Industry Teams at Work on JMR

Industry Teams at Work on JMR

By Kris Osborn The Joint Multi-Role science & technology effort is exploring the development of a new attack or utility helicopter. Here, SPC David Reed, an Apache Mechanic in the 615th Aviation Support Battalion, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade (ACB), 1st Cavalry Division (Cav. Div.), Multi-National Division – Baghdad, works on the engine compartment of the helicopter during a 500-hour phase maintenance inspection on the AH-64D Apache attack helicopter. (U.S. Army photo by SGT Travis Zielinksi, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs.) The Pentagon and the Army are in the early stages of a far-reaching science and technology (S&T) effort to engineer, build, and deliver a next-generation helicopter with vastly […]

Pentagon, Army Developing Next-Generation Helicopter Fleet

Pentagon, Army Developing Next-Generation Helicopter Fleet

By Kris Osborn AMRDEC conceptual renderings of potential future JMR configurations. (U.S. Army images by AMRDEC.) The Pentagon and the Army are in the early stages of a far-reaching science and technology (S&T) effort to engineer, build, and deliver a next-generation helicopter with vastly improved avionics, electronics, range, speed, propulsion, survivability, operating density altitudes, and payload capacity. In a series of five articles, Access AL&T looks in detail at what this program is intended to accomplish and how industry is contributing. The Army-led Joint Multi-Role (JMR) program is a broadly scoped Pentagon endeavor representing the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the military services, the U.S. Coast Guard, the […]

Taking Telemedicine to the Front Lines

Taking Telemedicine to the Front Lines

By Jeffrey M. Soares A medic from the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th infantry Division uses TEMPUS Pro in a tactical evacuation vehicle to assess a patient, record vital signs, and transmit telemetry and the patient’s Tactical Combat Casualty Care Card to the Brigade Surgeon at Fort Wainwright, AK, in January 2011. (U.S. Army photos by TATRC.) In an age of smartphones and high-tech gadgets galore, it may be surprising to hear that one of the next “big things” coming out of the electronics arena is being spearheaded by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) at Fort Detrick, MD. Since 2009, the USAMRMC has been directing, […]

Laser Detecting Sets Ensure Air Crews’ Safety

Laser Detecting Sets Ensure Air Crews’ Safety

By Brandon Pollachek AN/AVR-2B Laser Detecting Sets are being integrated onto various aircraft, including the UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter. (Photo courtesy of PEO IEW&S.) In a Connecticut industrial plant, far from the battlefields of Afghanistan, a system that has provided Soldiers with vital protection reached a significant milestone on Dec. 7, which happened to be the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Army accepted the delivery of the 1,000th AN/AVR-2B Laser Detecting Set (LDS) from the Goodrich Corp. during a ceremony at the contractor’s facility in Danbury, CT. Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy; BG Harold J. Greene, Program Executive Officer Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, and Sensors (PEO IEW&S); […]

New Neurophysiology Device Helps Treat Soldiers in Combat Zone

New Neurophysiology Device Helps Treat Soldiers in Combat Zone

By Dan Kennedy The Nihon Kohden Multi-Modality Neuro Device allows doctors to diagnose brain trauma earlier so that Soldiers can receive appropriate medical treatments if necessary. (Photo by Patrick Doyle, USAMMA.) The U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency (USAMMA), a subcommand of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, recently fielded a Nihon Kohden Multi-Modality Neuro Device, responding to an Operational Needs Statement from the Afghanistan Theater of Operations (ATO). The device provides neurophysiological studies for forward troops, keeping Soldiers in the fight. This U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved device synchronizes various modules, coordinates data, and provides a detailed analysis of vital recordings. A theater neurologist then interprets the findings […]

Technology Improves Behavioral Health Services

Technology Improves Behavioral Health Services

By CPT Cory Gerould SPC Jeffrey Villar (seated), a Behavioral Health Specialist with the 204th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, speaks with a Soldier from a distant location on the telebehavioral health (TBH) system at Forward Operating Base Walton, Afghanistan, in November. TBH provides real-time videoconferencing and an atmosphere similar to that of face-to-face interactions in a more traditional setting. (Photo by CPT Cory Gerould.) As the brigade psychologist for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, using telebehavioral health (TBH) to conduct consultations has significantly increased my ability to provide services to a greater number of Soldiers more efficiently and quickly. Additionally, TBH […]

USAMRMC Protects Soldiers Against Unseen Enemy

USAMRMC Protects Soldiers Against Unseen Enemy

A Soldier at Fort Benning, GA, prepares to take the new adenovirus vaccine, which is administered in tablet form. (Photo by Traci Vactor, MILVAX.) The new adenovirus vaccine, which replaces an older version that has been out of production for more than a decade, was shipped to basic training sites in October, the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) announced. Adenovirus infections cause approximately 15,000 illnesses per year in basic trainees, said Dr. Lawrence Lightner, USAMRMC Project Manager for Pharmaceutical Systems. Every vaccine tablet has been delivered to the nine basic training sites in all branches of the U.S. military during the initial phase of fielding. Immunizations began at […]

Military Surgeons Association Names MC4 Top IT Team

Military Surgeons Association Names MC4 Top IT Team

LTC Rafael G. Semidei Sr. (on screen), a psychiatrist with the 883rd Medical Detachment (Combat Stress Control), and SGT Marie Swieta, Noncommissioned Officer in Charge with the 547th Area Support Medical Company (Combat Stress Control), demonstrate the tele-behavioral health system in Baghdad, Iraq. (Photo courtesy of Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4).) The U.S. Army’s Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) Program has earned the distinction of having the 2011 top information technology (IT) team from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS). The AMSUS Information Technology Award honors organizations that have made significant contributions in IT, specifically those that improve the effectiveness and cohesiveness […]

AbilityOne Partnerships a ‘Good Fit’ for Army Contracting

AbilityOne Partnerships a ‘Good Fit’ for Army Contracting

By David San Miguel The U.S. Army Contracting Command facilitates agreements with AbilityOne and other organizations supporting those with disabilities to provide work for people with disabilities. Here, San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind (SALB) employee Henry Martinez describes his job to SGT Harlowe Allen at the SALB during a visit from 40 U.S. Army South NCOs in June 2011. (U.S. Army photo by Robert Ramon.) One needs only to read the headlines, listen to the radio, or watch the evening news to learn that the unemployment rate is high and that thousands of people are without jobs. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor statistics reports that the […]

S&T Notebook: Looking to the Future

S&T Notebook: Looking to the Future

By Dr. Scott Fish COL Lary Chinowsky, Dr. Scott Fish’s Military Assistant, presented the keynote address at the 19th Annual U.S. Army Research Laboratory/United States Military Academy (ARL/USMA) Science Symposium in Atlantic City, NJ, speaking to ARL researchers and Cadets. Here, Cadet Zackary Brownlee, U.S. Military Academy, prepares various methanol concentration solutions for fuel cells at the Army Research Laboratory. (U.S. Army photo by ARL.) This is a regular column by Dr. Scott Fish, Army Chief Scientist, on activities in the Army science and technology (S&T) community and their potential impact on Army acquisition programs. A lot of exciting and great things have occurred since the last time I reported out to […]