By JoAnne Castagna, Ed.D.
In the skies somewhere above the Middle East, several Black Hawk helicopters hover. Their doors open and American service members exit and swiftly descend by rope to the ground. They move in on high value targets of interest and confiscate their weapons, ammunition and intel.
What helped to make this mission a success was the fast rope system installed on the Black Hawks by the Flight Activity Center that is part of the U.S. Army Communications Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, in Lakehurst, New Jersey.
In order for the center to continue to create these much needed technologies, they realized they had to upgrade their facilities to match the challenges being presented during their missions. As a result, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District is constructing a new energy-efficient multi-purpose complex that will help the center to continue their important mission while at the same time save the base and taxpayers considerable money.