SSC-Natick Press ReleaseU.S. Army Soldier Systems
Public Affairs Office
Contact: Public Affairs Office
Date: September 10, 2007
Markey staffers see improvements at Soldier Systems Center
Rep. Edward J. Markey staffers,
Will Huntington and Katherine Bazinsky (right), receive briefing
and demonstration of Future Force Warrior from Dutch DeGay and
Sgt. Joshua Deveraux, Natick Soldier Research, Development and
Engineering Center, during their Aug. 23 visit to the U.S. Army
Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Mass. (Photo by Sarah
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NATICK, Mass. Really incredible. Those were the words from
Katharine Bazinsky, legislative aide to Massachusetts Rep. Edward J.
Markey, describing the improvements to the Combat Feeding
Directorate (CFD) during her visit to the U.S. Army Soldier Systems
Center (SSC) here Aug. 23. Also attending the visit was Will
Huntington, legislative assistant to Markey.
Funded by the 2003 Defense Appropriations Bill, and
supported by Markey, along with Senators Edward Kennedy and John
Kerry, 12,859 square feet of lab and office space was added or
improved in the CFD in order to assist the food scientists and
researchers, enabling them to create the best rations for our
During a tour of CFD, Bazinsky and Huntington got to see
some of the new labs and some improvements, such as using automation
for sensory analysis panels. Previously our labs were spread between
buildings, said Ken Racicot, senior food technologist, and were
about one-third the size. The new labs let us work together in the
same space and improve our capabilities.
Bazinsky asked about previous labs and Betty Davis, team
leader, Performance Enhancement and Food Safety Team, said they are
still lab space which the Material Science Team is now using. "It
was a win/win for all of Natick," Davis continued. "Not only is
there more lab space; it's more efficient use of lab space."
The visitors also got a chance to sample some new
rations during their time at SSC and Bazinsky said everything she
tried was "very good." Her favorite was the buffalo chicken.
Huntington, who mentioned that his brother is a sergeant
in the military, was interested in the work that is done in the Doriot Climatic Chambers, which Col. Beau Freund, commander, U.S.
Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, spoke about.
Freund and Huntington also discussed the trade-off of weight vs.
product and how at SSC the Soldier is treated as a system.
Huntington discussed the topic of weight again while being briefed
on how the Future Force Warrior system is looking to reduce weight
while providing improved capabilities for the dismounted Soldier.
Other areas that were briefed included the Thermal Test
Facility and the High Performance Fiber Center of Excellence (HPFCOE).
The Thermal Test Facility will be opening shortly and
will have state-of-the-art equipment for evaluation of materials. It
is also large enough to do full-scale flame testing on protective
clothing ensembles and shelters.
The HPFCOE will allow Army researchers to sit and work
directly with people from academia and private sector in this
one-of-a-kind facility at Natick to invent and quickly transfer high
performance fibers to our Warfighters and first responders.
Other presentations included public/private
partnerships, discussing topics such as the HPFCOE, and an overview
on the SSC.