NATICK, Mass. - While it is well known that American troops are the best equipped military forces in the world, it is not as well known that much of the technology that provides this advantage originates from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

State Senators Karen Spilka and Scott Brown and State Representatives Alice Peisch and David Linsky are co-sponsoring a unique display, free and open to the media and public, of this cutting-edge military technology on May 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Massachusetts State House in the Great Hall.

This display will showcase technology and equipment - present and future - originating from the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center (SSC) in Natick. SSC is responsible for developing food, clothing, shelters, and airdrop technologies, all of which will be featured at this event. Visitors will also have an opportunity to talk one-on-one to some of the researchers, scientists, and engineers who develop this equipment at the many displays.

In addition, the Program Executive Office Soldier (PEO Soldier), Fort Belvoir, Va., will join the Natick team for this event. The PEO Soldier team is responsible for designing, developing, procuring, fielding, and sustaining virtually everything the Soldier wears or carries.

SSC works closely with PEO Soldier ensuring American troops have the best gear and food in the world.

Brig. Gen. Peter Fuller, commanding general of both the SSC and the PEO Soldier, and Dr. Marilyn Freeman, director of the Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center, will be attending the event.

Being unveiled for the first time to the general public in the Commonwealth will be the SSC's Future Soldier 2030 Initiative. This concept uniform system illustrates what the Future Soldier may look like. A Soldier wearing this equipment will show how advances in technology will enable the most capable Soldier ever seen in battle.

Visitors will also see current gear such as the Interceptor Body Armor, credited with saving numerous American lives, the Advanced Combat Helmet, mountain boots, cold weather stoves, various Soldier uniform systems and many other items.

SSC's Department of Defense Combat Feeding Directorate, developers of our nation's combat rations, such as Meals, Ready-to-Eat (MREs), will display some of their products and will provide samples so visitors can taste the food that fuels America's warfighters.

SSC generates almost $80 million throughout the state. An interactive kiosk will be set up so visitors so can see where this money is spent broken out by both county and town.

This event should not be missed.

For additional information, please contact the SSC Public Affairs Office at 508-233-5340 or the PEO Soldier Public Affairs Office at 703-704-2802.

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