OTC Command Video
OTC Turkey Bowl 2013: Ultimate football takes center stage
Before members of Operational Test Command broke for the four-day Thanksgiving weekend, a certain matter needed to be settled Nov. 27 on the field outside of OTC Headquarters on West Fort Hood: Would the OTC Turkey Bowl trophy reside with the East or with the West this year? Read More
OTC employees recognized with excellence award
“We are all very proud of our OTC team mates,” said Brig. Gen. Scott Spellmon, OTC commanding general. “Their efforts resulted in Soldiers in combat receiving increased protection many months earlier than traditional test programs would have allowed.” Read More
Col. Karcher discusses his Army career
“The best way to get through a struggle is with a team," Col. Tim Karcher said. "Life's a team sport...if you got a good support team, you can get through any challenge.” Read More
Holiday Bowl a Thanksgiving tradition
Brig. Gen. Scott Spellmon’s days of gridiron glory for the Army Black Knights may be behind him, but last week, a patch of green grass at Fort Hood was just as good as the Michie Stadium turf he played on as a wide receiver. Read More
Post, state, local authorities 'respond' to emergency scenario
Working hand-in-hand, Soldiers from the Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate and key personnel from the Fort Bragg Emergency Operations Center, Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, Civil Air Patrol of N.C. State Department of Public Safety and Sampson County Emergency Medical Service worked together to conduct an aviation accident response scenario. Read More
Interns gain valuable insight with cross training at OTC
For nearly 40 years, the U.S. Army Operational Test Command has trained and hired interns from various Army programs, providing the Army’s only independent operational tester a competitive way to sustain and develop their civilian workforce. Read More
OTC colonel debuts as Mother Ginger
“I’m truly looking forward to carrying on this Fort Hood tradition,” Harris said. “First, it’s an honor to represent all the Soldiers, DA civilians, contractors and their Families at this holiday event.” Read More
Interview: COL Charles Ames, Commander, FOA Team
Forward Operational Assessment Team Commander, COL Charles Ames, explains what his team does for the Army Test and Evaluation Command. Read More
Command tests equipment for the Army
OTC, the Army's only independent tester, tests and assesses equipment, systems, and technology in a realistic operational environment using typical soldiers to determine whether these products are effective, suitable, and survivable. Read More
Karcher: Disability a series of 'challenges'
Col. Tim Karcher defines a disability as a series of challenges, something to overcome. Those with disabilities have the choice about how to handle the challenges, just as Karcher did four years ago. Read More
Radio interview with Brig. Gen. Scott Spellmon
Brig. Gen. Scott Spellmon talks about OTC's role as the "Army's only independent operational tester...take all of the new equipment...we put it in the best laboratory in the world...in the hands of the American Soldier." Read More
Freedom File: Forward Operational Assessment Team Survey
The Forward Operational Assessment team surveys soldiers after their experience with new equipment used in an operational environment. Read More
OTC's own receives 'Person of the Year' award
“Eloise Lundgren is truly inspirational to all of us in the Operational Test Command,” [Col. Jeff] Harris said. “We are so proud of her for being selected for this tremendous honor. We know that through her perseverance and hard work, she will continue to inspire all Central Texans who are struggling with disabilities.” Read More
OTC commander promoted amongst Family, comrades
The commanding general of the United States Army Operational Test Command, Col. Scott Spellmon, pinned on the rank of brigadier general during a ceremony at West Fort Hood Friday. Read More
Spellmon gets first star during ceremony at West Fort Hood
Looking out into the crowd with a newly pinned star on his chest, Brig. Gen. Scott Spellmon said the last time so many family members attended a promotion ceremony was when he pinned second lieutenant. Read More
Bloomingdale native promoted to brigadier general
Bloomingdale native Scott A. Spellmon was promoted to brigadier general in a ceremony at Fort Hood, Texas, last week. Spellmon is the commanding general of the U.S. Army Operational Test Command. Read More
OTC commander Spellmon gets first star
WEST FORT HOOD — Scott Spellmon’s wife pinned the rank of brigadier general on his uniform and his daughter uncased the one-star flag, while his two sons stood by his side. Read More
'Her resolve is an inspiration'
Lundgren's tenacity will be honored at the County Judge and Commissioners Committee on People with Disabilities annual banquet where she will be awarded the John Garth Person of the Year award. Read More
Retired Maj. Gen. Meyer inducted into OTC Hall of Fame
WEST FORT HOOD — A man described as a “true hero” by friends and family was inducted posthumously into the U.S. Army Operational Test Command’s Hall of Fame at the command’s headquarters Thursday morning. Read More
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TRUTH IN TESTING
Welcome to OTC, the Army's only independent operational test organization. Our motto is Truth in Testing, and we uphold the creed that we are the trusted agent of the Soldier. The OTC workforce is responsible for ensuring each piece of equipment is operationally tested before being placed in the hands of Warfighters. We can think of no greater calling. Learn why people have been gravitating to OTC for over 40 years.
OTC's ultimate customers are the Soldiers--our sons and daughters--who will judge our efforts with their lives and their mission accomplishment.
This is a sacred trust which will not be compromised.
Brig. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon
Fort Hood, Texas
U.S. Army Operational Test Command plans, conducts, and reports rigorous operational tests, assessments, and experiments in order to provide essential information for the acquisition and fielding of Warfighting systems.
Ensure that the United States Army's one and only Operational Test Command conducts its mission with a high degree of truth and proficiency, in order for the Army to acquire and field systems for the current war fight and future war fights. In order for OTC to remain highly proficient in its mission, the command must be relevant to the Army and DOD, be knowledgeable and able to articulate the Army's doctrine, and remain true to the test without compromise.