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SSC-Natick Press Release

U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
Public Affairs Office
Kansas Street
Natick, MA 01760-5012

Contact: Public Affairs Office

Date: July 16, 2008
No: 08-20

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 equipment.

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.

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