FORT HOOD, TX — Civic leaders, college chancellors and other community partners visited Fort Hood Thursday afternoon for the U.S. Army Operational Test Command's (OTC) first ever Partnership Day.
All who visited were there to help the OTC celebrate 50 years of testing army equipment.
Those who stopped by got a chance to see an upgrade to the M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank that is currently being tested.
"The Abrams Main Battle Tank System Enhancement Package Version 3, it has an updated auxiliary power unit which in layman's terms basically means it's kind of like a smart car," explained Michael Brabner, OTC test officer.
local leaders were glad to learn more about operational testing.
"Hopefully it helps open the doors for you know potential research opportunities and will help inform the you know the work that we do moving forward, the technologies that we develop," said Keith Biggers, director of computing and information technology for texas center for applied technology at Texas A&M University.