ACU-Alternate uniform offers more fit options

ACU-Alternate uniform offers more fit options

By Spc. Danielle Gregory   FORT SILL, Okla. – A new Army Combat Uniform with special consideration to the female form is now at Fort Sill, and it is being issued to new Soldiers going through basic combat training. The new uniform, several years in the making, was initially considered as being the first female-only uniform, but instead is now approved for both sexes and is being called ACU-A for Army Combat Uniform-Alternate. “We started issuing them slowly in April, and we’ve since been issuing them more frequently as our fitters get more comfortable placing Soldiers in them,” said Trevor Whitworth, central initial issue point (CIIP) project manager, where new […]

Army scientists research new technologies for rapid, accurate detection capabilities

Army scientists research new technologies for rapid, accurate detection capabilities

By ECBC Communications   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — First responders occasionally come across suspicious powders, requiring them to have technology on hand to screen samples and identify whether or not they are a chemical or biological agent. Current technology performs a test to determine whether or not protein exists on the sample, an indication that the sample is live, or active. With this technology, specificity is low, false positives are common and the cost is very high: one test costs $26. Researchers at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, or ECBC, are seeking alternate technology that is more effective and lower in cost. Originally funded by Section 219 […]

Army Announces ACC Senior Leadership Changes

Army Announces ACC Senior Leadership Changes

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.—Two of U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC’s) senior leaders have been selected for reassignment, the Army announced June 28. Maj. Gen. Camille M. Nichols, ACC commanding general (CG), has been selected for assignment as deputy CG for support and chief of staff, Installation Management Command (IMCOM), San Antonio, Texas. Brig. Gen. Theodore “Ted” C. Harrison, CG, U.S. Army Expeditionary Contracting Command (ECC) has been selected to succeed Nichols as the ACC CG. The change of command date has not been set. ACC and ECC are both headquartered on Redstone Arsenal. “It has been an honor to serve in the ACC,” Nichols said. “The Soldiers and civilians are inspirational […]

Army AL&T magazine now “mobile-ized”

Army AL&T magazine now “mobile-ized”

Fort Belvoir, Va. — The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) announced today the release of the app version of its award-winning trade publication, Army AL&T magazine. The app is now available for Android and iOS devices on the iTunes Store and Google Play. “We found from our reader surveys that a significant portion of our audience reads the magazine online and that many would like to be able to read it on-the-go too,” said Army AL&T Editor-in-Chief Nelson McCouch. “Now it’s available as a free download for mobile devices.” The app resembles the online version of the magazine that readers are familiar with, and issues are available beginning in […]

New DASA for Procurement Announced

New DASA for Procurement Announced

The Hon. Heidi Shyu assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology announced on June 14, that Harry P. Hallock, executive director of the Army Contracting Command (AAC)-Warren, Mich., will be the next the next deputy assistant secretary of the Army (DASA) (procurement), effective July 15. “Mr. Harry Hallock has more than 20 years of acquisition, logistics and contracting experience, most of which has been in direct support of our war fighters. His leadership and contracting expertise will make him an invaluable asset to our team,” said Shyu. Hallock leaves his position as the executive director of the Army Contracting Command-Warren, Mich., after six years at the helm. […]

Security cooperation for the future: opportunities, challenges, and transformation

Security cooperation for the future: opportunities, challenges, and transformation

By Chris Mewett   Members of the security cooperation (SC) community gathered in Arlington, Va., last month to share ideas about how their organizations can continue to provide effective support to both international partners and national strategic objectives in a time of austerity and change. The 2013 Security Cooperation Workshop, hosted by the Office of the deputy assistant secretary of the Army for defense exports and cooperation (DASA (DE&C)), brought together people from across the Departments of State and Defense – from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the military departments, the Joint Staff, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management, and other […]

Acquisition partnership to roll out new improved Sentinel Radar

Acquisition partnership to roll out new improved Sentinel Radar

By Michael A. Wilson and Michael J. Glenn   Embracing the Army agile process, the Cruise Missile Defense Systems (CMDS) Project Office’s Sentinel Product Office (SPO), went from early planning, to prototype and then qualification testing of a new Enhanced Sentinel Radar in just over 12 months. Sentinel will showcase this latest evolution enhancing force protection and Soldier survivability in a roll-out of the AN/MPQ 64A3 Enhanced Sentinel Radar first production unit on a Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) in October at Letterkenny Army Depot, Pa. (LEAD). Sentinel is the only 360-degree coverage air defense radar in the Army’s current inventory and features a 3 DX Band phased array […]

Unexpected experience shapes a logistician’s career

Unexpected experience shapes a logistician’s career

Faces of the Force:     POSITION: Logistics Management Specialist UNIT: Joint Attack Munition Systems (JAMS) Project Office, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 5 DEPLOYMENTS: Iraq, 2011 AWARDS: Joint Civilian Service Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal EDUCATION: B.S. Business Administration, The University of Alabama; B.S. Management Information Systems, Auburn University; M.S. Logistics Management, Florida Institute of Technology   By Tara Clements   FOTF Editor’s Note: Working “above your pay grade”? For Carrie Caldwell Clinard, that phrase quickly became a reality three years into her Army Civilian career when she deployed to Iraq. When she arrived in Iraq, instead of the job she thought she was going […]

Army proving ground, academia partner to improve Soldier communication networks

Army proving ground, academia partner to improve Soldier communication networks

By Ray K. Ragan   FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. – The U.S. Army Electronic Proving Ground (USAEPG) recently started work with an academic partner at Arizona State University’s (ASU) Security and Defense Systems Initiative (SDSI) in Arizona to assist USAEPG in its mission to test the Army’s networks. “We [USAEPG] wanted to team up with someone in the academic world and take advantage of the latest research and see if we could apply that to our mission,” said Pat Kerr, a computer scientist at USAEPG. The Fort Huachuca-headquartered USAEPG found a willing partner in ASU’s SDSI, who was looking for just this sort of partnership, to bring academic knowledge and research […]

The evolution of Trail Bosses, a one-stop shop for acquisition enterprise integration into the NIE

The evolution of Trail Bosses, a one-stop shop for acquisition enterprise integration into the NIE

By Lt. Col. Keith Taylor   One of the things that makes the Network Integration Evaluations (NIEs) so valuable is that the Soldiers judging equipment are not part of a so-called “test unit,” but an operational brigade combat team, but that’s also one of the things that makes the NIEs so difficult. The 2nd Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 1st Armored Division (2/1 AD) still has all of the responsibilities of a typical BCT: arms proficiency, physical training tests, developing the junior enlisted into noncommissioned officers and carrying out all of their standard training. At the same time, the Army requires them to learn and evaluate dozens of sophisticated communications systems, […]