Faces of the Force

Faces of the Force

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. James Kennedy     POSITION: Product Manager Common Systems Integration UNIT: Project Management Office for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (PM UAS), Program Executive Office Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 22 AWARDS: Army Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal EDUCATION: B.S. business administration, University of Northern Colorado M.S. acquisition management, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.   By Tara Clements   For this aviation officer, the last two years of his career have taken flight—both on and off the ground. While he found his passion as a pilot early in his career, […]

Shadows provide mission support from the sky

Shadows provide mission support from the sky

By Spc. Joshua Edwards   FORWARD OPERATING BASE PASAB, Afghanistan — On a narrow stretch of road fashioned into a runway at Forward Operating Base Pasab, Afghanistan, Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, Combined Task Force Dragoon, launch unmanned aircrafts to safely maintain a view of the battlefield from the sky. The Soldiers run 24-hour-a-day operations out of the airfield in order to keep situational awareness at all times in support of friendly forces who could be conducting missions anywhere in the area of operations. The RQ7B Shadow Technical Unmanned Aircraft System allows the troops to maintain communications during operations and follows movements through video feed and infrared technology. The […]

Mechanical engineer’s ‘shock’ing deployment

Mechanical engineer’s ‘shock’ing deployment

Faces of the Force: Neil Cooper     POSITION: Systems Engineer UNIT: Project Manager Mobile Electric Power (PM MEP), Program Executive Office Combat Support and Combat Service Support, Warren, Mich. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 3 EDUCATION: Oakland University B.S.E., mechanical engineering DEPLOYMENTS: Afghanistan, 2013   By Steve Stark   Neil Cooper is an engineer who spent several months deployed to Afghanistan performing power assessments of austere base camps in support of Project Manager Mobile Electric Power (PM MEP) and its effort to “right size” mobile power equipment. In an unusual twist, Cooper deployed while he was an intern in the TARDEC [U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center] […]

Army’s manufacturing improvements yield lighter body armor

Army’s manufacturing improvements yield lighter body armor

By Dan Lafontaine   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — Soldiers facing rugged terrain and extreme temperatures are continually searching for ways to reduce the weight of their gear. In a search for solutions to this persistent issue, U.S. Army scientists and engineers have preliminarily demonstrated body armor that is 10 percent lighter through new manufacturing processes. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, known as RDECOM, along with its industry partners, has leveraged the Army’s Manufacturing Technology Program to spur the Advanced Body Armor Project. Dr. Shawn Walsh leads the project at RDECOM’s Army Research Laboratory, or ARL, where his team has reduced the weight of a size medium […]

Zombie killers: SMDC’s low-cost targets save money

Zombie killers: SMDC’s low-cost targets save money

By Jason B. Cutshaw   REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT) is turning the old into the new, saving the Army testing funds and providing capabilities by using low-cost targets during missile defense testing—with Zombies. You read that right. The USASMDC/ARSTRAT Technical Center has developed a realistic threat ballistic target called ‘Zombie’ for use in testing the PATRIOT Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhancement, or PAC-3 (MSE), advanced missile defense systems. Zombie uses government-owned material components that have reached the end of their useful lives and are subject to consideration for demilitarization. Using this government hardware instead of demilitarizing it ultimately […]

PEO-C3T technologies support 8th Army tactical network and mission command modernization – “A journey to full operational capability”

PEO-C3T technologies support 8th Army tactical network and mission command modernization – “A journey to full operational capability”

By Anton Antomattei and Michael W. Parker   The 8th Army has been on a journey to achieve full operational capability, which required the ability to communicate with coalition partners anywhere on the Korean peninsula. That meant enhancements to the Combined Enterprise Regional Information Exchange System Korea (CENTRIXS-K or CX-K), a network for multinational information sharing. Project Manager Mission Command (PM MC) and the PM for Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) have addressed these requirements by inserting robust mission command and network technologies into the CX-K. An enhanced CX-K network augments the 8th Army’s resources to carry out its overall field Army mission, to deter aggression against the Republic of Korea […]

USAASC announces July MOS 51C reclassification board results

USAASC announces July MOS 51C reclassification board results

By Tara Clements Fort Belvoir, Va. – A total of 36 candidates were selected for reclassification as a result of the 51C Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) reclassification board held July 30-31, 2013 here. The final board for the fiscal year was convened by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) and administered by the 51C Proponent Office. “It was a privilege to oversee the final board for the year,” said Lt. Col. Joshua Burris, commander of the 905th Contingency Contracting Battalion. “The candidates were highly qualified making for an extremely competitive selection process for the board members.  On behalf of the board, congratulations to our newest 51C NCOs!” The overall selection […]

Army completes migration to DOD Enterprise Email

Army completes migration to DOD Enterprise Email

By Margaret McBride   WASHINGTON — The Army successfully completed the bulk of its migration to one of the Army’s highest priority IT initiatives, DOD Enterprise Email, at the end of July. Army users can now access their email securely from anywhere in the world at any time. This effort began in January 2011 and improves operational effectiveness, security, and efficiency. Before migration, the Army spent considerable resources managing and securing disparate legacy email systems. More than 1.43 million Army users migrated on the unclassified Non-classified Internet Protocol (IP) Router Network, or NIPRNet, and 115,000 users on the classified Secret Internet Protocol Router Network, or SIPRNet. This includes Active Army, […]

Military, civilian medical experts emphasize investment in acute trauma care

Military, civilian medical experts emphasize investment in acute trauma care

By Ellen Crown   FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — From battlefield blasts to plane crashes, major advancements in acute trauma care are being seen in both the military and civilian health sectors, agreed experts during roundtable discussion at the 2013 Military Health System Research Symposium, Aug. 13, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Funding in research and rapid implementation of best practices are paying off, and people with serious injuries are surviving and rehabilitating, said director of the U.S. Army’s Combat Casualty Care Research Program, or CCCRP, Col. Dallas Hack. Joining him was Air Force Col. Todd Rasmussen, CCCRP deputy director. “It’s not an overstatement to say that trauma care has been transformed […]

Product Manager Power Projection Enablers support retrograde operations in Southwest Asia

Product Manager Power Projection Enablers support retrograde operations in Southwest Asia

By Erin E. Rusnak and Aurora V. Speed   A recent DOD report estimates that more than 750,000 major end items, worth in excess of $36 billion remain in Afghanistan, much of which must be brought back to the United States by the end of 2014. The sheer amount and value of equipment make this operation one of the largest retrograde efforts in U.S. military history. Over the past several months, the Power Projection Enablers (P2E) program has been heavily involved in mission support for the return of a portion of that staggering number of end items. Overview for Success To meet this demand, P2E organized an integrated logistics support […]