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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: August 25, 2006
No: 06-28

Defense advisor visits U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center

Mieke Eoyang (left), defense advisor for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, examines a Chemical/Biological Protective Closure which is a hermetically sealed zipper used to seal tents and protect the people inside from chemical agents. U.S. Army Natick Soldier Center (NSC) chemical engineer Amy Soo Leighton explains how the item works while Philip Brandler, director of NSC looks on. Click for Larger Photo

NATICK, Mass. – Mieke Eoyang, defense advisor for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, recently visited the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center (SSC) to learn more about the Center and the support it provides to America’s men and women in the military.

SSC partners met with Eoyang throughout the day-long visit to provide overviews of the organizations’ missions and programs.

One of the key discussions was on public/private partnerships, where the installation has logged many successes teaming with industry, academia, and other governmental agencies to develop better items for our Warfighters faster and cheaper.

The Natick Soldier Center (NSC) highlighted the Army’s flagship Soldier Science and Technology Program, the Future Force Warrior, for Eoyang. Future Force Warrior will be a lightweight, overwhelmingly lethal, fully integrated individual combat system, including weapon, head-to-toe individual protection, netted communications, Soldier worn power sources, and enhanced human performance.

NSC also showed off the latest in ballistic protection, microclimate cooling, photovoltaics, collective protection technology, aerial delivery technology, biomechanics research, and the Joint Shield Cell partnership between the NSC, the Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility and Batelle-Natick for Chemical and Biological Defense items. Eoyang sampled some of the newest combat ration items developed by the NSC, and then toured the recently expanded Food Lab.

Representatives from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) also met with Eoyang and briefed her on their bone health and injury reduction programs, demonstrated Warfighter Physiological Status Monitoring, and provided a tour of their facilities. USARIEM works in concert with the NSC as it develops products for our Soldiers to ensure that the physiological and performance issues of the individual Soldier are considered and measured.

The SSC is comprised of a team of Department of Defense organizations that work to develop the world’s best food, clothing, shelters, airdrop items, and Soldier support items to our military services.

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