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Technology award gives soldiers new opportunities

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The United States Army is working to recognize new and innovative technologies made by our very own soldiers.

It’s called the Army Greatest Innovation Awards Program.

“It’s an annual Army level award that we reach to Army commands to recognize folks that have great ideas,” said Col. Jack Graham.

He’s the deputy chief technology officer at Army Materiel Command on Redstone Arsenal. He showed us some of these innovative items that won in years passed.

“This in the ballistic combat shirt that just came out this past year. It’s going to replace part of the ensemble the soldiers wear in combat,” described Col. Graham.

The shirt has extra padding but is lighter and more efficient for the battlefield.

Another device is the SAM Junctional Tourniquet. It’s one of three award winners from last year. It’s currently being used in the battlefield right now. The steps to use the device are broken down to a level anyone can understand to be able to use it in times of crisis.

“The solutions that have come up just this past year are now starting to be fielded, sent out to our deployed forces,” said Col. Graham.

In 2015, the award was rededicated in honor of the late Maj. Gen. Harold Greene. He was in charge of several Army research, science and technology projects before he was killed in Afghanistan in August 2014.

“It’s put more light onto the award. We’ve gotten a lot more submissions out there,” explained Col. Graham.

It’s all in order to bring out sufficient solutions to save lives on the battlefield. Soldiers and civilians working for the Army can submit their ideas for the award until mid-January of 2017.

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