SSC-Natick Press Release
U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
Public Affairs Office
Natick, MA 01760-5012
Contact: Chief, Public Affairs Office
Date: March 29, 2005
Sgt. Major of the Army visits Soldier Systems Center
NATICK, Mass. -- Sgt. Major of the Army Kenneth Preston visited the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center here March 9, touring many of the facilities.
Preston's visit to Massachusetts also included areas of military interest at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
During his time at the Soldier Systems Center, he was oriented with the overall mission before receiving a briefing on Future Force Warrior and overviews on Army uniforms, airdrop equipment, ballistic protection advances and Special Operations Forces projects.
The facilities and projects of the Natick Soldier Center, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (ARIEM) and Product Manager-Force Sustainment Systems (PM FSS) were represented during the tour.
He saw the design and prototype, camouflage evaluation and textile performance testing facilities. Other stops were at the footwear performance lab, anthropometric 3-D scanning, biomechanics lab and climatic chambers.
Explanations of biomedical modeling and thermal studies were part of the visit at ARIEM, where he saw the bone health and hypoxia labs. Force Provider, cargo airdrop, heaters and the Containerized Kitchen were all shown or discussed at the PM FSS briefing.
At the Combat Feeding Directorate, he learned about the combat ration continuous product improvement program, and science and technology initiatives.
"During my career as a Soldier, the improvements to combat rations have been magnificent," Preston said, after sampling some of the rations. "I appreciate all you're doing for warfighters."
For more information about the Soldier Systems Center, please visit our website at: http://www.natick.army.mil.