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New task force to focus on protective gear continuity, procurement

WASHINGTON The Army announced March 12 during a media roundtable at the Pentagon that a task force has been formed to focus on ensuring continuity and synchronization across the procurement process for Soldier protective gear.

Task Force Soldier Protection falls under Program Executive Office Soldier, an Army agency responsible for developing, procuring, fielding and sustaining virtually all things carried and worn by Soldiers. Al Dassonville heads up the new task force.

"I look forward to the challenge of running this task force synchronizing all of our resources across the Department of Defense to make sure we maintain the highest standards for our Soldier protective equipment and to ensure we have got all the appropriate resources synchronized to bring the best world-class equipment to Soldiers," Dassonville said.

The task force will ensure Army standards and policies for procurement of Soldier protective gear are followed across the entire chain of agencies and organizations involved in fielding equipment.

"We are trying to ensure we maintain synchronized and well-communicated and well-integrated actions associated with Soldier protection items," said Brig. Gen. Peter N. Fuller, Program Executive Officer Soldier. "We are stepping up the game."