Working Out the Bugs

Working Out the Bugs

By Jeffrey M. Soares Arthropods—they bug us most of the time. Mosquitoes, spiders, ticks, mites, centipedes—the list goes on and on. Many people have a hard time tolerating these little creatures; some are even deathly afraid of them. For the men and women conducting research funded by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s Military Infectious Disease Research Program (USAMRMC MIDRP), studying this particular group might be considered a labor of love. For many years, the research teams at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Naval Medical Research Center, and OCONUS laboratories throughout the world, in coordination with MIDRP, have […]

Detroit Arsenal Supports Army Network Integration Evaluations

Detroit Arsenal Supports Army Network Integration Evaluations

By Katie E. Cain In preparation for Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 12.2, the third in a series of semiannual evaluations designed to holistically integrate and rapidly advance the Army’s tactical network, the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC) is spearheading key ground vehicle integration efforts from its headquarters in Warren, MI. This marks the first time the Detroit Arsenal has conducted vehicle integration in support of the NIE. During the first two exercises, NIE 11.2 and 12.1 in the spring and fall of 2011, respectively, the systems that underwent testing and evaluation were integrated into the Army’s combat vehicle fleet at Fort Bliss, TX, and White […]

Brigade Receives New M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun System

Brigade Receives New M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun System

By Stan Emelander Program Executive Office Soldier’s Project Manager Soldier Weapons (PM SW) has fielded the new M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun Systems (MASS) to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, KY. Tests have determined the M26 to be the most reliable, durable, rugged shotgun in the Army inventory. The receiving unit initiated a week of fielding, training, and range activities in early February, with a small ceremony to mark the milestone achievement. The newest small arm in the Army’s inventory has a notable history of deployment, test, and evaluation. About 200 shotguns of an early predecessor of the M26, the Lightweight Shotgun […]

New Contracting Tool Offers Insights into Capability, Capacity

New Contracting Tool Offers Insights into Capability, Capacity

Senior decision makers with the Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC) at Fort Sam Houston, TX, have a new planning tool that allows them to better gauge their effectiveness in executing the acquisition mission. The Capacity and Capability Model, or CAP2, provides a methodology to measure the capacity and capability of MICC mission contracting centers (MCCs), mission contracting offices, and installation contracting offices throughout the Nation to perform their missions for customers. “Developed by a cross-functional team of contracting, financial, and personnel experts, the CAP2 was designed to support the MICC’s transformation and delegated authority to regional mission contracting centers,” said Pat Hogston, Director of MICC Contract Support, Plans, and […]

Giving Soldiers What They Need

Giving Soldiers What They Need

By Angela Poffenberger What does the Soldier need? That’s what the Field Assistance in Science and Technology (FAST) team asks, and they go straight to the source for the answer— the Soldier. FAST team members include U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD) officer scientists, NCO medical officers, and U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) personnel. Dale Frazier, FAST Team Coordinator, said the medical officers volunteer their services “to help ensure the survivability of the warfighters.” The FAST team first deployed in September 2005 to support the U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). The team helps commanders find solutions to enhance mission capabilities and […]

Graduates Recognized, New Fellows Enrolled at CDG/AAF Capstone Event

Graduates Recognized, New Fellows Enrolled at CDG/AAF Capstone Event

HUNTSVILLE, AL—Eight civilian members of the Army acquisition corps were introduced to the Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship (CDG/AAF) program during the CDG/AAF Orientation, Induction, and Graduation hosted by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) March 20-22. The event served as the capstone event for the 11 members graduating from the program, as well as orientation for the newest fellows. “I did not realize how reputable the program is and how many CDG graduates are in such high visible positions within the Army,” said Chenxi Dong-O’Malley, a Year Group 2012 (YG12) CDG/AAF fellow and assistant product manager for Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier. “The week exceeded my expectations. I […]

National Industries for the Blind Helps Wounded Soldiers

National Industries for the Blind Helps Wounded Soldiers

By Angela Poffenberger Did you know a person is considered legally blind when the best corrected visual acuity is 20/200 or the visual field is 20 degrees or less, meaning that he or she can only see the “E” on the eye chart? Seventy percent of people who are blind lack employment, but the National Industries for the Blind (NIB) has a vision to change that statistic. Look at the pad of paper you’re using to take notes. Look at the pen you’re using. Do they say SKILCRAFT? If so, then they were manufactured by NIB. Employees who are blind have manufactured or assembled those supplies for decades—and that’s not […]

Making Electronic Medical Records Devices Work Together in the Military Health System

Making Electronic Medical Records Devices Work Together in the Military Health System

By Robert E. Connors In the military, it is rare that families or individuals remain in one place for an extended time, with the frequent travel and relocations to new duty station. To provide the best care for its beneficiaries, DoD’s health care system, like many civilian health care providers, is using medical devices and electronic health records to track and treat patients. The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s Joint Program Committee-1 (JPC-1) Medical Training and Health Information Sciences Research Program and Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) are collaborating with the TRICARE Management Activity staff to lead a working group focused on developing acquisition language and […]

Technology Solutions for Medical Research

Technology Solutions for Medical Research

By CPT Bruce W. Barnes In today’s military environment of tightened budgets and staffing, empowering existing staff to organize, manage, share, and edit documents quickly and easily is critical to the success of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC). To maintain maximum efficiency, immediate access is necessary for effective collaboration on mission-critical information. With this access, USAMRMC can spend more time doing what it does best: getting new medical capabilities to those who need them. As organizations within USAMRMC evolve and as individual projects grow and move forward, managing the thousands, or even millions, of paper and electronic documents can be both time-consuming and costly. Much of […]

For Returning Soldiers, New Research Partnership Aims to Improve Health, Quality of Life

For Returning Soldiers, New Research Partnership Aims to Improve Health, Quality of Life

[author type="author"]Barb Ruppert[/author] A public university in one of the most concentrated military corridors in the Nation has teamed up with DoD in a major initiative to address the post-deployment health concerns of service personnel, veterans, and their families. With the sheer number and diverse reintegration challenges of returning personnel—and the alarming increase in the suicide rate for combat veterans—DoD and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are building and strengthening civilian partnerships to expand their capabilities to meet urgent and ongoing needs. Operation Re-entry North Carolina is a growing research and development partnership led by East Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville, NC. It was funded in September 2011 […]