December 17, 2010
- Our Soldiers have represented us well in the past year
As 2010 winds its way to a conclusion, I would like to take a look back at some of the great things that we have done together at Natick Soldier Systems Center in the past year.
We said good-bye to Command Sgt. Maj. Mittie Smith, who retired after many years of service to our nation, Dr. Marilyn Freeman who has gone on to the Pentagon and is telling the story of NSSC in the building and Col. Kevin Keenan who left command of USARIEM to head back to serve in Iraq. We were blessed to have Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Allen take the reins as the Garrison Command Sergeant Major, Ed Ducette and Sue Butler have represented Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center well in their time as acting directors and Col. Gaston Bathalon has taken the helm of USARIEM and the research hasn't skipped a beat.
We are doing things to make our work place better. The NSSC Pride Campaign kicked off and we have the televisions in the cafeteria that were provided by the Civilian Welfare Fund. That committee is working to make sure there are more things to bring the quality of life for our workers to the highest level. If you are interested in being a part of the NSSC Pride Committee, contact Deb Mangano.
We have had some heavy hitters visit our installation and they all left impressed with the work that is done here. Lt. Gen. Dave Valcourt was here for the Army Birthday, Sen. Scott Brown ate Thanksgiving Dinner with our Soldiers, Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, the IMCOM Commanding General, the Howe Brothers, Assistant Secretary of the Army Katherine Hammack and Army Capabilities Integration Center Director Lt. Gen. Michael Vane all visited Natick this year.
There have been roof repairs to Building 1 and 5 that have been accomplished because of the diligent work of the Garrison Staff. Around the perimeter of the post is a new fitness trail to help maintain the health and wellness of our workers.
We also are looking to the future. With the help of Dr. Mark Gillem, we have designed what we hope will be a better place to work with our Master Plan for the Installation. We have shared it with every dignitary that has visited NSSC and worked hand in hand with the leadership and our neighbors in the Town of Natick to get as much information as possible to make it good for us and the community.
Our Soldiers have represented us well in the past year. They have carried the Colors in parades, ceremonies and even on the grounds of Fenway Park. We are proud of their service to our Nation.
We have had some great things happen this year. The NSRDEC won the Lab of the Year in 2010, the Town of Natick hosted their Veterans Day Dinner on our installation and the general improvement in the look of the installation and work areas due to the hard work of the employees at Natick.
During a time of tragedy, we all came together as a community when the quarters of the Doe family caught fire on July 6. There was an overwhelming amount of support from the Town of Natick, the firefighters who saved the Doe's dogs and treated the remains of their cats with the utmost respect. The Animal Hospital took care of the dogs and nursed them back to health. It showed how our small community cares for its own.
I am very proud to be the Commanding General of the Natick Soldier Systems Center and share the story of what you do here in all my travels.
Have a safe and happy holiday season and I look forward to the great things we will do together in 2011.