REDSTONE ARSENAL, Alabama – Limestone County community leaders glimpsed the past, present and future of space exploration, national defense and law enforcement during a behind the gates tour of Redstone Arsenal, March 14.
Nearly 30 members of Leadership Athens-Limestone saw demonstrations and received overviews from the Redstone Arsenal garrison; U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command’s Concepts Analysis Division; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ facilities; the FBI’s North Campus; NASA’s Payload Operations Integration Center and Liquid Hydrogen Tank Stand; as well as a windshield tour of other organizations.
“Visiting here gives them an appreciation of the breadth of activities we do and an understanding of the critical missions performed here at Redstone Arsenal and across the United States Army Space and Missile Defense Command as a whole,” said Col. Todd A. Book, deputy director of the USASMDC’s Technical Center. “The Concepts Analysis Lab team is a phenomenal group of very talented junior engineers and scientists. I'm proud and amazed by the great work this team does every day.”
The purpose of the visit was to provide local community leaders with the history and an understanding of the synergy of Team Redstone. The experience is designed to help participants better understand the work done on the installation and the local, national and global impact of the diverse array of organizations that call Redstone Arsenal home.
Leadership Athens-Limestone is an avenue for the development of tomorrow’s community leaders. The program offers participants a collaborative forum in understanding the facets of the community and the services provided to its citizens.
Pammie Jimmar, president of the Athens-Limestone County Chamber of Commerce, said it is a great program for those interested in giving back to the community.
“The tour has been amazing,” Jimmar said. “We all have enjoyed every organization we have been able to visit today. I have heard nothing but rave-reviews from everyone, and we are just in awe of what actually is right here in our own backyard. Today has been nothing short of amazing.
“This is my second time on the arsenal, but first time here at SMDC and it is wonderful,” she added. “It is very interesting, we loved going into the Concepts Analysis Laboratory and hearing from the young adults working here. Their energy radiates and it is contagious.”