#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 […]

#AAC25 USAMMDA’s Regulatory Operations Branch ‘Goes Green’

#AAC25 USAMMDA’s Regulatory Operations Branch ‘Goes Green’

By Heather McDowell Duong, USAMRMC PAO The U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity’s Regulatory Operations branch continues to blaze the environmental sustainability trail at Detrick, saving money and time along the way. In early 2013, RO, a branch within USAMMDA’s Division of Regulated Activities and Compliance powered off printers and began enforcing its self-appointed mandate to become a paperless office. For RO’s Document Control Group, this meant that they would refrain from generating or storing paper for any active product development efforts. “So what’s the big deal?” asked Regulatory Operations Chief Tracy Ulderich. “This move will eliminate thousands upon thousands of reams of paper annually. That’s why folks should care,” […]

#AAC25 Depot Completes 3,000th General Electric T-701D Conversion Engine

#AAC25 Depot Completes 3,000th General Electric T-701D Conversion Engine

By Jaclyn Nix, CCAD Public Affairs Corpus Christ Army Depot with partner, General Electric, celebrated the completion of the 3,000th T701D conversion engine overhaul with a small cake cutting ceremony in the Engine Test Cell area on February 23, 2012. The U.S. Army plans to convert its entire fleet of UH-60M Black Hawk and AH-64 Apache helicopters to the T701D engine. At 2,000 shaft horsepower, the T701D features improved hot-section components that provide twice the hot-section durability and five percent more power than the current T700-GE-701C model engine. “These engines support the most advanced fighting force the world has ever seen,” said Roderick Benson, Director of Engine Production. CCAD completely […]

#AAC25 Women Soldiers to test female-specific body armor

#AAC25 Women Soldiers to test female-specific body armor

By JD Leipold WASHINGTON (Army News Service, July 19, 2012) — Today, both male and female Soldiers wear body armor that has been designed for men. But the Army plans to field to women next summer a new type of body armor, designed for them, that will be shorter in the torso with more customized adjustments specific to the female form. Until that happens, the 14 percent of the Army who are women will continue to wear one of the 11 sizes of the Improved Outer Tactical Vest, or IOTV, that are worn by their male counterparts. Following anthropomorphic sizing and fitting studies overseas, and also at Fort Bragg, N.C., […]

#AAC25 Army tactical communication network organization reflects on its rich history

#AAC25 Army tactical communication network organization reflects on its rich history

By Project Manager Warfighter Information Network-Tactical ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., (April 20, 2012) — As the parent organization of Project Manager Warfighter Information Network-Tactical celebrates its 25th anniversary this month, PM WIN-T reflects back on its own history, with roots in early satellite development that date back more than 60 years. “As far as tactical military communications, it never ceases to amaze me when I look at where we started and where we are today,” said Col. Ed Swanson, PM for WIN-T. “I’m proud to be a part of such a great organization as we continue to advance the Army’s tactical communications network and provide critical capabilities to the Soldier.” […]

#AAC25 Army delivers new tactical network to 10th Mountain Division

#AAC25 Army delivers new tactical network to 10th Mountain Division

Claire Heininger, U.S. Army FORT DRUM, N.Y. (October 15, 2012) — Soldiers will soon be able to cover greater distances, make quicker decisions and share more information using the Army’s new tactical communications network, according to leaders of the first unit to receive the equipment. Through mobile communications technology that connects all echelons of a brigade combat team down to the dismounted Soldier, the Capability Set 13, or CS 13, network will reduce units’ reliance on fixed infrastructure, extend the range of communications and improve battlefield awareness at the lowest levels. “This capability changes the equation, and gives us situational awareness where we need to have it and turn it […]

#AAC25 USAMRMC Team Celebrates Success of Adenovirus Vaccine

#AAC25 USAMRMC Team Celebrates Success of Adenovirus Vaccine

By Jeffrey Soares, USAMRMC public affairs The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command celebrated the licensure and fielding of the Adenovirus Type 4 and Type 7 Vaccine with a recognition ceremony held at Fort Detrick, Md., March 12. Key speakers included Maj. Gen. James K. Gilman, USAMRMC commanding general, Col. Russell E. Coleman, commander of the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity, and the Honorable Jonathan Woodson, M.D., assistant secretary of defense for Health Affairs. The U.S. military began administering Adenovirus Type 4 and Type 7 Vaccine, Live, Oral (Adenovirus Vaccine) to recruits in basic training over a four-week period that began the week of Oct. 24, 2011. Since […]