Lieutenant General David P. Valcourt, deputy commanding general of TRADOC, presented the award to Major General James E. Chambers, commanding general of the Army Combined Arms Support Command and SCoE, for the organization's Institute of Excellence accreditation ratings in doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership, personnel, and facilities.
New Armament Research and Development Lieutenant General David P. Valcourt, deputy com- Complex Is Under Construction manding general of TRADOC, presented the award The Army Armament Research, Development to Major General James E. Chambers, commanding and Engineering Center (ARDEC) is in the midst general of the Army Combined Arms Support Com- of developing a Fuze Engineering Complex, which mand and SCoE, for the organization’s Institute of will be located at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey. The Excellence accreditation ratings in doctrine, organi- complex is being built in response to a 2005 Base zation, training, materiel, leadership, personnel, and Closure and Realignment Commission recommen- facilities. dation to establish a joint center of excellence for The Institute of Excellence award recognizes guns, weapons, and ammunition research by bring- organizations that have excelled in internal evalua- ing together elements currently located at Adelphi, tion, external evaluation, and accreditation. Given Maryland, under the same roof as other Fuze Divi- that the second two areas are hard to achieve with- sion elements. out proper internal evaluation, the quality assurance The $18 million complex includes renovations of teams within the SCoE played key roles in preparing current buildings that will be used as office space. the institution for success. They were also respon- Two new research facilities will also be constructed: sible for preparing the SCoE’s subordinate organiza- one for fuze explosive research and the other for tions, 11 of which achieved “Institute of Excellence” fuze electromagnetic research. Two ammunition stor- ratings for the September 2008 to January 2010 age bunkers are also being built, and some of the accreditation year. unit’s anechoic (sound absorbent) chamber space will also be renovated. The facility is expected to be com- pleted by October 2011. UPCOMING EVENTS TARDEC Constructing New Vehicle Research Sustainment Symposium and Exposition and Development Facility The Association of the United States Army will The Army Tank and Automotive Research, hold its Institute of Land Warfare Sustainment Sym- Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC) posium and Exposition from 22 to 24 June at the is building the Ground System Power and Energy Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Laboratory (GSPEL) at Detroit Arsenal, Michigan. Virginia. For more information or to register, visit GSPEL will be a 30,000-square-foot complex hou
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