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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: October 17, 2002
No: 02-51

Guardsmen assist with security

NATICK, Mass. -- Local National Guard troops arrived at the end of September to provide security at the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center, formerly known as Natick Labs.

An element from Headquarters and Headquarter Company (Westfield), Company A (Agawam), and Company C (Pittsfield) 1/104th Infantry (Light), were mobilized for Homeland Defense and will comprise the Installation Defense Force. The remainder of the battalion is assigned to Fort Monmouth, N.J., Tobyhanna Army Depot, Pa., and Fort Dix, N.J. to conduct security operations.

The soldiers reported for active-duty at their local armories on Sept. 3 before traveling to Fort Dix, N.J., for security training.

The 1/104th Infantry (Light) is one of the oldest units in the U.S. military, tracing its lineage back to the 1600's. Members of this battalion just returned from a 6-month deployment in Bosnia for peacekeeping.

This element takes over from Company A, 181st Infantry (Light), a Worcester-based National Guard unit that activated last year following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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

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