SSC-Natick Press Release
U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
Public Affairs Office
Natick, MA 01760-5012
Contact: Chief, Public Affairs Office
Date: April 12, 2005
U.S. representative visits U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center
NATICK, Mass. -- U.S. Rep. James McGovern spent part of the afternoon at the Conference Center March 31 learning a little more about the mission of the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center here.
Representing the Third Congressional District of Massachusetts, McGovern was joined by state senators Edward Augustus Jr. and Karen Spilka as well as other local leaders as he listened to briefings and saw various pieces of equipment. He was familiar with many of the items.
"When I was in Iraq last week, they gave me a 60-pound vest," he said, overestimating the Interceptor Body Armor weight, which is about 16 pounds with two armor plates.
After an overview of the Soldier Systems Center, he learned about the some of the products developed under the Individual Protection Directorate, the Combat Feeding Directorate, Product Manager-Force Sustainment Systems, and Future Force Warrior and its related Warfighter Physiological Status Monitoring.
McGovern said that he did not realize the scope of work at the Soldier Systems Center and asked what he could do to support the installation.
Even those who disagree with the war still want to make sure the servicemembers are getting the best equipment and to make things easier for them in the future, he said.
For more information about the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center, please visit our website at: http://www.natick.army.mil.