By Ms. Lisa Simunaci (AMC)September 10, 2015
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. Sept. 14, 2015 -- The U.S. Army Materiel Command is calling for nominations for the 2015 Army's Greatest Innovation Awards.
AMC's Chief Technology Officer Patrick O'Neill said the new Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene Award for Innovation is a rebranding of a previous program that recognized solutions from both military and civilian employees.
"Technical vision begins with our people and I'm happy to see a revision of this program that rewards their efforts," O'Neill said. "Some of our most dedicated members are those who support the battle from research labs."
The Army's Greatest Innovation Awards program replaces the Army's Greatest Invention and the
Soldier's Greatest Invention Awards Programs that ran for 11 years. Past winners included programs that enhanced weapons, improved Soldier protection and upgraded fielded systems.
The award consists of three categories: military individual, civilian individual and group. The program, managed by the U.S. Army Materiel Command under the lead of its Chief Technology Officer and in partnership with the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, awards a first-place winner and runner-up in each category, each spring.
The program's award was named in honor of the late Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, who served in several leadership positions in Army research, science and technology fields before he was killed last year in Afghanistan.
"This award, named for a great Army Soldier and scientist, recognizes solutions that increase efficiencies, strengthen our position and ultimately save lives on the battlefield," said AMC Commander Gen. Dennis L. Via. "We support a culture of creative research that aims to empower, unburden and protect the nation's warfighter."
Nominations for innovative technologies are due by Dec. 15 for innovations that were first fielded, adopted and/or implemented during fiscal year 2015.
With thousands of scientists and engineers, the Army was recognized in 2012 as one of Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators, alongside private companies like Apple, 3M and AT&T. O'Neill said the Army needs to stay on the leading edge of technology. "We want to celebrate our successes and highlight the possibilities for incoming and potential new talent."
Winners will be announced in February 2016. For more information or to submit a nomination, visit the Army's Greatest Innovation Award Program website at http://www.amc.army.mil/amc/agiap.html.