    Oct 1, 2015

    Funded in part by various federal agencies, the Jack Rabbit II test studied how gaseous chlorine might flow among urban structures and vehicles in an attack or industrial accident.

  • WSMR leaders attend Western Regional Partnership meeting

    Sep 30, 2015

    White Sands Missile Range Commander Brig. Gen. Timothy Coffin and Strategy and Long-Range Plans Director Dan Hicks attended the Western Regional Partnership Principals meeting Aug. 11 and 12 at the University of Nevada in Reno.

  • Drones to take NIE by swarm

    Sep 29, 2015

    In this season's Network Integration Evaluation taking place on White Sands Missile Range and Fort Bliss, coordinated units of remotely operated and automated aircraft will be used to represent a possible threat on tomorrow's battlefields. Members of the Targets Management Office with Program Executive Office for Simulation Training and Instrumentation are using off-the-shelf quad and octocopters and flying them in groups. The endeavor is part of an Army Test and Evaluation Command program to study possible use, effectiveness and countermeasures for the deployment of large numbers of synchronized drone aircraft.

  • ATEC team gathers for virtual town hall

    Sep 28, 2015

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (September 18, 2015) -- The Commanding General of the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC), Maj. Gen. Daniel L. Karbler, conducted a command-wide virtual town hall meeting Sept. 15 at ATEC headquarters, Aberdeen Proving Ground.

  • Bradley Fighting Vehicle upgrades tested at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground

    Sep 28, 2015

    Nearly 7,000 Bradley Fighting Vehicles have been fielded since their inception in 1981. Their ubiquity has influenced other important platforms in the country's ground combat arsenal: Changes to the latest variant of the M109 Paladin self-propelled howitzer, for example, include a new engine and transmission common to that found in the Bradley, an interchangeability of components that makes the mission of field mechanics easier and suggests the Bradley will remain ready for battle for a long time to come. The Bradley has remained viable and relevant thanks to Army modernization efforts and extensive testing of all upgrades at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground.

  • Army AL&T magazine explores innovation

    Sep 28, 2015

    This newest edition of Army AL&T explores the topics of Innovation and foreign military sales. Readers will also find a moving tribute to the Hon. Claude M. Bolton Jr., former assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, whose sudden passing in July was a blow to his many friends and former colleagues across the services.

  • The future of Army air defense tested at White Sands Missile Range

    Sep 24, 2015

    The intercept of a ballistic missile target May 28 represented the first test on White Sands Missile Range of the future of Army air defense. The intercept at WSMR is the first test in a series of developmental tests for the Army's Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System. Connecting the IBCS to a pair of Patriot missiles, and their accompanying radar and control systems, the IBCS was then used to control the launch of the missiles against a target missile, also a Patriot family missile, but flown to simulate a tactical ballistic missile.

  • Life Lessons on building resilience

    Sep 21, 2015

    Resilience is not a trait that people either have or do not have. It involves behaviors, thoughts and actions that can be learned and developed in anyone. But, it always helps to have a counselor, or a religious leader, close for guidance and advice.

  • Army names annual safety award recipients

    Sep 16, 2015

    Winners of the annual Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff Safety Awards were recently named by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center.

  • Captain returns to U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground after 50 years

    Sep 16, 2015

    A lifelong civilian may find it hard to understand why an ex-Soldier would want to visit one of his old duty stations after 50 years out of the service, but not someone who has served in uniform. Former Captain Larry Edens recently visited U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground for the first time since 1965, and shared his reflections on post and Army life, and what his service to the nation meant to him.

  • ATEC promotes healthy eating

    Sep 15, 2015

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (August 26, 2015) -- In support of the Army's Performance Triad initiative focused on sleep, nutrition and physical activity, members of the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) have taken steps to lead healthier lives at work and at home and continuously highlights the importance of healthy eating as part of maintaining a nutritious and well-balanced diet.

  • U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground testing puts humanity a step closer to Mars

    Sep 14, 2015

    NASA envisions humans returning to the moon and proceeding to Mars aboard the Orion space capsule, and U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground testing is critical to ensuring the Capsule Parachute Assembly System (CPAS) will safely return astronauts to Earth, even in the event of a variety of unlikely failures. The most recent evaluation tested the CPAS's mettle to the fullest extent yet.

  • U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground was critical to development of Global Positioning Satellite

    Sep 9, 2015

    Use of the Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) system is ubiquitous in the modern world, but few people know that U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) tested the system from the earliest days of its existence. YPG was the home of GPS testing from 1974 to 1990, and attracted the project by demonstrating their ability to collect more data at a lower cost than other test ranges.

  • Blackhawk helicopters replacing venerable Hueys at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground

    Aug 31, 2015

    From Korean War-era M101 howitzers to the Vietnam era O-2 Skymaster observation airplane, a variety of rugged platforms have supported U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground's test mission long after they had been eclipsed on the battlefield. Eventually, however, a system that no longer has an Army-wide parts system or support structure must be phased out. It happened to the O-2 aircraft in 2010, and now the UH-1 Iroquois helicopter, better known as the Huey, will soon join the list: The venerable airframe is being replaced in YPG's fleet by four UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters.

  • Aberdeen Test Center welcomes new commander

    Aug 20, 2015

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (August 17, 2015) -- The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command's (ATEC) Aberdeen Test Center (ATC), welcomed its new commander, Col. Morris Bodrick, during a change of command ceremony August 14 at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

  • APG tests public affairs capabilities during emergency exercise

    Aug 20, 2015

    Aberdeen Proving Ground, MARYLAND (Aug. 20, 2015) -- Maj. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford, Senior Commander, Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) and Commanding General, U.S. Army Communications- Electronics Command speaks to media during a mock press conference held as part of the APG installation-wide emergency response exercise held here today. More than 20 public affairs professionals from tenant organizations across APG participated in the exercise which involved various scenarios testing emergency preparedness. The exercise culminated with a mock press conference during which Crawford responded to media questions.

  • Dull, dirty, dangerous mission? Send in the robot vehicle

    Aug 20, 2015

    What the Army needs is an agile, versatile, highly maneuverable and cost-effective unmanned ground vehicle. A peek at what that this technology might look like took place, August 13, at U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, with a demonstration of the Pronto4™ Uomo Applique' Kit developed by Kairos Autonomi, a Utah-based team located in the Sandy area, southeast of Salt Lake City

  • Kinder, gentler decontamination? Sensitive-item pocket wipe tested

    Aug 20, 2015

    Decontamination after a chemical or biological attack or incident can damage individual equipment. Most decontaminants are liquid and corrosive, applied with high-pressure sprayers, then scrubbed into the surface with mops or bristle brushes. Common decontamination methods may be impossible to use with personal equipment items, and a decontamination line may be infeasible if a threat still exists. The Warfighter needs a means to begin immediate chemical agent decontamination, without damaging fragile equipment.

  • Moveable chem-test modules:thinking outside the chamber

    Aug 17, 2015

    Created to challenge large vehicles with chemical agent, simulant or toxic industrial chemicals, the Multipurpose Chamber's (MPC) floor and ceiling are 50 feet long and wide, with 30-foot walls. Smooth stainless steel covers all, to ease decontamination and resist corrosive decontaminants. The MPC can maintain temperatures and humidity to replicate most of the world's environments.

  • New timing system to be used at 2016 Bataan memorial event

    Aug 13, 2015

    A new timing system will allow marchers and their family members to receive accurate times throughout the course of the Bataan Memorial Death March through the use of an app. Innovative Timing System, LLC. will take over timing for next year's march, scheduled for March 20 at White Sands Missile Range.

  • ATEC champions nursing mothers in the workplace

    Aug 12, 2015

    Mirroring the nationally recognized Federal Nursing Mother's Program, the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command issued a Nursing Mother's Policy April 14 permitting nursing mothers time and a private area to express breast milk while at work.

  • Col. Gregg retires after more than 26 years of service

    Aug 11, 2015

  • Local students attend camp on military installation

    Aug 10, 2015

    Students from local middle and high schools from the surrounding White Sands Missile Range area received an opportunity of a lifetime when they were selected to attend the annual Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Sciences weeklong camps which were held at WSMR July 20-31.

  • Tapping the sun: Building resilience by going solar

    Aug 6, 2015

    Dugway Proving Ground is taking its first step on its way to become more resilient by building a new, environmentally friendly and renewable solar array. The array will collect the sunlight to provide electricity to the installation's homes, buildings and test areas of its vast nearly 700,000-acre remote site.

  • Army Evaluation Center welcomes new director

    Aug 4, 2015

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (August 3, 2015) -- The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command's (ATEC) Army Evaluation Center (AEC), welcomed its new Director, James C. Cooke, during a change of responsibility ceremony July 30 at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

  • Yuma Proving Ground: Enabling pilots to "see" through clouds of dust

    Aug 3, 2015

    The Army's chief acquisition executive, Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, spent a full day at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in late June to learn about technologies being developed and tested that allow helicopter pilots to "see" through otherwise obscure clouds of blinding desert dust. Shyu received detailed briefings from senior program officials, but the highlight was flying downrange to view that technology in action in a real-world setting.

  • High performance aircraft bolster U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground operations

    Aug 3, 2015

    U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground's 2,000 square miles of restricted airspace is getting busier. Since late last year, a U.S. Army Special Operations Command flight detachment has operated at the proving ground to support the expanding operations of the Military Freefall School, the tenant unit that trains elite parachutists.

  • Improved Multiple Launch Rocket System tested at White Sands Missile Range

    Jul 31, 2015

    Over 100 artillery rockets were launched June 16 at White Sands Missile Range to test an improved version of the M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System.

  • Army to develop cyber campus in Alabama

    Jul 30, 2015

    In January 2015, the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center acquired two Redstone Arsenal buildings, which are being dedicated to the cybersecurity mission.

  • Day of rockets tests improved launch vehicle

    Jul 29, 2015

    Over 100 artillery rockets were launched June 16 at White Sands Missile Range to test an improved version of the M270A1 Multiple Rocket Launch System. The test, conducted at WSMR's G-16 impact area saw an M270A1 MLRS vehicle equipped with a new armored cab, fire 138 rockets to ensure the improvements didn't negatively impact the vehicles' mission performance.

  • Natick investigates high-barrier, non-foil materials for food packaging

    Jul 28, 2015

    Scientists at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center are investigating high-barrier, non-foil materials, which have the potential to be lighter in weight, less expensive, and more environmentally friendly than foil-based packaging.

  • ATEC resiliency training helps workforce discover character strengths

    Jul 28, 2015

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (July 27, 2015) -- The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command's Master Resiliency Trainers (MRT) assisted the ATEC workforce in discovering their character strengths, and how to leverage them, during this month's resiliency training July 8 at the Aberdeen Proving Ground-North Recreation Center.

  • Commentary: Army science, technology drive innovation

    Jul 27, 2015

    Scientists and engineers from across government, industry and academia are searching for technology solutions to bring empower American warfighters. Innovation is the fuel for the Army of the future.

  • U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground gets new commander

    Jul 27, 2015

    Col. Sean G. Kirschner assumes command of U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, July 22 on the parade ground in English Village. Presiding over the ceremony was Maj. Gen. Daniel L. Karbler, Commander, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command. Kirschner replaces Col. Ronald F. Fizer the out-going commander.

  • Army leaders meet at West Point, strategize Army Ethic

    Jul 27, 2015

    The most senior leaders of the Army gathered at the U.S. Military Academy for a two-day discussion on the strategic stewardship of the Army profession.