MILFORD, Mass. –
Brig. Gen. L. Scott Rice, Assistant Adjutant General for Air, Massachusetts Air National Guard, visited Impact Science & Technology, a division of ITT Corporation in Nashua, N.H., July 1, 2010.
On behalf of the Air National Guard, Rice expressed appreciation for the support IST shows to its employee and Massachusetts Air National Guard member, Lt. Col. Eric Pauer. As a traditional Guardsman, Pauer serves as director of logistics-Air, Joint Force Headquarters in Milford.
IST designs and develops electronic countermeasure systems that protect U.S. and allied military personnel against remote controlled improvised explosive devices (RCIEDs). Their counter-RCIED systems are installed in military vehicles to jam radio frequency signals used by insurgents to control RCIEDs. Thus, IST systems prevent insurgents from remotely detonating their RCIEDs, rendering the insurgents’ attacks ineffective.
Since 2004, IST has fielded thousands of counter-RCIED systems including the Mobile Multi-Band Jammer (MMBJ), the Counter RCIED Electronic Warfare (CREW) 2.1 system, and most recently the EGON system for U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The visit also provided an opportunity for Rice to get a better understanding of the various electronic force protection systems that Pauer helps to design, develop, and field as an employee at IST.
During the visit, Rice toured the facility and received detailed briefings on the systems that IST is developing to protect U.S. and allied military personnel against the RCIEDs.
On behalf of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) and the Massachusetts Air National Guard, Rice presented IST with the Patriotic Employer award. This award was accepted by Pauer’s boss, Scott Traurig, IST chief engineer. Rice addressed all employees and thanked them for their work in supporting and protecting the warfighter. He also presented IST with the Hometown Heroes Medal, to symbolize their key support for the National Guard and Reserve as well as provide mission essential force protection equipment. The Hometown Heroes award was accepted by Robert Cotter, vice president and general manager for IST.
The visit gave Rice an appreciation of the important work that Pauer does as a member of the IST team in developing systems to protect our military personnel. From IST’s perspective, the general’s visit and remarks were especially memorable—not only for the mission critical need fulfilled by IST’s equipment but also because nearly half of the employees at IST have served in the armed forces in the past. The occasion provided a rare opportunity to meet and hear first hand from a general officer about the importance of the work done at IST in supporting the military.