Army Reserve Launches Air Traffic Control Simulator System

Army Reserve Launches Air Traffic Control Simulator System

[author type="author"]William G. Balliew[/author] The U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) has established the first fully accredited unit-level Air Traffic Control (ATC) simulator system in the Army at Fort Rucker, AL, fulfilling a vision for a simulation training strategy that closely replicates real-life air traffic control situations. The system is just what planners from the USAR Command (USARC) Aviation Directorate had in mind when the 2nd Airfield Operations Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment (2-58) was activated in 2007 to train air traffic controllers. The planners foresaw the unit developing a realistic simulation training strategy, and an accredited ATC simulator system was critical to that strategy. “Simulation is the future of aviation training. This […]

Army Consolidating Applications For Better Commonality, Interoperability

Army Consolidating Applications For Better Commonality, Interoperability

[author type="author"]Kris Osborn[/author] The U.S. Army’s Project Manger Battle Command (PM BC) is working vigorously to “collapse” the boundaries separating various applications from one another and to engineer a consolidated product line aimed at increasing interoperability between capabilities, such as fires, maneuver, sustainment, airspace management, and air defense, service officials said. “We have a lot of systems in a command post. All of those systems make it very complex for the commander and staff to perform their critical functions,” said COL David Moore, PM BC, within Program Executive Office Command, Control, and Communications-Tactical. The BC Collapse Strategy consists of ongoing efforts to consolidate the tactical server infrastructure and develop two […]

Tunnel Provides New Capability to Yuma Proving Ground

Tunnel Provides New Capability to Yuma Proving Ground

[author type="author"]Mark Schauer[/author] The effort to secure America’s borders has commanded enormous attention as a national security imperative for nearly a decade. As civilian law enforcement and military agencies gain ground with extensive fencing, increased patrols, and aerial surveillance, drug smugglers have taken to underground tunneling to continue their illicit activities. Their tunnels range from rudimentary, shallow holes and narrow pipes used to pass drug bundles, to elaborate structures with reinforced concrete walls and artificial lighting that people can walk through. More than 100 border tunnels have been discovered by law enforcement agencies since 1990; 30 of them were found in the past five years. Furthermore, insurgents in Iraq and […]

Deployed Dentists Test Lightweight Mobile X-Ray System

Deployed Dentists Test Lightweight Mobile X-Ray System

[author type="author"]SPC Jonathan Thomas[/author] It can be difficult for deployed Soldiers to get conventional dental treatment, but Army dentists at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, are testing a portable X-ray system that could make it easier. “A lot of the dentists in [Afghanistan] are not working in a fixed facility. They don’t have the luxury of mounting an X-ray system to the wall, because they’re in a tent,” said COL Chris Evanov, a general dentist with the 257th Dental Company, which tested the system. The Nomad Pro, an X-ray system that weighs 5½ pounds, captures digital X-ray images and doesn’t require a darkroom, allowing dentists to operate in remote environments. “I’ve been […]

Machine Foreign Language Translation Systems Bridge Gap Between Soldiers, Locals

Machine Foreign Language Translation Systems Bridge Gap Between Soldiers, Locals

[author type="author"]Brandon Pollachek[/author] Obtaining information, providing assistance, and forging relationships are very tough to do when first meeting people, but are even tougher when you are in a combat environment and don’t speak the local language. That was the scenario many U.S. forces were faced with as they began to work with local citizens in Iraq and Afghanistan to provide assistance, gain intelligence, and build situational awareness for force protection. There were few ways to communicate accurately, especially with a shortage of qualified linguists. The initial solution was to field a quick reaction capability (QRC) that could meet the immediate need while a more robust program of record (POR) known […]

Handheld Devices Streamline Theater Enterprise-Wide Logistics System

Handheld Devices Streamline Theater Enterprise-Wide Logistics System

[author type="author"]LTC Shon-Neil Severns and Holger Gerlach[/author] On March 21, the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Center-Korea (USAMMC-K) became the third Army Medical Logistics Enterprise organization to use the Theater Enterprise Worldwide Logistics System (TEWLS) Radio Frequency handheld device within its medical supply chain operations. The devices will help USAMMC-K achieve its mission and improve efficiencies across the enterprise. With the implementation of Radio Frequency (RF) handheld devices, USAMMC-K can now process and track all medical supply orders electronically, which will reduce the number of Supply Discrepancy Reports submitted by customers and will lessen the paper requirements placed upon the organizations. USAMMC-K supports the holistic, operational, and strategic medical logistics approach […]

Unique Systems Engineering and Horizontal Technology Integration Earns Prestigious Award for Second Generation Forward Looking Infrared

Unique Systems Engineering and Horizontal Technology Integration Earns Prestigious Award for Second Generation Forward Looking Infrared

[author type="author"]Brandon Pollachek and Christina Bates[/author] As he accepted the 2009 LTG Thomas R. Ferguson Jr. Systems Engineering Excellence Group Award for the Second Generation Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR), Michael Doney, Deputy Product Manager (PM) FLIR, reflected on the vision that was emplaced 15 years earlier. It was that vision, founded in horizontal technology integration (HTI) principles and combined with enduring, diligent execution that led the National Defense Industrial Association to honor PM FLIR and its Second Generation FLIR (SGF). The award is given annually to the product office that clearly demonstrates outstanding achievement in the practical application of systems engineering. “The vision was to employ the very best in […]

The Director, Acquisition Career Management Award Call for Nominations Closes June 21

The Director, Acquisition Career Management Award Call for Nominations Closes June 21

The Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Award Call for Nominations closes Tuesday, June 21, 2011. This award recognizes an acquisition workforce member who has demonstrated exemplary performance and has made significant, long-lasting contributions to the U.S. Army Acquisition Corps over the course of his or her career as a federal government employee or serving in the military. Nominees may work at any level, organization, or capacity within the Army Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce. All Army AL&T Workforce military (including Reserve Component Soldiers) and civilian employees are eligible for award nomination. The nominee’s career should span a minimum of 20 years of federal government or military service. The winners […]

Picatinny Lands Patent for Explosive Ordnance Disposal Video Game

Picatinny Lands Patent for Explosive Ordnance Disposal Video Game

A patent was recently granted for a process to safely train Soldiers in how to operate a variety of robots used in Iraq and Afghanistan to detonate improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The Robotic Vehicle Trainer is a realistic video game that simulates combat environments using the same controls as actual robots used in Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD). The design was the brainchild of Dr. Bernard Reger, Chief of the Combat Support and Munitions Systems Branch of the Armament Software Engineering Center. within the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC). Reger received the patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Dec. 28 (No. 7,860,614). The patent […]

U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Conference Draws Small Businesses Looking for Big Contracts

U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Conference Draws Small Businesses Looking for Big Contracts

[author type="author"]Jill Lauterborn[/author] Business isn’t for the fainthearted. Consider the small business owner, who must shepherd a company through the entrepreneurial days of sweat equity to build a brand and experience sustainable growth. Challenges are myriad, and the turbulent economy requires an extra measure of resilience. Networking is critical for those seeking an edge. It’s no surprise, then, that 220 attendees and 40 exhibitors joined the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) for its Advanced Planning Briefing for Industry and Small Business Conference in Hagerstown, MD, eager to learn of opportunities and meet subcommand leaders. Their hope was to turn a stack of business cards into profitable contracts. […]