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Anniston's Up-Armor Work Saved Lives

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

ANNISTON, Ala., Aug. 13, 2005 – Anniston Army Depot had a hand in developing and producing Humvee armor survivability kits credited with saving lives in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

The Army Research Lab at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md., approached the depot in August 2003, according to a depot official for help with the kits' design, development, prototyping and manufacturing.

The effort began as a partnership between the depot and Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., for the production of an initial 1,000 kits. Anniston produced 500 kits between mid-December 2003 and Feb. 3, 2004.

ANAD ultimately produced 4,443 kits, said Gilda Knighton, the depot's deputy director for mission plans and operations. That total is one-third of the total kits manufactured, she noted, adding that production is complete.

The depot took the mission one step further, however. Anniston personnel deployed in-theater to install kits on the vehicles at a service center in Kuwait as well as in Iraq.

"As far as a war effort story," Knighton said, "this is one we're really, really proud of."

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