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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: November 4, 2005
No: 05-48

Display showcases Soldier technology and chow to Congress

NATICK, Mass. – Why are American military forces the best protected, best equipped and best sustained troops in the world today? And how does science play a part in the technology used by our Soldiers, especially during times of war? Congress will get the answer to these questions during Soldier Modernization Day, Nov. 9, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Representatives from the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Center, Product Manager Force Sustainment Systems, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center and Program Executive Officer Soldier will join forces to showcase items that science has brought to the forefront for our warfighters.

This event will provide members of Congress and their staffers with the opportunity to view firsthand the latest innovations in Soldier technology and sample some of the newest field rations.

The presentation is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Rayburn Foyer of the House Rayburn Building.

Media are invited to attend this event.

Some key items scheduled for display include:

Future Force Warrior/Future Warrior Concept Systems – Future Force Warrior program addresses current and future needs for the warfighter and battlefield. This program leverages existing technology and looks at emerging technologies that can be developed and inserted into the system to protect the warfighter while participating in a range of war and peacetime missions. Future Warrior Concept is a vision of how the warrior might be equipped in the distant future.

Sampling of the latest Meals, Ready-To-Eat (MRE), Unitized Group Rations, and components of the new First Strike Ration – menu items that are warfighter recommended, warfighter tested and warfighter approved. Menus are changed annually to ensure the diverse cultural and ethnic food preferences of our warfighters are being met. (NOTE: These items will be available for sampling from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)

Interactive Force Provider display and models of the Containerized Kitchen, Assault Kitchen, Authorized Stockage List Mobility System, Multi-Temperature Refrigerated Container Systems, Containerized Shower, Containerized Latrine and Batch Laundry.

Current environmental protection efforts in the Cool the Force Initiative and items for Special Operations Forces.

Most recent advances in collective protection technology to include airbeam technology and chemical/biological protective materials and systems.

Department of Defense Joint Precision Airdrop Systems (JPADS) – model of the steerable parachute system and mission planning hardware/software.

Emerging and existing photovoltaic technologies that will help increase mobility by decreasing weight and minimizing logistic requirements.

Technology transfer efforts from Soldier systems to the emergency responder community featuring a live demonstration of a conceptual next generation tactical law enforcement uniform.

Outer Tactical Vest (OTV) with Deltoid Axillary Protector (DAP) and Small Arms Protective Insert (SAPI).

In addition, Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Elder, the senior enlisted advisor to the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s commanding general, will be available from 11 to 11:30 a.m. to address how these products are assisting warfighters.

For additional details or to make arrangements, please contact the Public Affairs Office for the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center (Natick). Call Patty Welsh at 508-233-5945.

For more information about the organizations, please visit the websites listed below:

Natick Soldier Center:

Product Manager Force Sustainment Systems:

Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center:

Program Executive Office Soldier:

This page last updated on 23 January 2004.