Gov. Patrick to visit Natick Army facility
NATICK, Mass. -- Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick
will visit the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center (SSC),
locally known as Natick Labs, on Friday, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
The governor will be joined by federal, state, and local
officials during his visit to the research and development
facility which is the Army’s only active military installation
in New England.
SSC officials plan to show the governor various items that are
developed at the facility including Interceptor Body Armor,
protective clothing for all military services, the Army’s Future
Force Warrior, and the Law Enforcement Advanced Protection
System. Researchers will also highlight the Department of
Defense Combat Feeding Program which is responsible for research
and development of combat rations for all the U.S. military
Patrick will also visit the installation’s Climatic Chambers
that can generate world-wide extreme climates including
temperatures from -70 to 165 degrees F, winds up to 40 mph, and
rain up to four inches per hour.
Media interested in attending the event must contact the
Public Affairs Office by noon on Thursday to arrange for proper
security clearances. Media can call 508-233-5340,
508-233-5945, or 508-233-4391. Please be prepared to provide
names of all attendees.
Media opportunities will consist of an embed with the governor
at approximately 9:50 a.m. through his departure at 11. While
there is no time for a formal press conference, media will be
able to walk around with the governor as he views various items
and talks to subject matter experts.
Media should plan to be in place at 9:45 a.m.
For additional information, please contact the SSC Public
Affairs Office at the numbers above.
SSC is a family of Department of Defense organizations with a
workforce of about 2,000 civilian, military, and contract
employees working together to develop items that protect and
sustain American servicemembers. Products include food,
clothing, shelters, airdrop items, and Soldier support