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image Project Manager Maneuver Ammunition Systems receives new manager
Col. Moises Gutierrez received the colors for Project Manager Maneuver Ammunition Systems from Brig. Gen. John McGuiness during a change-of-charter ceremony July 15 at Picatinny Arsenal.
image Picatinny Arsenal Senior Commander Retires after more than 31-years of service
Brig. Gen. John J. McGuiness, Program Executive Officer for Ammunition (PEO Ammo) and Senior Commander of Picatinny Arsenal, officially retired from active duty and relinquished command of the PEO Ammo position to James Shields during a ceremony here July 16.
image Product Manager Individual Weapons welcomes new leader
On July 10, Project Manager Soldier Weapons conducted a change-of-charter ceremony for Product Manager Individual Weapons, which welcomed a new leader, Lt. Col. Terry Russell.
image Picatinny celebrates camaraderie and the arsenal's unique culture at Community Day
To build and develop camaraderie across the arsenal and celebrate Picatinny's unique culture, accomplishments, and history, Picatinny Arsenal held its annual Community Day on July 10.
image Killing in war: a shared responsibility
Lt. Col. Peter Kilner spoke to nearly 100 military and Picatinny employees at the Lindner Conference Center on the topic of "Morality of Killing in War" on June 24
image Picatinny engineers look to printed metals to transform Army logistics, armaments
Could a Soldier in a Forward Operating base one day hit, "PRINT," instead of ordering a new part for his weapon?
image New Jersey's Lt. Gov. visits Picatinny Arsenal
New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno received a briefing and a tour of Picatinny Arsenal yesterday as part of a New Jersey Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force objective over the next few months to tour New Jersey military institutions and talk to businesses impacted by the state's military bases.
image Guns and Ammo Excellence
A new display commemorates Picatinny's designation as the DoD's Joint Center of Excellence for Guns and Ammunition.
image Picatinny 'Speed Bag' resupplies Soldiers with less equipment damage
Enhanced Speed Bag technology allows more efficient resupply of food, water and equipment to Soldiers pinned down in firefights.
image Armed Forces and All Saints Ball
More than 200 members of the Picatinny community turned out June 14 to celebrate the 239th Army Birthday at the Armed Forces and All Saints Ball.
image Riley visits Picatinny
Eric Barker shows Benjamin P. Riley a sensing and effects node during a future-capabilities demonstration June 10 at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J.
image Small Caliber Ammunition management changes hands
Lt. Col. Philip Clark, outgoing Product Manager Small Caliber Ammunition; Col. Paul Hill, Project Manager Maneuver Ammunition Systems; and Lt. Col. John "Todd" Masternak, incoming Product Manager Small Caliber Ammunition, salute the American flag during the Small Caliber Change of Charter ceremony June 20.
image New garrison commander helps forge first all-female command pairing at Picatinny
Atlantic Region Director for the Installation Management Command, Davis D. Tindoll passes the Picatinny Arsenal Garrison guidon to the incoming commander Lt. Col. Ingrid Parker.
image Evolving technology advances greater ability to breach a variety of walls
A famed running back in the National Football League once said all he needed was "12 inches of daylight" to bolt ahead and churn out the yardage for the offense. Similarly, Army engineers are improving the ability of Soldiers to create a man-size hole through a variety of walls to press the offensive.
image Students receive technology briefing during Picatinny visit
To learn more about our nation's military and its unique contributions to national security, U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen and his Youth Advisory Committee visited Picatinny Arsenal on June 16.
image Picatinny's obscure, historic cemetery
Among its many and varied missions, Picatinny Arsenal is a cemetery caretaker, although at the time the United States government acquired the land it was unaware of the cemetery's existence.
image Skill plus speed equals victory at Picatinny's table tennis tournament
Picatinny Arsenal's table tennis club and Family, Morale, Welfare & Recreation held its annual table tennis tournament on May 30-31 at the arsenal's athletic club, Forge Fitness.
image PM TAS, ARDEC sign management agreement for howitzer facility
Against the backdrop of two howitzers, managers at Picatinny Arsenal sign an agreement for the management, operation, and administration of the newly constructed John "Bud" Neumann Artillery Integration Facility.
image Picatinny's archery program grows in popularity
From Robin Hood to The Hunger Games, archery has been a recurrent theme in literature and film and at Picatinny Arsenal it's a sport that continues to gain popularity among its hunters, athletes, and employees.
image Three fallen New Jersey service members honored at Picatinny Arsenal
Three New Jersey service members who died in 2013 were honored at this year's New Jersey Fallen Service Member Tree Memorial Ceremony here today.
image Local students use technical skills to compete in Junior Solar Sprint event
Approximately 50 middle school students, teachers, and Picatinny employees gathered May 19 at Picatinny Arsenal to participate in this year's Junior Solar Sprint competition.
image Picatinny to hold Armed Forces 5K run/walk on Army Birthday
To celebrate our Armed Forces, Picatinny Arsenal will hold a five kilometer run/walk on Saturday, June 14, the 239th birthday of the U.S. Army.
image Cultural Diversity Day observed at Picatinny
In celebration of the different cultures that exist within its community and workforce, Picatinny Arsenal held a presentation May 21 for World Day for Cultural Diversity at the arsenal's chapel.
image ARDEC Director, Melendez, recognizes staff achievements in final act before retirement
In his last official act before retirement, U.S. Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center, Director, Dr. Gerardo Melendez, awarded 15 Commander's Awards for Civilian Service, and one award for Superior Civilian Service Award during a ceremony, May 29.
image As 31-year career ends, ARDEC leader pays tribute to colleagues
On May 15, Dr. Gerardo Melendez gave farewell remarks at his retirement ceremony, expressing gratitude for a career and the challenges that allowed him make a difference in the life of Soldiers.
image Affordable dental services offered to veterans in Morris County
Zufall Health, in collaboration with Morris County, recently launched a new program to provide affordable dental care to veterans in northern New Jersey, many of whom are not eligible for service-related dental benefits.
image Picatinny educational outreach extends to nearly 200 New Jersey schools
Students from Frankford Middle School had the opportunity to interact with cutting edge technologies that are currently used by U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) engineers and scientists at Picatinny Arsenal.
image Recreational log cabins named after former manager Pienkos
A dedication ceremony was held May 1 in honor of U.S. Army (Ret.) Maj. Richard (Dick) B. Pienkos who passed away May 18, 2013 after a battle with prostate cancer at the age of 68. Pienkos would often visit the cabins after hours or on weekends
image Picatinny Arsenal wins energy award
For its ability to manage electrical usage during peak periods, Picatinny Arsenal received the 2013 Secretary of the Army Energy and Water Management Award.
image Melendez retires as ARDEC director
Gerardo Melendez formally retired May 15 as the director of the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, one of the U.S. Army's premier research and engineering facilities.
image Picatinny observes Asian-Pacific Island American Heritage Month
Picatinny celebrated Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with an observance event May 9 at the Cannon Gate Catering & Conference Center
image Ordnance technician who 'died twice' gets solemn retirement
After 21 years in the Army, which included combat deployments to Bosnia, Afghanistan, and twice to Iraq, Sgt. 1st Class Gus T. Rayer receives a solemn retirement ceremony at Picatinny Arsenal.
image Army Emergency Relief Wing-Off
John Stahlschmidt (black hat), Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Coordinator, takes a breather during Picatinny Arsenal's annual Army Emergency Relief Campaign wing-eating competition, May 8. Sgt. 1st Class Jason Dorwart ate the most wings during the five-minute competition with 21. A total of $3776 dollars was raised at the event benefiting the emergency financial assistance organization dedicated to helping the U.S. Army soldiers.
image Finno named new director of QE&SA
With his strong leadership skills and commitment to ARDEC, John Finno recently was named the new Director of Quality Engineering & System Assurance (QE&SA) Directorate, which is part of the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal.
image Accomplished artist Kam Mak to speak at observance
In honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, Picatinny will hold an observance event on May 9 at its Cannon Gate Catering and Conference Center, featuring keynote speaker, artist Kam Mak.
image Picatinny fights sexual violence and offers self-defense classes for women
This April, as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Picatinny offered self-defense classes for women, where students learn basic defensive tactics and non-physical skills.
image Mortar packaging improvements save both time, money
Picatinny engineers have devised improvements to the packaging of 60 mm smoke and illumination mortars that will save the Army money and allow Soldiers quicker access to the rounds during firefights.
image Retiring director sees ARDEC well positioned for the future
As Dr. Gerardo J. Melendez approaches the end of his tenure as the head of Picatinny Arsenal's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, or ARDEC, he reflects on the challenges that he faced and the strengths of Picatinny's workforce.
image Solar panel project at former 'burning grounds' will also generate savings
What once served as a location to burn waste left on combusted explosives will now rise from the ashes like a phoenix as Picatinny re-locates its burning grounds and installs solar panels over its former location.
image Picatinny hosts Department of Defense senior leader
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Emerging Capability & Prototyping, Earl Wyatt, recently visited the U.S. Army Armament Research Development and Engineering Center in Picatinny Arsenal, N.J, where he was briefed on rapid fielding prototyping weapon systems.
image A Decade of Bring Your Child to Work Day, Picatinny Style
For more than two decades, employees from all walks of life have been bringing their children into the workplace for a very special day of recognition known as "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work" or "Bring Your Child to Work Day."
image Golf course caretakers overcome weather woes
Hurricanes and snowstorms are just a part of the ongoing challenges to keeping the golf course in good shape.
image New Picatinny chaplain adjusts to new assignment
Arriving from Germany, Picatinny's new chaplain, Lt. Col. David Jacob, discusses how he's adjusting to the arsenal and its primarily civilian community as well as some challenges he expects during his new assignment.
image New deployable kennels for military dogs mitigate temperature extremes
To keep the working dogs healthier and more comfortable during deployments, Picatinny engineers are developing kennels for environments with temperature extremes.
image 'Picatinny Voice' once again judged best in class
For the third year in a row, "The Picatinny Voice" has been selected as the best newspaper in its category by the Army Materiel Command.
image Picatinny completes Excalibur 1a-2 production, transitions to 1b
On April 3, the Excalibur Program completed assembly of the last Increment Ia-2 projectile and transitioned to Increment Ib production.
image 7th Annual Science and Technology (S&T) Networking Day
Brig. Gen. William E. Cole, Deputy Command General, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command and Senior Commander, Natick Soldier Systems Command and Dr. Gerardo Melendez, Director, U.S. Army Armament Research Development and Engineering Center view one of approximately 80 exhibits and displays at the 7th Annual Science and Technology (S&T) Networking Day held today at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey. S&T Networking day affords an exchange of technology information within the Army R&D family and invited outside stakeholders.
image Contract agency helps veterans prepare for job market
Col. Jon Rickey shakes hands with a Rutgers student during the Sixth Annual Veterans Job Fair in Newark, N.J., on Mar 21. During the event, Rickey and his "Springfield" team from the Defense Contract Management Agency at Picatinny Arsenal spoke with several veterans in school about job opportunities, the job market, and how to prepare themselves and their resumes for potential employers. Other events that Rickey and his team attended were the Veteran Career Fair at Rider University and a Military Expo on March 20 at Rider's Lawrenceville campus.
image Picatinny stocks up for trout season
The Picatinny Rod and Gun Association (PR&GA) stocked more than 400 trout into Picatinny waters on April 3 despite initial concerns that the ice might not melt in time.
image Alcohol Awareness Month
The national "Save A Life Tour" came to Picatinny Arsenal to highlight the dangers of alcohol abuse with state-of-the-art driving simulations. Behind the wheel is employee Jennifer DuBois, who observes how alcohol can affect a person's driving abilities.
image Picatinny chemist wins Young Scientist Award for work on smoke grenades
Picatinny Arsenal chemist Anthony Shaw has worked with colleagues to produce a smoke grenade that is safer yet as effective as existing grenades.
image Women's History Month highlights courage, character
Maj. Alicia J. Johnson was the keynote speaker at a Picatinny Arsenal luncheon highlighting Women's History Month.
image Soldiers help Picatinny engineers test new lightweight mortar system
Sgt. Craig Dockery (left) and Staff Sgt. Jeremy Knight, both mortarmen from the 1-19 Infantry Battalion at Fort Benning, Ga., assemble Picatinny's new light weight M252A1 81 mm mortar system during Technical Manual Validation and Verification at Picatinny Arsenal March 20.
image Soldiers evaluate Picatinny-developed precision artillery fuze
Fort Bliss Soldiers receive training on the GPS guidance kit that improves projectile accuracy.
image Fire on More Targets, More Quickly, More Accurately
Nick Serino, ARDEC Project Officer for Small Arms Weapons and Fire Control, and Wai Luk, Systems Engineering Lead, showcase the SAW &FC Technology on a 3D printed rifle.
image Security Cooperation - A Case Study
As defense budgets and military force structure are reduced, the United States must once again examine ways to maintain our defense industrial base.
image Two ARDEC executives earn Lean Six Sigma "Black Belts"
When a combat general wants to get a true gritty flavor for how things are going with the troops, he might participate in some squad maneuvers or roll up his sleeves for some weapons cleaning in the arms room.
image A PEO Soldier top Soldier shares combat perspectives with Picatinny personnel
Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Maddi, PEO Soldier, has experienced combat in every decade since the 80s in his career as an Airborne Ranger. He recently addressed Picatinny Arsenal's workforce regarding his experiences using many pieces of equipment...
image Picatinny aims for green with new type of primary explosive
The Primary Green Explosives project aims to replace lead azide, an environmentally hazardous product, with a safer, green chemical known as DBX-1.
image My Experience Using Picatinny Arsenal's Products in Combat
Command Sergeant Major Douglas R. Maddi, Program Executive Office Soldier, speaks about his experiences using Picatinny products in combat, March 13. The presentation was sponsored by ARDEC’s Enterprise & Systems Integration Center.
image Picatinny's annual Chili Cook-Off raises more than $2800 for Soldiers
A Chili Cook-Off featuring 18 different varieties prepared by arsenal employees and family members raised more than $2800 in little more than an hour, March 11.
image Imaginative invention inspires young and old at Maker Faire
A spherical display, the Orbital Rendersphere is controlled by a microcontroller and Wi-Fi router and can display scrolling texts and images as it rotates.
image Picatinny scaling up in-house chemicals production to shun higher costs
Picatinny scientists and engineers have established a pilot production facility to create the Army's only in-house process for scaling up chemical compounds, a move that could save money by not having to rely on costlier compounds from outside suppliers.
image Adjust for fire
Brig. Gen. John J. McGuiness, PEO Ammunition and Picatinny Senior Commander, adjusts his firing position to get the proper eye relief before firing the 21 mm subcaliber trainer for the M141 Bunker Defeat Munition (BDM) during a visit to Nammo Talley. McGuiness toured Nammo Feb. 6, to learn more about the company's manufacturing capabilities.
image Picatinny dives into Read Across America
Lt. Col. Christine Allen, Product Manager, Counter Explosive Hazard, reads to children at the Dennis B. O' Brien Elementary School in Rockaway, March 4.
image Picatinny engineers mentor students for international robotics competition
Mt. Olive High School in Flanders, N.J., played host to an international high-school level robotics competition, March 1-2.
image Picatinny hosts Introduce a Girl to Engineering event
Picatinny hosted an "Introduce a Girl to Engineering" night Feb. 27, for approximately 50 local high school females along with their parents to encourage them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
image Picatinny Programs highlighted during Principal Deputy ASA (ALT) visit
Kori Phillips (left), a U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) systems management engineer, shows Gabriel Camarillo, Principal Deputy, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), the Lightweight Small Arms Technologies program's lightweight machine gun during a tour of Picatinny Feb. 26.
image XM905 Advanced Mortar Protection System
The XM905 Advanced Mortar Protection System (AMPS) was in the "Today's Focus" section of the U.S. Army's daily, the "Stand-To" on Feb. 26. The XM905 APMS is a dismounted 120-mm smoothbore recoiling mortar system which utilizes the Recoiling Mortar System 6-Light (RMS6-L) Mortar system currently used in the M1129/M1252 Stryker Mortar Carriers (MC). For more info click here.
image Monuments Men Viewing
Picatinny Arsenal's senior noncommissioned officer, Command Sgt. Maj. Rosalba Dumont-Carrion, hugs World War II Sgt. Harry Ettlinger during a special screening of the film "The Monuments Men" at the AMC Theaters in Rockaway Township on Monday, Feb, 24.
image Economic Development Day
Picatinny Arsenal Garrison hosted the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Morris Class of 2014 for their Economic Development Day, Feb 20.
image Always Ready, Always Alert: Anti-Terrorism Month
National and international terrorist related threats and incidents have been frequent and continue to persist. See Something, Say Something.
image Picatinny Arsenal, ARDEC help ring in Chinese Lunar New Year
Having been advised that feeding a red envelope to the lion brings good fortune but that one should exercise caution near the dragon's mouth, ARDEC Director of Financial Management, Mary Manser, approaches the lion with trepidation. Manser was one of 200 attendees at the 2014 Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration Jan. 24 in Parsippany.
image Navy detachment test fires ship guardians
A small contingent of engineers attached to the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Technology Division's Picatinny Detachment (NSWC IHEODTD) are responsible for testing, delivering and installing all Mk38 Mod 2 25mm machine gun systems on U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships.
image US, Canada partner to upgrade Canadian howitzer
Kenneth Whitnall, Canadian Army Life Cycle Material Manager for 105 mm Howitzer Fleets, explains to members of ARDEC how to conduct maintenance on the C3 105mm Howitzer.
image Picatinny's Arsenals 'Voice' behind the 'VOICE' retires
After more than 38 years of military and civilian service, Peter "Pete" Rowland bids farewell to the Army and retires.
image Picatinny project engineer prepares for overseas mission
Sandra Gomez's career will take a new trajectory as she begins a three-to-five year position as the technical director for the RDECOM International Technology Center in France. As the technical director, she will decide which technological data is of interest for the U.S. Army.
image Picatinny counters Unmanned Aerial System threats
As the military use of unmanned aircraft systems has increased dramatically, including by entities that may pose a threat to the United States, scientists at Picatinny Arsenal are part of the effort to counter potential threats to U.S. armed forces by such systems.


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