☷Soldiers test new system focused to modernize aviation logistics maintenance
U.S. Army ( By Press Release office)
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Soldiers with D Company , 2nd Battalion , 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion ( 2 - 3 GSAB ) , 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade ( 3rd CAB ) , 3rd Infantry Division receive new equipment training for system familiarization and proficiency on the Global Combat Support System Increment 2 – Army ( GCSS - A ) at Fort Lee , Virginia before operational testing begins . FORT LEE , Virginia — Soldiers from Hunter Army Airfield , Georgia conducted the first tests here on a new system focused on improving readiness through modernizing aviation maintenance and logistics functions . “The Global Combat Support System Increment 2 – Army ( GCSS - A ) focuses on improving Army aviation’s the legacy logistics and sustainment systems , ” said Maj . Andrew J . Johnson , a test officer with the Mission Command Test Directorate ( MCTD ) of the Fort Hood , Texas - based U . S . Army Operational Test Command ( OTC ) . Troops with D Company , 2nd Battalion , 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion ( 2 - 3 GSAB ) , 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade ( 3rd CAB ) , 3rd Infantry Division are playing a critical role , according to Johnson . “Leveraging their training and experience provides the Army with an honest look at how the system will perform , ” he said . “This test aims at gathering data and feedback from the Soldiers to help Army leaders make informed fielding decisions for GCSS - A . ” Mission partners backing the test with their support included representatives from the Army Futures Command ( AFC ) , Aviation Enablers - Requirements Determination Division ( AE - RDD ) , Army Evaluation Center ( AEC ) , Aviation Center of Excellence , Combined Arms Support Command ( CASCOM ) , Combat Capabilities Development Command ( DEVCOM ) , Electronic Proving Ground ( EPG ) , the National Guard Bureau , and Product Manager GCSS - Army ( PdM GCSS - Army ) . Capt . David J . Johnson , test operations officer with OTC’s Aviation Test Directorate ( AVTD ) , said all players worked with key elements from the Army Test and Evaluation Command ( ATEC ) to evaluate the according to Army needs . “This was a collaborative effort where all the teams came together to leverage each other’s expertise and synchronize efforts for the test event , ” he said . The aviation captain said the initial test paves the way for eventual final GCSS - A testing during the summer at Hunter Army Airfield with the same 2 - 3 GSAB Soldiers . “While executing operations under real - world flight demands , the ATEC team plans to capture additional performance data on the system , ” he said . ~~ About the U . S . Army Operational Test Command: As the Army’s only independent operational tester , USAOTC tests Army , joint , multi - service , and multi - domain warfighting systems in realistic operational environments; using skilled Soldiers to provide data on whether the systems are effective , suitable , and survivable . USAOTC is required by public law to test major systems before they are fielded to its ultimate customer — the American Soldier . OTC’s Mission Command Test Directorate tests systems for a net - centric environment that will process and transmit voice , data , messaging and video information through networks at the tactical , operational , strategic and sustaining base levels . OTC’s Aviation Test Directorate at West Fort Hood , Texas , plans and conducts operational tests and reports on manned and unmanned aviation - related equipment to include attack , reconnaissance , cargo and lift helicopters , fixed wing aircraft , tactical trainers , ground support equipment , and aviation countermeasure systems .
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