SSC-Natick Press Release
U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
Public Affairs Office
Natick, MA 01760-5012
Contact: Public Affairs Office
Date: June 19, 2007
SSC provides briefings and tour for Army's ACSIM/CG IMCOM
Lt. Gen. Robert Wilson, assistant chief of staff for installation management for the U.S. Army and commanding general, U.S. Army Installation Management Command, (left) and John Manning, acting garrison manager, U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center (SSC), (right) listen to a briefing about DoD combat feeding during Wilson's visit to SSC June 4.
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NATICK, Mass. -- The U.S. Army's Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command, Lt. Gen. Robert Wilson, visited the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center (SSC) on June 4 to receive a garrison update and mission overview and to meet some of the installation partners and view their unique facilities.
During a windshield tour of the installation and nearby housing areas, topics including security, environmental issues, public works projects and installation future developments were discussed.
After an update on various garrison and mission programs, Wilson got a chance to see and taste some of the new products being worked on by the DoD Combat Feeding Program. While being shown the First Strike Ration and the Unitized Group Ration - Express, Wilson said that they were "great and very impressive."
Sgt. Maj. Thomas Coleman, SSC's sergeant major, said that the products will be huge in being able to get food to deployed personnel at patrol bases.
A tour of some of the labs within the combat feeding area, such as the Operational Rations testing and demonstration lab and the microbiology lab, was next followed by a briefing on the future site of the Fiber Center of Excellence. In collaboration with academia and industry partners, the High Performance Fiber Center of Excellence will provide fiber technologies for use in woven and non-woven textiles. These technologies will be used in high performance, dual-use applications such as environmental/ballistic/chemical-biological protection and electrotextiles. Wilson inquired as to how SSC would benefit from this partnership and the answer given was that we will be able to access the knowledge of industry and academia so their work will contribute to the work done here for the Warfighter.
Other briefings included the Center for Military Biomechanics Research, the Doriot Climatic Chambers, a Future Force Warrior overview, and the Altitude Chamber in the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine.
During the tour of the Center for Military Biomechanics Research, Wilson commented that it must be hard to do that type of work as the conditions keep changing.
Throughout the visit, Wilson asked many questions and seemed very interested in learning about projects and programs occurring at SSC.