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

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Date: July 14 , 2006
No: 06-25

Natick Soldier Center adds to food laboratory capabilities

NATICK, Mass. -- A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Natick Soldier Center's (NSC) expanded Food Laboratory Facility was held here on June 23.

The expansion includes five microbiology labs, an analytical chemistry lab, and a nanotechnology packaging materials lab. The expansion also includes three new temperature-controlled rooms to store operational rations undergoing shelf-life studies and a food evaluation lab.

Brig. Gen. R. Mark Brown, commanding general of the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center, praised the event as another great day in NSC history. He noted that NSC was selected as the Department of the Army Research and Development Laboratory of the Year (Small Development Lab Category) for four out of the past five years and that Philip Brandler, director of the NSC, was chosen as a Lab Director of the Year by the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) for Technology Transfer. Brown also noted that Gerald Darsch, director of NSC's DoD Combat Feeding Directorate, received the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service.

Brown noted that Soldier performance has been tied to food supplies throughout the history of war. He credited Brandler and Darsch for the high quality food that Warfighters enjoy today and commended them for working to make great food even better in the future. He praised NSC's world class workforce for developing world class technology.

Joe Dalton, district director, office of Congressman Edward J. Markey, praised NSC products and technologies, including Meals, Ready-to-Eat (MREs). He stated that MRE really stands for Morale, Readiness and Energy. He commended NSC employees for the tremendous work they do for the country.

Brandler said that he felt very fortunate to witness this momentous event, the realization of a dream that began 17 years ago. He said he was very excited about the increased capability the lab expansion will provide.

Darsch only had two words to say, "Betty Davis." Davis was the primary point of contact for the project, and he said that she did an unbelievable job.

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