By Ms. Andricka Thomas (CECOM)May 19, 2009
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Aberdeen Proving Ground opened its gates to the surrounding community to experience the military environment on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 16.
Among the activities for the community to enjoy, the CECOM Life Cycle Management Command and Army Team Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance exhibited technologies supporting today's warfighters.
The CECOM LCMC Software Engineering Center's Army Reprogramming Analysis Team-Program Office displayed an unclassified simulated version of the ARAT Warfighter Survivability Software Support Portal. The portal is used by military personnel, government civilians and support engineers in charge of reprogramming the force protection systems in Army aviation and ground vehicles during tactical operations in the field, said Nelson Capan, project engineer. The software is used to keep force protection systems up-to-date and optimized to account for the latest threats unique to various regions. In application, as a Soldier travels, the types of threats encountered may differ in type and frequency encountered.
The CECOM LCMC SEC Avionics Branch demonstrated the Advanced Multiplex Test System---software that diagnoses electronic onboard weapons systems in the field environment. Presently fielded, this equipment saves time in its ability to troubleshoot an error in the field and identify what the problem is and where it occurs. If a mechanic in the field is unable to resolve an issue, he or she will soon be able to access the SEC's Aviation Responsive Maintenance System, also developed by the SEC Avionics Branch.. The ARMS empowers field maintainers to fix their aircraft while still in the field, after efforts to troubleshoot have been exhausted.
"The ARMS is a collaborative network that supports Army aircraft maintenance and repair personnel, so they can solve technical problems in the field 24/7," said Frank Claycomb, a software developer for CECOM LCMC SEC. The software is not fielded yet; however, it is expected to increase technical rates, reduce resource requirements and costs, improve maintenance processes and contribute to mission readiness.
The CECOM LCMC also exhibited its mine detector system. This equipment is unique in that it detects what is and is not a land mine, said Jaclyn Fanelli, Logistics and Readiness Center Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors Directorate. The system has been fielded for approximately five years, said Fanelli. Training Target and the Sweep Monitoring System are used to train Soldiers on the mine detector. Training is conducted at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
The Combat Survivor Evader Locator is a radio used by aviators and crew members on personnel recovery missions. The multi-service radio works with a satellite and will identify who is down and where they're located. The equipment is being fielded by the Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical.
Armed Forces Day attendees were permitted to walk through a mobile work station called the Communications-Electronics Evaluation Repair Team. This portable workstation is manned with a Field RESET Team from the CECOM LCMC which sends personnel to brigades, at Fort Bragg, N.C., Fort Hood, Texas, and elsewhere when the brigades return from deployment. Upon arrival, the personnel account for, inspect and repair SINCGARS radios and night vision devices to bring them up to standards within the specified RESET timeline. This portable workstation is equipped with all the repair and test equipment necessary to inspect and RESET the equipment.
Armed Forces day provided a venue for CECOM and Army Team C4ISR to introduce their technologies and workforce, as the organizations continue to relocate as part of 2005 Base Realignment and Closure law implementation. More than 400 Army Team C4ISR personnel have already moved or been hired at APG, and more are expected this summer.