WMRD participates in 2012 All-American Bowl exposition
January 31, 2012
- ARL Weapons and Materials Research Directorate participated at the Army Strong Zone
- All-American Bowl exposition in San Antonio, Tx.
Pauline Smith and Steve Taulbee of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's (ARL) Weapons and Materials Research Directorate (WMRD), served as subject matter experts for the transparent armor interactive display at the Army Strong Zone section at the 2012 All-American Bowl exposition in San Antonio, Tx.
The display featured several samples of transparent armor laminates comparing glass/polymer transparent armor to ceramic/polymer armor and transmission and weight by allowing the audience to look through them.
The event was attended by several hundred people from the U.S. Army, All-American high school football players, along with their coaches, families, and the general public. Maj. Gen. Justice, Brig. Gen. McGuiness, Lt. Gen. Freakley, Maj. Gen. Mann, and Brig. Gen. Smith, and Brig. Gen. Huntley of the USA Accessions Command Group, the sponsoring command for the All-American Bowl, were also in attendance at the ARL display.
"This event was instrumental at communicating to the broad audience the critical role ARL plays in empowering, unburdening, and protecting the Warfighter," said Taulbee.
The venue was vital for ARL to demonstrate the range of current technological advancement to promote a better understanding of the Army as Soldiers or civilians and the crucial role that science and technology plays in providing solutions and capabilities to the Warfighter.
"This forum represented a unique opportunity for visibility and enhanced credibility to meet and interact with a receptive and engaging audience including Soldiers, family members, students, and VIPs," said Smith.
Smith's most memorable experience was meeting Soldiers and parents who recognized and credited the armor technology to survivability.