#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 […]

#AAC25 First Strike Ration on the way for the first to fight Warfighter

#AAC25 First Strike Ration on the way for the first to fight Warfighter

By NSRDEC Public Affairs NATICK, Mass. – A new compact, eat-on-the-move assault ration is well on its way to Warfighters’ hands. “The First Strike Ration is intended for the first on the ground, first to fight Warfighter,” said Barbara Daley, food technologist and FSR project officer, Combat Feeding Directorate, U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center. Usually when Warfighters are issued two or more Meals, Ready-to-Eat they “field strip” them to lessen the bulk and weight they are carrying. Personnel at NSRDEC found that not only were Warfighters tossing what they considered extra weight, such as the flameless ration heater and Tabasco sauce, but they were also tossing […]

#AAC25 CMWS provides protection one year early

#AAC25 CMWS provides protection one year early

By Brandon Pollachek, PEO IEW&S Public Affairs Officer In a New Hampshire industrial plant, far away from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, a system that has provided soldiers with a great amount of protection reached its original Acquisition Program Objective (APO) on April 30. The Army accepted the delivery of the1,710th Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) approximately one year ahead of schedule from BAE. With CMWS systems installed on almost all Army aircraft in the combat zone, pilots flying missions in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom have been afforded a sense of security, which was not available to them prior to the devices inclusion as a part […]

#AAC25 CROWS arrives in Iraq to keep gunners inside, out of sight

#AAC25 CROWS arrives in Iraq to keep gunners inside, out of sight

By Pfc. Jerome Bishop, Army News Service The first group of 35 remotely-operated weapons for mounting on top of Humvees arrived in Iraq recently and the systems were divided among military police, Special Forces, infantry and transportation units. The Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station, or CROWS as they are known, provide crews the ability to locate, identify and engage targets with better accuracy and improved range, while keeping the gunner inside, protected by the vehicle’s up-armor. The technology used on the CROWS is a variation of the remote-controlled crew-served weapons system already used on combat vehicles like the Bradley fighting vehicle and the M-1A1 Abrams tank. “We will be fielding, […]

#AAC25 STRI Fields First-Ever Virtual Training for Infantrymen

#AAC25 STRI Fields First-Ever Virtual Training for Infantrymen

By Rick Gregory, APEO Business Operations Support Staff Ever since Captain Kirk uttered the famous line, “Beam me up, Scotty,” on the popular Star Trek television series, people have been fascinated with the idea of being instantaneously transported to another location. For U.S. Soldiers, that day will soon be here, at least in the virtual sense. By early next year, a squad of up to nine Soldiers will be able to enter a nondescript training room, each taking their place on an assigned 10-by-10 foot pad ,and within minutes be virtually transported together to a geospecific combat zone that’s alive with the 3-D sights and 360-degree sounds of the battlefield. […]

#AAC25 Guardrail turns 40, modernization keeps it going

#AAC25 Guardrail turns 40, modernization keeps it going

By Brandon Pollachek, PEO IEW&S Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., July 8, 2011 — A dinner celebration on Aberdeen Proving Ground during the 2011 Special Electronic Mission Aircraft conference represented more than just an opportunity to bring together the numerous military, government and industry personnel that had been instrumental in the development and continued success of the Guardrail program, it served as an opportunity to reflect on 40 years of success with more to come. Guardrail aircraft were first employed in Germany in 1971 to monitor Soviet Block troop movements in East Germany and Czechoslovakia, and they continued to perform that function for nearly 30 years. At the end […]

#AAC25 Pilots train on new AH-64D Apache helicopter

#AAC25 Pilots train on new AH-64D Apache helicopter

By Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Troth, 1st CAB Public Affairs FORT RILEY, Kan. (Army News Service, Dec. 30, 2011) — A new helicopter is coming to the Block. The 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, is the first unit in the Army to have their entire fleet of Apache helicopters replaced with the comprehensively upgraded Apache (AH-64D) Block III beginning in February. “There are new components to the aircraft — new head tracker, a new helmet and new flight pages,” said Lt. Col. Edward Vedder, 1st Attack Reconnaissance Bn., commander. “It takes some getting used to.” The Apache Block III incorporates 26 new […]