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U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
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Natick, MA 01760-5012

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Date: October 14, 2003
No: 03-34

New commander welcomed

NATICK, Mass. -- The Soldier Systems Center welcomed its new commander during a ceremony in Hunter Auditorium Oct. 10.

Col. David Bongi was introduced to the work force as the installation commander and acting deputy commanding general for Operational Readiness for the U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), a new command with headquarters in Edgewood, Md.

Bongi replaces Brig. Gen. Craig Peterson, who served as deputy commanding general for Homeland Operations and installation commander since July 2002. Bongi was assigned to the Soldier Systems Center last March as the director of security for Homeland Operations before taking his new position. Homeland Operations transferred to Forces Command and will no longer be represented at Natick.

The details of the RDECOM position still need to be finalized with RDECOM headquarters and the Army Materiel Command, but Peterson said the position will focus on providing integrated and responsive technologies and support to current military operations, and to quickly adapt advanced or near-term technologies into military systems.

"I feel privileged to be here. I will always be here for you," Bongi said during his comments. "We have a bright future ahead of us."

Peterson had worked with Bongi in a previous assignment in Korea, and had high praise for him.

"I've watched him shine wherever he's gone. I'm confident and feel very, very comfortable in his ability," Peterson said. "If I had the choice and the power, I can think of no one else I'd want to see here than Col. Dave Bongi."

Peterson spoke for several minutes about the changes that have taken place and continue to happen at the installation and in the Army, noting the "only thing that remains constant is change." He explained the movement of leadership for the garrison and its importance.

He also reminded those in attendance the importance of the work done here.

"I think you have the most important jobs in supporting the Army. Nowhere else do we have immediate and personal impact on all of our soldiers," Peterson said.

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