FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Two Soldiers who nearly lost their lives in Afghanistan, one due to a close call with an 82mm round, and one due to a sizable IED explosion, were recently reunited with the body armor credited with saving their lives.
Sgt. Aaron Herbst and Sgt. Christopher Thompson are both now stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado. During two separate ceremonies last week at the installation, Program Executive Office, also known as PEO, Soldier, returned to them the protective gear that kept them alive.
On Oct. 15, Master Sgt. Corey Ingram, senior enlisted adviser for Product Manager Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment, part of PEO Soldier, returned to Herbst the Enhanced Side Ballistic Insert that saved his life in theater.
Herbst experienced his brush with death, May 18, 2011, in Afghanistan. It was then when an 82mm anti-tank round barely missed him and slammed into a mud brick building roughly 10 feet away from where he stood. Read More
On May 29, 2014, a 42-year-old trooper with the New York State Police made a traffic stop on an interstate highway north of Binghamton. The veteran trooper parked behind the stopped car and approached the driver’s side window. In that fleeting moment, a truck traveling in the same direction at about 90 miles per hour suddenly swerved, sideswiping the car and striking the trooper, killing him instantly. The truck’s driver, a 60-year-old male with a criminal record, admitted after his capture that he intentionally veered to hit the trooper.
The chilling account of the unprovoked attack is just one of dozens of detailed narratives recounting the felonious deaths of law enforcement officers in the United States in 2014. The accounts are a central component of the latest Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) report, issued today, which shows that 96 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty last year—51 as a result of felonious acts and 45 in accidents. The annual report, released by the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, also shows that 48,315 officers were victims of line-of-duty assaults in 2014. Read More | Full Report
ONTARIO, Calif. – The Safariland Group, the leader in advanced body armor responsible for nearly two-thirds of all saves over the last three decades, today announced the release of an all-new line of ABA® Xtreme® body armor solutions for law enforcement. The result of an intensive collaborative effort with best-in-class partners, the new Xtreme ballistic panels deliver a new benchmark for designs combining fit, protection and exceptional value.
Teaming with DuPont Protection Technologies (DuPont), SAATI® and TexTech®, The Safariland Group armor team designed the Xtreme panels blending fabric using DuPont™ Kevlar® KM2 Plus fibers incorporating a proprietary weaving process co-created with DuPont, along with a proprietary manufacturing material called Core Matrix Technology™, creating this breakthrough family of ballistic panels. Press Release
Aberdeen based Hesco Armor, Inc. won a share of a $49.5M indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) body armor contract to supply the next generation of Small Arms Protective Inserts (SAPI) to the US Army.
The competitively awarded contract has been shared between three armor manufactures. The contract called for a technically proficient plate, not before seen in previously available Small Arms Protective Insert plates. Hesco Armor plates were chosen for their next generation composite material that creates an ultra-lightweight ballistic resistant insert. Awarded days after the launch of the new Hesco Group… Press Release
The U.S. Army has ordered $34 million worth of body armor from 3M Co. subsidiary Ceradyne Inc., the company said in a news release Tuesday.
The order is good for 28,000 pieces of body armor under the Soldier Protection Systems Vital Torso Protection program for lightweight enhanced small arms protective inserts, which are ceramic armor plates used in tactical vests to stop pistol and rifle bullets. Ceradyne will complete delivery by the end of 2016. Read More