SSC-Natick Press Release
U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
Public Affairs Office
Natick, MA 01760-5012
Contact: Jerry Whitaker -- Chief, Public Affairs Office
Date: October 27, 2004
New principal deputy arrives at installation
NATICK, Mass. -- The U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center has added retired Brig. Gen. Edward Harrington to the team as the Principal Deputy to the Commanding General.
Harrington, a native of Massachusetts and retired from active duty Jan. 1 after more than 33 years of service, accepted the newly-created position from Brig. Gen. James Moran, SSC commanding general, to be his "boots on the ground."
"The key goal is to help Natick continue to achieve more success," said Harrington, discussing SSC's reputation as the world leader in the development of food, clothing, shelters, airdrop and Soldier support items. "The work done here is absolutely crucial to the Soldier and warfighter on the front lines."
Harrington recalled being at the Baghdad Airport last year when an SSC team coincidentally came through.
"They were talking to Soldiers about their gear and passing out new MRE items. It was a real morale booster, especially in the 125-degree-plus heat," he said.
Harrington continued that he and Moran have talked about the position as one with some fixed responsibilities, but the slot also would be flexible as well to allow for the needs of the organization as the Army continues to transform.
"We've talked about the need to maintain and improve the installation. We've also talked about this position as a liaison with the community, the state, and with DA and DoD staff," he said.
Harrington said his first visit to Natick was about 23 years ago when he was a captain with the Fitchburg ROTC Detachment. That visit was followed by other visits as Harrington moved into positions where he worked with groups and individuals at the SSC, including many of the installation's commanders.
Before coming to Natick, Harrington served as director of the Defense Contract Management Agency headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. He commanded DCMA's East District in Boston in an earlier assignment, where he said he worked closely with SSC's acquisition team on several contracts.
Drafted into the Army in 1970 as an enlisted infantryman, Harrington was selected to attend the Infantry Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga. He earned his commission as a quartermaster officer in September 1971 and was assigned to Vietnam, first as a support platoon leader in the 1st Cavalry Division and later as the commander, U.S. Army Traffic Management Center, 3rd Traffic Region, Vietnam. After he completed his Vietnam tour, he was assigned to XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C., serving in a variety of company command and battalion staff officer assignments.
Harrington next served as a logistics officer in the 39th Signal Battalion and the 5th Signal Command staff in Germany. From 1980-1983, Harrington was assigned as an assistant professor of Military Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass.
After that assignment, Harrington moved to the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Warren, Mich., where he was a production manager for the M1A1 Abrams Tank. Harrington then served as the S-3/Logistics Operations officer for the 45th Support Group at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. His next assignment took him to Fort Lee, Va., where he served as a Product Manager for two tactical information systems.
In 1992, Harrington attended the Senior Service College Fellowship Program at the University of Texas in Austin followed by an assignment to Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research, Development and Acquisition in Washington, D.C.
From July 1994 until January 1997, he commanded the Defense Contract Management Command, Syracuse, N.Y.
In 1997 he returned to the Assistant Secretary of the Army's office to serve as the Army's Director of Contracting and, later, Executive Officer and Chief of Staff. In 1998, he assumed command of the Defense Contract Management District East, Boston, Mass., until September 1999, when he returned to Warren, Mich., as the Deputy for Systems Acquisition (DSA) at the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command.
Harrington's awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with two oak leaf clusters), Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with eight oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal, the Army Staff Identification Badge and the Parachutist Badge.
Harrington graduated from Northeastern University in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He received a master's degree in contracting and acquisition management in 1984 from the Florida Institute of Technology.
For more information about the Soldier Systems Center, please visit our website at: www.natick.army.mil