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Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Division 

Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Division

| Division Mission/Objective/Purpose | Red Ball Express Award | Division Leadership | Division Meetings & Events | Inquiries/Questions | Past Conferences |

2014 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference
Event #4530
May 5 - 7, 2014
Hyatt Regency Reston

To view the current details, please link to our NDIA web page at:

http://www.ndia.org/meetings/4530

We are pleased to announce that the Army has approved participation in this conference.

Members of the Tactical Wheeled Vehicle (TWV) community,


Red Ball Express Award

 

April 21, 2014. Today at the Rayburn Building NDIA presented  its prestigious Red Ball Express Award to Douglas R.  Bush and Jesse D. Tolleson of the Congressional House Armed Services Oversight Team for their consistently demonstrated unmatched cooperation, expertise, and commitment to the strategic viability of the TWV industrial base.

The “Red Ball Express” award is proudly named after the famous Transportation system in World War II.

The Red Ball Express was an enormous truck convoy system created in 1944 to supply Allied forces moving quickly through Europe after breaking out from the D-Day beaches in Normandy. Some 28 divisions were advancing across France and Belgium, each ordinarily requiring 700-750 tons of supply a day. Patton's 3rd Army was soon grinding to a halt from lack of fuel and ordnance. The route, marked with red balls, was closed to civilian traffic; the trucks were marked with the same red balls and given priority on regular roads. The key to pursuit was a continuous supply of fuel and ordnance, thus leading to the name, Red Ball Express.

Awarding the citation and gold medal to Bush and Tolleson were Larry Farrell, President/CEO of NDIA and Ron Johnson, NDIA Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Division Chair.

Past Red Ball Express Award Recipients

  • 2013 - Mr. Michael D. Sprang, JPO JLTV
  • 2012 - Joint Program Office, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles

The “Red Ball Express” award is proudly named after the famous Transportation system in World War II.

The Red Ball Express was an enormous truck convoy system created in 1944 to supply Allied forces moving quickly through Europe after breaking out from the D-Day beaches in Normandy. Some 28 divisions were advancing across France and Belgium, each ordinarily requiring 700-750 tons of supply a day.  Patton's 3rd Army was soon grinding to a halt from lack of fuel and ordnance.  The route, marked with red balls, was closed to civilian traffic; the trucks were marked with the same red balls and given priority on regular roads.  The key to pursuit was a continuous supply of fuel and ordnance, thus leading to the name, Red Ball Express.

Since this award is from the Tactical Wheeled Vehicle (or Trucks) Division of NDIA, we thought the award should be a lasting tribute to those that pioneered the way for us that serve or support the military truck and transportation industry today.

You can also follow the TWV Division on Twitter @NDIA_TWV or #ndiatwv.

NDIA Presents The Red Ball Express Award To Michael D. Sprang 

 2013 NDIA Red Ball Express Award  2013 Red Ball Award Recipient

The award was presented at NDIA's Michigan Chapter "5th Annual Membership Social"

NDIA has announced that its Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Division presented The Red Ball Express Award to Mr. Michael D. Sprang, JPO JLTV, on March 20, 2013, at the 5th Annual Membership Social in Sterling Heights, MI.

The Red Ball Express is awarded for outstanding contribution to the Tactical Wheeled Vehicle (TWV) community. Recipients of this award must have made significant contributions that have led to the strengthening of our national security by developing, procuring, or supporting Tactical Wheeled Vehicles or critical technologies that contribute to the same.

Mr. Sprang has made many significant contributions to the development and support of light tactical vehicles, especially the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), over the last eight years during a critical period of military combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. In particular, Mr. Sprang managed the production and fielding of thousands of armor kits for HMMWV’s in Iraq and Afghanistan, at a value of over six billion dollars. His relentless drive to field these kits as rapidly as possible, while adhering to exacting standards, saved countless American and allied lives.

Sincerely,

NDIA & Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Division

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Division Mission/Objective/Purpose

Division Objectives
The primary objective of the Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Division of NDIA is to enhance the security of the United States by promoting communications and interaction between defense industry, government and military in the area of automotive activities.

The specific charter of the Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Division is to conduct conferences in technology areas directly related to automotive research, design, development, test and production.  Such conferences are intended to present advanced technology and provide for an exchange of information and an interchange of views between defense industry, government and military representatives.  The effective cooperation between these three groups is vital to our defense effort in the tactical wheeled vehicle area.  Each group brings unique inputs to such conferences.  No one group can function at maximum effectiveness without the other two.

Specific Objectives:

  • To serve as an effective communications vehicle for the exchange of views and information between government and industry on matters of common concern.

  • To foster mutual understanding and effective working relationships between government and industry in order to achieve a sound body of government policy and procedures which will serve both the security objectives of the United Sates as well as the commercial interests of its industry.

  • To provide government with industry advice on government policies, practices and procedures and industry's needs and problems within the Division's purview.

Mission Responsibility
To promote national exchanges between the Defense Department, government agencies and industry, of information relating to the design, development, acquisition and support of vehicles and vehicle systems employed in land and amphibious military operations.

Division Charter (pdf)

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Division Leadership

Chair

Mr. Ron Johnson
Vice President, Land Warfare Systems
DRS Technologies, Inc.
2345 Crystal Drive, Suite 915
Arlington, VA 22202-4801
(703) 416-7611
e-mail: rjohnson@drs.com

NDIA Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Division Vice-Chairman:

Eddie Garcia
Senior Director, Business Development | Global Integrated Product Support
Oshkosh Defense, Oshkosh Corporation
P.O. Box 2566
Oshkosh, WI 54903-2566
Phone: (920) 233-9212;
e
-mail: egarcia@defense.oshkoshcorp.com

Secretary

Monica Hawkins
Operations Manager
DRS Sustainment Systems, Inc.
Phone: (
314) 553-4903
e-mail:
mhawkins@drs.com

Steering Committee

  • Jeffrey A. Anderson, Caterpillar Inc.
  • Dion Anglin, Cummins.
  • David Damian, ArvinMeritor
  • Bill DeHaan, MTU Detroit Diesel
  • Richard Engel, Freightliner Corp.
  • COL Robert Groller, USA (Ret.), Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Kathryn Hasse, Lockheed Martin 
  • Meg Kulungowski, Navistar Defense
  • David Laverdiere, Allison Transmission
  • Sean Murphy, Daimler Trucks North America, LLC
  • Larry Platt, AM General
  • Chuck Prikopa, BAE Systems
  • Pat MacArevey, Navistar Defense
  • Barry Tyree
  • COL James Wank, USA (Ret.), Command Holdings Group

Government Liaison Representatives

  • COL Brian Cummings, USA, CS&CSS
  • LtCol Mike Burks, USMC PM Light Tactical Vehicles
  • LTC (Paul) Dave Shuler, USA, PEO CSC&CSS CoS/XO
  • Michael Clow, PEO CS&CSS PAO
  • James (Jay) Proctor, Deputy Program Manager, PM Light Tactical Vehicles

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Division Meetings & Events

The annual Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference is the only one held annually that is specific to the military’s Tactical Wheeled Vehicle community.  It has historically brought Department of Defense representatives, prime contractors, subcontractors, and their suppliers together to discuss present and future wheeled vehicle requirements for all services.  It has afforded an atmosphere for open discussions between the customers and the suppliers based on the needs of the military users.  The information presented is valuable to program managers, engineers, planners and marketers.  In addition, open discussions will be invaluable to DoD planners and program managers.

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Inquiries/Questions

For more information on this Division, please contact:

NDIA Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Division Director

CAPT Bruce Roulstone, USN (Ret.)
Operations
E-mail: broulstone@ndia.org

NDIA Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Division Conference POC

Miss Angie De Kleine, CAE, CMM, CMP, CEM
Associate Director, Operations
E-mail: adekleine@ndia.org

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Past Conferences

Past Conference Information

2002 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference (DTIC Proceedings - external site)
January 27-29, 2002
Monterey, California

2004 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference (DTIC Proceedings - external site)
February 2-4, 2004
Monterey, California

2006 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference
February 5 - 7, 2006
Monterey, California

2007 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference (TWV) (DTIC Proceedings - external site)
February 4-6, 2007
Monterey, California

2008 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference  (DTIC Proceedings - external site)
February 3, 2008
Monterey, California

2009 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference  (DTIC Proceedings - external site)
February 2-3, 2009
Monterey, California

2010 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference (DTIC Proceedings - external site)
Sunday, February 7 - Tuesday, February 10, 2010

2011 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference (DTIC Proceedings - external site)
Sunday, February 6 - Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Monterey, California
 

2012 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference (DTIC Proceedings - external site)
Sunday, February 5 - Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Monterey, California

Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Division webinars

Event #353A

Webinar speaker is:

COL(P) David Bassett, USA (pdf)
Deputy Program Executive Officer, Army's
Combat Support & Combat Service Support.

Theme: Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Update " (pdf) slides
June 12, 2013
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. / EST 

Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Division webinar
Event #353B

Webinar speaker is:

Colonel John R. Cavedo Jr., USA (pdf)
Project Manager
Joint Program Office
Joint Light Tactical Vehicles

Theme: “JLTV Update" (pdf) slides
September 4, 2013
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. / EST

Please click here to link to JPO JLTV's website: http://www.peocscss.army.mil/PdMJLTV.htmli

 

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