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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: September 18, 2002
No: 02-44

Media Advisory
Ceremony to be held for departing National Guard soldiers

NATICK, Mass. -- A recognition ceremony will be held in front of the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center's (SSC) Administrative Building on Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. for the Installation Defense Force (IDF).

The IDF is comprised of soldiers from Company A, 181st Infantry (Light), a Worcester-based National Guard unit that activated last year following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The IDF troops have provided security support during the past year to the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center.

The soldiers will be departing for home, family and jobs they left last October to provide homeland defense for the Natick installation, which is responsible for research, development and sustainment of food, clothing, shelters, airdrop systems and soldier support items for the military.

Maj. Gen. John C. Doesburg, commander, U.S. Army Soldier and Biological Chemical Command (SBCCOM), recognized the unit's soldiers as the best Installation Defense Force under his command, which includes 12 installations.

Several soldiers from this detachment were also recognized for their individual accomplishments. Staff Sgt. Paul R. Murphy received the Army Achievement Award for his attention to detail that prevented a weapon and controlled substance from entering the installation.

Spc. Mark R. Dalton and Sgt. Richard A. Maki were selected as SBCCOM Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the year, respectively.

Company A is based in Worcester and is one of the five oldest units in the U.S. military, with lineage tracing back to 1632. A unit from Springfield, Mass., is replacing Company A.

Media are invited to attend the ceremony. If you are planning to attend, please contact

Jerry Whitaker or Patty Welsh in the Public Affairs Office at 508-233-5340 or 508-233-5945.

The Soldier Systems Center is part of the U.S. Army Soldier and Biological Chemical Command (SBCCOM). For more information about the Center or SBCCOM, please visit our website at http://www.sbccom.army.mil.

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