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Date: May 9, 2001
No: 01-29

Land Warrior Team receives management award

The Land Warrior Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) Team, part of the U.S. Army Soldier and Biological Chemical Command (SBCCOM) at Fort Belvoir, Va., was presented with the 2000 ILS Management Award at the Joint Government and Industry Supportability Information Exchange Symposium awards ceremony in Huntsville, Ala., May 7.

The award was given to the team for developing and recommending new storage ideas, improving battery sources and dramatically decreasing life cycle cost; and by delivering rapid ILS requirements to support program execution, which improved supportability and customer satisfaction.

To help resolve the Army's lack of storage space for newly-fielded weapon systems, the Land Warrior logistics team worked with several agencies to develop a product and project storage facility annex.

Team members recommended two ideas for light infantry storage. "Man's Locker" is the preferred idea for storing a squad's Land Warrior system, weapons and attachments in one room at the highest level of physical security. However, as an interim solution, the Land Warrior ensemble will be stored in containers placed in racks in one room while the communications security, weapons and attachments will stay in the arms room.

Powering Land Warrior is another major task, and the team emphasized reducing consumption of disposable and rechargeable batteries.

A search led to new disposable batteries that last 18-24 instead of the old battery's six hours. New rechargeable batteries last 12 hours compared to 2.5 hours for the old battery. These batteries and support structure save $1.67 billion. More savings will be realized once Land Warrior employs its power management feature.

The team was also instrumental in developing the Land Warrior battery charger that charges multiple batteries simultaneously.

ILS team members executed a number of tasks meeting the customer's needs when the Land Warrior program prepared for participation in the Joint Contingency Force Army Warfighting Experiment (JCF AWE) held at Fort Polk, La., in September 2000.

Among the tasks were setting up two buildings at Fort Bragg, N.C., to establish operations and maintenance, and training and battery charging centers. They also secured a building for Land Warrior operations at Fort Benning, Ga., to support Land Warrior platoon Military Operations in Urban Terrain training as part of JCF AWE.

The Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Headquarters, Department of the Army annually recognizes those individuals providing exceptional contributions to the ILS community with the awards.

These contributions have resulted in improved acquisition logistics processes and products, improved supportability and readiness of new and fielded systems, and most importantly, reliable and sustainable equipment for the soldiers in the field.

The ILS team is composed of Lt. Col. Jeff Fitch, Ellis Mosely, Maj. Joe Grebe, Fred Godette, Preston Turner, Quang Nguyen, Jacques WaWa, Leon Brown and Charles Minter Jr.

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