Army technology team helps field robot

The PackBot 510 robot undergoes final testing at the Robot Logistics Support Center. (U.S. Army photo)

By Dan Lafontaine, RDECOM Public Affairs

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Dec. 18, 2015) — U.S. Army science and technology advisors have initiated a project to field a robot capable of assessing chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, explosives, or CBRNE, threats from a safe distance.

Several Army organizations combined on a new variant of the PackBot 510 robot with enhanced CBRNE detection capabilities.

“These robots are one-of-a-kind and filled a critical gap for Soldiers on the front lines in Korea,” said Lt. Col. Mark Meeker, field assistance in science and technology advisor assigned to U.S. Forces Korea.

American science team visits Nigeria

(From left to right)Lt. Cmdr. US Edom, lab officer, Ministry of Defence Health Implementation Programme; Wing Commander EK Ojemen, pharmacist/logistics, MODHIP; Robert Nelson, U.S. DOD Walter Reed Program-Nigeria; Brig. Gen. NA Hussain, director general, MODHIP; and Army Maj. Brian Hannah, science advisor, Field Assistance in Science and Technology for the U.S. Africa Command. (Courtesy photo)

(From left to right)Lt. Cmdr. US Edom, lab officer, Ministry of Defence Health Implementation Programme; Wing Commander EK Ojemen, pharmacist/logistics, MODHIP; Robert Nelson, U.S. DOD Walter Reed Program-Nigeria; Brig. Gen. NA Hussain, director general, MODHIP; and Army Maj. Brian Hannah, science advisor, Field Assistance in Science and Technology for the U.S. Africa Command. (Courtesy photo)

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Sept. 25, 2015) — A U.S. Army science advisor traveled to Nigeria Sept. 16, 2015, along with a team of U.S. Department of Defense medical officials to evaluate laboratory operations.

Army Maj. Brian Hannah, science advisor from the Field Assistance in Science and Technology for the U.S. Africa Command, said his goal on the trip was to access the Nigerian military’s capacity “to respond to another infectious disease outbreak and develop a comprehensive plan to build capacity.”

Also on the team: Col. Steven Thomas, Deputy Commander Walter Reed Army Institute of Research; Col. Nelson Michael, Director US Military HIV Research Program; Navy Capt. Patrick Blair, executive officer for Naval Medical Research Unit 3; Robbie Nelson, Walter Reed Program-Nigeria Country Director; Lt. Col. Julie Ake, deputy director Military HIV Research Program; Col. Matt Hepburn, program manager Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; and Lt. Joe Diclaro, technical advisor for the Liberian Institute for Biomedical Research.

(Courtesy photo)

“Our team engaged with our partners from the Nigerian Ministry of Defence Health Implementation Programme and toured the Defence Reference Laboratory (in Abuja), 445 Nigerian Air Force Hospital and Laboratory (in Lagos) and the 68 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital Yaba,” Hannah said.

Hannah said he is developing a recommendation to AFRICOM for a health diplomacy package, which is currently in the draft stage.

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