eCYBERMISSION may be an international competition, with participants and Volunteers coming from all over the country and even beyond its borders, but many people may not be aware that the competition itself is based out of Maryland. To be more precise, it is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG).
RDECOM has subordinate elements at eight Army bases around the country, and it has been a goal of the eCYBERMISSION team to conduct a Volunteer road show at all of these locations. This year will be the first time in the program’s eight-year history that this goal is achieved, thanks to the support of our program manager, Mike Lombardi, and our points of contact at these various locations.
In October, Kara visited the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) in Redstone Arsenal, Ala., the Army’s focal point for providing research, development and engineering technology and services for aviation and missile platforms, while Micah visited Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (RDECOM) in Natick, Mass., which is dedicated to maximizing soldier survivability, sustainability, mobility, combat effectives and quality of life. Earlier this month, Robin and Micah each spent a day at Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) at APG, the premiere national resource for chemical and biological defense, and the following week Micah spent the day at Army Research Laboratory (ARL) in Adelphi, Md., the Army’s corporate basic and applied research laboratory.
After the new year, the traveling will continue to the final four RDEC facilities. The first full week of 2010 will find Micah in Orlando, Fla. at the Simulation and Training Technology Center (STTC), where the mission is to improve soldier performance through technologies with both live and virtual training. One week later, a trip to New Jersey will feature back-to-back trips to Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal and Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) at Fort Monmouth; ARDEC is the Army’s principal researcher, developer and sustainer of current and future armament and munitions systems and CERDEC develops and integrates technologies that improve a soldier’s ability to succeed on the battlefield. Finally, the last week in January finds Micah up north in Warren, Mich. at Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), which develops, integrates and sustains technology solutions for all manned and unmanned Department of Defense (DoD) ground systems and combat support systems.
eCYBERMISSION is excited to visit all eight RDECOM subordinate elements and to meet the men and women working hard to improve our armed forces and continue the rich history of this country having one of the strongest, most dedicated and technologically advanced fighting forces in the world. If you are interested in learning more, please contact eCYBERMISSION Volunteer Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-866-GO-CYBER (462-9237). If you live or work at one of the four facilities we will visit in January 2010, please read the blog post with all of our upcoming road shows to learn more about these trips.
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