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PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. — The Armament Software Engineering Center at the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center here was recently recognized as one of the top organizations within the federal government by earning a CMMI-DEV Maturity Level 5 distinction. We are the only U.S. Federal Government organization to currently hold that. To find out more about what a big deal that is, click here to read the whole story.

Alabama honors Army aviation directorate

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REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. — The Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center’s Engineering Directorate has received an Alabama Performance Excellence Award.

The award is administered by the AlaQuest Center for Performance Excellence, which assists organizations to achieve excellence and efficiency through training and education, workforce development and best practice sharing.

Former ED director Patti Martin said the award demonstrates the commitment of the work force to technical excellence and the effectiveness of the directorate’s technical processes and partnerships. Martin was director at the time the award application was submitted.

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Army announces greatest inventions of 2011

Spc. Nicholas Ketchen and Spc. Colt Corbin, mortarmen from Company C, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, achieved a first in the U.S. Army history by firing a 120mm Mortar Precision Guided Munition for the first time in Afghanistan, and hitting within four meters of the target, on Forward Operation Base Kushamond, Afghanistan, March 26, 2011.

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — U.S. Army officials announced the winners of its greatest inventions competition Sept. 19.

A team of combat veteran non-commissioned officers, as well as U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command field-grade officers, reviewed and voted for the Army Greatest Inventions of 2011.

Dale Ormond, director of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, commended the scientists and engineers for their efforts to empower, unburden and protect Soldiers.

“The contributions made by these teams promise to improve the well-being of Soldiers and the Army’s capability to contribute to quality of life and our national security,” Ormond said. “All of the nominated inventions demonstrate significant contributions to the warfighter.

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DoD recognizes Combat Feeding Directorate

 

Mr. Anthony Patti, EET Project Officer, accepts the SBIR Achievement Award for development of the Combined Heat and Power System, from Dr. Scott Fish, DoD Chief Scientist (right)
Mr. Anthony Patti, EET Project Officer, accepts the SBIR Achievement Award for development of the Combined Heat and Power System, from Dr. Scott Fish, DoD Chief Scientist (right)

Submitted by Paul DellaRocca, Equipment and Energy Technology Team, Combat Feeding Directorate, Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On May 20, 2011, representatives of the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center – Department of Defense Combat Feeding Directorate attended the Small Business Innovation Research Achievement Awards ceremony held at the Pentagon to receive two awards.  The ceremony is held annually to highlight the most successful SBIR Phase II projects, defined as those that successfully matured the most innovative technologies from the concept stage into successful demonstration prototypes, and which show the most promise for moving that equipment into the hands of the Warfighter.

The Army Achievement Awards are highly competitive: this year of the 649 projects eligible to compete for an award, 11 recipients were selected for this prestigious award across the Department of Defense and the NSRDEC’s.  The Combat Feeding Directorate received two awards for: Combined Heat and Power System (CHPS), and Ethylene Control in Fresh Fruits and Vegetables.

John P. Pucci, Operations Manager for SBIR Program Management Office, began the proceedings and introduced Dr. Scott Fish, DoD Chief Scientist, who presided over the event.  Major General Justice, Commanding General of the Research, Development and Engineering Command, and Dr. John Glenn, Principal Assistant for Research and Technology, US Army Medical Research Materiel Command were also in attendance.  The Army SBIR Program Management Office ensures that noteworthy Phase II projects receive widespread recognition. The office prepares an SBIR Achievement Award Winners brochure recognizing the top projects.

Anthony Patti, EET Senior Project Officer, was in attendance to accept an award for his work on the CHPS program.  The CHPS technology provides clean, quiet, and reliable electrical power that also cogenerates heat into hot water or space-heating, thus maximizing the system efficiency well beyond other energy producing equipment. This program successfully integrated an innovative external combustion Free-Piston Stirling Engine designed for low cost mass-production as a solar dish engine product into a JP-8 fueled CHPS to deliver electricity and useful hot water simultaneously. Stirling-engine technology has progressed into Phase III under an SBIR Commercialization Pilot Program contract with Infinia Corporation of Kennewick, WA.  The prototype CHPS is scheduled for demonstration and testing in early FY12.

Peter Lavigne, EET Senior Project Officer, received an award for his contributions to the Ethylene Control program. This program, in partnership with Primaira, LLC, was recognized for its development of a low cost, compact, low-power technology that maximizes the shelf-life and quality of fresh produce being transported to our troops around the world.  The successful development of the Bluezone™ technology has recently been demonstrated in full-scale, side-by-side comparative testing and has proven that the Bluezone™ technology safely and cost effectively removes ethylene, inhibits microbial growth, and improves the quality and longevity of fresh fruits and vegetables. This technology has benefits along the entire storage, distribution, transport, and end-use supply chain.

ARL employee earns first place in international competition

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Zachary Melrose won a first place award for his work on “Damage Sensing in Adhesively-Bonded Composite/ Steel Joints Using Carbon Nanotubes.” His research evaluates the ability of carbon nanotube networks to sense and distinguish different types of damage in adhesively-bonded hybrid composite-to-metal joints. Melrose demonstrated that different failure mechanisms possess a distinct resistance response, proving the ability to not only sense failure in situ, but also to distinguish the extent and nature of the damage that occurs.

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RDECOM selects top NCO, Soldier

 

Soldiers compete in obstacle course

Spc. Bernard Quackenbush, an avionics and survivability repair technician from the Army Research Laboratory, navigates over, around and through an obstacle course March 30 as part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s week-long Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year competition.

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The “best of the best” — the top noncommissioned officer and Soldier serving in the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command — were announced here April 1 as the command’s Soldier and NCO of the Year competition drew to a close.

Maj. Gen. Nick Justice, RDECOM commanding general, presided over the awards ceremony and told Soldiers in attendance they are helping “to operationalize this command.”

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Army awards civilian Air Medal for past service

Army awards civilian Air Medal for past service

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The Army awarded one of America’s highest awards for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight nearly 20 years late to a U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command budget analyst.

Today, Karen Dawson is known for her expert number crunching skills. But in 1990, she was a flight medic with the U.S. Army Reserve’s 336th Medical Detachment – a helicopter ambulance unit stationed in New York.

While deployed to Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Dawson and her former battle buddies evacuated sick and wounded Soldiers from the battlefield, as well as transported medical personnel to POW camps to treat Iraqi soldiers.

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RDECOM commander named ‘Military Leader of the Year’

APG commander named 'Military Leader of the Year'

SAN FRANCISCO — The Association of Defense Communities named Maj. Gen. Nick Justice its Military Leader of the Year in a ceremony here Aug. 10.

The commanding general of the Research, Development and Engineering Command and Aberdeen Proving Ground was singled out for the prestigious award for his work inside and outside the APG gates as the installation transforms itself into one of the premier science and technology hubs on the east coast and in the Department of Defense, according to nominating officials.

Justice was one of six people or organizations to earn awards at the 2010 ADC Annual Conference, held here Aug. 8 -11.

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Picatinny’s highest-ranking civilian to receive Presidential award for exceptional service

Picatinny's highest civilian to receive Presidential award for exceptional service
PICATINNY, N.J. — Picatinny’s senior civilian will receive a 2009 Presidential Rank Award during a ceremony at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery June 28.

Secretary of the Army John McHugh will present the award to Dr. Joseph A. Lannon, director of the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center. The center is the focal point for weapons research for the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command.

The Presidential Rank Award is a formal recognition given to federal senior executives and career senior executives for their exceptional long-term achievements. There are two categories of rank awards: Distinguished and Meritorious.

McHugh will present Lannon with the Distinguished Executive Rank Award. Lannon is one of only seven Army senior executives receiving this particular honor this year. Lannon received a Presidential Rank Meritorious Executive Award in 2004.

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CERDEC civilian earns Presidential Rank Award

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FORT MONMOUTH, N.J. – A senior civilian leader gained presidential recognition for outstanding service. Anthony Lisuzzo, director of the Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center’s Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate received the Presidential Rank Award.

Lisuzzo is among the five percent of career-appointed Senior Executive Service, or SES, presented the meritorious executive award. After a panel reviewed nominations, a select few were chosen by President Barack Obama.

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Justice: This is a game-changer in modern warfare

“Work by a team of N.C. State University researchers led by professor Michael B. Steer has saved the lives of hundreds of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and changed the way wars there are fought by preventing the enemy from triggering roadside bombs with wireless devices such as cell phones,” according to a web article on TMCnet.com. U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Commanding General Maj. Gen. Nick Justice traveled to give North Carolina to present the Commander’s Award For Civilian Service to Steer. Read more…

RDECOM earns Superior Unit Award

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Superior Unit Award

Superior Unit Award

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUNDS, Md. — Army officials named the Research, Development and Engineering Command as winners of the Superior Unit Award. The award is presented by the U.S. Army for service to the nation “beyond what is expected.”

“This is an unprecented award,” said Maj. Gen. Paul S. Izzo, RDECOM commanding general. “In the past, this level of recognition was reserved for units in contact with the enemy.” Izzo said the award represents a “significant level of recognition by the Army of the value that the civilians and Soldiers of RDECOM have contributed to the global war on terrorism.”

The winning RDECOM nomination was for service during 2007 when the organization developed nine of the top 10 Army’s Greatest Inventions. “The men and women, Soldiers and civilians, scientists and leaders of the U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command displayed an outstanding devotion to the support of the warfighting force, and performed their mission in a superior manner while accomplishing unique and highly complex tasks,” read the nomination.

Army officials created the Superior Unit Award  in 1984 to recognize “meritorious unit performance of a difficult and challenging mission under extraordinary circumstances.”

Army Materiel Commanding General Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody will present the unit with a Superior Unit Award streamer in a ceremony in early 2010.

Soldiers assigned to the command will be authorized to wear a ribbon, while civilians may wear a Superior Unit Award lapel pin.

“The entire workforce should be proud of this accomplishment,” Izzo said. “It is true that one’s impact on operations is not necessarily related to one’s proximity to the fight.”