Humvee training sets support Army network fielding

Humvee training sets support Army network fielding

Claire Heininger, U.S. Army   RED RIVER ARMY DEPOT, Texas — The Army is preparing to deploy the first Security Forces Advise and Assist Team to Afghanistan equipped with the latest suite of integrated network communications gear, but first the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), must train on the new equipment and learn how it will aid in the advise and assist mission. To get the brigade’s Soldiers quickly trained and ready for the deployment, the Army has integrated some of the network capability into a familiar vehicle platform. The Humvees rolling off the line here — more than 330 over the course of four months […]

First unit readies for Afghanistan with new network

First unit readies for Afghanistan with new network

Claire Heininger, U.S. Army   FORT POLK, La. — When they deploy to Afghanistan this summer to assist in the drawdown of U.S. forces, the Soldiers of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, will have a new edge. The unit will be the first to use an on-the-move communications network that stays connected over vast distances, providing information throughout the brigade down to the lowest echelons. That capability will be critical as U.S. troops work closely with the Afghan forces, take down fixed infrastructure and become increasingly mobile and dispersed in their operations, leaders said. “This is much needed in Afghanistan,” said Brig. Gen. Walter E. Piatt, deputy […]

Passion and past deployments drive Soldier’s development of protective gear

Passion and past deployments drive Soldier’s development of protective gear

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. Frank Lozano     POSITION: Product Manager, Soldier Protective Equipment UNIT: Program Executive Office Soldier Fort Belvoir, VA TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 19 DEPLOYMENTS: Bosnia, 1995-1996; Kuwait, 1999; Bosnia, 2001; Iraq, 2005 EDUCATION: B.A. History, Texas A&M University; M.B.A., University of Texas at Arlington   By Teresa Mikulsky Purcell   FOTF: What do you do in the Army? Why is it important? LOZANO: I am currently the program manager for Soldier Protective Equipment. My portfolio includes hard and soft body armor plates and vests as well as combat helmets, ballistic eyewear, concealable body armor, pelvic protection, and traumatic brain injury helmet sensors. Our products […]

Detailed geospatial map data provides Soldiers greater technology, in less time

Detailed geospatial map data provides Soldiers greater technology, in less time

Nancy Jones-Bonbrest   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya reinforced the need for U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) to have at its fingertips the ability to draw upon the most up-to-date detailed maps and imagery of any given region at a moment’s notice. Project Manager Mission Command (PM MC) is helping to streamline the delivery of maps and imagery through the use of specialized geospatial products that work with the Army’s primary mission command information system, known as Command Post of the Future (CPOF). Although CPOF users have an initial set of digital maps at their disposal, there is usually […]

Army aviation advancing strategies for degraded visual environment

Army aviation advancing strategies for degraded visual environment

Kris Osborn   WASHINGTON – Army acquisition officials are pursuing an effort to identify solutions able to help aircraft crews navigate through a Degraded Visual Environment (DVE), a circumstance wherein weather, obscurants or obstacles thwart the ability of a crew to see properly or accurately know where they are in relation to surrounding terrain, service officials explained. Army officials view potential DVE solutions through what could be called a three-pronged approach; solutions include improving the existing flight controls systems and handling characteristics to assist the pilot in managing workload when vision or situational awareness is challenged or obscured, examinations of “queuing” technologies able to give pilots needed information to make […]

Long-term strategic planning spurs agile consolidation

Long-term strategic planning spurs agile consolidation

Katie Cain   Army Acquisition leaders are implementing a new approach to equipment modernization—a comprehensive 30-year strategic planning process designed to harvest key lessons learned from more than a decade of war, identify current and anticipated capability gaps, recognize emerging threats and provide a detailed analysis of the service’s investments in science and technology (S&T) and material development. As part of the 30-year plan, the Army is re-assessing S&T across all portfolios to create a detailed road map of our future capabilities, linking S&T investments with Programs of Record (PORs) and long-term sustainment strategy. This approach seeks to harness near-term capability and identify emerging technologies for the future in order […]

PEO C3T majors use Lean Six Sigma training to take on thorny issues

PEO C3T majors use Lean Six Sigma training to take on thorny issues

Meg Carpenter   If necessity is the mother of invention, then aggravation is the father of process improvement. Undocumented methods for in-processing were so frustrating to Maj. Marty Jackson, he leveraged his Lean Six Sigma (LSS) training to find a solution. It took the former assistant product manager for Joint Battle Command-Platform (JBC-P) 15 days to set up his e-mail when he in-processed. Jackson, now the Executive Officer to the Program Executive Officer for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T), refused to let his experience be the norm. He completed a Green Belt LSS project to increase in-processing efficiencies within Project Manager JBC-P. His LSS team made two recommendations. First, […]

Tracking Career Development

Tracking Career Development

Faces of the Force: Anthony “Cory” Foster     POSITION: Contracting Proponency Officer UNIT: U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 10 EDUCATION: B.A. Business Finance, Morehouse College; M.B.A. and M. Sci. Procurement and Contract Management, University of Maryland University College   By Susan L. Follett   FOTF: What do you do for the Army? Why is it important? FOSTER: I am part of the Acquisition Career Development Division, which has a mission to serve as advocates for the Army Acquisition Workforce on behalf of the Director/Deputy Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM/DDACM). Specifically, I am the Proponency Officer for Contracting, one of 14 acquisition […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Education and Training Opportunities The Army Director of Acquisition Career Management (DACM) office, along with the rest of the Department of Defense, has recently received significant funding cuts. However, our top priority remains ensuring that our civilian and military workforce has multiple opportunities to meet their statutory certification and development requirements. We will continue to fund those already enrolled in any of our tuition assistance, leadership development, or experiential programs. In addition, we are working daily to ensure future opportunities remain viable. That being said, we have had to suspend some programs such as the School of Choice – we had originally planned to have an announcement open mid-FY13, but […]

Mouth device in clinical trials as possible treatment for TBI

Mouth device in clinical trials as possible treatment for TBI

Ellen Crown   The tongue is an amazing organ. Thousands of nerve fibers in it help us eat, drink and swallow. Without them, we would not taste. The tongue helps us speak. Quietly, its surface defends our bodies from germs. Yet for everything the tongue can do, perhaps one of its most exciting roles is to serve as a direct “gateway” to the brain through thousands of nerve endings. Now, researchers at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and NeuroHabilitation Corporation are leveraging the power of those tiny nerves. They are aiming to restore lost physical and mental function for […]