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Experience the Interactive Displays At Warrior East 2016

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Warrior East 2016 is next week, here in Virginia Beach. One of the biggest draws this year will be Warrior East’s expanded Experience Your Mission Interactive Exhibit. There, you’ll get hand-on with items from some of the show’s over 325 vendors.

Displays include:
•Indoor Shoot House
•Dark Room Night Vision Lab
•DuPont Thermo-Man
•Experience Your Mission FOB
•Cool Down with ADS

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Indoor Shoot House

Visit the Indoor Shoot House for hands-on, indoor target practice with Ultimate Training Munition’s (UTM) simunition man marker rounds. Whether you are active military, law enforcement, an armorer or a weapon safety officer, you’ll enjoy utilizing UTM’s conversion kits and bolt assembly groups on Sig Sauer and Daniel Defense weapon platforms. Experience full weapon function with regards to recoil and realistic / consistent cyclic rates in a safe, gun smoke-free environment. The UTM Simple Bolt Carrier Group exchange technology is engineered around safety and reliability, and eliminates the need for a gun range to conduct training and an armorer to conduct gunsmithing operations of a weapon.
UTM’s cutting-edge non-lethal training equipment and shoot house barrier systems allow for versatile and cost-effective training in any environment. Whether you require training for a company or a platoon-sized element, shooting lanes or a small shoot house, these barriers can be used anywhere to provide a conductive training environment.
Stop by the Shoot House to see the latest technology from exhibitors such as: Targabot, Daniel Defense, Hesco, Trijicon, Sig Sauer, L-3 EOTech and UTM.

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Dark Room Night Vision Lab

The Night Vision Lab is a 20 x 20 ft. dark room intended where Exhibitors can demonstrate their products’ night vision and thermal energy capabilities one-on-one with attendees. Entry is permissible by appointment only – speak with participating exhibitors for more details.

DuPont Thermo-Man®

Wired with a hundred and twenty-two thermal sensors and capable of being blasted at temperatures higher than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, DuPont™ Thermo-Man® is the world’s most advanced life-size thermal burn injury evaluation system. It’s a critical tool in developing flame-resistant fabrics for the toughest military challenges.

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Experience Your Mission FOB

They’ve created the ultimate forward operating base (FOB) simulated environment providing the unique opportunity to interact with medical, tactical, and security components, products and solutions all in one place. This FOB contains demos and exhibits ranging from medical shelters and medevac training, motor pool and maintenance hangers, entry point and parameter security – everything you need to ‘Experience Your Mission.’
Experience Your Mission Highlights:
• Visit the HDT Command Center for a realistic simulation of a forward operating base command station. On display will be a state-of-the-art LED at panel display, projection-based display systems, digital and analog video distribution systems and public address and audio distribution systems.
• Located outside of the HDT motor pool, check out the NOMAD Tactical Command Vehicle, where you can climb inside a mobile command center and see all the bells and whistles of a fully customizable on-the-move communication workstation. It also features live stream video cameras that can extend and rotate high above the vehicle, a fold out conference table, loud speaker, 17,000lb towing capacity and much more.
• Experience Your Mission FOB is surrounded by HESCO barriers that when earth-filled creates the ultimate live firing range. Whether the footprint requires Precision Rifle Range, Pistol Range, or a Tactical Training Facility, there is no limit to the length of structures that can be created when using HESCO earth-filled barriers. With decades of live ring and simulation training experience the HESCO Technical Support Team can assist with the design of the ultimate shooting range in a wide range of configurations from a 15 x 15 ft. room to a maze-like formation with elevated watch towers.
• Check out the HH-60 Casevac Training Simulator. It’s a mobile trailer that provides helicopter extrication training in a warfare theater replica environment that shakes, produces fake smoke and creates realistic helicopter noise.
• Located next to the HH-60 is a simulation Triage Area with a trauma mannequin patient that you can drag, drop, carry and treat through all phases of Tactical Combat Casualty Care. While you’re there walk through the Mobile Role II Hospital, a conceptual mobile surgical suite that that can be staged on a CH-47 or a C-130.
• Stop by the Special Missions section of Experience Your Mission to see a custom designed Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) dive & Combat Rubber Raiding Craft (CRRC) trailer from Float-On Trailer. This unit can hold your 4.7M Wing Inflatables CRRC, outboard engines on a forward rack, and features an enclosed section for storage of additional items such as a breathing air compressor, SCUBA gear, dry suits, and more.
• Improvised Electronics specializes in replicating Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s) found on today’s battlefield. By fusing current threat replicas with state-of-the-art communications and control systems and then integrating them with world class battlefield effects, their products provide full-solution realistic training devices to support the continuum of operations across the spectrum of world conflicts. Visit their section in Special Missions to learn more about their training aids, blast and automatic weapons simulators.
• Progress Solar will be displaying their solar powered water purification system. This trailer based tool can provide fresh, potable water down range. The system itself can be used in disaster relief operations without putting a strain on the logistics supply chain for fuel.
• Last but not least, stop by Endeavor Robotics and operate an all-terrain man-transportable ground robot. Test your skills by manipulating the arm to grab an ADS prize!

Cool Down with ADS

Attend the ADS Customer Forum & receive a free ADS Nalgene*! Drink lots of water and stop by the ice cream and slushy stations to cool down!
•Ice Cream – Visit the DuPont outdoor exhibit where Ice cream will be provided as you watch the DuPont™ Thermo-Man® reach temperatures upwards of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit!
•Solar Powered Slushies- Stop in front of the Virginia Beach Convention Center and watch a solar power generator produce enough energy to run a slushy machine!
•Nalgene Bottle – Attend ADS Connects Customer Feedback Forum to be a part of the new ADS Connects Customer Portal. As we begin to build out this amazing new platform, nothing is more valuable to us than your input and suggestions. Receive a FREE 32 oz. Nalgene water bottle in exchange for your feedback.

*While supplies last.

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Warrior East 2016

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Warrior East is just two weeks away. There’s going to be lots to see and do, but I thought we’d point out an area we don’t cover enough here in SSD and that’s medical. In particular, I’d like to focus on medical care during mass shootings since it’s a topic many are discussing in light of the recent Orlando attack.

Using a building block approach, Warrior East host ADS has been working with vendors to offer a comprehensive line of medical kits, tailored for different, yet complementary applications.  For example, the Medical Incident Response Kit, otherwise known as MIRK is set up for simplicity.

Module 1
Everything dealing with emergency bleeding control which includes the windless TMT (Tactical Mechanical Tourniquet), QuikClot, and a pressure bandage.

Module 2
Consists of airway management, NPA (Nasal Pharyngeal Airway) and a chest seal.

Module 3
Includes an anti-hypothermia foil blanket, patient documentation form with pen, and a quick guidance on security force compliance.

Currently, ADS is developing a two patient, four patients, six patients and ten patient kit. The concept is simple; One Patient. One Package. Multiple Lives.

Brad Stewart, Product Development Manager at ADS Inc has some great experience. He was a trauma medic in the Navy for 23 years as a Diver Medical Technician stationed with various NSW EOD and fleet diving commands and has continued his medical experience in the civilian world, building setting up and training multiple mobile hospitals, around the world, imcluding the fight against Ebola in Liberia. He explains their methodology in creating MIRK:

“We’re the cutting edge in trauma medical response. Every federal building has an AED kit in the event a person is having a heart attack and a fire extinguisher in the event there’s a fire. However, if a person is injured nobody knows where the medical kit is. Our plan is to place a high quality low cost MIRK kit wherever there’s an AED and/or a fire extinguisher. The MIRK kit will provide lifesaving products currently not available to the general public. The MIRK kit and the bystander in a response situation are the lifesaver when EMS is delayed by more than 30-40 minutes.

What we’re doing is providing the lifesaving products that will be used by the untrained bystander who is typically the first responder to an active shooter mass casualty event. EMS isn’t allowed into the site until it is secure and safe. By the time the medical professionals are able to provide the next level of life saving care it could be too late. Additionally, whenever an EMS guy comes in, his bag is built to treat two to three major injuries at a time. Once those two to three injuries are treated his bag is essentially done with the lifesaving products. The bystander or medical professional, then utilizes that kit to provide airway and bleeding management.

Once the bleeding is stopped and the airway is secure the third part of the kit includes an anti-hypothermia blanket to wrap the patient for comfort. The bystander can then document the care given and read guidelines on how to react and communicate to security personnel coming through securing the site.

Be sure to stop by the interactive display area to check these kits out and discuss your unit or agency’s requirements. ADS offers medical solutions that will outfit everything from the individual to full-blown trauma support.

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Register Now For Warrior East 2016

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

The ADS Warrior Expos are some of our favorite trade shows each year and Warrior East is in our hometown. Warrior Expo brings together the best brands with qualified attendees, meaning entry is limited to government (Agencies, Military and LE) along with current and potential commercial customers of ADS as well as their suppliers.

This year’s keynote speaker is General Michael Hayden (USAF, Ret) Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency. A career intelligence officer, General Hayden relied on his experience in those two positions to wrote the book, “Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror”.

Additionally, ADS will hold a series of informative breakout sessions as well as expanded interactive displays including an Interactive UTM range.

However, what may get some of you to register is that Daniel Defense is giving away a DDM4V7 to a lucky registrant. Check out the details here,

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See you there!

Marine South – Big Ass Solutions

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

ADS Inc had Big Ass Solutions in their booth at Marine South.  This model is the 6-1/2 foot tall Black Jack which is impressively quiet considering it’s, well, a Big Ass Fan.  The variable blade speed Black Jack is mounted on wheels and has a 25′ cord.  This chart gives you an idea of what kind of air movement you are seeing.  


Visit Gentex at the ADS Emerald Coast Show

Thursday, March 17th, 2016


Register Now For Warrior Expo West and East

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Registration is now open for Warrior Expo West and East. These are literally my favorite shows of the year. No rolling milk carts, no JROTC cadets, no beef jerky and no BS. Just qualified users and buyers along with great companies and products. Additionally, they’ll have some very informative speakers and seminars. Be there!

Warrior West is 4-5 May in San Diego

Warrior East is 14-15 July in Virginia Beach

ADS Inc Completes Acquisition of Theodor Wille Intertrade

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

ADS, Inc. Finalizes Acquisition of Leading International Prime Vendor to the U.S. Department of Defense

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA–(Marketwired – November 03, 2015) – ADS, Inc., a leading provider of value-added logistics and supply chain solutions, announced today that it has closed the acquisition of Theodor Wille Intertrade (TWI). In September 2015, ADS entered into a definitive agreement with TWI shareholders to acquire all of TWI’s outstanding shares. Headquartered in Zug, Switzerland with operations in Germany and the United Arab Emirates, TWI will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of ADS, Inc.

TWI is a global provider of integrated supply chain solutions to customers primarily operating in the United States European Command (EUCOM) and the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) regions. As an ADS subsidiary, TWI will continue to operate its business as a division of ADS.

TWI delivers construction materials, equipment, hardware, food and food services, as well as providing logistics and transportation management services to the U.S. military and other large government contractors operating in the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) and the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) regions. TWI’s existing business and pipeline will complement ADS’ current portfolio of contract vehicles and provide both companies with exciting new business development opportunities.

Headquartered in Virginia Beach, Va., ADS provides equipment, procurement and support solutions to Department of Defense (DOD), other U.S. Government agencies, defense contractors and foreign governments. The company ensures mission success, operational efficiency and cost savings for its customers. The ADS team is comprised of dedicated professionals, veterans and retired government personnel with unmatched knowledge of suppliers, products, procurement, budget processes, supply chain management and logistics.

Joining forces with TWI allows ADS to immediately diversify its business into the food and subsistence market. The ability for ADS to combine its global capabilities with TWI’s existing logistics, transportation and supply chain management services expertise in local markets throughout Europe, the Middle East and Central and Southwest Asia will bring tremendous benefits to its customers and partners.

“Now that the acquisition is officially finalized, the entire team is eager to commence with plans to integrate these two highly complementary businesses,” said Karan Rai, ADS President and CFO. “While our focus will be on successful integration execution in the short term, I am genuinely excited about the long-term growth opportunities for this combined ADS and TWI platform.”

ADS and TWI have a long history of building customer loyalty; both are two of only 15 companies recognized as a Gold-Tier supplier for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) as part of the Department of Defense’s Superior Supplier Incentive Program. The Gold-Tier distinction is the highest honor awarded to a supplier by DLA.

The Gold-Tier program is designed to identify the highest performing suppliers measured in areas such as cost, schedule, performance, quality and business relations. To be eligible, companies must have significant DLA contracts, a proven track record of performance and an established rating with the federal Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS). More than 150 suppliers were considered for these awards, with only the top 40 selected as DLA’s Gold-Tier suppliers. The Gold-Tier distinction is the highest honor awarded to a supplier by DLA.

“We’re excited to welcome TWI to the ADS family,” said Damian del Toro, ADS Vice President. “TWI is an amazing company with fantastic people. When combined with the industry-leading team at ADS, we have a unique opportunity to further enhance our global services to solve our customers’ challenges while achieving our strategic growth plans.” Mr. del Toro will be spearheading the ADS-TWI integration and will serve as the TWI Division General Manager.

Specialized Chemical Ordnance Transport System for EOD

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Streamlining Equipment for the Leak, Seal and Pack Evolution
UTS and ITS’ Interoperable Specialized Chemical Ordnance Transport System (SCOTS)


Department of Defense (DOD) Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) warfare capabilities exist to locate, identify, render safe and transport unexploded chemical ordinance to specified locations. Across all branches of service, EOD technicians embrace the same basic evolution of “Leak, Seal and Pack.”

To address this mission requirement, commands would each develop their own Initial Entry Team (IET) kit, usually an expensive and cumbersome task with numerous variances from their other service counterparts. In short, the equipment used to accomplish the “leak, seal and pack” evolution was disjointed and varied from service to service. This somewhat hindered community effectiveness due interoperability issues. The question was, how to leverage EOD technician expertise, across services, in an attempt to mitigate variances in equipment and increase effectiveness. That’s when ADS got the phone call from United Tactical Supply (UTS) on behalf of the U.S. Navy EOD community. Recognizing that the issue was one of interoperability, standardization and effectiveness at a reasonable price, the partnership was designed to develop an adaptable kit, keeping the different requirements of the end-users in mind.

UTS SCOTS Linecard

Feedback, knowledge, and real-world experiences from all U.S. EOD communities are at the core of the development of the Specialized Chemical Ordnance Transport System (SCOTS). Over the course of a year, we worked to identify EOD technician requirements, using them as a blueprint to develop a kit that addressed their concerns by using the latest products and technology in the industry. We filled the capability gaps, not just for the U.S. Navy’s EOD community, but also for all branches of the military. This kit is truly built by the EOD community, for the EOD community. Until the creation of the SCOTS kit, no standardized kit, with service-wide applicability, had existed.

“We at ADS, teamed up with UTS and the EOD end-use customers to develop a kit that could be used by every branch of service,” said Brad Riddick, special missions business development manager at ADS. “Whereas before, EOD teams had their own kits, the SCOTS kit filled the interoperability void perfectly.”

Each component has been carefully considered and evaluated, not only by EOD community expert technicians, but also by ADS and UTS experts. Some components include, activated carbon cloth technology, combined with a fully validated individual decontamination system. This technology not only aids sealing and containment of chemical rounds, it also allows for swift decontamination. The entire system is contained in a portable transport case, and can be tailored for multiple chemical round scenarios.

“We have fielded it [SCOTS] and, to date, everyone we fielded it to has given exceptionally positive feedback on it,” said Riddick. It’s applicable, cost-effective and suitable to the task at hand. It’s a win for everybody.”

The SCOTS is a combination of manufactured nylon components, vetted decontamination media and activated carbon cloth, in conjunction with procedures directly out of the EOD publications, that make this a total solution for the decontamination, sealing, containment and transport of chemical ordnance.

This press release was written by Ellen Bock and supplied by ADS Inc