To Cross Is To Conquer
In wartime, bridge destruction by the enemy must be overcome. “To Cross Is To Conquer,” communicates the vital need for Soldiers to physically travel where needed during conflict. ATC’s testing brings the Bridge Erection Boat (BEB) close to full-rate production.< Read More >
Maryland Lieutenant Governor Shares Views on Leadership
You can lead a parade, lead an army, lead by example, and even lead a horse to water. No matter what the task, good leadership is the result of the little things done to improve the overall environment of subordinates.< Read More >
Save a Gallon, Save a Life
When it’s time to fill ‘er up, we usually think with our wallets. However, the cost of supplying fuel (and water) to our forward troops is measured not simply in dollars, but in lives. Every fuel and water resupply convoy exposes active military personnel to the risk of ambush and improvised explosive device (IED) attacks.< Read More >
ATC tests for the ultimate weapon, and the ultimate weapon runs on water. Clean, potable water is an absolute necessity during wartime. Without it, everything else – both literally and figuratively – dries up. That’s what makes Aberdeen Test Center’s (ATC) Petroleum and Water Systems (PAWS) work so important: the testing of water purification units to provide military personnel with clean, drinkable water for long-term use.< Read More >
Soldier as a System
Under some tactical conditions, a Soldier might be his or her own Army. Individual protective equipment is critical to the survival of our military personnel. It is their personal line of defense against fragment, bullet and other impact threats to vital body areas. Items that are carried and used to enhance vision and communication and increase lethality are part of what we call the Soldier as a System.< Read More >
100 Years of Excellence: The ATC Story, Part 3
Throughout the peacetime years, the personnel at Aberdeen Proving Ground were greatly reduced compared with the numbers during World War I. In a 1932 census, the number of military personnel totaled 150; the number of civilians nearly three times that amount, at 450. These numbers steadily increased and balanced as a new threat to peace arose and APG’s workload evolved.< 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 >
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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.
Cultivating a Culture of Excellence and Safety
When I assumed command of ATC just over a year ago, I laid out three priorities for strengthening the Command: safety, accountability/responsibility and wellness. These principles are the pillars of this test center, and in an environment focused on “Excellence in Safety,” our resources, people, equipment and facilities are protected.
Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Each individual is held accountable for his or her actions, and it’s every leader’s responsibility to see that safety is practiced daily. Safety must be reinforced throughout the organization and emphasized down to the lowest level to ensure that everyone is involved and policies and procedures are followed.
The nature of ATC’s test and evaluation mission exposes our employees to a myriad of unique test processes, procedures and operations that may present difficult and dangerous conditions. The variety of testing is immense: automotive reliability and performance assessments at ATC’s test courses and conditioning chambers; airfield and watercraft activities; and munitions and weapons from 9mm handguns to 155mm artillery -- to name just a few. This year alone, our team has issued at least 5,300 clearances to fire more than 3 million rounds of 61 different types, including 4,500 static detonations, 2,500 tank rounds (120mm), and 2.6 million small arms ammunitions. Automotive and watercraft testing has covered more than 139,000 miles on our test courses and 35,000 nautical miles. It is imperative that ATC has a rigorous process for evaluating and mitigating safety risks for each test program..
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.