From the Ranch

From the Ranch

Monday, July 30, 2012

Never Forget, We Are the Land of the Free, Because of the Brave

This video is so worth watching, Texas Country Reporter is one of my favorite television shows, and I like so very few.  I am going to take a trip over to Bay Town to see this when Randy comes home next month.  I will plan a trip with my grand-children as well.  I am committed to telling them over and over what the cost has been for their freedom and liberty, and that the cost will never be paid in full.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

This Is News That Drives Me To My Knees, Don't Assume We Are Winding Down War in the Middle East.

Obviously, Iran is up to no good.... within the military community, everyone is so tired.  Why must evil rear it's head over and over.... and if you don't think Iran has evil leadership, and you believe they are not out to destroy and conquer the United States, go to their leader's official web site.  It is there in plain English, (he wants you to read it and be afraid.)  Here is a link to the Wall Street Journal's very informative article.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Good News From the Army, More Helmet Sensors Ordered!

This morning I received news from BAE Systems that the Army has ordered more of the helmet sensors that will indeed save the quality of life enjoyed in the future by those serving today.  This is most excellent for all of us who love a Soldier! 

July 9, 2012
U.S. Army Orders More Helmet Sensors for Screening of Head and Brain Injuries
PHOENIX, Arizona — The U.S. Army has ordered thousands of additional helmet sensors that can be used to record the severity of head movements and impacts during a combat-related blast or explosion. The sensors, called Headborne Energy Analysis and Diagnostic Systems (HEADS), are provided by BAE Systems and are revolutionizing the way data is captured, stored and retrieved to determine the effects that improvised explosive devices and other blunt impacts have on a Soldier’s head.
Under a new $16.9 million contract, BAE Systems will deliver the HEADS Generation II sensors by January of next year. This order will be in addition to approximately 20,000 sensors that are already in use.
“Traumatic Brain Injuries are known as a signature injury for Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Don Dutton, vice president and general manager of Protection Systems at BAE Systems. “The Army has an urgent demand for technologies that help identify individuals who may be in need of medical assistance for potential head and brain injuries. The data collected by HEADS during a traumatic event can be used to develop better protective equipment and for supporting further medical treatment.”
Positioned beneath the crown suspension pad of most combat helmets, HEADS allows the Army and medical practitioners to continuously measure and collect critical and potentially lifesaving data. These include impact duration, blast pressures, ambient temperature, angular and linear accelerations, as well as the exact times of single or multiple blast events. The placement of the sensor inside the helmet ensures that accurate measurements are achieved.
From late 2007 and into 2008, BAE Systems delivered more than 7,600 HEADS Generation I sensors to the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. Then HEADS Generation II was developed, introducing a wireless technology to download summary data of recorded events. Other enhancements to the sensor included a longer battery life, expanded pressure measurement and angular rate data.
The latest $16.9 million award is part of a five-year contract awarded in June 2010. This award brings the cumulative value of the contract to approximately $34 million.
BAE Systems is a leading provider of Soldier protective and load carrying equipment in the United States, producing a significant portion of the nation’s body armor, tactical vests, combat helmets and load carrying systems. Not only is the company focused on the design, development and production of leading edge survivability products, but its integration of advanced materials into manufacturing, rigorous product testing and field trials support the company’s focus on the men and women who serve in the armed forces.

Heather, this made my day!  So many faces come to my mind that this technology could have protected, so many more faces that will be protected, and the faces of their children and loved ones bring tears to my eyes.  Thanks to BAE Systems, of all the resources of the military, I believe this one may prove to be the most valuable to Soldiers and their families.  This technology is phenomenal in its' impact upon the troops.  Thank you so much for sending this to me.  Have an excellent day, and thanks to you and all those at BAE for all the lives protected and saved.

With a Grateful Heart,

Debra LeCompte.
Daughter of a WWII Soldier
Wife of a Soldier
Mother of a Soldier
Mother-in-Law of two Soldiers
Grand-daughter of a WWI Soldier

Headborne Energy Analysis and Diagnostic System ... - YouTube