AMC names 2017 Innovation award winners

The Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene Awards for Innovation for Fiscal Year 2016 are announced at AUSA Global Force Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama, March 14. | U.S. Army photo by Luc Dunn

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. — The U.S. Army Materiel Command, AMC, announced the winners of the Fiscal Year 2016 Major General Harold J. Greene Award for Innovation at the Association of the United States Army Global Force Symposium, March 14.

 The FY16 Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene Award for Innovation winners are:

• Individual-Civilian category: Dr. Ricky Massaro for the Tactical Full Motion Video-to-3D program, developed at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineer Research and Development Center Geospatial Research Laboratory.

• Individual-Military category: 75th Ranger Regiment Command Surgeon Lt. Col. Ethan Miles, MD, for the Ranger O Low Titer Whole Blood Program.

• Group category: The development of the Advanced Kinetic Energy Cartridge by a team of nine Army civilians, led by Justin Rhodes at Army Materiel Command’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center Munitions Engineering and Technology Center.

The winners’ achievements provide the U.S. Army with valuable capability improvements to situational awareness, survivability, lethality and protection.

The individual-civilian winning submission, the Tactical Full Motion Video-to-3D program, provides deployed Soldiers with highly-detailed geospatial data delivered by manned and unmanned systems.

“Soldiers are no longer waiting for terrain or intelligence analysts to produce battlespace products,” said Dr. Jeffery Holland, director of the Engineer Research and Development Center. “Dr. Massaro’s technology puts these decision aids right at their fingertips with minimal training and effort.”

The individual-military winning submission, the Ranger O Low Titer Whole Blood Program, was the result of a partnership between the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia, the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research and the Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) to ensure all blood group O unit members are identified and tested to determine donors at the point of injury. Miles’ program simplified the whole blood donation procedure for the 75th Ranger Regiment by working with the ASBP to draw units of O low titer whole blood from pre-identified personnel and deliver them to the senior medical personnel for storage at the forward operating base. The Ranger O Low Titer Whole Blood Program is the first of its kind to be used at the point of injury.

The group category winning submission, the Advanced Kinetic Energy Cartridge, also known as the M829A4, is a tank cartridge that improves upon existing kinetic energy tank cartridges by utilizing a depleted uranium penetrator and other design enhancements to provide superior lethality for the Army’s Armored Brigade Combat Teams.

The Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene Award for Innovation, under the Army’s Greatest Innovation Awards Program seeks to recognize the technological contributions of Army Soldiers and civilians that greatly enhance Army readiness and Soldier performance.

By Brian Beall, AMC

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