SSC-Natick Press Release
U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
Public Affairs Office
Natick, MA 01760-5012
Contact: Public Affairs Office
Date: May 23, 2007
Display emphasizes importance of center
Kathy-Lynn Evangelos, NSRDEC, (front right), speaks to attendees at Soldier Systems Day on Beacon Hill on May 11. (Photo by Sarah Underhill)
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NATICK, Mass. -- On May 11, tenant partners of the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center (SSC) here, and representatives of the Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier from Fort Belvoir, Va., showcased current and upcoming equipment for Soldiers at the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
State Representative Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), who co-hosted the event, said this was an opportunity to show not only how critical the work accomplished at the SSC is for Natick and Metrowest, but for the entire country.
Brig. Gen. R. Mark Brown, commanding general of the SSC and PEO Soldier, and another host of the event, said that the support of New England is important to the work that is being performed. Some of the benefits of being located in this area include the intellectual capital, the institutes of higher learning and the teaching hospitals.
"The result is the most capable Soldier in the world today," he said. "SSC is one of the only places in the Army where the technology touches the life of every Soldier everywhere, every day."
Some of the items displayed included Future Force Warrior, Navy uniforms, unmanned aerial vehicles, microclimate cooling, advanced combat helmet, enhanced night vision goggles and field feeding items, which the display-goers could taste.
James Leary, chief of staff and general counsel for the lieutenant governor of Mass., said that it has been great to have had the SSC in Massachusetts for the past 53 years and they are looking forward to the next 50 or 100 years.
"What you do is critical to the country," he said. "It is hard to imagine this center anywhere else."
Massachusetts Undersecretary for Business Development Bob Coughlin said that the State wants to maintain its partnership with SSC in order for the good work that is done in Natick to continue. It's the natural place for what you do, he remarked. He closed by saying, "God bless our troops. They are the most important thing."
Other state representatives that sponsored this event were: Senator Scott Brown and Representatives David Linsky and Alice Peisch.