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For the first time in 15 years, the Army’s Advanced Combat Helmet is getting an upgrade.
Since 2015, the Army has been on the lookout for a new combat helmet to “support Soldier modernization and defeat or mitigate the effects of fragmenting munitions and ballistic threats equal to or greater than a currently fielded [Advanced Combat Helmet].” Which, in plain English, means it was looking for a better helmet.
That search is finally over. On Mar. 8, headwear company Revision Military was awarded $98 million to provide 293,870 units of the Advanced Combat Helmet Generation II. The new version of the helmet boasts four-point retention and a pad suspension system, which attaches to the shell with ballistic-resistant hardware. The best part, according to the little information currently available: its design is 24% lighter than the previous model, which means your neck won’t be as strained from having to support your big head and a heavy helmet.
“With this solicitation, PEO Soldier challenged the helmet industry, raising the technology bar substantially,” Revision CEO Jonathan Blanshay said in a statement. “Revision answered in a big way, dedicating significant resources to set a new standard for lightweight helmet design and performance,”
The original Advanced Combat Helmet was developed and tested by Army Special Operations Command to replace the Personnel Armor System for Ground Troops helmet. Other services fielded the Advanced Combat Helmet in 2003. One of its biggest innovations was a pre-drilled Night Vision Goggle bracket hole.
The Pentagon has identified the two soldiers were killed in combat in Afghanistan on Wednesday as members of U.S. Army Special Forces.
Master Sgt. Luis F. DeLeon-Figueroa, 31, and Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez, 35, both died in Faryab Province from wounds sustained from small arms fire, the Pentagon said in a press release. The incident is under investigation.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted on Thursday of possible Israeli involvement in attacks against Iranian-linked targets in Iraq.
A series of blasts in the past few weeks have hit weapon depots and bases belonging to paramilitary groups in Iraq, many of them backed by Israel's regional foe Iran. The groups blamed the United States and Israel for the blasts on Wednesday.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday that will make it easier for permanently disabled veterans to have their student loan debt forgiven.
Physical fitness tests were briefly suspended earlier this week and outdoor cardio testing will be curtailed for the remainder of the summer at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, after an airman died Saturday. She had completed her PT test on Friday.
Navy Secretary Richard Spencer has expanded a review of the Judge Advocate General Corps to include the Marine Corps, a Navy spokesman said on Thursday.
"There is value in applying this review and its subsequent recommendations across the Department of the Navy," Cmdr. Jereal Dorsey told Task & Purpose. "The review's purpose is to confirm the uniformed legal community is structurally and organizationally sound and best supporting the good order and discipline our integrated naval force."