Gen. Scott West (right), commander, U.S. Army TACOM Life
Cycle Management Command, passes the U.S. Army Natick
Soldier Systems Center (NSSC) flag to Brig. Gen. Peter N.
Fuller during a change of command ceremony for the NSSC on
Nov. 21. Fuller is the incoming commanding general for the
NSSC. In the background is Brig. Gen. R. Mark Brown,
outgoing commanding general. (Photo by Strategic
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NATICK, Mass. -- On Nov. 21, the U.S. Army
Natick Soldier Systems Center (NSSC) here held a change of command
ceremony where Brig. Gen. Peter N. Fuller took command from Brig.
Gen. R. Mark Brown, departing commander.
Maj. Gen. Scott West, commander, U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle
Management Command, and host for the event, said a change of command
ceremony is an "extremely important event in the life of any
He continued by saying that it is a celebration for the organization
and the NSSC had a lot to celebrate, especially two great
commanders. One of who got us to the point we are today, West said,
and one that will take us to a new level.
West, speaking about Brown's traits, said he is a tremendously
selfless leader, who has the courage to do the right thing. Brown's
always thinking about how something will affect his organization,
his team, and Soldiers.
"He's been an advocate for our Soldiers," West said. "Every Soldier
is better equipped because of Mark Brown."
Mentioning Fuller, West described him as, "An equally great leader
in his own right." If you listed all the traits you wanted in a
commander, Fuller would be that person, West continued. You couldn't
ask for someone with better knowledge, background, skills and tools
to do the job. "He's a great Warrior and leader."
During Brown's comments, he said for those who don't know Fuller
that he is definitely the "right guy in the right place at the right
Brown commented on the unique situation with NSSC having a "remote"
commander, although he said Natick was not the only one, some of his
project manager offices are the same way.
However, he said he "recognized early on that Natick was a special
place in the Army." In addition to being the only active duty
installation in all of New England, Brown added that the Army was
born in Massachusetts.
Continuing that NSSC has been an "outstanding team," he mentioned
when he arrived in 2006, it was during tense times after a BRAC
(Base Realignment and Closure) analysis.
"The Army doesn't do analysis," Brown continued, "and you can apply
any model, but Natick won't fit." Describing Natick, Brown
said, that it's an "absolute jewel," and an "indispensable part of
He said a commander's role is to leave an organization better than
they found it. The payoff is that 1.1 million Soldiers are better
off, Brown said. I asked the team here to improve items for the
Soldier and all of you figured out how, he said. We want to provide
the best for the Soldiers fighting for us every day.
Fuller started off his comments by saying an 024 had come home,
which drew laughs from the audience. 024 is the beginning of social
security numbers for many people from Massachusetts. Fuller is
originally from Andover, Mass. Continuing, he said from what
he heard during the ceremony, the NSSC is all about Soldiers.
"S and T [science and technology] starts and sustainment ends - they
are all here," Fuller said. You enable a Soldier to go anywhere in
the world, operate in any environment and be able to do his mission.
Mentioning the NSSC also supports Sailors, Airmen, Marines and the
Coast Guard, Fuller said as commanding general he will, "strive to
He thanked the Natick Soldiers for volunteering, and commented their
work will ensure the safety and sustainability of fellow Soldiers in
Fuller said when he used to drive by on the Massachusetts Turnpike,
he saw the sign for Natick but never realized what it was.
"Natick is a very interesting place," he said, and it's "always
great to come home."
To the work force of the NSSC, West said, "Thank you for what you do
for the Warrior every day."