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Department of Defense Seeks Biodegradable Bullets PDF Print E-mail
Calling all engineers: The Department of Defense is on the lookout for a new bullet that will sprout seeds, instead of waste, after it’s shot.
 
In a call for proposals, the DoD says that the U.S. Army uses “hundreds of thousands of training rounds” across the country and world. These rounds are left on the ground or just beneath the surface, which is an issue for a few reasons. For one, the components take hundreds of years to biodegrade. When corroded, they could pollute nearby soil and water. Additionally, civilians such as farmers and construction crews who encounter the remnants don’t know if they’re training or tactical rounds.
 
To solve these problems, the DoD is looking for a bullet casing that eliminates environmental hazards. Embedded in the biodegradable composites will be bioengineered seeds from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory that don’t begin to germinate until they’ve been in the ground for several months. The DoD wants these seeds to produce eco-friendly plants that remove soil contaminants and consume the biodegradable debris from the bullets. It’s important that animals can eat the plants without getting sick.
 
Black Knights Open New Lacrosse Center PDF Print E-mail
 Both the men's and women's lacrosse programs have officially moved into the new top-notch Foley, Enners, Nathe Lacrosse Center.

The FEN Lacrosse Center is named after former classmates William Foley '67, Lt. Ray Enners '67 and Michael Nathe '67.

"We are so fortunate to call the new FEN Center the home of Army men's and women's lacrosse," said the Noto Family Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Kristen Skiera. "The attention to detail within the building and the location in the corner of Michie Stadium shows immense dedication to Army Lacrosse. This top-notch facility will serve our cadet-athletes in so many ways and undoubtedly contribute to the tradition of excellence of Army athletics."
 
The 15,000-square-foot-facility will feature two floors nestled in the northeast corner of historic Michie Stadium.
 
The first floor contains locker rooms for Army West Point's men's and women's lacrosse teams in addition to equipment and athletic training rooms, and coaches' locker rooms. While the equipment room features a rolling rack storage system and laundry room, the training room includes six treatment tables, a physician's office, ice machine and Grimm dual therapy pool.
 
 
Bradshaw Named Army's Athlete of the Week PDF Print E-mail
Following his brilliant performance against North Texas in the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl, junior quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw was named the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week.

Bradshaw led his team to its first bowl victory since 2010 with 129 rushing yards, including a career-long 65-yard touchdown run. The 129 rushing yards were the second most for a quarterback in Cotton Bowl Stadium history, passing Texas' Vince Young, who ran for 127 yards against Oklahoma in 2003. Navy's Chris McCoy owns the records with 273 yards in 1995.

The Chicago native marched Army down the field for five scoring drives, including two of 10 or more plays. He rushed for seven yards in overtime and pitched the ball to Jordan Asberry on 4th-and-goal, leading to the eventual gamewinning touchdown as Army won 38-31 over North Texas.

Bradshaw was named the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl's Most Valuable Player and was also 2-for-3 through the air for 53 yards, including a 38-yard pass to Tyler Campbell. He also hit Edgar Poe on a crucial 3rd-and-8 in overtime and the play picked up 15 yards and a first down. 
 
Army modernization efforts of 2016 PDF Print E-mail
WASHINGTON (Army News Service) -- Supporting the fight around the globe means providing Soldiers with the most advanced technology available.

The right technology can ensure overmatch against future adversaries in an increasingly complex and dangerous world, where the threat is often "elusive and ambiguous," according to Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, speaking at an industry event in Michigan, Oct. 27.

The Army must ride the wave of technology or risk being left behind, cautioned Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, the principal military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology.

Consumer electronics are advancing at an incredibly rapid pace, with the average time to obsolescence of some devices as short as 24 months, he noted at a "Network Readiness in a Complex World" panel in July, he said.

Fortunately for Soldiers and the American people, Army researchers and scientists and industry partners made great strides in modernization in 2016. The following is a sampling of 10 of their top advancements and milestones.

30MM CANNON FOR STRYKER

The first prototype Stryker infantry carrier vehicle, outfitted with a 30-millimeter cannon, was delivered to the Army Oct. 27.
 
Army's top stories of 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Uniform changes, new directives and football were among the topics that dominated headlines for the Army in 2016. Below is a list of this year's most-read articles by the Army News Service.

1-2) SLEEVES CAN NOW BE ROLLED UP 

The hottest topic among readers this year, with a pair of articles in the top two slots, turned out to be the Army's decision to permit Soldiers to roll up the sleeves on their combat uniforms so they can keep cool.

Army officials announced the policy change in late June, following a 10-day trial at Fort Hood, Texas, which was initiated after a specialist asked Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley during a reenlistment ceremony whether he and his fellow Soldiers could roll up their sleeves due to the hot weather. Milley and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey agreed, and an official memorandum was rolled out Army-wide a few weeks later. 

3) NEW DIRECTIVE: OFFICERS MUST BE VETTED BEFORE PROMOTIONS 

A new Army directive over the summer caught the attention of many readers, especially those of officers looking to be promoted. Updated regulations now require that officers selected for promotion be vetted for mental, physical, moral, and professional fitness and meet the standards for exemplary conduct before their names are forwarded to the Army secretary for certification.
 
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