Secretary of the
Army visits SSC
Secretary of the Army Dr. Francis J. Harvey (in civilian attire)
observes Pfc. Eric Burns and Spc. Joshua Walker, Human Research Volunteers, in
the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Centers (SSC) Doriot Climatic Chambers. Col. Beau
Freund (center), commander of SSCs U.S. Army Research Institute of
Environmental Medicine (USARIEM), told Harvey that Soldier integration and
feedback is an integral part of the research and development process. Gen.
Benjamin Griffin (left), commander of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, looks on.(Photo by Sarah Underhill.)
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NATICK, Mass. -- The Army's top civilian official, Dr. Francis J. Harvey,
Secretary of the Army, visited the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center (SSC) on
Jan. 19 at the invitation of Gen. Benjamin S. Griffin, commanding general, U.S.
Army Materiel Command.
Brig. Gen. Mark Brown, SSC commanding general, led officials from all SSC tenant
activities to highlight to Harvey the organizations' products, programs,
capabilities and facilities. Underlying the series of demonstrations and
briefings was the clear message that the collocation of organizations at the
Natick facility yields a synergy that results in better products fielded faster
to America's Warfighters.
When asked by a reporter, embedded into the visit, about the adequacy of body
armor, Harvey said that initial criticism of body armor was really about
quantity, not quality.
He praised the Army's ability to respond to the need for additional body armor.
Telling the reporters that he came to the Army from private industry, Harvey
emphasized, "I don't think anybody in private industry could have responded that
Subject matter experts from SSC tenant organizations discussed their programs
and products with Harvey, including protective clothing and gear, combat
rations, airdrop items, shelters and Soldier support items. Harvey also saw
demonstrations in the Doriot Climatic Chambers and the Biomechanics Lab.
Wrapping up his visit, Harvey devoted time to meeting with and talking to
"I like to sit down with Soldiers and find out...areas of improvement. Soldiers
tell you exactly what the problem is, and we're in the business of meeting those
needs," said Harvey.
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