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Marine Corps Systems Command

 

Marine Corps Systems Command

Equipping Our Marines

Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch

 

LtCol Mathew J. Pfeffer
Director
Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch

 

Major Matthew W. Hohl
Deputy Director
Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch

 

MSgt A. M. Vandegrift
Branch SNCOIC
Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch



Contact Us

Headquarters
Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch
Box 555217, Building #210536
Camp Pendleton, CA 92055 
 
 

Front Desk/ Duty NCO
(760)725-2601

Duty NCO Cell
(760)801-1330

Director
(760)763-4327

Technical Director
(760)763-7431

Deputy Director
(760)763-1134

SNCOIC
(760)725-2431

Budget Officer
(760)763-4444

Administration
(760)763-0886

Network Support
(760)763-4349

Communications
(760)725-2363

Security
(760)725-2363

Operations Officer
(760)763-4428

Asst. Operations Officer
(760)763-4360

Operations Chief
(760)763-1897

Project Supervisor
(760)763-4743

Test Team Leader
(760)763-2088

Boat Support
(760)763-4429

Logistics
(760)725-2103

Maintenance
(760)725-2519

Mission

The Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch (AVTB) mission is to plan, execute, analyze, and report developmental and integrated test and evaluation events in order to characterize the performance of amphibious and ground combat vehicle systems, and enable informed acquisition decisions.
 
Much More Than Amphibious Vehicle Testing

Since its inception in the 1940s, AVTB has been at the forefront of amphibious vehicle testing and continues to be DoD’s only test center specializing in the test, evaluation and development of the Marine Corps’ present and future amphibious combat platforms. AVTB has been the focal point for all generational upgrades of amphibious vehicles, since the Landing Vehicle Tracked (LVT), which was key to the success of the Pacific island hopping campaign of World War II.  During the proceeding decades, AVTB maintained an integral role in the testing of many variants and upgrades of the Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) and Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV).   AVTB is now preparing to conduct testing of the Amphibious Assault Vehicle Survivability Upgrade (AAV SU) and Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV).

Due to the unique organic resources, AVTB has the ability to expand beyond testing of amphibious vehicles.  AVTB has also successfully executed developmental tests and demonstrations on a wide range of DoD equipment and vehicles at a variety of locations throughout the U.S.  Most recently, in 2015, AVTB successfully conducted a rail impact transportability test for the USMC AMK970 Aircraft Refueling Semitrailer at Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Barstow in the desert of Barstow, CA. 

Operations

The Operations Section provides the personnel, equipment, and resources necessary to safely execute developmental and operational testing of amphibious vehicles in order to provide timely and accurate information to decision-makers regarding the platform under test.
Maintenance

The Maintenance Section provides direct support maintenance and recovery for appropriate organic equipment in order to support test requirements, and provides a general support maintenance capability for fielded and test platforms.

Communication

The Communications Section provides communications equipment, maintenance, security, spectrum management, and subject matter expertise in order to enable testing of amphibious and combat vehicles and their associated communications systems.

Lab

The Electronics and Metrology Lab conducts test article instrumentation and provides accurate and timely test data in support of the development and acquisition of amphibious vehicles.

Logistics

Logistics Section provides logistics support to the Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch in the area of procurement, transportation, hazardous material control, facilities coordination, disposal, and storage in order to complete mission objectives and goals of AVTB. 

Engineering

The Engineering Section provides technical expertise in the test design, test execution, analysis, and test reporting of USMC vehicles and their associated systems.

Finance Office

The Finance Office provides guidance and expertise to AVTB's management and staff to support operations regarding all financial matters.