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Gentex President/CEO Jumps with Red Devils to Mark 125th Anniversary and Launch Next Quarter Century of Innovation

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

Company celebrates with special charitable giving initiative

March 12, 2019

Carbondale, PA, March 12, 2019. Gentex Corporation, a global leader in personal protection and situational awareness solutions for defense forces, emergency responders, and industrial personnel kicked off its 125 year-anniversary last week with company president and CEO, L.P. Frieder doing a tandem jump with The Red Devils, the official parachute display team of both The Parachute Regiment (The Paras) and the British Army. Conducted in DeLand, Florida, the jump marks past accomplishments, including its pivotal parachute production, and launches the company’s next quarter-century of innovation and excellence.

Established in 1894 with the construction of its first textile plant, the company leveraged its material science and manufacturing expertise to produce silk cartridge bags during World War I, then parachutes during World War II, which directly led to the development of the nation’s first hard shell helmets for jet fighters in 1948. This firmly established Gentex as the global leader in helmet systems for defense forces and solidified its enduring mission of providing personal protection and situational awareness solutions for defense forces, emergency responders, and industrial personnel.

“Our evolution is a direct result of listening to our customers and providing them solutions to their problems,” said L.P. Frieder, president and CEO of Gentex Corporation. “We’re all proud of this and the many notable programs we’ve supported over the past 125 years, including the recent USMC Enhanced Combat Helmet (ECH), USSOCOM Ops-Core FAST Helmet programs, and now the F-35.” Frieder added, “We’ve stood for innovation, quality, and reliability, which will continue to define us in the future as we address the issues of the ever changing, and increasingly challenging environments our customers work in.”

As Gentex embarks on its next quarter century, the company will further its focus on mission effectiveness, integrating new technologies into their helmet system platforms, as well as continued expansion of its optics, hearing protection, communications, and respiratory capabilities and products.

“A key aspect of our 125th anniversary celebration is making a positive difference in the lives of our customers and the communities that have supported us and made our success possible,” said Frieder. “Employees at each of our five global facilities will be holding special fund-raising events over the course of our anniversary year.” Frieder added, “I couldn’t be prouder of our employees who are further contributing to the great work that charities are doing in support of the sacrifices many of our customers have made.”

Other members of Gentex’s leadership team, including Chairman of the Board, Peter Frieder and Heather Acker, Executive Vice President and CFO, also participated in the anniversary jump, along with special guest, Travis Haley, a veteran Force Reconnaissance Marine and CEO of Haley Strategic Partners.

Gentex partnered with The Red Devils in 2016 to help support The Paras and the British Army, both long time customers of Gentex Corporation, and to promote their common goal of advancing parachuting and skydiving safety. Gentex provides their Ops-Core FAST Carbon High Cut Helmets and Ops-Core Mk1 Performance Protective Eyewear to The Red Devils to use during their promotional water jumps and for team training.

More information about the company’s 125 years of innovation and its charitable programs may be found at www.gentexcorp.com/125.

The First Step Is A Doozy

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

I’m looking at this and wondering how long the Army course would be.

S&S Precision – NAVBOARD FLIPLITE

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

New NAVBOARD ZIPFLIP™ converts to the NAVBOARD™ FLIPLITE™

The new S&S Precision NavBoard™ ZipFlip™ converts into the new FlipLite™ and allows the operator to have a lower profile configuration. The FlipLite™ is available separately or comes included with the ZipFlip™.

Since its introduction, the NavBoard™ Series has grown to reflect a diversity of missions and user preferences found across the SOF community. In 2017, we added the NavBoard™ FlipMod™, bringing even more options and greater security to an industry proven product line. We have also added ZipFlip™, FlipLite™, and the Rotary to the NavBoard™ Series, which bring additional capability to the end user. Whether navigating through the air, mounted or dismounted, we have a NavBoard™ platform to meet your specific operational needs.

Check out the complete new collection at www.sspgear.com

S&S Precision – Navboard Rotary

Saturday, January 19th, 2019

The NavBoard™ Rotary is third and final Nav Board from S&S Precision we are showcasing before SHOT Show.

It allows users to attach a wide range of consumer electronic navigation device’s, with or without a protective case. It can be stowed close to the user’s body, and deployed in an open position and viewed in either a vertical or horizontal configuration. When stowed in vertical position the NavBoard™ Rotary only uses 2 columns and 3 rows of webbing.

• Hands-free navigation

• Flip-down phone panel fits smartphones as large as the Samsung NOTE

www.sspgear.com/navgear

S&S Precision – Navboard ZipFlip

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

The ZipFlip is the second Navigation Mount from S&as Precision we are covering during the run up to SHOT Show.

It is a scalable, modular chest mount for hands free use of smartphones in a variety of environments including MFF and Land Operations.

www.sspgear.com/navgear

S&S Precision Navboard Flipmod

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

The NavBoard™ FlipMod™ is the first of three navigation products from S&S Precision we’ll be showcasing before SHOT Show. It I ncludes a panel for a phone/tablet, with two additional panels for a compass and GPS/altimeter extending from the phone panel. The FlipMod™ configures to fit the user’s preference by changing the orientation and placement of the various panels using an adjustable friction hinge. It can be stowed close to the user’s body when in freefall or land navigation operations or deployed in an open position, and viewed in either a vertical or horizontal configuration.

www.sspgear.com/navgear

Meet JOE

Monday, January 14th, 2019

Yesterday, I found out why the Parachute Regiment refers to its troops as “Joe.”

Meet JOE.

In 1942 the PARAs were formed from soldiers already in the Army. The volunteers on transfer had their documents stamped with the letters J.O.E, standing for ‘joined on enlistment’. New members of the Regiment today are still refered to in this way.

It helps to place everyone on the same footing, building a cohesive team and family. Joe is genderless, doesn’t have a sexuality, finacial history, race, religion or come from a certain background. Joe is equal.

US Army’s 300th Sustainment Brigade Conducts Joint Parachute Testing With Marines

Sunday, January 13th, 2019

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait –- Soldiers and Marines partnered to train with and test a low-cost parachute system at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Dec. 10, 2018.

A Soldiers from the 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion conducting recovery operations after completing a joint aerial delivery mission with the Special Purpose Marine Ground Task Force on Dec. 10, 2018, Camp Buehring, Kuwait. (U.S Army Reserve Photo by Capt. Jerry Duong)

Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Central Command Marines released four low-velocity-low-cost, four high-velocity-high-cost, and two Joint Precision Aerial Delivery Systems from a KC-130J onto the Udairi Training Grounds drop zone at Camp Buehring.

“We took the parachute that was right by the expiration date and loaded them with four 55-gallon drums of water. Each load weighed approximately about 2000 lbs. said Sgt. 1st Class Larry Carter, 300th Sustainment Brigade senior aerial delivery technician. “It was a successful drop. All the loads came out properly, parachute executed properly, and hit the ground properly.”

U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center (NSRDEC), Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland, develops and tests new materials for the U.S. Army. NSRDEC will test the samples to determine the actual life-span of the parachutes, and using their full life-cycle ultimately saves taxpayer dollars.

“We cut a piece of the material out of each parachute system and sent it to Natick Labs in order to test the elasticity strength of the canopy,” said Carter. He believes the parachutes have another five years of potential use, saving the U.S. Army in excess of $25 million.

The joint event also provided training on proper systemes use and employment for Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Central Command Marines, and 824th Quartermaster Company, 524th Combat Supply Sustainment Battalion, 300th Sustainment Brigade, and 1st Theater Sustainment Command Soldiers.

Story by Capt. Jerry Duong and 1st Lt. Andrew Garrido, 184th Sustainment Command