#AAC25 RFI equips 200,000 deploying troops

#AAC25 RFI equips 200,000 deploying troops

By Debi Dawson, PEO Soldier FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Army News Service, April 10, 2009) — Col. Patricia Ryan expected an uphill climb last spring when, as a lieutenant colonel, she volunteered to deploy to Kuwait to oversee the Rapid Fielding Initiative’s staging and fielding facility operations in Kuwait and Afghanistan. After all, she was an MP, and by no means a logistician. Only a week later, she ranked her job as the assignment of a lifetime. “You can’t help but love coming to work every day,” said Ryan, a member of the Rhode Island Army National Guard, just before her return to the States last fall. “Soldiers are aware that […]

#AAC25 Army looks to lighten load for Soldiers in Afghanistan

#AAC25 Army looks to lighten load for Soldiers in Afghanistan

By Debi Dawson, PEO Soldier FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Army News Service, Oct. 15, 2009) — The Army is poised to introduce a plate-carrier vest to provide Soldiers more lightweight gear in the challenging operational environments of Afghanistan. An $18.6 million contract for 57,000 plate carriers was awarded Oct. 8, to KDH Defense Systems. The fielding schedule calls for the first plate carriers to be delivered to the Army in December after testing and be fielded to Soldiers soon thereafter. Deliveries under the contract are to be completed in March 2010. Program Executive Office Soldier has worked closely with the U.S. Army Infantry School, the Army Test and Evaluation Command, North […]

#AAC25 Army looks to lighten load for Soldiers in Afghanistan

#AAC25 Army looks to lighten load for Soldiers in Afghanistan

By Debi Dawson, PEO Soldier FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Army News Service, Oct. 15, 2009) — The Army is poised to introduce a plate-carrier vest to provide Soldiers more lightweight gear in the challenging operational environments of Afghanistan. An $18.6 million contract for 57,000 plate carriers was awarded Oct. 8, to KDH Defense Systems. The fielding schedule calls for the first plate carriers to be delivered to the Army in December after testing and be fielded to Soldiers soon thereafter. Deliveries under the contract are to be completed in March 2010. Program Executive Office Soldier has worked closely with the U.S. Army Infantry School, the Army Test and Evaluation Command, North […]

#AAC25 PM EW set to meet Army’s electronic warfare needs

#AAC25 PM EW set to meet Army’s electronic warfare needs

By Brandon Pollachek, PEO IEW&S ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Oct. 15, 2009) — As the U.S. Army approaches eight years of counter-insurgency operations in two theaters, Iraq and Afghanistan, the enemy use of the electromagnetic spectrum against U.S. Soldiers has remained a persistent challenge. Protecting Soldiers from improvised explosive devices and providing them with an accurate and complete understanding of their environment across the spectrum has brought about significant change in focus for the Army in the area of electronic warfare. By tightly integrating EW — as a form of non-kinetic fires — with existing kinetic capabilities, the the aim is to achieve spectrum dominance through an effects-based joint operations […]

#AAC25 Prophet Enhanced Set To Bolster ISR Coverage

#AAC25 Prophet Enhanced Set To Bolster ISR Coverage

By Brandon J. Pollachek, PEO IEW&S With an urgent demand from soldiers in the field to be able to collect as much information about the enemy in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Product Manager Prophet (PdM Prophet) has recently secured a system that will assist in meeting that need for battlespace awareness. On Oct. 20, Brig. Gen. Tom Cole, Program Executive Office Intelligence Electronic Warfare & Sensors along with Lt. Col. Jim Ross, PdM Prophet witnessed the roll out of the first Prophet Enhanced vehicle from General Dynamics in Scottsdale, AZ. Prophet Enhanced was one of the systems obtained by the Army under a short timeline as a part of the […]

#AAC25 Airborne School graduates first class of T-11 jumpers

#AAC25 Airborne School graduates first class of T-11 jumpers

By Tiffany Nabors, The Bayonet FORT BENNING, Ga. — By the time 2nd Lt. Charles Lesperance, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, handed his static line to the jumpmaster, March 16, prior to his first Airborne jump, he said his nervous anticipation had faded. “The first day (we were scheduled to exit), we got rained out,” he said. “That added to the nerves, but when I sat down on the plane (the next day), the nervousness disappeared because I knew I was about to do it.” That moment, he said, gave weight to each of the 10 days of Airborne training prior. After sounding off the one-minute warning to jumpers behind […]

#AAC25 – FORCE XXI: DIGITIZING THE BATTLEFIELD

#AAC25 – FORCE XXI: DIGITIZING THE BATTLEFIELD

By Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Introduction As we move toward the 21st century, our Army will be called on to respond to crises in a world that is increasingly unpredictable. We will be called on to respond to crises which demand capabilities that could not have been anticipated a few years ago. But whatever the mission, the nation will expect us to succeed, to “win.” A we face the 21st century, this complex global political matrix is juxtaposed with a revolution in information technology that is changing our ideas about how to organize and how to fight. The power of the micro-processor, having its genesis […]

#AAC25 Army unveils Light Utility Helicopter UH-72A Lakota

#AAC25 Army unveils Light Utility Helicopter UH-72A Lakota

By Kim Henry, Lt. Col. Martin Downie COLUMBUS, Miss. (Army News Service, Dec. 11, 2006) – Gen. Richard A. Cody, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, and Joe RedCloud, a chief of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Lakota Nation, accepted the Army’s first Lakota Light Utility Helicopter, UH-72A, in a ceremony here today. “The Light Utility Helicopter – from concept development to material fielding to rapid deployment – is not only serving as a catalyst for change across the Army, it is also accelerating the speed of Army aviation modernization and integration with other services and government agencies,” said Cody. The Army has a long-standing tradition of using American Indian […]

#AAC25 Improved Outer Tactical Vest

#AAC25 Improved Outer Tactical Vest

By Debi Dawson, PEO Soldier FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Army News Service, April 2, 2007) – The Army continues to upgrade body armor to increase protection from bullets and fragments, and soon will field the Improved Outer Tactical Vest to Soldiers deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan. The IOTV meets Program Executive Office Soldier’s goals of providing Soldiers with the most advanced protective gear available while also improving comfort and mission effectiveness. “The IOTV is more than three pounds lighter than the current OTV, but provides an equal level of protection over an increased area,” said Brig. Gen. R. Mark Brown, Program Executive Officer Soldier. “This vest epitomizes our continuous efforts to […]

#AAC25 New Chinook Unveiled at Fort Campbell

#AAC25 New Chinook Unveiled at Fort Campbell

By Gregory Frye FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (Army News Service, Aug. 17, 2007) – Aviation history was made at Fort Campbell Wednesday as a newly designed CH-47 Chinook helicopter was officially ushered into operation. Allowing greater capability and Soldier safety, the new $30 million bird was turned over to Company B, 7th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade. “How appropriate that we come together here with this aircraft at this installation with this unit,” said Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser, 101st Airborne Division commander. Most known for its tandem rotors and heavy-lift capabilities, the helicopter can fly in extremely high altitudes and handle cargo unlike any other aircraft. Now with […]