Faces of the Force: Dana Osborne

Faces of the Force: Dana Osborne

POSITION: Chief, UAS Operations, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office UNIT: Program Executive Office (PEO) Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 22 years. AWARDS: Department of the Army Commanders Award for Civilian Service, AUSA Department of the Army Civilian of the Year for Technical and Professional, and Order of Prometheus. EDUCATION: BS Business Administration, Athens State University; Athens, Alabama.   Rocky start leads to solid career By Susan Follett Dana Osborne’s first day on the job was almost her last. But with a little determination and some help from a couple of managers, she turned a rocky start into a 22-year career, continuing a family legacy of service that […]

#AAC25 Depot Completes 3,000th General Electric T-701D Conversion Engine

#AAC25 Depot Completes 3,000th General Electric T-701D Conversion Engine

By Jaclyn Nix, CCAD Public Affairs Corpus Christ Army Depot with partner, General Electric, celebrated the completion of the 3,000th T701D conversion engine overhaul with a small cake cutting ceremony in the Engine Test Cell area on February 23, 2012. The U.S. Army plans to convert its entire fleet of UH-60M Black Hawk and AH-64 Apache helicopters to the T701D engine. At 2,000 shaft horsepower, the T701D features improved hot-section components that provide twice the hot-section durability and five percent more power than the current T700-GE-701C model engine. “These engines support the most advanced fighting force the world has ever seen,” said Roderick Benson, Director of Engine Production. CCAD completely […]

#AAC25 100th Lakota Continues War Fighter Support

#AAC25 100th Lakota Continues War Fighter Support

By PEO Aviation COLUMBUS, Miss. – The 100th delivery of the UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter was celebrated at a rollout ceremony Thursday at the American Eurocopter facility in Columbus. The delivery marks another on-time and on-budget achievement for a successful program that supports America’s war fighters and contributes to homeland security. “The UH-72A Lakota program has progressed on schedule and within budget constraints,” said Col. L. Neil Thurgood, the Army’s project manager of the Utility Helicopter office. “The aircraft has been well received by Army aircrews and we have maintained a remarkably high operational availability rate combined with an admirable safety record. We especially look forward to fielding even […]

#AAC25 Kiowa enhancements to give aging warrior new life

#AAC25 Kiowa enhancements to give aging warrior new life

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 27, 2010) — The Kiowa Warrior OH-58D, the Army’s primary armed reconnaissance scout aircraft in Iraq and Afghanistan, is about to get a makeover that will extend its life well into the future. Col. Robert Grigsby, project manager for the Kiowa Warrior Product Management Office, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., told aviation writers during the 2010 Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exhibition Tuesday that a new equipment package planned for the OH-58D includes such items as an upgraded sensor, digital inter-cockpit communications, and software for enhanced situational awareness that will keep the aircraft fighting for years to come. “Once the Army determines what the […]

#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 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 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 […]

USAASC launches weapon system website

USAASC launches weapon system website

By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Sept. 3, 2014) — As the result of budget constraints and the cost of print production, the Army has not printed its traditional coffee table-style Weapon Systems Handbook for the last two years. However, because of the publication’s popularity, the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC), which produces the handbook, created a Web-based version for this year. Like a lot of good print products—the phone book, the encyclopedia, to name just a few—the 2014 Weapon Systems Handbook is going digital. Readers can currently find information on 30 key systems at that website, and the program executive offices (PEOs) are adding new systems and updating […]

Aviation PM relishes job challenges

Aviation PM relishes job challenges

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. James “Chris” Mills   POSITION: Product Manager for Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters, Program Executive Office for Aviation TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 23 AWARDS: Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2), Meritorious Service Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal (4), Army Achievement Medal (3), Joint Service Achievement Medal. EDUCATION: University of Tennessee Knoxville, B.S. Civil Engineering; University of Tennessee Space Institute, M.S. Aviation Systems. DEPLOYMENTS: 2010, Afghanistan. Spend the day in Lt. Col. Chris Mills’ shoes and you’ll get to experience the entire acquisition life cycle. As Product Manager for Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters, he and his team are responsible for the Army’s scout helicopter and training helicopter fleets, managing […]

‘Army to the Corps’ Electrical engineer helps change the face of aviation

‘Army to the Corps’  Electrical engineer helps change the face of aviation

Faces of the Force: Mary Ottman     POSITION: Deputy Product Director UNIT: Product Directorate, Unmanned Systems Airspace Integration Concepts, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 24 EDUCATION: B.S.E.E., University of Alabama in Huntsville; MBA, Auburn University; Master of Management and Leadership, Webster University   By Steve Stark   The Army’s Ground-Based Sense-and-Avoid System (GBSAA) is the first system of its kind and it’s changing the face of unmanned aviation—and as its deputy product director Mary Ottman is at the heart of the development effort. It’s a DOD system that the Army has taken the lead on, specifically within the Army’s Project Management Office for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (PM […]