Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Sgt. Major Thomas Coleman, sergeant major of Program Executive Officer Soldier, joined bloggers and online journalists Feb. 6 to discuss the DoD IG's recommendation to return about 33,000 body armor ESAPI plates. Coleman emphasized the Army's confidence in the armor, stating that the DoD's own testing agency had concurred that Army tests on the armor were valid. The Army is moving forward with the return as a precautionary measure and looks forward to the resolution of this matter, which has been referred to the Office of the Deputy Secretary of Defense.