REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The U.S. Army Materiel Command announced the winners of the Fiscal Year 2015 Major General Harold "Harry" J. Greene Award for Innovation.
The FY2015 MG Harold "Harry" J. Greene Award for Innovation winners are:
• Group Category: The SAM Junctional Tourniquet, developed at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Team members include: Dr. John F. Kragh, Jr.; Dr. Michael A. Dubick; Colonel Lorne H. Blackbourne; Dr. James E. Johnson; Colonel Lance E. Cordoni; and Mr. Lance Hopman.
• Individual-military Category: First Lieutenant Lawrence T. Collins for the MILES Laser Tag Utility, developed at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division, Vicksburg, Mississippi.
• Individual-civilian Category: Mr. Robert V. DiLalla for the Ballistic Combat Shirt, developed at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, Natick, Massachusetts.
These winners represent the diverse research and development efforts taking place across the Army, from Army Medical Command to the Army Corps of Engineers, and AMC's research centers and labs.
The group category winning submission, the SAM Junctional Tourniquet, is a lifesaving device designed to save Warfighters from bleeding to death on the battlefield. The tourniquet features two inflatable bulbs that can be configured at the site of bleeding to apply additional pressure, and is uniquely capable of stabilizing wounds in the groin and armpit areas. This lightweight device can be applied in as little as 25 seconds.
The individual-military winning submission, the MILES Laser Tag Utility, is an "app" available on the Google Play store that provides battle simulation technicians with an improved method to test, configure, maintain and troubleshoot equipment within the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System. This training system provides soldiers the capability to engage in simulated operations in a realistic battlefield environment.
The individual-civilian winning submission, the Ballistic Combat Shirt, is an integrated armored shirt that offers ballistic protection to the chest, upper arm, and neck area. The Ballistic Combat Shirt integrates with a soldier's small arms plate carrier and load carriage equipment to improve survivability. The Ballistic Combat Shirt substantially lightens the soldier's load, reducing weight by 37% compared to currently fielded components.
The Major General Harold "Harry" J. Greene Award for Innovation, under the Army's Greatest Innovation Awards Program (AGIAP), seeks to recognize the technological contributions of Army Soldiers and civilians that greatly enhance Army readiness and Soldier performance.
The rebranded AGIAP combines the Army's Greatest Invention (AGI) and the Soldier's Greatest Invention (SGI) awards programs that ran for 11 years. AMC revitalized the award program for Soldier and civilian research and development efforts with an honorary award 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 in Afghanistan in 2014.
The annual award is given in three categories: group, individual-military, and individual-civilian.
"These awards recognize solutions that increase efficiencies, strengthen our position and ultimately save lives on the battlefield, said Gen. Dennis L. Via, Army Materiel Command commanding general. "We are proud to honor Major General Greene with a culture that fosters creative research and aims to empower, unburden and protect the nation's warfighters."
The nomination window for the FY2016 awards will open September 15, 2016.