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The INSIDER

The INSIDER

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Published by U.S. Army RDECOM
December 2012 workforce newsletter. We develop technology and engineering solutions to make America's Soldiers Stronger. Smarter. Safer.
December 2012 workforce newsletter. We develop technology and engineering solutions to make America's Soldiers Stronger. Smarter. Safer.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE
RDECOM NEWSBRIEFS
News and information fromacross the organization, Page 2
SHYU OUTLINES STRATEGICMODERNIZATION PLANNINGAPPROACH
Page 4
RDECOM SENIOR NCO TALKS2012 MILESTONES
Page 6
SPOTLIGHT: DEPARTINGACTING DEPUTY DIRECTORSHARES HER THOUGHTS
Page 8
 YEAR IN REVIEW
Page 10
ARMY RESEARCHERSSEEK SECURE QUANTUMCOMMUNICATIONS
Page 12
NCOPD KICKS OFF ATREDSTONE ARSENAL
Page 14
‘LARRY THE CABLE GUY’SEES NATICK TECHNOLOGY
Page 16
RESEARCH CENTERSPARTNER FOR IMPROVEDAMMUNITION PACKAGING
Page 18
ENCRYPTED DNATECHNOLOGY COMBATSCOUNTERFEITING
Page 27
DECEMBER 2012
ISSUE NO. 6
Female body armor named amongbest inventions by Time Magazine
101st Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Soldiers will be the rst to test the new female body armor, which wasnamed one of Time Magazine’s best inventions of 2012, in Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by David Kamm)
By Bob ReinertUSAG-Natick Public Affairs
NATICK, Mass.
— An innovation thatwill leave female Soldiers safer and morecomfortable on the battlefield was namedone of Time Magazine’s “Best Inventions of the Year 2012.” A collaborative effort between theNatick Soldier Research, Development andEngineering Center and Program ExecutiveOffice Soldier resulted in an improved outer tactical vest, or IOTV, designed specificallyfor women. The 101st Airborne Division’s1st Brigade will be the first unit to test thenew female body armor in Afghanistan.The new armor was designed to offer better protection and to prevent bruisedhip bones that women experienced whenwearing IOTVs meant to fit smaller men.Maj. Joel Dillon, assistant productmanager, Product Manager Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment, PEOSoldier, called the Time story a motivator for those involved in the body armor’sdevelopment.“I think it’s great that it shows the American people that we’re continuing tomake sure that our Soldiers have the bestequipment in the world,” Dillon said. “Andso any word that gets out in that respect isgreat. It’s a big boost for our team, becausewe work very hard to make sure that all of the equipment we develop and field is the
CONTINUED ON PAGE 34
 
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DECEMBER 2012 – ISSUE NO. 6 
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md.
RDECOM recognized Sgt. Maj. WilliamTager on his retirement Nov. 19 after 31 yearsof service with the U.S. Army. Tager servedas the G3 sergeant major.
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md.
 
— RDECOM acting executive ofcer 
Christopher Fish received the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service Nov. 20. Fish
served as the director’s executive ofcer 
from June to November. He will return to hisposition at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J.
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md.
 APG hosted its rst Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics Expo Nov. 20. About 400 ninth-grade students from Harfordand Cecil counties were guests of the APG
scientic and engineering community and
participated in hands-on immersive STEMactivities.RDECOM Public Affairs
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND,Md. —
Dale Ormond, director of theU.S. Army Research, Development andEngineering Command, and RDECOMDeputy Commanding General Brig. Gen.Daniel Hughes toured the Army ResearchLaboratory Nov. 7. ARL scientists and engineers briefedRDECOM leaders on research anddevelopment topics, including materialssciences, ballistics and aeromechanicssciences, manufacturing science, Soldier head protection, and aeromechanics.
RELATED LINKS
More photos: http://bit.ly/TZ92GH
RDECOM leaders tour facilities
 Army Research Laboratory’s Dr. Mark Valco, acting director, Vehicle Technology Directorate (right), givesa tour to RDECOM Director Dale A. Ormond (center) as acting ARL Technical Director Dr. John Pellegrinolooks on Nov. 7 at the Combustion Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. (U.S. Army  photos by Conrad Johnson)RDECOM ofcials met with Army Research Laboratory employees at APG to gain an understanding of current projects.
SGT. MAJ. TAGER RETIRESFISH HONORED FOR SERVICEAPG STEM EXPO KICKS OFF
 
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RDECOM’s THE INSIDER 
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md.
RDECOM Director Dale A. Ormond
encouraged everyone in the command to ll
out their own Combined Federal Campaigndonation form before Dec. 15 as he publiclysigned his paperwork. For information,contact your local CFC representative.
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. —
 An RDECOM senior leader will temporarily join the executive team. Jill Smith is theCommunications-Electronics Research,Development and Engineering Center technical director. For the next couple of months, Smith will serve as the RDECOMacting deputy director.
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md.
The 18th annual U.S. Army ResearchLaboratory Honorary Awards ceremonywas recently held at Top of the Bay.Selected ARL scientists, engineers,analysts, technicians and support staff were recognized at the ceremony for their outstanding achievements and contribu-tions to the organization.The U.S. Army Research, Developmentand Engineering Command Director Mr.Dale A. Ormond and ARL Acting Director Dr. John M. Pellegrino hosted the event,where they honored the recipients for their talents, dedication and hard workwhich helps pave the way for futurebreakthroughs and capabilities in supportof Soldiers on the battlefield.The 2012 recipients are:
ARL Award for Administrative Excellence
JoAnne MacCauley ARL Award for Analysis Anthony CastañaresFrancisco J. LeyvaRodrigo MendozaHumberto MendozaWilliam T. BurgeErik X. BrisenoJohn D. MedranoRichard G. CoyFernando ChaidezJoseph L. Trammel, Jr.Daryl Cleveland (Contractor)Michael Shaughnessy (Contractor)Kenneth Fabela (Contractor)
ARL Award for Community Service
RDECOM Director Dale Ormond (right) makes hiscontribution to the Combined Federal CampaignNov. 14 as RDECOM’s CFC coordinator Michael Bennett looks on. (U.S. Army photo by Conrad Johnson)Jill SmithRDECOM Director Dale Ormond speaks at the18th Annual Honorary Awards at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
ARL EMPLOYEES RECOGNIZED AT18TH ANNUAL HONORARY AWARDSCEREMONYDIRECTOR SIGNS CFC PLEDGEJILL SMITH ASSUMES ROLE AS ACTINGDEPUTY DIRECTOR
Edward D. Creegan
ARL Award for Diversity
Pamela A. Clark
ARL Award for Engineering
Dr. Steven B. Segletes
ARL Award for Laboratory Operations
Dr. Brian D. DykasDr. Adrian A. HoodJohn W. Gerdes IIIDr. Robert A. HaynesChristopher M. Kroninger Dr. Chol-Bum M. KweonShauna MintzDr. Matthew J. MunsonMichael D. CoatneyDr. Anindya GhoshalDr. James T. AyersDr. Mulugeta HaileNatasha C. Bradley
ARL Award for Laboratory Operations
Parmvir Singh
ARL Award for Leadership
Dr. Matthew B. Higgins
ARL Award for Partnering
Dr. Joshua A. OrlickiDr. Adam M. RawlettJohn A. EscarsegaDr. Bruce E. King (ECBC)Dr. Theresa A. LaLain (ECBC)Dr. Brent A. Mantooth (ECBC)Dr. Matthew P. Willis (ECBC)Dr. James Wynne (NRL)Dr. Jeffrey Owens (AFRL)Mike Spicer (AFRL)Dr. Andre` A. Williams (Contractor) Alicia A. Farrell (Contractor)
ARL Award for Program Management
Dr. Elmar T. Schmeisser  ARL Award for PublicationDr. Frederick L. Beyer III ARL Award for ScienceDr. Michael B. Zellner Dr. Richard C. Becker Dr. Dattatraya P. Dandekar  ARL Award for TechnicianRichard R. Gregory, Jr. ARL Award for Lifetime AchievementDr. William P. Walters

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