SSC-Natick Press Release
U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
Public Affairs Office
Natick, MA 01760-5012
Contact: Chief, Public Affairs Office
Date: March 6, 2006
Army Materiel Command leader visits U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center
NATICK, Mass. -- Gen. Benjamin Griffin, commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, visited the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center (SSC) on Mar. 2. During his visit, Griffin met with top officials, was briefed on products and programs, and led a town hall in Hunter Auditorium.
While addressing a packed auditorium during the town hall, Griffin told the SSC work force that he had just returned from Afghanistan and Iraq. He said that the Soldiers there appreciated the great equipment SSC is providing.
“You are providing products that are keeping them alive, making their lives more palatable and enabling them to do their job,” said Griffin.
He commented on Natick’s close proximity to world-class scientific centers like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and praised the installation’s partnering endeavors.
“What you do here is so critical to the Army, the nation, and to the other military services as well,” he said.
Later in the day, Griffin had the opportunity to view equipment, clothing, and food products.
While viewing the latest in cold weather gear and clothing, the general joked in regard to the day’s cold weather, “I could use some of these items today. Folks in the 10th Mountain Division I spoke with really liked them.”
He added, “The challenge is getting enough money to get them into the hands of everyone who needs them.”
Griffin was also impressed with other items on display, including protective eyewear, the Advanced Combat Helmet, a boot offering cold and wetness protection, the Cold-weather Canteen, the Improved Combat Shelter, the Foot Protection System, the Army Combat Uniform, and assorted protective gloves-including gloves that offered cold weather protection, flame protection, and protection from cuts. Griffin also viewed the Advanced Bomb Suit, Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment, and new storage pouches to be used in conjunction with a load carriage system, including a pouch for a notebook computer.
Griffin was treated to a Combat Feeding demonstration, including the Unitized Group Ration-Express (UGR-E), the First Strike Ration, and the Capillary Force Vaporizer Stove.
Griffin noted that getting the latest equipment and food into the hands of Soldiers really makes an impact.
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