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Picatinny wins Energy Award
Picatinny Arsenal was among eight Army installations that earlier this year were presented with Secretary of the Army awards recognizing outstanding achievements in Energy and Water Management.
Airburst round to begin evaluation this summer
The Small Arms Grenade Munition round -- a 40mm counter-defilade, air-bursting grenade designed for both the M203 and M320 launchers -- will undergo evaluation in July 2015.
Brig. Gen. Patrick Burden delivers holiday message to Picatinny Arsenal Workforce
'Our Heroes Christmas' concert presented at Picatinny Old Forge Chapel
The pews in the Old Forge Chapel were filled with warfighters, civilians, and contractors Dec. 4 to celebrate the Christmas season. The concert was a gift from Picatinny employee Angela Koutselas as a way to say "Merry Christmas" and "Thank you for your service" to our warfighters, civilian co-workers and contractors.
Army Family Action Plan gathering held at Picatinny
Picatinny Arsenal's Army Community Service recently conducted its annual Army Family Action Plan or AFAP on Nov. 19. AFAP convenes every year engaging Soldiers, family members, military survivors, military retirees and Army civilians across all Army components to identify, prioritize and elevate quality of life issues to Army and other branches of senior leaders for action and resolution.
New York Giant Steve Weatherford Visits Children at Picatinny Arsenal
Capt. Justin Metz and his two children, Gianna, 7, and LJ, 5, get their picture taken with Steve Weatherford, punter for the New York Giants during a recent visit to Picatinny Arsenal. LJ is holding Weatherford's Super Bowl championship ring. Weatherford posted the same photo to his Facebook fan page stating, "What an honor this was to meet this brave man and his beautiful family. He has no idea I'm more excited to meet him than he is." #ThankYou #NYG
Picatinny Arsenal - Investing in the Future Scientists and Engineers of America
Recently, scientists and engineers at Picatinny have been working with additive manufacturing techniques, 3D printing technology, and nanotechnology. But, despite all this exciting activity, Picatinny is also investing in another future-oriented resource, one more powerful than all the weapons in the world - young people; the future scientists, engineers, and problem solvers destined to move America forward.
image AMC commander: Army's technology needs offer rewarding career opportunities
Gen. Dennis L. Via, Commander of the U.S. Army Materiel Command or AMC, visited Picatinny's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center Dec.1. AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness to ensure dominant land force capability for the U.S. warfighter and our allies.
image Project Director Joint Services leadership changes hands
On Dec. 4, Picatinny said good-bye to Col. Steven Cummings, the outgoing Project Director Joint Services, during his retirement/PD JS Change of Management ceremony.
image Picatinny inventors awarded patent awards for safer, cheaper pyrotechnic green light
Three Picatinny Arsenal inventors were among the winners of the 2014 Thomas Edison Patent Awards for their work in producing safer and cheaper green light for use in pyrotechnics.
image Picatinny lightens Soldiers load, shaves 12 lbs off 81mm mortar
Following the successful fielding of the lightweight 60mm mortar system, Picatinny has begun delivering the new lightweight 81mm system to troops at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
image Four-star general touts Picatinny's role
Picatinny Arsenal had a high-profile visitor on Monday: The U.S. Army's top materiel development officer.
image Audacity, empathy keys to commander's leadership
Parker has been Picatinny Arsenal's Garrison Commander since June 2014. The garrison's mission is to provide installation capabilities and services that help to sustain a community where service members, families, and civilians will thrive.
image Amerspek remembered at Firepower Awards
The Picatinny Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association held its 34th annual Firepower Awards Luncheon at the Skylands in Randolph Nov. 5, presenting 15 awards that included eight persons who work at Picatinny Arsenal.
image Senior commander holds first town hall at Picatinny
Brig. Gen. Patrick W. Burden presided over this first town hall Nov. 13 as Picatinny Arsenal Senior Commander. "We are doing things here that no one else does in the United States and only a few other places in the world are doing things similar to what we are doing," Burden said.
image Surviving member of legendary 'Merrill's Marauders' recalls battle experiences
Vincent Melillo is pictured in 1940 when he was assigned to the old 33rd Infantry in Panama. He would later be part of "Merrill's Marauders," who specialized in jungle warfare fighting deep behind Japanese lines during World War II. Courtesy photo.
image Picatinny honors Veterans Day with cake cutting ceremony
In recognition of Veterans Day, Picatinny held a cake cutting ceremony Nov. 13 at the arsenal's Choices Cafeteria.
image Local teachers get hands-on 3-D printing training at STEM workshop
Twenty-five teachers representing 11 elementary, middle and high schools statewide participated in the first 3-D printing workshop. The workshop was sponsored by the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program.
image Paying it forward with a random act of kindness
It was Friday afternoon during a busy lunch hour when a random act of kindness by Judith "Judee" Hefele, a longtime cashier at Picatinny's Choices Cafeteria, led to something more.
image Remote lethality: Army researchers address a host of challenges
In popular culture, the idea of robots that perform human-like functions has a special hold on the imagination. However, when it comes to integrating lethality issues arise such as safety, effectiveness and reliability. Robert Testa, the technical lead of the Remote Weapons Branch at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, recognizes the growing evolution in autonomous technologies and is focused on improving existing remote weapon technologies for manned and unmanned platforms, as well as fixed-site applications.
image Chaplain assistant role marks 105th year
Picatinny has been blessed with the presence of two enlisted chaplain assistants: Staff Sgt. Gary Miles and Spc. Stacey Lewis. Chaplain assistants provide much-needed support to the chaplains during missions and everyday activities. A chaplain assistant's primary purpose is support for the unit ministry team programs and worship services.
image Picatinny engineer recognized for developing venerable 'Picatinny Rail'
Gary Houtsma, a Picatinny engineer, receives the Order of St. Maurice Award Oct. 27 for developing and creating the MIL-STD-1913, which Soldiers refer to as the "Picatinny Rail," that provides a standard interface for the attachment of weapon accessories and can be found on almost every infantry weapon used by U.S. forces today.
image Picatinny celebrates Machak's career at retirement ceremony
Barbara Machak, the former acting director of the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), retired Nov. 1 after 33 years at Picatinny.
image DOD decals on vehicles no longer required at Picatinny
In a change of policy, Picatinny Arsenal will no longer require the use of Department of Defense vehicle decals, opting instead to rely primarily on Common Access Card (CAC) identification. Use of the CAC will be augmented with additional security measures as the security situation requires. The new policy was effective on Oct. 17.
image Dedicated immigrant housekeeper retires after more than 21 years at Picatinny
Mai Dao, a native of Vietnam, began working at Picatinny in 1993. She was employed with the Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation Directorate as a housekeeper at the installation's guest house. Now 73, Dao officially retired Oct. 17.
image New Jersey gets second civilian aide to Secretary of the Army
Richard Eastman, military liaison for the Morris County Chamber of Commerce supporting the Army's Soldier For Life and Community Covenant programs, was recently appointed as the newest civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) from the Garden State.
image Picatinny operations officer stands ready to tackle foreign assignment problems
Terry McGahan acts as the first point of contact for participants in the Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program (ESEP) once they are overseas. The program operates throughout the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), which is the parent command of the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center at Picatinny.
image Picatinny engineer's expertise earns him 'fire-starter' nickname
To the casual observer, the field of pyrotechnics may appear rather mechanical and routine. But for Christopher Csernica, pyrotechnics it is an art form. Christopher Csernica, a component specialist, works at Picatinny Arsenal in its Pyrotechnics Division, which is part of the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC).
image Brainstorming innovative ideas under a time limit
A group of innovators at Picatinny Arsenal were presented a snap challenge from the Principal Deputy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Benjamin Riley, who visited Picatinny for two days beginning Sept. 27.
image Army civilians hear about program protection from 'Stalin'
Representatives of the Army Research and Technology Protection Center-North visited Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, for three days of protection support and education seminars in September.
image Contract for popular stabilized binoculars comes to an end
The final pair of M25 stabilized binoculars manufactured under the Army's contract with Fraser Optics Corp. rolled off the assembly line earlier this summer. The M25 contract is managed by Project Manager Soldier Weapons, located at Picatinny Arsenal. Fraser Optics Corp. is based in Warminster, Pennsylvania.
image Machak honored by colleagues as retirement approaches
The Picatinny Chapter of Women in Defense held a luncheon Oct. 8 at the Cannon Gate Conference Center to honor and say thank you to Barbara Machak for all her support of the organization over the last 12 years.
image Picatinny personnel participate in Army Ten Miler
Personnel from Picatinny Arsenal were among a total of 35,000 runners and 720 teams from around the globe who went to the nation's capital Oct. 12 to participate in the Army's premiere running event, the annual Army Ten Miler.
image Picatinny to host Red Ribbon Campaign Run Oct. 30
The purpose of the Red Ribbon Campaign is to present a visible commitment to a safe, healthy and drug-free lifestyle. Come out and support a Drug-Free lifestyle with a healthy Run/Walk, Thursday Oct. 30. Registration starts at 10 a.m., in front of Choice's Cafeteria.
image Picatinny observes hunting, fishing day
Picatinny Arsenal participated in the annual observance of National Hunting and Fishing Day on Sept. 27.
image Picatinny celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month
Picatinny Arsenal celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month during a luncheon Oct. 14. National Hispanic Heritage Month takes place from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 and honors the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
image Faces of the Force: Picatinny Arsenal's PEO Ammunition
"Faces of the Force" is an online feature that highlights members of the Army Acquisition Workforce, and is produced by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center Communication Division. The Program Executive Office for Ammunition has had seven employees featured in the program since January. Congratulations to Doug Wong, Barbara Kraus, Saleem Ghazi, Steven Simons, Orest Hrycak, Colleen McCabe, and Delondo Watt.
image LEGO students explore robotics at Picatinny Arsenal
Members of the FIRST LEGO League Team # 3013 visited Picatinny Arsenal Sept. 26 to learn more about robotics. The event was hosted by Picatinny's Armament Research, Development and Engineer Center's science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) outreach program.
image Picatinny's Emergency Preparedness Fair demonstrates readiness planning
In celebration of National Preparedness Month, Picatinny Arsenal held an Emergency Preparedness Fair on Sept. 16 in the Lindner Conference Center. National Preparedness Month is annual event held each September. By fostering a culture of preparedness, it focuses on strengthening the ability to prepare for, mitigate, prevent, respond to as well as recover from effects of natural or man-made disasters.
image Progress continues on safer, 500-pound bomb
Picatinny contributes to finding insensitive munitions fill for heavy bombs used by the Air Force and Navy.
image New PEO Ammo leader embraces inter-service cooperation, strong relationships
Jim Shields, the acting Program Executive Officer for Ammunition, shares his thoughts on leading PEO Ammunition, what he learned from his predecessors, and future goals for PEO Ammunition.
image Top Army acquisition officer visits Picatinny
Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, the Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, toured Picatinny Arsenal facilities Sept. 16, including the gun range where he fired several weapons.
image First Picatinny female sergeant major thanks personnel in final goodbye
Command Sgt. Maj. Hu'Dene Wright assumed the role of U.S. Army Garrison, Picatinny Arsenal, Command Sergeant Major, during a Sept. 8 Change of Responsibility Ceremony. The outgoing Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. Rosalba Dumont-Carrion, made Picatinny Arsenal history when she became the first female Soldier to hold the position.
image Picatinny partners to create ammunition management program
Picatinny Arsenal welcomed its first Career Program 33 ammunition logistician, Melvin Outen, for a 30-day developmental assignment. Outen is Inventory Manager, Artillery fuzes and 60mm, Headquarters, Joint Munitions Command, Rock Island, Illinois.
image Retiring Picatinny engineer reflects on his career at arsenal
General Engineer Benmun Seto met with Barbara Machak on Sept. 3 during his last day of retirement, providing an overview of his career at Picatinny Arsenal. Machak is the acting director of the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.
image Picatinny Arsenal dedicates Armament University building to fallen Army Soldier
A dedication ceremony of Picatinny Arsenal's Armament University was held Sept. 16 in honor of fallen U.S. Army Capt. Sean P. Grimes, who was killed in Iraq on March 4, 2005.
image Picatinny hosts final town hall for outgoing RDECOM leader
Dale A. Ormond, the outgoing director of the U.S. Army's Research, Development and Engineering Command, visits Picatinny Arsenal for a final town hall, Aug. 4. The U.S. Army's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center reports to Ormond's engineering command.
image 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at Picatinny Arsenal
Picatinny Arsenal observed the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks against our nation during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Picatinny 9/11 memorial located at the Visitors Center.
image Picatinny Arsenal Municipal Forum and Luncheon
Col. Scott Turner talks to community leaders during a municipal forum and luncheon held Sept. 3 at the Cannon Gates Catering and Conference Center at Picatinny Arsenal. Turner is the military deputy at the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, the largest organization at Picatinny.
image Picatinny Soldiers keynote speakers for Homeless Veterans
Two Picatinny Soldiers, Col. Willie D. Coleman and Col. Jon Rickey, spoke at fundraising events for Vietnam Veterans. Coleman, the project manager for Combat Ammunition Systems - Indirect Fire, served as the keynote speaker in Randolph, N.J on Aug. 23. Rickey, Director of the Defense Contract Management Agency, was the keynote speaker in Budd Lake, N.J. on Aug. 9.
image Engineers seek enhanced grenade lethality, even when enemy is concealed
SAGM is a munitions round that aims to provide Warfighters with the capability of shooting a 40-mm low-velocity grenade from an M203 or M320 rifle-mounted grenade launcher with the certainty that, if their target is hiding or behind an object, damage will still be inflicted.
image ACC-N.J. contracting officer receives honorable mention for Elmer B. Staats Young award
Army Contracting Command-New Jersey employee, Albert A. Rinaldi, was recognized as an Honorable Mention finalist for the Elmer B. Staats Young Acquisition Professional Award at the National Contract Management Association's World Congress in Washington, D.C.
image Student leadership group tours Picatinny
Forty students from the Leadership Excellence Direct Results program visited Picatinny Arsenal on Aug.15 to tour the arsenal's facilities and meet with its workforce. Leadership Excellence Direct Results (LEDR) is a week-long educational program for boys and girls, ages 15-20. The program provides its participants with training in personal and career development by focusing on topics such as communications, education, environment, criminal justice, and technology.
image Picatinny awards student scholarships for academic achievement, leadership potential
The Picatinny Arsenal Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association presented five scholarships and recognition awards for excellence to deserving students on Aug. 6 in recognition of their demonstrated academic achievement, challenging career aspirations and outstanding leadership potential.
image World War II Soldier, witness to atomic bomb development, receives recognition at Picatinny
Lt. Gen. Patricia McQuistion, Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, views with Benjamin Bederson the plaque he received during his induction Aug. 14 into the Ordnance Order of Samuel Sharpe. Bederson was among the pool of Soldiers with a technical background drafted during World War II for the Special Engineering Detachment, which supported development of the atomic bomb.
image Senior Enlisted Advisor to Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff: "Team Picatinny, what you do for our Warfighters is not unappreciated."
A free golf clinic hosted by Professional Golfer's Association (PGA) professional and New Jersey native, Morgan Hoffmann, was held Aug.18 on Picatinny Arsenal's golf course just days before he plays at the Barclays Tournament in Paramus, N.J.
image Picatinny Arsenal supports National Night Out
Several members of the Picatinny Police Department were among personnel from Picatinny Arsenal who turned out to support National Night Out (NNO) on Aug. 5. NNO is designed to familiarize members of the public with the many diverse law enforcement and community services, fire department and emergency management services.
image Head of Army Contracting Command visits Picatinny
Maj. Gen. Ted Harrison, Commanding General of the Army Contracting Command (ACC), visited Picatinny Arsenal on Aug 8. This is Harrison's first tour of the arsenal since becoming the ACC commanding general. He also met with senior leaders of Picatinny Arsenal and of ACC-N.J., as well as toured the arsenal's Manufacturing Technology Center.
image Picatinny nurtures student robotics teams
Newton High School, one of the schools with a Picatinny Arsenal robotics mentor, achieved varsity status for its robotics team, the first public high school in New Jersey to do so. Since 2009, the Picatinny Arsenal STEM office has helped 16 FIRST Robotics completion teams, five FIRST technology challenge teams, and five FIRST Lego League teams.
image Garrison directorate hires Vets for several security vacancies
Sequestration and hiring freezes have prevented the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS) from acquiring personnel needed to achieve mission success. "However, the DPTMS is fully staffed as of July 12. With all of the new hiring actions, the community may need to be aware of who has arrived and what service they provide to the community," said its director, Craig Cugini.
image Engineers developing safer, more accurate tracer round
Engineers at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., are researching a way to develop a new type of tracer round that not only would perform its function during the day as well as night, but also improve shooter accuracy and keep Soldiers safer by reducing their visual signature.
image Navy personnel tour Picatinny Arsenal
Navy officers from Naval Air Systems Command, Precision Strike Weapons in Patuxent River, Md., toured Picatinny Arsenal on Aug. 1. The tour included the Navy Turret facility, the Davidson Warhead facility, and other facilities of the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC).
image Picatinny celebrates Ramadan with first Eid Luncheon
On behalf of the Armament Research Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) Diversity Advisory Council, approximately 100 Picatinny employees celebrated the first Eid Luncheon. Eid al Fitr is one of two holidays in the Muslim lunar calendar and concludes the Holy month of Ramadan, which is a month of fasting, intensive prayers, and charity.
image Australian defense official tours Picatinny
Dr. Sharmaine Ramasamy, center, Director Defence [sic] and National Security Science and Technology of the Australian Embassy in Washington, D.C., toured Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., on July 24.
image Australian liaison officer arrives at Picatinny Arsenal
Lt. Col. Christopher Gates is the newest foreign liaison officer assigned to the Program Executive Office for Ammunition, where Gates will primarily support the process of foreign military sales to the Australian Army.
image As budgets shrink, more efficient contracting needed, executive says
Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, conducted a town hall July 16 at Picatinny Arsenal, where she explained how funding for science and technology is the "seed corn" for the next generation of capabilities to support the Warfighter.
image Assistant Secretary of Defense tours Picatinny, awards three employees
Paul D. Peters, acting assistant secretary of defense for logistics and materiel release, visited Picatinny Arsenal on July 22. While here, Peters toured the arsenal's facilities, received briefing overviews, and presented the Packaging Excellence Award to three Picatinny employees from the Enterprise and Systems Integration Center Packaging Division.
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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