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  • Running to Home Base and saving lives

    Jul 29, 2015

    More than 2,000 runners laced up their sneakers July 25 for a 9-kilometer run on a sunny Saturday morning in Boston. The goal at the end was to step on home plate at Fenway Park and help the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program treat the silent wounds of war.

  • Natick investigates high-barrier, non-foil materials for food packaging

    Jul 28, 2015

    Scientists at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center are investigating high-barrier, non-foil materials, which have the potential to be lighter in weight, less expensive, and more environmentally friendly than foil-based packaging.

  • Massachusetts governor visits NSSC

    Jul 15, 2015

    Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, left, listens as Capt. Matt Porter, Force Provider assistant product manager, describes the base camp system during Baker's July 14 visit to Natick Soldier Systems Center. Looking on are Mike Hope, combat field service equipment team leader for Product Manager Force Sustainment Systems; Brig. Gen. William Cole, NSSC senior commander; and Jim McLaughlin, deputy product manager, FSS. In his first visit to NSSC, Baker learned about technologies being develop for U.S. warfighters.

  • Natick honors former Natick Soldier Systems Center commander killed in Afghanistan

    Jul 10, 2015

    To honor a former Natick Soldier Systems Center commander, who was killed in Afghanistan, the Town of Natick, Massachusetts, renamed the street that leads to the installation's gates, July 10.

  • Natick employee recipient of 2014 Secretary of the Army award

    Jul 9, 2015

    A Natick Soldier Systems Center employee received the Diversity and Leadership Programs Award for exceptional service at the annual Secretary of the Army awards ceremony.

  • Natick, Tufts team up to advance cognitive science

    Jun 29, 2015

    Army researchers have teamed up with the Tufts University School of Engineering to create the Center for Applied Brain and Cognitive Sciences, or Center for ABCs.

  • 'Cool effort' for those with heat injuries

    Jun 25, 2015

    In hopes of bringing medical treatment to Soldiers on remote battlefields in warm climates, the folks at Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, or NSRDEC, recently put forth a "cool effort."

  • Fort Devens range complex offers unique training opportunities for FBI

    Jun 23, 2015

    In the time since the FBI occupied a good portion of the range on Fort Devens' South Post in 2004, a modern three-acre complex has risen from the once-barren site. Today, it bristles with a pair of automated ranges, a shoot house, and a nearly completed permanent classroom building and rappel tower.

  • PM FSS changes hands at Natick

    Jun 23, 2015

    Lt. Col. Frank Moore took charge of Product Manager Force Sustainment Systems in a June 23 change-of-charter ceremony at Natick Soldier Systems Center.

  • Natick celebrates 240th Army Birthday

    Jun 16, 2015

    The Natick Soldier Systems Center observed the 240th Army Birthday with a cake-cutting ceremony June 12 in Hunter Auditorium.

  • Natick welcomes new garrison commander

    Jun 16, 2015

    Lt. Col. Ryan Raymond assumed command of U.S. Army Garrison Natick in a June 16 ceremony at Hunter Auditorium.

  • NSSC This Month

    Jun 5, 2015

  • Army to field Operational Camouflage Pattern for uniforms

    Jun 1, 2015

    The next step toward greater Soldier protection comes July 1, when the Army begins to make the Operational Camouflage Pattern available for the Army Combat Uniform in select Military Clothing Sales Stores. The pattern will replace the current Universal Camouflage Pattern. The UCP has been used for the past decade.

  • Natick command judge advocate visits school on Law Day

    Jun 1, 2015

    If the students of the Kennedy Middle School were the jury in 1692 when Sarah Good was charged with committing acts of witchcraft, her fate would have been much different. Good was executed in 1692, but was acquitted recently by a jury of middle school students.

  • Natick bands together for homeless veteran clothing drive

    May 29, 2015

    Although there has been an eight-percent reduction in the homeless veteran population between January 2012 and January 2013, there is still a long way to go to eliminate the problem.

  • Soldier Show visits Natick

    May 27, 2015

    The 2015 U.S. Army Soldier Show performed at Natick High School May 22, as a part of their yearly tour.

  • Natick Soldiers speak on Memorial Day

    May 26, 2015

    A pair of Natick Soldiers spoke at nearby Memorial Day ceremonies May 25.

  • Soldier Show coming to Natick

    May 14, 2015

    Natick Soldier Systems Center, Army Entertainment, and the Town of Natick have joined together to host the U.S. Army Soldier Show at Natick High School on May 22 at 6 p.m.

  • Natick serves up American military combat menu

    May 11, 2015

    Let's call it the American military's latest combat menu. In its generous serving of 72 pages, the 10th edition of Combat Feeding's ration book dishes out a history of combat rations and their present state.

  • Natick holds annual exercise

    May 7, 2015

    On the morning of May 5, an assailant with an automatic weapon opened fire in the cafeteria of the Lord Community Center at Natick Soldier Systems Center, killing five people and wounding four others before being shot and killed by security personnel.

  • Polishing Soldier skills at USARIEM

    Apr 30, 2015

    Soldiers of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine took to the woods of Fort Devens April 24 to brush up on their Soldier skills.

  • NSSC This Month

    Apr 28, 2015

  • Students participate in research laboratory design challenge at Natick

    Apr 22, 2015

    More than 150 students, from 17 colleges and universities and three service academies, were on hand at the Natick Soldier Systems Center, April 13-17, as they partook in the 2015 Air Force Research Laboratory University and Service Academy Design Challenge.

  • Army veteran recalls the Holocaust

    Apr 17, 2015

    Seventy-one years later, Isadore Cutler can't shake the sensory overload that he experienced on that day in April 1945.

  • 3-D shape database improves fit of clothing, equipment

    Apr 17, 2015

    A new database at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center is a perfect fit for America's Soldiers. The ANSUR II 3-D Shape Database uses three-dimensional shapes and contour data to improve the fit of clothing and equipment for warfighters.

  • Army drones to deliver 3D printed pizzas to forward operating bases

    Apr 1, 2015

    Pizzas made to order on 3D printers soon could be delivered by drones to hungry Soldiers at outposts across the globe.

  • Combat rations database allows Soldiers to learn about meals, ready-to-eat nutrition

    Mar 13, 2015

    When Soldiers rip open meals, ready-to-eat in a combat zone, most people probably are thinking more about flavor and filling their stomachs than about the nutrition.

  • U.S. Army Research Institute, Harvard team up against PTSD, mTBI

    Mar 12, 2015

    Researchers from the Army and Harvard Medical School are collaborating on a Department of Defense-funded study to identify chemical biomarkers that could differentiate between post-traumatic stress disorder and mild traumatic brain injury.

  • Aerial resupply lands on ground troops

    Mar 10, 2015

    The U.S. Army is streamlining efforts to provide squad- and platoon-level ground Soldiers, operating in austere environments, with an organic aerial resupply capability that will empower and sustain them on the battlefield.

  • Freedom of Information Act

    Mar 10, 2015

  • Natick provides base camps for U.N. peacekeepers in Africa

    Mar 4, 2015

    While they protect civilians during their stabilization mission in the Central African Republic, U.N. peacekeepers are living and working in Force Provider base camps procured from Product Manager Force Sustainment Systems at Natick Soldier Systems Center.

  • Army researchers return to Norway for nutrition, cold-stress study in Arctic extremes

    Mar 2, 2015

    The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine once again partnered with the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment to study nutrition and physiological responses to cold-weather training.

  • Natick leads aerial delivery joint team of the year project

    Feb 23, 2015

    The High Speed Container Delivery System Joint Capability Technology Demonstration, or HSCDS JCTD, Team has been chosen by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, or OSD, for the 2014 JCTD Team of the Year award.

  • Tuskegee Airmen share their experiences at Natick

    Feb 20, 2015

    Members of the Tuskegee Airmen spoke Feb. 19 at the Natick Soldier Systems Center during the African American/Black History Month observance.

  • NSSC Two Hour Delay Feb 10, 2015

    Feb 10, 2015

    The Natick Soldier Systems Center is opening today on a 2 hour delay from your normal reporting time. Please use caution when clearing your driveways and walkways and use caution on the installation.

  • NSSC Closed Feb 9, 2015

    Feb 9, 2015

    The Natick Soldier System Center is closed today, Feb 9, 2015. We are expecting betmore snow today and into tonight. Please limit travel and be safe as you shovel and clear sidewalks and driveways.

  • Army launches weight loss trial program for adult dependents

    Feb 9, 2015

    "Healthy Families, Healthy Forces," is a randomized trial that will measure the effectiveness of two weight-loss programs for meaningful and sustainable weight loss in military families.

  • Natick Soldiers commit to serve during youth basketball program

    Feb 4, 2015

    A group of human research volunteers from the Natick Soldier Systems Center participated alongside members of the Boston Celtics as part of the Commitment to Service initiative during a Jr. Celtics event at Madison Park High School in Roxbury, Mass., Jan. 31.

  • Two-Hour Delay from normal reporting time for Natick Soldier Systems Center 3 FEB

    Feb 3, 2015

    The Natick Soldier Systems Center is opening this morning on a two hour delay from normal reporting time. Garrison employees are authorized the use of liberal leave. Tenant organization employees should contact their leadership for more information. Please be careful as you walk on the installation. Treatment of the parking lots is on going but with below freezing temperatures, we are doing the best we can. Please allow extra time to get to work and get from your car to your office.

  • Natick designs new rucksack for paratroopers

    Jan 30, 2015

    He used to be one of them, so when paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division asked Rich Landry to design a rucksack to meet their needs, he was thrilled.

  • Striving to do what's right

    Jan 22, 2015

    In a stirring address to her colleagues, a member of the Natick Soldier Systems Center workforce reminded them of words from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that resonate today, nearly 50 years after they were first uttered.

  • Research team shapes future of combat rations

    Jan 20, 2015

    The Consumer Research Team at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center has posted an online questionnaire that will help the center's Combat Feeding Directorate determine the direction it will take with future operational rations.

  • Army Community Service needs assessment survey

    Jan 8, 2015

    The Natick Army Community Service, in partnership with Installation Management Command G9 Marketing Research and Analysis, is launching the Army Community Service Needs Assessment Survey today, Jan. 8, through March 6 at Natick Soldier Systems Center.

  • Natick welcomes new command sergeant major

    Jan 7, 2015

    In a change of responsibility ceremony Jan. 6, Command Sgt. Maj. Erika M. Gholar took over as U.S. Army Garrison Natick command sergeant major.

  • Natick pitches innovation in forum for ideas

    Dec 31, 2014

    The U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center, or NSRDEC, has come up with a new way to spark out-of-the-box thinking, risk-taking, and employee participation. The center implemented the "Bootstrap Initiative and Pitch Day."

  • Clothing drive becoming a staple at NSSC

    Dec 17, 2014

    Veteran homelessness has declined by 33 percent since 2009, but there is still a long way to go.

  • USAG Fort Devens welcomes new command sergeant major

    Dec 16, 2014

    In a change of responsibility ceremony Dec. 15, Command Sgt. Maj. Jacqueline M. Coleman took over as U.S. Army Garrison Fort Devens command sergeant major.

  • Boston Celtics' mascot 'charms' Natick Soldier Systems Center

    Dec 11, 2014

    Given the time of year and his green attire, the Soldiers and civilians at the Natick Soldier Systems Center, in Massachusetts, could be forgiven if they rubbed their eyes Dec. 11, 2014, after momentarily thinking that they had just seen an elf at the base.

  • NSSC This Week 2014 Top 10 R&D

    Dec 9, 2014

  • Natick helps develop containment system used against Ebola

    Nov 26, 2014

    A containment system used to quarantine Ebola virus patients being transported out of West Africa was developed with help from the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, in Massachusetts.

  • Natick asks Soldiers about hygiene issues

    Nov 25, 2014

    In its effort to combat body odor and skin irritation affecting Soldiers in the field, the Army has developed antimicrobial treatments for such items as T-shirts, socks and sleeping bag liners, but little is known about the extent of such personal hygiene issues or their effects on warfighters.

  • Natick senior commander speaks on Veterans Day

    Nov 12, 2014

    The Natick Soldier Systems Center senior commander spoke to veterans, family members and staff at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital on Nov. 11 during a Veterans Day interfaith service.

  • Natick senior commander speaks on Veterans Day

    Nov 12, 2014

    The Natick Soldier Systems Center senior commander spoke to veterans, family members and staff at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital on Nov. 11 during a Veterans Day interfaith service.

  • Natick designs custom-fitted flag for 'dignified transfers'

    Nov 10, 2014

    A combined team at Natick Soldier Systems Center, Massachusetts, has designed a custom-fitted flag for transfer cases that hold the remains of fallen Service members, that is now undergoing 90 days of testing, in five locations.

  • NSSC This Week Nov 7

    Nov 7, 2014

  • Going green, one installation at a time

    Nov 4, 2014

    The Natick Soldier Systems Center workforce was trained on the importance of "greening" the Army mission during a recent green procurement training session in Hunter Auditorium.

  • A special girl creates a special Halloween for deployed Soldiers

    Oct 29, 2014

    Sapphira Murphy doesn't have an easy life. She suffers from mental health issues, which create challenges in many things that kids take for granted.

  • Army develops app to determine body's water needs

    Oct 24, 2014

    Researchers from U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, and a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory, developed an app that will help unit leaders accurately predict water needs with the goal of minimizing the burden of water transport and sustaining hydration.

  • Army advances technology at Base Camp Integration Laboratory

    Oct 23, 2014

    As the Army rightsizes and transitions to a more expeditionary force, how efficiently its Soldiers can live during deployments becomes increasingly important. Current and future technologies that will help realize that goal by saving fuel, water and money were on display Oct. 22, 2014, during the annual stakeholders meeting at the Base Camp Integration Laboratory at Fort Devens, Mass.

  • Army assistant secretary visits Fort Devens, discusses benefits of BRAC

    Oct 23, 2014

    In her first official visit to Fort Devens, Massachusetts, Oct. 21, 2014, the assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment pointed to U.S. Army Garrison Fort Devens as a model for "productive reuse" of former active Army posts.

  • Natick studies link between body armor fit, performance

    Oct 9, 2014

    Body armor has saved countless lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, but an Improved Outer Tactical Vest, or IOTV, that doesn't fit properly can actually hinder a Soldier's performance in combat.

  • Natick's cognitive science research helps steer Soldiers in the right direction

    Oct 2, 2014

    When the going gets tough, Dr. Tad BrunyƩ wants to help. A member of the Cognitive Science Team at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, BrunyƩ is investigating spatial and non-spatial influences on Soldier navigation choices.

  • Natick Soldier continues his ride to recovery

    Sep 18, 2014

    Even as they make painful physical demands on their riders, bicycles can be conduits of psychological freedom -- two-wheeled, mobile therapy sessions, if you will. A certain mental clarity comes with the suffering in distance cycling. If you doubt this, consult with Staff Sgt. Eric Murray.

  • Natick remembers 9/11

    Sep 12, 2014

    During a Patriot Day ceremony at Natick Soldier Systems Center, Soldiers, first responders and civilians united to observe and reflect on the unforgettable events of 9/11.

  • Commentary: Growing up after 9/11

    Sep 11, 2014

    On September 11, 2001, the New York Fire Department's Ladder 12 Company was assigned to search the upper floors of the Marriott Hotel at the World Trade Center. While they were on the 18th floor, the first tower fell and all eight members of the company were knocked down.

  • SMA visits Natick on 9/11 anniversary

    Sep 11, 2014

    On the 13th anniversary of a day etched in the nation's collective memory, the Army's highest-ranking NCO visited the Natick Soldier Systems Center.

  • Under secretary sees science behind the Soldier

    Sep 10, 2014

    The afternoon started with a fireball, and finished with Under Secretary of the Army Brad Carson chatting with senior non-commissioned officers about the science behind the Soldier.

  • NSSC This Week

    Sep 3, 2014

  • Natick labs gives kids hands on experience in science through GEMS

    Sep 2, 2014

    This summer the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine once again sponsored the Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science program at Natick Soldier Systems Center, Massachusetts.

  • Remembering Vietnam

    Aug 28, 2014

    Richard Norton arrived in Vietnam in 1968, not long after the infamous Tet Offensive. It didn't take him long to begin wondering what he was doing there.

  • A sense of mission ... to the end

    Aug 25, 2014

    If doctors said that you had a finite amount of time left, how would you spend your remaining days? It's a question that Capt. Justin Fitch has already answered in no uncertain terms: He will continue to fight while devoting what energy he has to saving the lives of his brothers- and sisters-in-arms.

  • International scientists discuss Soldier physical performance

    Aug 21, 2014

    In an era of downsizing and budget cuts, placing the right Soldiers in the right jobs, keeping them healthy and optimizing their physical performance have never been more important.

  • Natick observes moment of silence for Maj. Gen. Greene

    Aug 8, 2014

    On a beautiful August morning that matched their former commander's sunny disposition, the Natick Soldier Systems Center community gathered in front of the headquarters building Aug. 8 to remember Maj. General Harold J. "Harry" Greene.

  • Natick remembers Maj. Gen. Harold J. 'Harry' Greene

    Aug 7, 2014

    They knew him as an excellent Soldier, scientist and commander, but when most people at Natick Soldier Systems Center think of Maj. Gen. Harold J. "Harry" Greene, they remember the friend, the genuinely caring human being who laughed easily with them and flashed that infectious smile at every opportunity.

  • Natick employee named Army's NAACP award winner

    Aug 4, 2014

    When Donna Leon was growing up in Oxford, N.C., her parents taught her to always be charitable with others, a lesson that their daughter never forgot.

  • Medal of Honor recipient: equipment worked

    Jul 23, 2014

    About an hour north of Natick Soldier Systems Center resides the nation's latest Medal of Honor recipient.

  • Crossing home plate to combat silent injuries

    Jul 22, 2014

    In just its fifth year, the "Run to Home Base" continues to grow and help military members who suffer from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries.

  • Helping veterans safely reach home

    Jul 16, 2014

    Veterans have often come back from Iraq and Afghanistan with "invisible wounds" of war that prevented them from truly reaching home safely. To help get them there, the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program will hold its 5th annual "Run to Home Base," presented by New Balance, Saturday at historic Fenway Park in Boston.

  • NSSC This Week -- July 3

    Jul 3, 2014

  • Natick Soldier pedals away from troubles

    Jul 1, 2014

    No one will ever mistake Staff Sgt. Eric Murray for a Tour de France winner, but that really doesn't matter. His bicycle became a lifeline of sorts for Murray after he suffered wounds to his lower extremities from two mortar rounds in a September 2006 attack near Sadr City, Iraq, and later during his divorce.

  • Transferring 'D-FEND ALL' technology

    Jun 26, 2014

    Nonthermal processing comprises a number of innovative technologies that provide alternatives for traditional heat for food preservation.

  • NSSC This Week

    Jun 20, 2014

  • Natick celebrates 239th Army birthday

    Jun 16, 2014

    The Natick Soldier Systems Center celebrated the 239th Army birthday a day early on June 13. Col. Collier Slade, military deputy commander, Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, noted that it was fitting the ceremony took place near the original Army's birthplace and at a place dedicated to the Soldier.

  • Groundbreaking held for Kansas Street improvements

    Jun 16, 2014

    A groundbreaking ceremony was held June 16 for improvements that will be made to Kansas Street, the roadway that leads to the Natick Soldier Systems Center gates.

  • USAG-Natick Public Affairs wins national award

    Jun 13, 2014

    The U.S. Army Garrison-Natick Public Affairs Office earned first place in the Special Purpose Publication category in the 2014 National Association of Government Communicators Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition.

  • Natick steps it up for homeless veterans

    Jun 10, 2014

    About four years ago, Sarah Ross was walking through downtown Boston on a sightseeing trip with her mother. The Army veteran didn't like what she saw all around her.

  • USARIEM welcomes new commander

    Jun 10, 2014

    Col. Thomas G. Eccles III, M.D., became the 20th commander of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in a June 9 change of command ceremony.

  • Joint meeting helps aerial delivery collaboration take off

    Jun 4, 2014

    Where do you go to find out user needs and what all the services are doing to advance aerial delivery? JTAG, you're it.

  • Natick researchers developing new system to help aircrews 'keep their cool'

    May 29, 2014

    Researchers at the Natick Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Mass., have been testing a body-worn microclimate cooling system that allows crew members to move around inside the aircraft without tripping on tethers, and to exit the aircraft while still being cooled.

  • Natick takes protective eyewear into future

    May 19, 2014

    When it comes to the very best in vision protection for the warfighter, researchers at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center make sure the eyes have it.

  • Practice What You Preach

    May 19, 2014

    Before the director of Army Safety rides his motorcycle, he performs a safety inspection. It's a habit.

  • Natick holds active shooter exercise

    May 14, 2014

    On the morning of May 7, gunshots rang out near Building 19 on Natick Soldier Systems Center. lFortunately, it was just an exercise.

  • Soldiers for a day

    May 14, 2014

    Seventh-grade students at Monsignor James J. Haddad Middle School started their Civil War studies with Recruitment Day on May 2, when Soldiers from the Natick Soldier Systems Center participated in the recruitment process by teaching basic drill and ceremony.

  • A little faith got them through deployment

    May 14, 2014

    Carla Bullock has always had a unique bond with her youngest son, Sgt. Seth Bullock. So when he went off to war, she leaned heavily on her faith.

  • USARIEM Soldier named Army Medicine's Soldier of the Year

    May 13, 2014

    Spc. Travis Crook, a Biological Science Specialist with the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, won the MEDCOM Best Warrior Competition that took place the first week of May.

  • Army announces regional winners in eCYBERMISSION competition

    May 13, 2014

    ARLINGTON, Va. (May 14, 2014) -- Twenty student teams have been selected as regional first-place winners in the 12th annual eCYBERMISSION competition. The web-based science, technology, engineering and math program, sponsored by the U.S. Army and administered by the National Science Teachers Association, encourages students in grades six through nine to develop solutions to real-world challenges in their communities.

  • Gun Devil with a cause: Female leader proud to break new ground

    May 12, 2014

    Five years ago, 2nd Lt. Stephanie Hecker could not have guessed where life would lead her. The Army was an option, but she never imagined it would lead to her current position.

  • Army researchers envision the future

    May 1, 2014

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (May 1, 2014) -- For Army scientists and engineers shaping the technology of the future, the Army of 2025 and beyond is quickly approaching.

  • GEMS for Teachers ignites a passion for science in Natick

    May 1, 2014

    Teachers from a variety of school districts throughout Massachusetts in grades six through nine participated in GEMS for Teachers, which was created as a collaborative effort between the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine and the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center.

  • Natick researchers develop combat cooler

    Apr 30, 2014

    Army researchers answered the call for insulated bottled water containers for Soldiers in the field. The result may be a life-saving product to protect Soldiers in vehicles during combat missions when water bottles could become dangerous projectiles during explosions.