SSC-Natick Press ReleaseU.S. Army Soldier Systems
Public Affairs Office
Contact: Public Affairs Office
Date: July 16, 2008
Massachusetts supports America's high-tech Army
Rachel Bruns, a
student intern in the DoD Combat Feeding Directorate, U.S.
Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering
Center (NSRDEC), talks to visitors at the Massachusetts
State House in Boston on July 10, about combat feeding
technology and products NSRDEC provides to Warfighters.
(Photo by Strategic Communications)
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NATICK, Mass. -- Teams
from the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center (NSSC) and the
Program Executive Officer Soldier (PEO Soldier) joined forces on
July 10 to visit the Massachusetts State House in Boston to tell the
Army's high-tech story.
The theme, Massachusetts technology supporting the high-tech Army,
was demonstrated in a four-hour show consisting of displays manned
by subject matter experts who answered questions from state elected
officials, their staffers, and members of the public.
Cutting edge technologies were showcased by several Natick teams
including the Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering
Center; the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine;
the U.S. Navy Clothing & Textile Research Facility; and the Army's
Product Manager Force Sustainment Systems. The PEO Soldier team, one
of Natick's key partners, showed visitors how the technology
developed by the Natick teams transitions into products that sustain
and protect American servicemen and women.
Brig. Gen. R. Mark Brown, commanding general, NSSC and PEO Soldier,
and State Senator Karen Spilka, co-sponsored the event.
This is the second year that Spilka invited Brown and his teams to
visit the Massachusetts state capitol building to show her
colleagues and the public the key role the state plays in the
defense of our nation.
In addition to Spilka and Brown, speakers included Massachusetts
Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Daniel O'Connell and
Massachusetts State Senator Scott P. Brown.
The speakers agreed that NSSC's location in Boston's high-tech hub
creates partnering opportunities with world-class businesses,
academia, and government agencies. This collaboration between the
Army and industry and academia results in rapid technology
advancement which translates into pushing matured technologies to
our service members faster and at a lower cost.
Natick teams highlighted various technologies including exoskeleton,
future warrior technology integration, nanotechnology, photovoltaics,
advanced fibers, food, airdrop, field services and food service
equipment, and the Warfighter Physiological Status Monitor.
The PEO Soldier team displayed Soldier gear including the Land
Warrior and Air Warrior systems, Interceptor Body Armor, Advanced
Combat Helmet, Army Combat Boot, Modular Sleeping System, Flame
Resistant Army Combat Uniform and other cutting-edge clothing and
People visiting the show left with one clear message: Massachusetts,
through the Army's Natick Soldier Systems Center and its partners
across the Commonwealth and with the PEO Soldier, plays a key role
in protecting and sustaining American military forces.