SSC-Natick Press Release
U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
Public Affairs Office
Natick, MA 01760-5012
Contact: Chief, Public Affairs Office
Date: May 26, 2004
Garrison headquarters officially opens
NATICK, Mass. -- The Soldier Systems Center's garrison headquarters officially opened during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the lobby of the Administration Building May 14.
Len Dube, garrison manager, along with Diane Devens, director of the Northeast Region Office, Installation Management Agency, shared duties in snipping the ribbon by the hallway leading to the remodeled garrison headquarters staff offices. In the same hallway hangs a picture board with all the garrison leaders.
"Visible changes are important, so it's important what you did here to show visibly that we're going to a new corporate structure," Devens said during her remarks to members or representatives of the Installation Board of Directors and garrison employees in attendance. "I think you have done a wonderful job. I hope you step out smartly."
The Army transformed to the Installation Management Agency on Oct. 1, 2002, in an effort to pay for and manage all garrison functions independently of the installation mission groups. Divided into seven regions worldwide, the Soldier Systems Center is one of 28 Army installations that make up the Northeast Region.
Devens said the small installations have been the "have-nots," but the plan is to bring them more in line with resources of the larger installations.
"I know you will get there even in an era of budget cuts and the war on terror," she said.