#AAC25 Army advances mid-tier radio for battlefield network

#AAC25 Army advances mid-tier radio for battlefield network

By Argie Sarantinos-Perrin, PM Tactical Radios ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (May 13, 2014) — With the Army’s new tactical network, squads and platoons can share data and images, track friendly and enemy locations and stay connected while covering more ground. Now, the Army is advancing a new radio capability that will more seamlessly connect those units to their higher headquarters. Known as the Mid-tier Networking Vehicular Radios (MNVR), the system will allow Soldiers at the platoon and company levels to rapidly exchange digital information with battalion and brigade. With the recent approval of the program’s acquisition strategy and preparation for upcoming tests, the MNVR capability is on target for fielding […]

#AAC25 101st Airborne advances training with Army network

#AAC25 101st Airborne advances training with Army network

By Claire Heininger, PEO C3T FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (March 20, 2014) — As they prepare for their first large-scale air assault exercise since before 9/11, the Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) are not just getting “back to basics” with their core mission — they are using the Army’s new tactical network to take it to the next level. In April, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team and other elements of the 101st Airborne Division will conduct Operation Golden Eagle, a four-day training event focused on executing the expeditionary air assault mission and updating the doctrine that supports it, known as the Gold Book. New to that fight are […]

#AAC25 Double Arm Transplant Restores Function, Quality of Life for Soldier

#AAC25 Double Arm Transplant Restores Function, Quality of Life for Soldier

By Carey Phillips, USAMMDA PAO Every day, men and women ages 18 and over volunteer to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. These brave service members protect the citizens of the United States from enemies foreign and domestic, and also provide humanitarian support around the world. With advances in protective equipment, battlefield evacuation and medical care, service members are surviving injuries that would previously have resulted in death, and they are learning how to live without one or more limbs. Recent advances in regenerative medicine provide hope to these service members who look toward a future where they may once again have arms and hands that they can use. Since […]

#AAC25 20 years of Army research yields hope for malaria vaccine

#AAC25 20 years of Army research yields hope for malaria vaccine

By Valecia L. Dunbar, D.M., Army Medicine Public Affairs Reports of the successful trials that could lead to the world’s first malaria vaccine led the headlines of international news outlets this week. Hidden within the story line is the critical role of researchers at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) who have worked steadfastly for more than 20 years to help bring the vaccine to reality. “Congratulations are due to the many former and current WRAIR investigators who have helped to develop and test this vaccine over the last 20 years,” said Col. Robert Paris, director of the U.S. Military Malaria Research Program at the WRAIR Results on […]

#AAC25 Beyond JTRS

#AAC25 Beyond JTRS

Pentagon, Army realign radio programs, stand up Joint Tactical Networking Center By Mr. Kris Osborn and Ms. Claire Heininger To provide needed communication capabilities to Soldiers, the Army has placed significant emphasis on advances in tactical radio technology aimed at driving industry innovation in hardware while leveraging years of government investment in software. In recent months, DOD transitioned the Joint Program Executive Office Joint Tactical Radio System (JPEO JTRS), reassigning its key hardware programs to the Army and Navy. Additionally, the Joint Tactical Networking Center (JTNC) was established to provide secure joint tactical networking applications that can operate in a variety of hardware transport solutions through an affordable, government-controlled open […]

#AAC25 Army Maj. says LVC-IA is like going to the field without having to go to the field

#AAC25 Army Maj. says LVC-IA is like going to the field without having to go to the field

By Rick Gregory, PEO STRI Strategic Communications Support Staff Rave reviews like the one in the headline have been pouring in from Soldiers since PEO STRI fielded the first Live, Virtual, Constructive-Integrating Architecture (LVC-IA). The remark was made by Maj. Jon Meredith, training officer, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment at Fort Stewart, Ga., after his unit completed an exercise called “Operation Boar.” He also excitedly spoke about the realism of the virtual aspect of the system in an article published in the post newspaper. “That Hellfire shot from the Apache helicopter simulator the first day was awesome,” he said. “As the helicopter was firing, the guys in the tank in […]

#AAC25 Mouth device in clinical trials as possible treatment for TBI

#AAC25 Mouth device in clinical trials as possible treatment for TBI

By J. Ellen Crown, USAMRMC public affairs FORT DETRICK, Md. (Feb. 14, 2013) — 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 in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and NeuroHabilitation Corporation are leveraging the power of those tiny nerves. They […]

#AAC25 ACC integrates contracting Soldiers into stateside operations

#AAC25 ACC integrates contracting Soldiers into stateside operations

By Mr. Edward G Worley (ACC) REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.–In an effort to streamline command and control of its military contracting Soldiers, the Army Contracting Command is attaching portions of its Expeditionary Contracting Command forces to several of ACC’s stateside organizations. The action reduces the ECC span of control from the day-to-day oversight of Soldiers executing their stateside contracting mission, allowing the ECC commander to focus on overseas installation and contingency support, explained Lt. Col. Kevin Nash, ACC Integration project officer. It also gives the Mission and Installation Contracting Command and ACC contracting centers direct supervision of Soldiers supporting stateside operations within their organizations, he said. Maj. Gen. Camille M. Nichols, […]

#AAC25 Mission command goes mobile

#AAC25 Mission command goes mobile

By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest, PEO C3T ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Dec. 3, 2013) — Just as many Americans continue to unplug and go mobile, so does Army mission command. As a vital link between dismounted Soldiers and their higher headquarters, tactical vehicles are evolving into mobile mission command centers – strapped with the latest in situational awareness and messaging technology. This fiscal year the Army plans to field Joint Battle Command-Platform, or JBC-P, the next-generation system providing mounted mission command, friendly force tracking and situational awareness capabilities. JBC-P will also serve as the first version of the Mounted Computing Environment, known as the MCE, one of six computing environments that make […]

#AAC25 New network provides ‘digital guardian angel’ for Soldiers in Afghanistan

#AAC25 New network provides ‘digital guardian angel’ for Soldiers in Afghanistan

By Claire Heininger and Amy Walker, U.S. Army ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Aug. 19, 2013) — The Army’s new, mobile tactical communications network has reached Afghanistan, where U.S. forces are relying on the technologies to stay connected and cover more ground. From tracking the progress of small groups of Soldiers at remote outposts to directing operations while traveling through mountainous terrain, the unit is leveraging Capability Set 13, or CS 13, to communicate and carry out its advise-and-assist missions in support of the Afghan National Security Forces. “The enhanced situational awareness given to us by this suite of technology has allowed us to maintain a ‘digital guardian angel’ as we […]