ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- Recognizing the need for new and innovative technologies to empower, unburden, and protect Soldiers around the world, the Army's Greatest Inventions program is now accepting nominations for this year's awards.

Since 2003, the Army Materiel Command has conducted the Army Greatest Inventions program to encourage and reward those fighting the war from research labs throughout the Army by developing the best technology solutions for the Soldier.

Continuing a tradition established last year, AMC is also proud to support the Soldier Greatest Inventions Awards program that recognizes individual Soldiers for their efforts to enhance their fellow Soldiers' equipment and/or performance.

Nominations are now being accepted for inventions initiated by U.S. Army Soldiers (SGI) and by the Army Science and Technology community (AGI).

Nomination Criteria:
• Nominated inventions must have been "First Fielded" during calendar year 2011. The fielding window is from Jan. 1, 2011, to Dec. 31, 2011.
• The SGI "fielding" definition can include traditional and other expedited fielding methods used to put a new mission critical product, device or process to use by Soldiers at any level.

Technology nomination criteria for each award are available through the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), executing on behalf of AMC. The nomination packages must be submitted by email to: AGI-Awards@conus.army.mil

Nomination packets must arrive no later than July 6, 2012.

Winners will be selected by fellow Soldiers based upon their impact on Army capabilities (breadth of use and magnitude of improvement over existing systems), inventiveness and potential benefit outside the Army.

This program's unique nomination and selection process reflects the voice of the Soldier and insight into the future of Army equipment. The awards are truly "Soldier Choice Awards."

Previous AGI/SGI award winners include the Soldier Wearable Integrated Power Equipment System (SWIPES), the mCare Project, the Husky Mark III/2G 2-Seat Prototype, the Ironman Pack Ammunition System and the RG-31 Robot Deployment System (RDS).

For more information, contact AMC POCs:
Mr. Thomas Haduch, 410-306-4826 /DSN 458-4826 (thomas.w.haduch.civ@mail.mil)
Mrs. Jo Cozby, 410-306-4821/ DSN 458-4821 (Maria.B.Cozby.civ@mail.mil).