Construction progress with the Maneuver Challenge Course at the Innovation Proving Ground on the RELLIS Campus.
Director's Cut
Howdy and Happy New Year!

2022 is already here and momentum from ongoing construction and visits from government and industry continue to keep the BCDC team hard at work. In this issue, we're taking the time to highlight a few key events from 2021 as well as provide you with a snapshot of things moving into the future. Of particular note, construction of both the Innovation Proving Ground (photo of construction at the Maneuver Challenge Course is above) and the Ballistic Aero-Optic and Materials test range (photo further below, next to upcoming events) remains on schedule for completion in Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 respectively. Research is ongoing in the Research Integration Center (RIC), and the tools for our lab spaces continue to flow in. We have hosted numerous industry and government visits since moving into the RIC in August, and anticipate more visits as our facilities move closer to completion this next year. The question remains on where do you see yourself in joining our history? If you are interested in being a part of it, reach out and let us know so we can arrange a visit.

Thank you & Gig ‘em---

Ross

Ross T. Guieb
Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired)
BCDC Executive Director
Gen. Murray Final Visit
U.S. Army Gen. John "Mike" Murray paid one final visit in his role as commanding general for Army Futures Command on Nov. 5th prior to his retirement in December. We are thankful for his leadership and everything he did to make the strategic partnership between AFC and BCDC come to fruition and wish him the best in retirement.

General Mike Murray meets with BCDC staff during a visit on Nov. 5th.
Congratulations to Brad Brown!
Our own Brad Brown has been hand-selected to serve as President Banks' chief of staff as of Jan. 3rd. His selection is no surprise to us due to his leadership, vision and drive to get things done. He was with BCDC before it was called BCDC, and his contributions to the team's success truly made a difference! While we will miss him here, we wish him the best with his new duties and responsibilities at the Office of the President.
Welcome - Dr. Kimberly Sablon
Welcome - COL (R) Harry Cohen
Dr. Kimberly Sablon
We're proud to have Dr. Kimberly Sablon join us as the Associate Director, National Defense Research Development/Professor of Practice, College of Engineering. She most recently served as the Director for Science and Technology at Army Futures Command.
Col. (Retired) Harry Cohen
Harry Cohen (Colonel, U.S. Army-Retired) serves as our new Associate Director for Operations. He joins us from the Mays Business School where he served as the Associate Director for the Career Management Center.
2021 Highlight--Our New Home!
2021 Highlight--RCV Testing
Research Integration Center building was completed in August 2021.
We moved into the Research Integration Center in August! Completion of this facility within two years of a signed agreement with Army Futures Command represents the commitment of the Texas A&M University System to national security research!

BCDC hosted the Ground Vehicle Systems Command for a visit in February to test Remote Controlled Vehicles (RCVs).
BCDC hosted Ground Vehicle Systems Command for Remote Controlled Vehicle testing here on RELLIS campus in February.

BCDC hosts Senate Staff Members
BCDC hosts potential industry partners
Senate Staffers Jeff Williford (Sen. Cornyn, R-TX) and Brandon Simon (Sen. Cruz, R-TX) visited the BCDC in November.
On Nov. 4th, BCDC was proud to host Mr. Jeff Williford (Sen. Cornyn, R-TX staffer) and Mr. Brandon Simon (Sen. Cruz, R-TX staffer) for a tour an BCDC overview. We are thankful for the continued support from the Texas Delegation.
BCDC staff met with National Instruments in November.
As progress on facility construction continues, we are meeting with multiple potential industry and government partners. National Instruments, DELL, Boeing, Northrup Grumman, among others are who we have met with recently.

2021 Highlight--BCDC Welcomes Dr. Rob Ambrose as Space and Robotics Director

BCDC In the News
Photo of Dr. Robert Ambrose
Last Fall, we welcomed Dr. Robert (Rob) Ambrose, J. Mike Walker '66 Chair in Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University as our new Director for Space and Robotics for the BCDC team.

Recent news items of interest:

The Battalion article on new contract:

BCDC Director Ross Guieb Chamber of Commerce Banquet Speaker:
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