SSC-Natick Press ReleaseU.S. Army Soldier Systems
Public Affairs Office
Contact: Public Affairs
Date: November 30, 2007
Technology touted during visit by Army's Chief of
||Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. George W. Casey,
speaks to Soldiers during his visit to the U.S. Army Soldier
Systems Center in Natick, Mass., on Nov. 16. (Photo by Sarah
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-- On Nov. 16, the Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. George W. Casey,
visited the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center (SSC)
first stop was a meeting with the Natick Soldiers, from both the
U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) and
the Headquarters Research and Development
the future the Army will be in many different places, persistent
conflicts, he said, and a lot of complex environments. What you do
here will assist to ensure our future leaders have the best
equipment and protection.
we give you the right tools, we will make you adaptable and give you
a decided advantage to be successful in the asymmetrical
Casey heard overview briefings on the Land Warrior program and
display on some of the future technologies that are being worked on
at the SSC followed.
armor advances, clothing collaboration, joint precision airdrop and
combat feeding were the main areas highlighted.
learning about the technological advances for the next generation of
body armor, Brig. Gen. R. Mark Brown, commanding general of SSC and
host of the visit, told Casey that there have been nine improvements
to body armor and three improvements to helmets over the past three
for the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Special Operation
Forces (SOF) were shown as an example of how joint work for all the
military services is performed at SSC. While looking at the example
of the SOF's multi-pieced cold-weather Protective Combat Uniform,
Casey commented that he remembered when everyone would go out and
buy their own cold weather clothing.
mentioned that one of the future projects the clothing team will be
working on is a uniform for civilians who get
a briefing on precision airdrop, Casey learned how the technology is
minimizing risk for both the Air Force and for Soldiers on the
ground. Richard Benney, division leader for the Aerial Delivery
Equipment and Systems Division, said the technology lets us drop
bundles very accurately so Soldiers don't have to leave a protected
area in search of supplies.
new concepts in combat feeding to support the Warfighter on the
asymmetrical battlefield were also shown. The Unitized Group Ration
- Express, sometimes called a 'kitchen in a carton,' that provides a
hot meal for up to 18 Warfighters in a remote location was
displayed, down to the steam rising from the box when it is
activated. Then, Casey got to sample some of the menu items from the
First Strike Ration (FSR). FSR is an answer to the field-stripping
that happens to Meals, Ready-to-Eat (MRE), and includes all
eat-on-the-go foods such as pocket sandwiches. "Not bad," was
Casey's opinion of what he got to try.
stop at the Doriot Climatic Chambers was next on the agenda. The
chambers can reproduce environmental conditions occurring anywhere
around the world. They can simulate temperature, humidity, wind,
rainfall and solar radiation.
Beau Freund, commander, USARIEM, and Casey discussed Human Research
Volunteers (HRV) and how to improve recruitment of personnel for the
program. Freund said that as a member of the medical community,
without the HRVs, he wouldn't be able to do his
challenge mentioned was that the chambers need improvements, such as
larger doors to accommodate items such as
out the day was a question and answer session. When asked why he was
here, Casey said that he was in Massachusetts to attend a leader
development program for generals where they learn about industry and
transformation. "The Army is going through the largest
transformation, so it's important to get our leaders properly
trained," he said.
he knew he would be in the area, he wanted to take the opportunity
to visit SSC to look at what was being done for
knew what they were doing was good," Casey said. "And this gave me a
chance to see not only what they do for the Soldier, but for the
Sailor, Marine and Coast Guard."
topic mentioned was the Army Family Covenant (AFC). The AFC is a
commitment from Army leaders to increase the level and quality of
services for military families. Casey said, "The forces are
stressed, and it's affecting families. The covenant is a good way to
demonstrate our support to the families."
mentioned that in the past he has been quoted as saying that the
Army is out of balance and consumed by current
said, "We need to prep for success. SSC looks to the future and
leads the way in technological