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Breaking new ground, joint service team uses 3-D printing to test equipment
In an effort to better monitor the structural health of military equipment, Picatinny Arsenal and engineers from the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Lakehurst have recently teamed up to embed 3-D printed metal parts with internal sensors.
Innovations at golf course lead to cost and time savings
A golf course is a living, breathing creation, and extending the useful life of a course does not end when the design phase is over.
Armament managers receive added training at Picatinny
Four U.S. Army civilian employees, representing a variety of Army commands and organizations of Career Program 33 (Ammunition Management) field, recently completed four weeks of developmental training assignment with the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC).
Picatinny employees support student educational outreach
When Picatinny employees Ralph Tillinghast and Anthony Ur recently presented a workshop on invention and innovation to students, the topics also included obtaining patents, marketing, and reaching out to companies that could help to advance their ideas.
Product Manager Large Caliber changes leadership
Incoming Product Manager Large Caliber Ammunition Lt. Col. Kyle McFarland accepts his organizational flag during the Large Caliber Ammunition Change of Charter ceremony June 30.
The Picatinny Sound Off Episode 1
The Picatinny Sound Off is a quarterly video that highlights information about Picatinny people, products, technology, newsworthy events and facilities.
Engineers receive award for redesign of mortar packaging
Six Picatinny Arsenal engineers recently won an award for the redesign of 60 mm smoke and illumination mortar packaging that both saves the Army money and allows Soldiers quicker access to the rounds during battles.
Picatinny dedicates new propellant facility to WWII veteran, John Amerspek
In honor of World War II veteran and former Picatinny senior manager John P. Amerspek, Picatinny Arsenal held a building dedication ceremony on June 15 for its new propellant complex.
Picatinny 'levels up,' turns gaming into serious business
When America's Army, a first-person shooter video game, was published by the U.S. Army in 2002, gamers praised it.
Picatinny's All Saints Ball coincides with D-Day landing
A sold-out crowd of active-duty military, retired military, Army civilians and guests celebrated the 240th Army Birthday at the annual Armed Forces and All Saints Ball held on June 6 at Picatinny Arsenal.
ARDEC first in line for Army Materiel Command Master Resiliency Training
Training was held at Picatinny Arsenal, May 11-22 for a unique new program intended as a support for Soldiers with increased deployment cycles, as well as a preventative measure designed to stem a notable increase in suicide rates.
World Day for Cultural Diversity 2015
With communication and understanding as its focus, Picatinny Arsenal held its second annual World Day for Cultural Diversity May 21 in the arsenal's Lindner Conference Center.
More traffic tickets possible to obtain traffic code compliance
Motorists at Picatinny Arsenal who receive a traffic citation will not saunter down to the domain of a local magistrate to resolve the matter. Prepare to drive to Newark.
Picatinny supports second annual Junior Solar Sprint Race
On May 27 Picatinny Arsenal's science, technology, engineering and mathematics, STEM, program held its second annual Junior Solar Sprint Invitational.
Exploration encourages communication at World Day for Cultural Diversity
Sushi, jerk chicken, kielbasa sausage, and tzatziki sauce were a few of the cultural dishes offered May 21 at Picatinny Arsenal's World Day for Cultural Diversity.
ARDEC mentoring program fosters future leaders, makes protégés into professionals
From new hires to senior leaders, Picatinny employees gathered recently for the ARDEC Mentoring Program social event, held at the arsenal's Cannon Gate Catering and Conference Center.
ARDEC aims for improvement, making good into better,turning better into best
Questions regarding evacuation procedures and workforce safety were common during a town hall on May 26 for Picatinny Arsenal's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC).
Local students represent Picatinny in DOD math competition
The Picatinny Arsenal STEM office recently participated in the 2nd Annual Department of Defense Math Games DimensionU Tournament at the Emergency Operation Center.

Students form All Saints Academy School represented Picatinny at the May 19 event. The Picatinny Arsenal STEM office recently participated in the 2nd Annual Department of Defense Math Games DimensionU Tournament at the Emergency Operation Center. Students form All Saints Academy School represented Picatinny at the May 19 event.
Computer simulations improve lethality
With the steady increase in computing power, engineers are able to improve lethality with sophisticated computer models by eliminating unworkable designs.
Frog Falls renovations underway for new season
Brig. Gen. Patrick Burden visited Frog Falls May 20 to view renovations at the park, which include new coating for both water slides, a new mural, a pool painting and an upgrade to the pool filter system.
Picatinny employees recognized for insensitive munitions
In recognition of its success in insensitive munitions technology, an energetics team that included nine Picatinny Arsenal employees recently received a technical achievement award from NATO's Munitions Safety Information Analysis Center.
Media Day 2015
Picatinny Arsenal invited members of the media and community leaders to a Media Day and Public Professional Briefing, May 4.
Former astronaut discusses perspectives from space
Former NASA astronaut Sandy Magnus floats about the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module aboard space shuttle Atlantis as it's docked to the International Space Station in July 2011 in space. Magnus visited Picatinny Arsenal March 30 to discuss her perspectives from space and lessons she learned while serving as an astronaut. Magnus was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1996 and flew her first space mission in October 2002 as a mission specialist. Source: NASA/Getty Images North America.
Local veterans replace flags at Tree Memorial
Picatinny Arsenal Senior Commander Brig. Gen. Patrick Burden and members of the American Legion Post 344 of Rockaway replace flags at the Picatinny Tree Memorial site May 13 in preparation of Memorial Day and the upcoming Tree Memorial Dedication Ceremony June 13.
Holocaust exhibit marks 70 year anniversary of liberation
During the week of May 4, Picatinny Arsenal presented an exhibit on the Holocaust featuring photographs taken by the first companies of American troops who entered the Buchenwald concentration camp. The exhibit also features posters that depict the rise of Hitler's "Final solution," and war-era memorabilia from the American home front.
Picatinny opens gates for media, community leaders
Picatinny offered hands-on demonstrations, static displays and four excursions that reflected Picatinny's tradition of excellence when delivering world-class weapons and ammunition to support American service members.
Picatinny holds 8th annual Science and Technology Networking Day
From a system that helps Soldiers detect buried explosives to researchers who use electricity to ignite energetic materials, the competition was stiff for best display at Picatinny Arsenal's 8th annual ARDEC Science and Technology Networking Day.
Picatinny wins DOD 2015 Cultural Resources Management Award
Picatinny Arsenal has been named the winner of the Cultural Resources Management, Small Installation award, a category in the 2015 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards.
Lean Six Sigma program presents 31 certifications to Picatinny employees
Thirty-one employees at Picatinny Arsenal received certification as part of the Lean Six Sigma program during a ceremony April 14 at the Cannon Gate Catering and Conference Center.
Army's precision guidance kit achieves new acquisition milestone, demonstrates high reliability
The Precision Guidance Kit (PGK), a program that turns 155 mm artillery rounds into near-precision projectiles, has reached another important milestone on its track to Full Rate Production (FRP).
Picatinny employee recalls bomb production oversight
Kalman Kolis, 80, will have served 60 years of government service this coming December, part of which includes working at Picatinny Arsenal during the Vietnam War.
Picatinny co-sponsors symposium at Rutgers on science,humanities
Approximately 300 Northern New Jersey high school students attended the 23rd Northern New Jersey Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) March 30-31.
Revolutionary mortar system to boost speed, accuracy, enhance Soldier safety
In certain battlefield conditions, such as the mountainous terrain and unimproved roads of Afghanistan, large-caliber indirect-fire weapon systems lack the mobility and maneuverability required to successfully execute an assault.
Safety Stand Down at Picatinny emphasizes safety, need for constant caution
A Safety Stand Down day was held April 20 at the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), serving as an annual refresher to keep safety in the forefront both on and off duty.
ARDEC employees cited for cleaner weapon lubricant
Three Picatinny Arsenal employees received awards March 31 for their outstanding achievements in 2014 from the Defense Standardization Program Office at the Pentagon.
Ice rescue training held at Picatinny
The Picatinny Arsenal Fire and Emergency Services Directorate held a surface ice rescue drill March 8 on Lake Picatinny with departments from local municipalities.
Picatinny employee exceeds acquisition objectives
Peter DeMasi, deputy project manager for the Excalibur program, has been pretty busy recently. Under his leadership, the program executed 36 contract actions valued at $66 million, delivered more than 2,600 Excalibur projectiles to inventory valued at $250 million and increased the Excalibur increment IB projectile reliability by six percent.
Picatinny engineers attend 53rd Monmouth Junior Science Symposium
Picatinny engineers attended the 53rd Annual Monmouth Junior Science Symposium poster session and banquet at the Eatontown Sheraton, March 19 to judge presentations and to present awards to high school students for their scientific papers about nanotechnology, material science and robotics.
ArmyFit website offers information on how to achieve, sustain lasting fitness
For little more than a year, the U.S. Army has been promoting a website called ArmyFit, a resource site that provides Soldiers, family members and U.S. Army civilians with information regarding their physical, spiritual, emotional, family and social status.
New military working dog equipment sets give service handlers a 'paw up'
Military working dogs provide valuable assistance to Soldiers as they perform a variety of duties. Personnel at Picatinny Arsenal have been part of an effort to give Army handlers equipment sets that help them keep the dogs healthier, safer and better able to accomplish their mission.
Blanchard new director of civilian personnel center
Karen Marie Blanchard was assigned as Director of the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, Northeast Region, U.S. Army Civilian Human Resources Agency, in Picatinny Arsenal on Feb. 1, 2015.
Picatinny senior commander visits McAlester Ammo Plant
The March 11 visit was Burden's first to McAlester. During the visit, he received an overview of MCAAP's capabilities and visited the recently modernized bomb line, 155mm demilitarization facility, M1122 load/assemble/pack facility, Excalibur integration facility, and the large scale ammunition outload pad. (Photo by Kevin Jackson)
Picatinny women plan financial goals
Financial Consultant Vincent Egan gives financial counseling during the "Investing for Women" lunch and learn.
Picatinny Arsenal supports robotics competition
Picatinny Arsenal's Installation Commander, Brig. Gen. Patrick W. Burden, speaks with a student from Team 4361 Roxbotics of Roxbury High School regarding the team's robot, "The HULK!" Burden and other representatives were on hand for the recent Mid-Atlantic robotics competition at Mount Olive High School. Robotics competitions are a major outreach program at Picatinny to promote education in technical and scientific careers. Courtesy photo
Precision-guided howitzer projectiles tested at extreme cold temperatures
Instrumented M777A2 ready to fire PGK from behind a blast shield at CRTC, Alaska
Common ingredient a winner at Chili Cook-Off
A group of tasters enjoy various samples of chili March 9 during the annual chili cook-off benefitting the Army Emergency Relief Campaign. Photo by Todd Mozes
Advanced, interactive 3-D manual aids CROWS upkeep
Sgt. Saul Barr (right) and Sgt. 1st Class Robert Nutter (front left) read maintenance procedures for the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station to Spc. Daniel Patrick using the Interactive Electronic Technical Manual with embedded 3-D technologies. The station allows Soldiers to remotely aim and fire a suite of crew-served weapons. Photo by Cassandra Mainiero.
Brainstorming, refining ideas set stage for future technology
Sikorsky and Boeing have worked together on their oering for the U.S. Army's joint multirole technology demonstrator called the SB-1 Deant. The U.S. Army has been designated as the lead service for the Joint Future Vertical Lift project. (Artist rendering courtesy Sikorsky-Boeing)
Vietnam memories: Former medical corpsman overcame hurdles
In this 1968 photo, Pfc. Mary Krisanda had just ­finished medical training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and was on the way to Fort Dix, New Jersey. Courtesy photo.
Auditing service contracts in Afghanistan
A row of Containerized Housing Units. CHUs are aluminum boxes measuring 22 x 8 feet, a little bigger than a commercial shipping container.
Picatinny launches 2015 Army Emergency Relief campaign
Picatinny's 2015 Army Emergency Relief (AER) campaign kicked off March 2 with a cake cutting ceremony at Choices Cafeteria.
Girls told at Picatinny: You can be engineers, too
On Thursday, February 26, seventy-five girls from high schools across northern New Jersey attended "Introduce a Girl to Engineering" an annual initiative organized by the Picatinny Arsenal that aims to encourage students to consider jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Employees learn of innovative capabilities
Capt. Thomas Murphy (far right), a Canadian Exchange Officer, demonstrates how the Lulzbot TAZ 4, a 3-D printer, functions in Picatinny's Innovation Materials Hub as part of the arsenal's "Lunch and Learn" series on Feb. 18. Murphy works in the Advanced Material Technology Branch under the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, or ARDEC.
Aim high, aim higher
Dana Born, lecturer in public policy, Harvard University, speaks to employees about the importance of leadership and character development in the workplace Feb. 24 during the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center's (ARDEC) leadership speaker series. The series is a part of ARDEC's leadership development program.
Picatinny Arsenal observes Black History Month
Brig. Gen. Jason T. Evans, deputy commanding general for support at the U.S. Army Installation Management Command, was the guest speaker during Picatinny Arsenal's Black History Month observance Feb. 23 at the arsenal's Cannon Gate Catering and Conference Center.
Event highlights entry-level, 3-D scanning
Army Researchers are taking advantage of professional development sessions to advance knowledge. These sessions, known as "Lunch and Learn" events, focus on introducing the ARDEC workforce to Picatinny's innovative facilities and capabilities as well as showcase the arsenal's 3-D printing and scanning abilities.
Garrison commander speaks to local Chamber
Picatinny Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Ingrid A. Parker served as guest speaker Feb. 5 during a luncheon with the Women in Business Committee from the Morris County Chamber of Commerce.
Tell us about your Vietnam War experiences
This year marks the 50th anniversary since the U.S. entered the Vietnam War. The Picatinny Arsenal Public Affairs Office is seeking your input. We would like to interview employees who may have served in the military during the Vietnam War, or worked here during that time frame, or were part of a project or development that came out of the Arsenal.
'Civilians Down Range' group to improve deployments for civilians
More than 70 civilians have deployed in support of Soldiers since 2007 from Picatinny Arsenal's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, or ARDEC. This led Caska and a group of supporters to launch the Civilian Down Range initiative or CDR--a network of peers comprised of civilians who have deployed, are deployed and those who may deploy in the future.
Father, daughter ball features 'Frozen' theme
The third annual Father and Daughter Ball was held Feb. 6 at the Cannon Gate Catering and Conference Center. Each year a new theme is selected to enhance the experience for the fathers and daughters who attended. This year's theme was Frozen, due to the Disney film's popularity with the core age group of attendees, 3-14 years old.
Military deputy retires from Picatinny Arsenal
Lt. Col. Joseph Fagan, military deputy for the Munitions Engineering and Technology Center, said goodbye to Picatinny Feb. 12 during his retirement ceremony at the arsenal's Lindner Conference Center.
Picatinny celebrates Chinese Lunar New Year
Picatinny Arsenal Asian-Chinese Society helped employees ring in the Chinese New Year of 4713 during a Feb. 13 luncheon at Noodle Chu in Parsippany.
Innovation group showcases 3-D printing
"Lunch and Learn" events focus on introducing the ARDEC workforce to Picatinny's innovative facilities and capabilities as well as showcase the arsenal's 3-D printing and scanning abilities.
Army research center at Picatinny gets new director
John F. Hedderich III has been named director of the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, one of the Army's premier research and engineering facilities.
Enhanced continuous evaluation of Army personnel planned
Recent findings about employee finances have raised security concerns for the U.S. government. Officials say employees and contractors who have financial problems are top targets of foreign intelligence agents. Picatinny Arsenal's Security Specialist Kathryn Cuff said if you are in trouble, you need to tell your supervisor, and also report to her so that action can be taken to rectify the situation.
3-D Interactive Electronic Technical Manual Verification on CROWS
IETM is a digital and interactive manual that allows Soldiers to work with virtual models of systems and helps Soldiers perform common maintenance procedures such as inspection, assembly and disassembly. The IETM, with embedded 3-D technologies, for CROWS is the most advanced of its kind developed by Picatinny's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center and the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command.
Opening the Door to Opportunities
By Susan L. Follett
When opportunity knocks, you have to open the door. Some people, like Jim Risner, just go on out to the front porch and grab it by the lapels. "I joined the Department of the Army because of the opportunities the program provided," Risner said, looking back on an Army career that began nearly 30 years ago. "Little did I realize how great those opportunities would be."
Picatinny welcomes Col. Shuler during DCMA assumption of command ceremony
Capt. Michael Murphy, Supply Corp. Commander of the Defense Contract Management Agency, East Region, passes the colors Feb. 4 to Col. Paul Shuler, who will serve as the new Commander of Defense Contract Management Agency Springfield at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey. Shuler previously served at the Detroit Arsenal, Warren Michigan as Chief of Staff, Program Executive Office Combat Support and Combat Service Support. Shuler also previously served at Picatinny as the Assistant Product Manager for Mortar Systems.
Managing expectations: the difference between project success or failure
How do you define success versus failure when managing projects for clients? What's the difference between risks and issues? Ernie Baker discussed these and other topics in a Jan. 28 presentation to project managers at Picatinny called "It's All About ME! (Managing Expectations)." Photo by Cassandra Mainiero.
Picatinny employee recognized for significant contributions to the infantry
Branch Chief Mark McFadden, of the Armament Technology Facility receives the Order of St. Maurice Civis Award Jan. 29 for making significant contributions to the infantry Soldier over the course of his professional career.
Program Executive Officer Soldier visits Picatinny
On Jan. 29, Brig. Gen. Brian P. Cummings, Program Executive Officer Soldier, made his monthly visit to Picatinny and met with David Castellano, acting director of the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center. He also toured ARDEC's Fire Control Systems and Technology Directorate along with the Armament Software Engineering Center.
Local educators tour Picatinny, learn about STEM
Jean Patrick Antione, assistant dean for enrichment programs, Rutgers School of Engineering, and Mary Baier, deputy superintendent of schools at the Diocese of Paterson, examine 3-D printer objects during a visit to Picatinny Arsenal Jan. 21.
Picatinny to host Lunar New Year Luncheon
In celebration of the 2015 Lunar New Year, Picatinny's Asian American Chinese Society is sponsoring a Lunar New Year Luncheon for the Picatinny workforce Thursday, Feb. 12. It will be hosted by Diversity Advisory Council of the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.
Picatinny engineers use advanced sensor technologies
By integrating many small sensors into light mortar systems, Picatinny engineers are developing a technology for use on all U.S. military mortar systems to give Soldiers faster, more accurate mortar fire.
New acting director at ARDEC poised to assume role
John Hedderich, acting director of the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), held his final town hall Jan. 21, where he thanked the Picatinny workforce for its hard work and introduced Dave Castellano, the new ARDEC acting director starting Jan. 26.
Picatinny town hall highlights installation changes
Facility moves, changes in communication and winter weather safety were key topics Jan. 15 during Picatinny's installation town hall. The town hall was led by Brig. Gen. Patrick W. Burden, Senior Commander of Picatinny Arsenal and Deputy Program Executive Officer for Ammunition.
Picatinny Repertory Company members plan upcoming reunion
The Picatinny Repertory Company has been inactive since 2010, but former members are planning an upcoming 20th anniversary reunion in the show business tradition that "The show must go on."
Three new state bills provide support to New Jersey veterans
Acting New Jersey Gov. Kim Guadagno signed three bills Jan. 6 that support and recognize New Jersey veterans while also providing free death certificates to authorized persons.


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