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U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
Public Affairs Office
Kansas Street
Natick, MA 01760-5012

Contact: Chief, Public Affairs Office
(508) 233-5340

Date: September 6, 2005
No: 05-39

Visitors get chance to see, touch and taste NSRDEC projects

NATICK, Mass. -- On Aug. 25, Bill Natter, Professional Staff Member, and Heather Silber, Military Legislative Assistant to Rep. Marty Meehan (D-MA), spent the afternoon at the Conference Center to learn more about the mission of the Soldier Systems Center (SSC), and specifically, support that is provided to special operations.

After overviews of both the SSC and the Natick Soldier Center (NSRDEC), Natter and Silber got a chance to listen to briefings and see and touch various pieces of equipment. During the Combat Feeding briefing, they even had a chance to taste some items, such as the pocket sandwich. Natter said that the sandwiches were “very good.”

Subjects also included were Future Force Warrior, projects the Urban Technology Team is working on, including the Raven Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, and Individual Protection items, such as the Protective Combat Uniform, Advanced Combat Helmet and Army Combat Uniform. The visitors also had the chance to see some videos showing the future of advanced airdrop and a quick view of airbeam and photovoltaic technology out in the Quad area.

During the briefing, Philip Brandler, director of the NSRDEC, found out and announced that NSRDEC had won the Army’s small lab of the year award for the fourth time in five years. Brandler said the awarders jokingly said to him that they might not need to have the competition anymore.

Natter and Silber were both impressed with what they saw and Natter said he would be interested in seeing and learning more.

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