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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: July 11, 2003
No: 03-25


Display showcases soldier technology and chow to Congress

NATICK, Mass. - Why are American military forces the best protected and best sustained troops in the world today? Congress will get a chance to find out during Soldier Modernization Day, July 15 and 17, 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, and the Product Manager for Force Sustainment Systems join forces to showcase items that support the individual soldier.

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 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 15 in Caucus Room SR 325 of the Russell Senate Office Building. The House of Representatives is tentatively scheduled to have their chance to view the exhibit on July 17, time and location to be announced (please call 508-233-4300 no earlier than July 14 for this information).

Items scheduled to be displayed include:

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

Current Efforts in Materials, Ballistic and Chemical Protection - selectively permeable membrane garments, a microclimate cooling unit, modular integrated communication helmet, improvements to ballistic protection (M5 fiber), and various electrotextile fabric samples.

Sample the latest Meals, Ready-To-Eat (MRE) and Unitized Group Rations - menu items that cater to the diverse cultural and ethnic food preferences of our soldiers. Also, try innovations for future combat rations including the famous pocket sandwich for increased mobility and compressed entrees to reduce weight and bulk of what our soldiers are carrying. (NOTE: These items will be available for sampling from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. only.)

National Protection Center - Showing how the nation’s first responder community can leverage military technologies.

Precision Airdrop - How advancements in airdrop capabilities can improve logistics.

Collective Protection - Improvements to shelters including airbeam technology.

PEO-Soldier - Individual weapons and equipment being used today by U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Much of this equipment was deployed under the PEO Soldier Rapid Fielding Initiative (RFI), an innovative program to get state-of-the-art equipment to soldiers quickly. Items being displayed include Interceptor body armor, Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment (MOLLE) rucksack and M4 Carbines with forward rail assembly. The Air Warrior will also be exhibited.

PM-Force Sustainment Systems - Force Provider, the Army's premier base camp system, Modern Burner Unit, Laundry Systems, Ultra-Lightweight Camouflage Net Systems, and more

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.

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This page last updated on 28 February 2003.