American Forces Press Service
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program personnel demonstrated five technologies under development to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in the secretary’s conference room yesterday.
DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar provided the secretary with a demonstration of the agency’s latest prosthetics technology.
The wounded warrior demonstrating the device was Fred Downs Jr., an old friend of Hagel’s who lost an arm in a landmine explosion while fighting in Vietnam. Hagel hugged him and shook his mechanical hand, with Downs joking, “I don’t want to hurt you.”
“He and I worked together many years ago,” said Hagel, who earned two Purple Hearts during his service as an enlisted soldier in Vietnam. “How you doing, Fred? How’s your family?”