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STAND-TO! Edition: Thursday, September 22 2011

Today's Focus:

CH-47 Modernization

Senior Leaders are Saying

We have to continue to adapt and adjust, and so (the CEA) gives us an opportunity to discuss those issues as we move forward. It's about interoperability. It's about understanding each other's doctrine. It's about understanding tactics, techniques and procedures that different nations bring.

- Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno, underscored the importance of developing relationships with America's European allies and partners, at the close of the 19th annual U.S. Army Europe-led Conference of European Armies in Italy, Sept. 20, 2011.

Conference of European Armies highlights success of longtime alliances, new partnerships

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What They're Saying

What this does is give you a chance to adapt, get back to what you're used to. It's like an outlet, a stress reliever, so you don't feel so much pressure. This helps you ease into things.

- Sgt. Christofer Fields deployed three times to Afghanistan, speaks highly of the Warrior Adventure Quest, an Army wide program started as a pilot in 2008, to help transition and reintegrate Soldiers from the intensity of a combat zone to the calm of day-to-day life

Rangers get 'adrenaline rush' on paintball field

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Calendar

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2010-2013: 60th Anniversary of the Korean War
150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War

September:
Suicide Prevention Month
National Preparedness Month

Sept 15- Oct 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month


Sept. 25: U.S. Army Gold Star Mothers website

Today's Focus

CH-47 Modernization

What is it?

The Army has continued to make updates to the Chinook fleet in order to improve combat effectiveness. This includes improvements to the Chinook to make it a more capable and viable asset and to reduce the burden on Soldiers. Modernization efforts for the Chinook helicopter include Infrared Suppression System (IRSS), improved gun mounts, fielding of a commercial portable Global Positioning System solution to meet the need for terrain awareness and collision warning capability, ramp gunner seat, Air Warrior incorporation, Common Missile Warning System (CMWS), engine control upgrades, Extended Range Fuel System II (ERFS II), and crashworthy seats for flight engineers.

The CH-47 Chinook is the U.S. Army's only heavy lift helicopter and continues to be vital to overseas contingency operations (OCO) and our nation's homeland security needs. The Project Office for Cargo Helicopters celebrated the Chinook's 50th anniversary on Sept. 21, 2011, exactly 50 years since the Chinook's first flight.

What has the Army done?

In order to streamline the modernization process, the Product Office for Cargo Helicopters activated the CH-47 Modernization Product Office on Aug. 30, 2011. The office is charged with managing modernization efforts for the Chinook helicopter fleet.

The CH-47F, the newest Chinook model, incorporates key reliability and maintainability improvement modifications, such as a new machined airframe, vibration reduction, digital source collectors, T55-GA-714A engine, Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS), enhanced air transportability, Digital Automatic Flight Control System (DAFCS), and is compatible with joint digital connectivity requirements.

What does the Army have planned for the future?

Upgrading the Army's current fleet is very important for future transport and supply of Soldiers. Modernization efforts continue to be integrated into the Chinook fleet such as replacing the floor with an integrated roller system for easier cargo loading and unloading, implementation of condition based maintenance tools, development of advanced rotor blade configuration to add approximately 2,000 pounds of lift capability in high/hot conditions, avionics upgrades, hostile fire detection and other protection systems.

Why is this important to the Army?

It is absolutely critical for the Army to continue its modernization efforts on this crucial helicopter. No matter what the Army needs to do in the future, from peacekeeping, counterinsurgency, disaster relief or regular warfare, the CH-47 Chinook is vital to missions around the globe. The CH-47 Chinook demonstrates its exceptional capabilities every day in combat operations making it a powerful combat multiplier that saves Soldiers' lives.

Resources:

U.S. Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence

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