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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

Date: October 23, 2001
No: 01-55

Guardsmen assist with security

Natick, Mass. --- Local National Guard troops arrived yesterday at the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center, also known as Natick Labs, to provide security.

An element from Company A, 181st Infantry (Light), based in Worcester, were mobilized for Homeland Defense and will comprise Natick Lab's Installation Defense Force.

The soldiers reported for active-duty at the National Guard headquarters in Milford Oct. 6 before traveling to Fort Dix, N.J., for security training. They will report to the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment while at Natick and perform general security duties.

The 181st Infantry (Light) is one of the five oldest units in the U.S. military, tracing its lineage back to 1632. Members of this battalion are currently deployed in Bosnia for peacekeeping.

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