Bringing innovation to fruition: Marines 3D print 1st reinforced concrete bridge in western hemisphere - A Marine with 1st Marine Logistics Group walks across a concrete footbridge during a 3D concrete printing exercise Dec. 12, at Camp Pendleton, California. Working with Marine Corps Systems Command’s Advanced Manufacturing Operations Cell and the Army Corps of Engineers, the 1st MLG used the Automated Construction of Expeditionary Structures—or ACES—printer to conduct 3D concrete printing of the bridge and evaluate emerging technology for future application in Marine Corps engineering operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Elizabeth Flanary)
The Corps’ new Amphibious Combat Vehicle offers ‘significantly greater survivability, mobility’ than predecessor - Program Executive Officer Land Systems put the Amphibious Combat Vehicle 1.1 through high surf testing in December 2018 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The vehicle successfully navigated through waves measuring over six feet in height, meeting the ACV 1.2 anticipated requirements, and enabling the Marine Corps to combine the program into a singular ACV family of vehicles. (U.S. Marine Corps photo)
Marine Rifle Squads get upgraded night vision devices - Marines took delivery of the Squad Binocular Night Vision Goggles during new equipment training in December 2018 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The move to the SBNVG is expected to enhance the infantry’s lethality and situational awareness in reduced visibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Joseph Neigh)
Effort underway to update, give Light Armored Vehicles extended service life - U.S. Marines with Company A., 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (2d LAR), 2nd Marine Division stage Light Armored Vehicle 25’s prior during a deployment exercise. LARs will be the first to receive the upgraded LAVs, or A3s, which will extend the service life and update key components. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Timothy J. Lutz)
LAV Anti-Tank Weapon System to reach FOC by end of 2019 - The Marine Corps continues to upgrade the turret system for the Light Armored Vehicle-Anti-Tank. The LAV Team at Marine Corps Systems Command continues to provide new equipment training to units receiving the Anti-Tank Weapon System upgrade, with the final two training evolutions scheduled for early this year. Full operational capability for the ATWS is expected at the end of fiscal year 2019. (Courtesy photo)
Conversations about Marine Corps acquisition, innovation, and gear with host Manny Pacheco, USMC, retired.