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OTC civilian employees learn from professional development event
Rachel Hoskins had never shot a gun before, real or simulated, until last month when she visited Fort Hood’s Engagement Skills Trainer along with several of her teammates. Read More
Fort Hood recognizes everyday heroes
Under the golden glow of chandeliers, the smell of food and sounds of chatter filled the Grande Ballroom at Club Hood Nov. 12, as members of the Fort Hood community gathered to recognize some of its finest. Read More
Your Army Family is here for you on Thanksgiving
As service members, there are times when spending Thanksgiving with your Family isn’t achievable as our nation leads combat and humanitarian missions across the globe. Read More
OTC commanding general to be Mother Ginger
Joining the long list of other celebrity Mother Gingers, Spellmon is the latest soldier to trade in his ACUs for an elaborate and over-the-top theatrical costume. Read More
Soldiers, Marines test JLTV on Fort Stewart
“I challenged the soldiers doing this test to really give us their honest feedback because that’s what decisions are going to be made on,” said [Col. Ron McNamara]. “What you don’t want are soldiers to drive it like it’s a borrowed Lamborghini. We want them to use it like they will in a combat situation.” Read More
Morakon inducted into OTC Testers' Hall of Fame
Radio interview by III Corps PAO, Fort Hood.
Injury adjusts plans, OTC Soldier adapts
“It’s easy to identify or recognize somebody like me,” Karcher said, noting his cane and uneven gait. “I’d like to highlight for y’all a group of our servicemen and women that are often overlooked when we talk about disabilities.” Read More
Peter Morakon inducted into OTC's Testers' Hall of Fame
Peter Morakon, of North Carolina, was inducted into the Hall of Fame for applying his skills as a military parachutist as an Army civilian testing future airborne operations equipment at Fort Bragg, N.C. Read More
'Rusty' Awards recognize disabled citizens
Col. Tim Karcher of the U.S. Army’s Operational Test Command at Fort Hood received the Military Service of the Year Award. To be eligible an individual must have served on active duty in the Fort Hood/Bell County area during the preceding 12 months. Read More
Armed Services YMCA breaks ground for new facility
“In about a year, we’ll realize the dream that’s been going on for so long,” Karcher said. “This dream is for a place for our kids, our soldiers, our veterans, our families to come to work out, socialize, just to sit and have a cup of coffee—a place where people can recover and rehabilitate.” Read More
OTC civilians experience Bradley gunnery, meet troops
“The experience was interesting and the Soldiers who briefed us were uniformly articulate and knowledgeable on their system,” [Ralph Hughart] said. “I think it gave all attendees a better sense of the importance of what OTC does in support of these Soldiers.” Read More
Pete Morakon to be inducted into U.S. Army Operational Testers' Hall of Fame
Pete Morakon was 14 years old when he first saw a paratrooper. "I'm going to be one of them one day," he said. Nearly 70 years later, Morakon will be honored for a career that included plenty of time in the sky. Read More
OTC honors UT director with Order of St Barbara Medal
“Dr. Brant’s team has had the unenviable task of being asked to develop software and network testing systems that must work flawlessly and with rapidly evolving fire support and command and control systems,” [John Diem] said, “and they succeeded each time.”” a style="font-size:12px;" href="http://www.otc.army.mil/PAO/OTCNews(DrBrant).htm" target="_self">Read More
National Preparedness Month: stay aware, be resilient
September is National Preparedness Month. Your unit emergency managers will dedicate their efforts during this time to educate, inform and involve the local community in preparedness activities to increase resiliency and readiness for all-hazards events.” Read More
OTC awards civilian St. Barbara Medal
David Brant, director of the University of Texas at Austin Center for Agile Technology, said he was honored to receive the medal — a rarity for a civilian.” Read More
Rotarians learn ins and outs of Fort Hood's OTC
Brig. Gen. Scott Spellmon, commander of U.S. Army Operational Test Command at Fort Hood, spoke to the members of the Harker Heights Rotary Club at their morning breakfast Aug. 7 at the St. Paul Hasong Catholic Church Parish Hall.” Read More
Radio interview with Brig. Gen. Scott Spellmon
Brig. Gen. Scott Spellmon talks about OTC's role as the "Army's only independent operational tester...take all of the new equipment...we put it in the best laboratory in the world...in the hands of the American Soldier." Read More
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Welcome to OTC, the Army's only independent operational test organization. Our motto is Truth in Testing, and we uphold the creed that we are the trusted agent of the Soldier. The OTC workforce is responsible for ensuring each piece of equipment is operationally tested before being placed in the hands of Warfighters. We can think of no greater calling. Learn why people have been gravitating to OTC for over 40 years.
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Fort Hood, Texas
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