REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Big changes are in store for a directorate within the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center in the coming months.

Employees of the Systems Simulation and Software Integration Directorate attended a town hall Feb. 21 to hear about the changes to the organization's structure beginning April 15.

Leadership of S3I intends to streamline its processes and maximize efficiency with the new changes to the organization. S3I, one of AMRDEC's five directorates, was comprised of the Software Engineering Directorate and the Systems Simulation and Development Directorate.

The new structure melds those divisions into six functions: Lifecycle Software Engineering, Software Mission Assurance, Modeling & Simulation, Hardware-In-The-Loop Virtual Simulator, System Security and Matrix Support.

The S3I directorate is recognized for its expertise in life cycle software engineering, modeling and simulation, systems development, and technical systems management products and solutions, as well as mission enabling center support. It was established in September 2013 and has had several changes in leadership since its inception. S3I's Director, Jeff Langhout, led the meeting and expressed his commitment to developing and growing employees for its success.

"We are looking to set consistency across the S3I formation," said Langhout. "The transition is a big change for the organization, but I am excited about what the future holds."

According to Langhout, restructuring the organization will better align customer support with functional elements, present opportunities for improved effectiveness and provide focused and singular leadership of interrelated programs and functions.

Langhout said S3I leadership will be located in building 6263 and will include a Business Office and a Business Transformation Office. Minimal change is expected to the duties employees currently perform but changes will affect who conducts each employee's evaluation.

Announced at the assembly, the supervisor chain-of-command will now be as follows: branch chief, division chief, associate director, deputy director and S3I director. This realignment allows for promotions and creates new hiring opportunities.

"We must ensure as leaders that we're building the bench in the areas of all things software and simulation, to include growing our people," Langhout said. "I am extremely pleased to announce we have a lot of opportunities for promotions across the S3I formation. It's time to place significant emphasis on Department of the Army civilian leadership development. Specifically, our first line supervisors, the branch chiefs, are critical in our organization."

According to Langhout, AMRDEC aligns with the Army's priorities and is one of the top organizations to be a part of right now.

"We have a bright future ahead of us," said Langhout. "As we move forward, we will continue to be critical and relevant to the supporting the mission and equipping our warfighter."

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U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to provide innovative research, development and engineering to produce capabilities that provide decisive overmatch to the Army against the complexities of the current and future operating environments in support of the joint warfighter and the nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.