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U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
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Natick, MA 01760-5012

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Date: July 7, 2005
No: 05-33

Force Sustainment Systems gains new PM

NATICK, Mass. -- A change of leadership ceremony for Product Manager Force Sustainment Systems (PM FSS) was held at the Conference Center June 29.

Lt. Col. Craig Rettie assumed leadership from Lt. Col. Lawrence Silas, who served as PM FSS since July 2002.

Silas recalled his shock when he was notified that he was being assigned to the PM FSS job and had five days to report to the Soldier Systems Center. It turned out to be worth it.

"It's been the greatest job in my Army career so far. I'm thankful for the opportunity," Silas said, who's rejoining his family while attending the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington D.C. "This team is everywhere. It's been everywhere. It touches everyone. We ensure that the Soldiers continue to have what they need to fight a war that will last for years. The next three years will probably be more challenging than the last three years because the equipment is getting older, but (Rettie) is ready."

PM FSS provides the Army with centralized management, program oversight and direction for the development, production and deployment of more than 50 product lines of Soldier support systems and equipment. The equipment supports Soldiers individually or collectively in a tactical or operational environment.

The products are being designed and developed to replace aging systems and provide additional capabilities to Soldiers in the downsized Force Projection Army, according to the PM FSS Web site.

Rettie comes to Natick from the Tank and Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) in Warren, Mich. During the past three years he served as a program integrator, Assistant Product Manager for Manned Ground Vehicles common subsystems and Manned Systems Integration Systems Integration team leader.

He said his arrival is "good news, bad news" following the lead of Silas. It's good news because Silas has left the organization in good shape. It's bad news because Rettie can't come in and work on fixing problems.

"I have my work cut out for me on how to make it better," Rettie said. "It's an honor for me to join this family."

Rettie's mix of experience in the infantry, ordnance and maintenance as well as research and development will serve him well, said Col. Timothy Goddette, Project Manager Force Projection.

"I consider you a double-agent," he said. "You're going to provide the best of both worlds."

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