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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: July 10, 2002
No: 02-35

MEDIA ADVISORY
Soldier Systems Center participates in display on Capitol Hill

NATICK, Mass. - Why are American military forces the best protected and best nourished forces in the world today? Congress will get a chance to find out during Soldier Systems Day, July 16 and 18, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. During this event, representatives from the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Center, the Program Executive Office (PEO) - Soldier, the PEO for Combat Support/Combat Services Support, and the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) join forces to showcase items that support the individual warfighter.

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

The presentation for the Senate is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 16 in Room SH902 of the Senate Hart Building. The House of Representatives will have their chance to view the exhibit and sample the rations on July 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the foyer of the Rayburn Building.

Items scheduled to be displayed include:

Land Warrior, Objective Force Warrior, and Future Warrior: These systems will provide increased capabilities to our warfighters using advanced technologies. Land Warrior is scheduled for fielding in 2004 and the Objective Force Warrior in 2010. Future Warrior is a notional systems concept for the year 2025.

New technologies for Ballistic and Chemical Protection: Selectively permeable membrane garments, microclimate cooling units, modular integrated communication helmet and much more.

Meals, Ready-To-Eat (MREs), Unitized Group Rations, and Compressed Entrees: Menu items that cater to the diverse cultural and ethnic food preferences of our warriors and the famous pocket sandwich, plus compressed entrees to reduce weight.

Natick Soldier Center's National Protection Center: Showing how the civil emergency response community can leverage military technologies

Individual soldier items from the PEO - Soldier: Interceptor Body Armor, Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment (MOLLE) rucksack, M4 Carbines with forward rail assembly and more. A soldier from the 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY, who participated in Operation Anaconda and was shot while wearing Interceptor Body Armor will be there to talk about his experience.

Soldier support items from the PEO for Combat Support and Combat Service Support: Force Provider, the Army's premier base camp system, Modern Burner Unit, Family of Space Heaters, Army Watercraft Systems, Petroleum and Water Systems and more.

The U.S. Army AMCOM from Redstone Arsenal will also be at the Senate presentation only on July 16 to display Javelin Anti-Armor Weapon Systems including the Javelin Basic Skills trainer, and also will display the Low Cost Precision Kill 2.75 Inch Guided Rocket.

Special Operations soldiers will also be on hand to talk about their experiences in Afghanistan.

This event is open to the media. 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 the U.S. Army Soldier and Biological Chemical Command (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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