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New Army T-11 Parachute Uses AMIS’ pRFID Technology

By Beth Alltop, AMIS Strategic Communications

Photo by Mr. Bryan Keys, AMIS Program Management Support Specialist​
MAJ Ryan Leonard jumps with the Army’s T-11 parachute that uses AMIS’ pRFID capabilities.

It was no surprise when the 82nd Sustainment Brigade’s 11th Quartermaster Company asked the Assistant Product Director, Automated Movement and Identification Solutions (AMIS), MAJ Ryan Leonard, to jump using the Army’s new T-11 parachutes. After all, AMIS provides the enhanced Parachute Tracking System (ePTS), a pilot program that automates the management and tracking of all T-11 parachutes for the 11th Quartermaster Company via passive radio frequency identification (pRFID) technology.

After much anticipation, the day came for the tailgate jump out of a C-130 aircraft to test ePTS. On July 25, MAJ Leonard met with the 11th Quartermaster Company and the Air Force’s Special Operations team at Fort Bragg, N.C. “I had not jumped in 14 years,” said MAJ Leonard. “Fortunately, I got the chance to work with a high-speed 82nd Airborne Division Jumpmaster, and he retrained me on basic jump operations as well as the operational details of the T-11 parachute. It was a great chance to get back in the field, work with Soldiers, and see how the acquisition process touches their day-to-day operations, and in this case, with ePTS.”

This opportunity allowed AMIS the ability to demonstrate confidence in ePTS by using the technology in the field with our customers. It also exhibited one of AMIS’ main objectives of leading from the front and backing our mission to support Soldiers while exceeding their expectations.

Posted October 22, 2013