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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: June 7, 2004
No: 04-22

Display showcases Soldier technology and chow to Congress

NATICK, Mass. - Why are American military forces the best protected, best equipped and best sustained troops in the world today? And how does science play a part in the technology used by our Soldiers, not only today, but also in the past and future? Congress will get the answer to these questions during Soldier Modernization Day, June 14 and 17, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

For this event, representatives from the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Center, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, the Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center and the Product Manager for Force Sustainment Systems will join forces to showcase items that science has brought to the forefront for our warfighters.

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 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on June 14 in Caucus Room SR 325 of the Russell Senate Office Building. The House of Representatives will have their chance to view the exhibit from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on June 17 in the Rayburn Foyer of the House Rayburn Building.

Media are invited to attend this event.

Some key items scheduled for display include:

Future Force/Future Warrior Systems - These systems will provide increased capabilities to our warfighters using advanced technologies. Future Force Warrior works in conjunction with the Future Combat System program to develop the next generation Soldier. Future Warrior is a visionary concept of how the individual warrior may be equipped in the 2015-2020 timeframe.

Sample the latest Meals, Ready-To-Eat (MRE) and Unitized Group Rations - menu items that are warrior requested, warrior tested and warrior approved. Menus are changed annually to ensure the diverse cultural and ethnic food preferences of our warfighters are being met. Also, try innovations for future combat rations 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.)

Joint Robotics Program - Learn how Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are using a variety of small robots to detect and diffuse explosive devices.

Light Weight Family of Weapons - Models of where the Army is headed for the future of small arms.

HMMVW Armor Survivability Kit (ASK) - The HMMVW ASK features a rapidly producible, low-cost design of armored steel and ballistic glass. More than 7,000 kits have been produced and shipped to Iraq to protect our Soldiers in the field, providing a 300% survivability increase.

Future Tactical Truck Systems (FTTS) - The Army’s next generation of military trucks, ensuring that they can successfully perform all logistics operations while providing enhanced survivability.

Improvements to or new items that improve Soldiers’ quality of life - Space heaters, field kitchen and food service equipment, shelters, including the Force Provider system, a base camp system that includes climate control, showers, laundries and more.

Soldier Power Demonstration - The latest in power and battery recharging technology. This technology becomes ever more important as our Soldiers depend on new technologies with sophisticated electronics to accomplish their missions.

A display depicting how the Army is working to attract new scientists and engineers will also be shown.

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 23 January 2004.