New Garrison Commander, Spacelink contract at Redstone Arsenal

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Redstone Arsenal welcomed new Garrison Commander Col. Brian Cozine last week.

A couple of big pieces of news were announced at Redstone Arsenal the last few days, including a new “mayor” of the arsenal, Garrison Commander Col. Brian Cozine.

In addition to the new Garrison Commander, Redstone Arsenal announced a new contract with the company that is building the Communications Superhighway for the Space Economy. Read more below!

New ‘mayor’ in town

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Redstone Arsenal has a new “mayor” as former Garrison Commander Col. Glenn Mellor retired.

The Garrison Commander at Redstone Arsenal acts as a “mayor” to the arsenal, as the Army compares a military base garrison to a city government. Col. Col. Glenn Mellor served as Garrison Commander for more than two years before announcing his retirement.

The arsenal introduced Col. Brian Cozine as its new “mayor” Thursday.

Cozine, a native of Springfield, Vt., was commissioned and Branch Detailed into the Air Defense Artillery, and then later into the Quartermaster Corps upon graduation from the University of Tampa with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems in May 1999.

Cozine’s awards and decorations include:

  • Defense Superior Service Medal
  • Bronze Star Medal (2 OLC)
  • Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC)
  • Army Commendation Medal (5 OLC)
  • Army Achievement Medal (5 OLC)
  • National Defense Service Medal (1 Service Star)
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 star)
  • Iraqi Campaign Medal (2 Stars)
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Service Medal
  • Overseas Service Medal (Numeral 6)
  • Army Good Conduct Medal (2 Knots)
  • National Defense Service Medal (1 Star)
  • NATO Medal, Presidential Unit Commendation
  • Joint Meritorious Unit Award
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (2 OLC)
  • Parachute Badge
  • Air Assault Badge
  • Rigger’s Badge

Cozine and his wife, Stacey, have two sons, Matthew and Jackson.

New contract with SpaceLink

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Here’s a photo of SpaceLink relay satellites in orbit showing optical and RF links. (PRNewsfoto/SpaceLink)

Some more exciting news came out Monday, as SpaceLink — the company that is building the Communications Superhighway for the Space Economy — announced that it has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Technical Center in Redstone Arsenal.

What does this mean? Well, under the agreement, the organizations will work together to explore alternative space communications pathways that ensure resiliency and reduce sensor-to-shooter latency. 

In essence, SpaceLink is building a satellite relay system in Medium Earth Orbit with both optical and RF links to speed the flow of remote sensing data and augment the U.S. national security space architecture.

SpaceLink provides secure, continuous, high-bandwidth communications between spacecraft and U.S. Earth Stations or tactically deployed ground terminals. The collaborative research and simulations will provide a baseline of interoperability between government systems and the SpaceLink network.

The agreement will help SpaceLink better understand the U.S. Army concept of operations and adjust its technology roadmap to meet customer needs.

“We are honored to work with USASMDC-TC to assure that our development efforts meet the Army’s needs. Sharing facilities, intellectual property, and expertise will elevate solutions for both the warfighter and industry, ultimately enhancing national security and U.S. dominance in space.”

SpaceLink CEO Dave Bettinger

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Michael Seale
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