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Dedication of Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies features living testimonial to advanced technology

Publication Date:

May 23, 2003

Army Spc. Jason C. Ashline, an enlisted soldier who survived an AK-47 round fired into the ceramic chest plate of his Interceptor Body Armor during a 2002 mission in Afghanistan, opened the new laboratory. He received the Army Commendation Medal for his actions during Operation Anaconda and later re-enlisted in the Army.

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Army Spc. Jason C. Ashline, an enlisted soldier who survived an AK-47 round fired into the ceramic chest plate of his Interceptor Body Armor during a 2002 mission in Afghanistan, opened the new laboratory. He received the Army Commendation Medal for his actions during Operation Anaconda and later re-enlisted in the Army.

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Photo / Donna Coveney

An infantryman who survived a blast from an AK-47 in Afghanistan in 2002, thanks to his bulletproof vest, presented himself as an example of how high technology can save soldiers' lives at the dedication of MIT's Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies (ISN).

"If it weren't for technology I wouldn't be standing here today," said Specialist Jason C. Ashline of the U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division. "Thank you for having me here today. Thank you for protecting our soldiers."

The ISN, a $50 million research collaboration between the United States Army and MIT, aims to enhance the protection and survival of soldiers using nanotechnology. Ashline was one of several speakers from MIT, the Army and industry at the May 22 event, which was capped by a rousing sing-along of the official Army song, "The Army Goes Rolling Along" (the words were in the program). A five-piece Army brass band added to the festivities….

https://news.mit.edu/2003/isn-event

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a hard glassy mineral occurring as octahedral crystals of variable color and consisting chiefly of magnesium and aluminum oxides.

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