| FORT HOOD, Texas, Jan. 28, 2005 – The most versatile of Operational Test Command's test directorates is the Engineer and Combat Support Test Directorate, located at Fort Hood, Texas.
The directorate test teams conduct operational tests in the mission areas of combat engineer, chemical, transportation, military police, quartermaster, ordnance, chaplain and medical service. The testers work closely with the Maneuver Support Center at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and the Combined Arms Support Command at Fort Lee, Virginia.
Many of the tests conducted by the directorate are joint service such as the joint biological point detection system, joint service general purpose mask, or multi-service operational tests such as the strategic sea lift program and theater support vessel transport ships.
For the combat engineers, test teams have tested the high mobility engineer excavator, advanced hornet wide area munition, standoff mine detecting system, dry support bridge, improved ribbon bridge, and the rapidly emplaced bridging system.
In support of the Army's logisticians, the directorate planned and/or conducted tests of the tactical fire fighting truck, digital topographic support system, tactical quiet generators, large capacity field heater, and water purification systems.
The directorate's operational testers are driven to conduct stressful, realistic operational scenarios to test the effectiveness, suitability, and survivability of new systems destined for the hands of our ultimate customer - the American soldier.