Soldier Tours ATC After Receiving Life-Saving Helmet
Machinegun fire impacts a Soldier’s helmet, causing a mere abrasion. Soldier gets closure by receiving the protective equipment that saved his life at ATC's Light Armor Range. A single bullet struck him on his Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH), and Lewis sustained forehead abrasions about 1 inch above his right eye.< Read More >
ATC Helps Homeland Security Ensure Safe Flight
Terrorism remains an ever-changing threat, and protecting the current and future fleets of commercial aircraft requires the collaboration of organizations across the country. ATC works with Homeland Security to identify threats and countermeasures.< Read More >
Test, Fix, Test - Truth in Testing: A Talk With ATEC’s Commander
Soldiers load a military truck, head into the desert on night ops and take it for granted that the vehicle works. The brakes brake. The steering steers. Seat belts keep them from flying through the windshield. They just work.No,the vehicle works because somebody, somewhere, has tested every component. Their lives depend on it. In combat, a Soldier relies on everything he or she touches, from boots, weapons, to the kitchen sink!< Read More >
Together in Testing
Soldiers are active test participants, bringing specialized experience to the testing process at ATC. Test personnel spend months, sometimes years, thoroughly testing system mobility, weapon performance, reliability, safety, human factors, environmental performance and electromagnetic effects.< Read More >
Shell Collecting With a Vengeance: Ocean's Impact on Ordnance
World War II military ordnance has washed up on the beaches of several U.S. coastline states. Soil erosion on mid-Atlantic beaches exacerbates the problem of munitions washing up on beaches. ATC is testing to find the safest ways to recover ordnance from our coastlines.< Read More >
100 Years of Excellence: The ATC Story, Part 2
Phillips Army Airfield was completed in 1923 and was built in honor of the pilot who died in an aircraft accident at the new airfield in June of that same year. The new Phillips Army Airfield witnessed a number of famous firsts with developments in aerial bombing, which included dropping the world’s first 4,000-pound bomb and the first place where dive bombing tactics were tested.< Read More >
Finding a Safe Balance
As ATC test professionals, we are often asked why we are still testing Humvees, Abrams tanks and other systems that have been used in the field for decades. Why do they need to climb the slopes again? Why do we keep doing brake stops? What most people do not realize is that those systems are constantly updated, improved or reengineered to improve their reliability and usefulness for our Soldiers.< Read More >
The mountains are calling, and I must go
On a clear, sunny, cool Saturday, I stood atop Springer Mountain in Georgia, at the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, known as the AT. I recall countless details of that day: flying into Hartsfield-Jackson Airport; the shuttle ride for 2+ hours with another hiker. I had no deep, inspirational reason for hiking the trail. Like many, I went for the challenge, the adventure, and, frankly, to see if I could do it.< Read More >
From Student to Test Officer
I never thought I would have a career “blowing things up,” especially without joining the military. It isn’t the sort of choice they suggest when you take those career path tests in middle school. But here I am, seven years into my profession, and I can tell people that I blow things up for a living (with the help of many qualified people, of course).How did I get here?< Read More >
Calendar of Events
COL Morris L. Bodrick is the Commander of the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.
The State of Our Command:
On May 5, 2016, at the ATC Annual State of Command, I had the opportunity to address the entire workforce and reflect on the past year’s accomplishments, challenges and way ahead. This year’s theme, “Proud of Our Past, Focused on Our Future,” was vitally important as we prepare to celebrate 100 years of testing at Aberdeen Proving Ground, where over a billion rounds have been fired and millions of miles driven.
My message to the workforce focused on the importance of what they do. It’s not often we get a chance to reconnect a Soldier with a piece of equipment that saved his or her life but that’s what we had the opportunity to do for SSgt. Thalamus Lewis. SSgt. Lewis, who was struck in his helmet while on patrol in theater and survived, was reconnected with that piece of equipment that saved his life. SSgt. Lewis had the opportunity to bring his family to ATC and meet the people that ensured that piece of equipment was safe, suitable and survivable. These efforts assure that the SSgt. Lewises and the rest of our Armed Forces have the best equipment available to engage our enemies around the world.
ONE TEAM, Driven by integrity, mutual respect, and trust.
ONE VISION, Setting the highest standard of excellence.
ONE UNSHAKABLE BOND, Protecting one another and those who inspire us to give our best each day…our Warfighters.
- Provide test and test support services for authorized customers within and outside of DoD, including Government and non-Government organizations, domestic, and foreign.
- Perform comprehensive test and training, both real and simulated.
- Exploit emerging technologies.
- Develop leading-edge instrumentation and test methodologies.