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

Contact: Chief, Public Affairs Office
(508) 233-5340
amssb-opa@natick.army.mil

Date: April 24, 2001
No: 01-27

MEDIA ADVISORY
SBCCOM Display on Capitol Hill

NATICK, Mass. - The U.S. Army Soldier and Biological Chemical Command (SBCCOM) will showcase soon-to-be-fielded or recently fielded items that support the individual warfighter during Soldier Modernization Day May 2 and 3 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

The event provides members of Congress and their staffers with an opportunity to view the latest innovations in soldier technology and sample some of the newest field rations.

A presentation for the Senate is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on May 2 in Room SH902 of the Senate Hart Building. The House of Representatives will have their chance to view the exhibit and sample the rations from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the foyer of the Rayburn Building.

Some of the items that will be displayed include:

Land Warrior - An integrated, modular fighting system for the dismounted infantryman that will make rapid deployable light forces more effective on the future battlefield

Future Warrior - conceptual mock up of what a U.S. warfighter might look in the future. Some of the ideas include a uniform with chameleonic capabilities, which would also provide protection against chemical and biological agents, and a physiological status monitor

The Latest in Soldier Support Equipment - models of the laundry advanced system and containerized kitchen; the modern burner unit, mounted water ration heater and family of space heaters

The Latest in Chemical and Biological Protection - Personal decon kits, joint service protective masks and detectors

Meal, Ready-To-Eat Improvements - advanced field-ration recipes and menu items that cater to the diverse cultural and ethnic food preferences of our soldiers

The U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command and U.S. Army Research Laboratory have been invited to display some of their items that fall into the individual soldier arena too. Due to space limitations, these displays will only be at the Senate presentation.

The media is invited to attend this event. For additional details or to make arrangements, please contact the Public Affairs Office for the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center (Natick). Call Jerry Whitaker at (508) 233-5340 or Patty Welsh at (508) 233-5945. Natick is part of SBCCOM and the U.S. Army Materiel Command. For more information, please visit our web sites at http://www.sbccom.army.mil and http://www.amc.army.mil.

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