SSC-Natick Press Release
U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
Public Affairs Office
Natick, MA 01760-5012
Contact: Public Affairs Office
Date: June 18, 2007
Governor visits SSC
Carole Winterhalter, Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, discusses flame resistance with Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick during his visit to the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center on June 15. (Photo by Sarah Underhill)
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NATICK, Mass. -- On June 15, Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick visited the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center (SSC) to receive an overview and learn about the work done here.
Due to his tight schedule, Patrick was only able to spend a short amount of time at SSC.
During the visit, he was briefed on the following topics: body armor advances, uniform design and collaboration between the Army, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard and Special Operation Forces, Future Force Warrior, including physiological status monitoring, DoD combat feeding, collaboration with the Massachusetts State Police on the Law Enforcement Advanced Protection System, flame-resistant materials, the upcoming Thermal Test Facility and Fiber Center of Excellence, and the Doriot Climatic Chambers.
Brig. Gen. R. Mark Brown, commanding general of SSC, Program Executive Officer Soldier, and host of the visit, told the governor how one of the enduring challenges is always balancing size, weight, and power for the individual Soldier. Right now we have Soldiers in the field carrying over 90 pounds of gear, he said. We want to see what we can do to reduce that.
While viewing the displays and listening to the briefings, Patrick asked questions, made comments, and occasionally joked with the presenters.
Sgt. Joshua Deveraux, the demonstrator for the Future Force Warrior system, also discussed weight issues with the governor.
At the conclusion of his visit, Patrick said he appreciated the warm invitation from Brown to come to SSC.
"We had talked about the importance, the economic presence of this facility in Natick," he said.
Patrick continued by saying that he knows that Secretary Daniel O'Connell, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development for Mass., wants the State to partner with SSC for intellectual ID.
"We need to find ways to transfer the technology and know-how," Patrick concluded.
O'Connell and State Senator Karen Spilka were among various other public officials who attended the visit.