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  • 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 Brunyé wants to help. A member of the Cognitive Science Team at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, Brunyé 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.

  • USARIEM Soldier finishes second Boston Marathon

    Apr 25, 2014

    Capt. Craig Thompson, a Medical Logistics Officer for the U. S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, may have run his second Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014, but this was the first one he ran in Boston.

  • Natick employees help to reclaim Boston Marathon

    Apr 24, 2014

    Natick Soldier Systems Center employees returned to Boston April 21, 2014, in response to last year's attack. They, like many others, came back to honor the victims and to make the statement that they were unwilling to yield to terrorism.

  • NSSC commander holds first town hall

    Apr 23, 2014

    In his first town hall meeting since taking command of Natick Soldier Systems Center, Brig. Gen. William E. Cole brought the workforce up to date on recent and future activities, and recognized a number of employees for their outstanding recent efforts.

  • Four RDECOM NCOs compete for 2014 honors

    Apr 21, 2014

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (April 21, 2014) -- Four Soldiers are testing their physical fitness, endurance, technical aptitude and reasoning skills April 21 to 24 as they vie for Noncommissioned Officer of the Year honors in the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command.

  • Assistant secretary of Defense makes final visit to BCIL

    Apr 18, 2014

    In her final visit to the Army Base Camp Integration Laboratory April 17, the assistant secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs urged personnel here to continue their important work for warfighters.

  • Army lab teams up with Boston Marathon to prevent heat injury

    Apr 16, 2014

    Since 2012, the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine has been an official course weather monitoring authority for the Boston Athletic Association and the Boston Marathon.

  • Natick employees to return to Boston Marathon

    Apr 14, 2014

    Shivaun Pacitto never doubted that she would be back to run again this year. Pacitto was at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon when the bombs went off, but she fortunately was unhurt. The day after, before the bombing suspects were identified, she had vowed not to be intimidated by terrorists.

  • National Guard Soldiers remember Boston Marathon

    Apr 14, 2014

    Already, a year has passed, but three Massachusetts Army National Guard Soldiers who helped save bombing victims at last year's Boston Marathon can still recall most details, as if the event had taken place yesterday.

  • NSSC This Week

    Apr 14, 2014

  • New NSRDEC acting director 'hit the ground running'

    Apr 9, 2014

    In just her second full week as acting director of the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, Dr. Laurel Allender was already hopping a work-related flight.

  • Soldier battling cancer 'carries on' for the fallen

    Apr 8, 2014

    It has become a familiar, symbolic sight -- Capt. Justin Fitch walking along local roads, carrying his rucksack.

  • Natick's 'model' employee

    Mar 31, 2014

    When Steve Smith was growing up in Wayland, Mass., he would go to a movie like "Star Wars," rush home, and try to replicate the technology he had seen using parts from models that he had already built.

  • Natick study examines effects of stress on Soldiers' immune systems, cognitive ability

    Mar 25, 2014

    Training and operations can put such tremendous physical and psychological stresses on warfighters that their immune systems and their ability to respond to threats may be compromised.

  • Turning base camp waste into energy

    Mar 19, 2014

    One 150-person base camp in Afghanistan can produce as much as 1,000 pounds of solid waste a day. The Expeditionary Basing and Collective Protection Directorate of the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center would like to turn a negative into a positive, and solve another problem simultaneously, by converting that waste into energy that could help power U.S. base camps overseas.

  • USARIEM researchers study Soldiers' running styles

    Mar 14, 2014

    At a time when running barefoot or with so-called minimalist shoes has gained increasing traction, researchers at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine at Natick Soldier Systems Center, Mass., decided to study how Soldiers run during physical training and if running style contributes to training-related injuries.

  • NSSC This Week -- Feb. 28

    Feb 27, 2014

  • USAG-Natick Public Affairs Office earns IMCOM honors

    Feb 18, 2014

    The U.S. Army Garrison Natick Public Affairs Office earned a pair of first place awards in the 2013 Installation Management Command CONUS Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Awards Competition.

  • NSSC closed Feb. 13, 2014

    Feb 13, 2014

    Due to the impending snow storm, NSSC will be closed on 13 February 2014. Contact your supervisor if you have any questions.

  • Natick Soldier reaches out to 'Home Base'

    Feb 10, 2014

    He grew up a Boston Red Sox fan in Warwick, R.I., so Sgt. 1st Class Adam Morelli had long dreamed of touching home plate at Fenway Park.

  • Free falling: Natick helps military paratroopers

    Feb 3, 2014

    Product Manager Soldier Clothing and Individual Equipment, working with the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, is tackling the capability gaps in oxygen supply, navigation and extreme temperatures associated with high-altitude parachutist missions.

  • Army unveils 'Gold Star' PSA honoring survivors of fallen

    Feb 3, 2014

    The Army announced Jan. 29, 2014, that it will release three public service announcements over the next year to increase awareness of DOD-issued gold star and next-of-kin lapel pins.

  • NSSC This Week, Jan. 31, 2014

    Feb 3, 2014

  • Natick researchers developing technology to prevent heat injury in working dogs

    Jan 31, 2014

    Through partnerships with the military working dogs community, local police K-9 units, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory, the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine will be developing products and strategies to reduce heat injuries and sustain performance in working dogs for military and law enforcement.

  • AMC commander: Natick 'critical' to Army, nation

    Jan 30, 2014

    The commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command visited Natick Soldier Systems Center, Mass., to learn more about what is done on the installation to support America's warfighters.

  • Meet and greet highlights interesting Soldiers at Natick

    Jan 28, 2014

    For the first time ever, the personnel working at the Natick Soldier Systems Center were able to put faces to those busy testing new systems behind the scenes … the Soldiers.

  • Natick tests materials for U.S. Olympic Snowboarding Team uniforms

    Jan 24, 2014

    He shrugged it off as just another routine day in his lab, but testing conducted by Dr. Phil Gibson helped Burton Snowboards pick a fabric for uniforms that the U.S. Olympic Snowboarding Team will wear at next month's 2014 Winter Games.

  • CID warns of Government Travel Card phishing scam

    Jan 23, 2014

    The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly referred to as CID, is warning the greater Army community about a new phishing scam where criminals are targeting U.S. Government Travel Card holders.

  • Army announces 33K positions now open to women

    Jan 23, 2014

    WASHINGTON (Jan. 24, 2014)--One year ago this week, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced the end of the direct ground combat exclusion policy, which restricted female service members from serving in unit-level positions below the brigade level with the primary mission of direct ground combat engagement. Now a year later, the Army announces its recent notification to Congress, through the DoD, to open 33K positions as part of its Soldier 2020 initiative. The Army's Soldier 2020 initiative sets the conditions for senior leaders to balance and transition the force in a way that makes the Army stronger, by having the best-qualified Soldiers for each job within the Army profession. Prior to the DoD rescinding the direct ground combat exclusion policy, the Army had already begun 'leaning forward' with a scientific approach to re-validate performance standards for each Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).

  • NSSC Closed 2/5/14

    Jan 22, 2014

    Due to the impending snow storm and the forecasted conditions, the USAG-Natick Garrison Commander has closed the installation for today, Feb. 5 , 2014. With snow predicted to fall at the rate of 1-2 inches per hour starting around 7 a.m., in the best interest of safety the installation will close.

  • NSSC This Week -- Jan. 21, 2014

    Jan 21, 2014

  • Natick commemorates MLK Day with food drive

    Jan 17, 2014

    In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy, the personnel of the Natick Soldier Systems Center hosted a food drive Jan. 6-13.

  • 'Maj. Clo' feels the heat at Natick

    Jan 16, 2014

    If he's a bit of a hot head these days, you'll have to excuse him. "Maj. Clo" is just doing his job. Lately, he's literally been feeling the heat at work, because Maj. Clo is the thermal test manikin at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine.

  • Natick opens new exercise facility

    Jan 13, 2014

    With the new year upon us, many have made resolutions to be more fit in 2014. Employees at the Natick Soldier Systems Center don't have to look far, because Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation christened a new exercise facility Jan. 10.

  • Saving energy at Natick

    Jan 9, 2014

    An $8 million Energy Savings Performance Contract between U.S. Army Garrison Natick and Pepco Energy Services should more than pay for itself through a dramatic reduction in energy consumption over its 25-year term.

  • Army conducting joint study to improve bone health in military personnel

    Jan 6, 2014

    Researchers from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine have teamed up with the Trainee Health Surveillance Flight 559th Medical Group's Basic Military Training Team at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, to determine whether increased vitamin D and calcium intake can improve bone health in military personnel.

  • NSSC closed Friday, Jan. 3, 2014

    Jan 2, 2014

    Due to inclement weather affecting the local area, NSSC will be closed Jan. 3, 2014. Contact your supervisor if you have any questions.

  • Army researcher retires after 36 years of service

    Dec 19, 2013

    It's been 36 years since Dr. Andrew Young first stepped foot through the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine's doors as a young captain, and after a lifetime of contributions to the Army science, Young is preparing to say goodbye.

  • NSSC This Week, Dec. 13, 2013

    Dec 13, 2013

  • Natick -- Total Army Sponsorship Program

    Dec 13, 2013

  • NSSC This Week -- Top 10 R&D Stories of 2013

    Dec 6, 2013

  • Natick welcomes new senior commander

    Dec 5, 2013

    Brig. Gen. William E. Cole assumed command of the Natick Soldier Systems Center in a Dec. 5 ceremony at NSSC's Hunter Auditorium.

  • Force Sustainment Systems sends new tropical shelter system to Guam

    Nov 27, 2013

    Any Soldier can attest to the fact that there is nothing worse than getting a new piece of equipment and then finding out that it doesn't work properly.

  • Natick Soldier becomes naturalized citizen

    Nov 25, 2013

    Growing up in Guinea, West Africa, was tough, said Spc. Michel Kamano, a human research volunteer with Headquarters Research Development Detachment.

  • USARIEM researchers add scientific rigor to MOS study

    Nov 21, 2013

    U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, or TRADOC, has partnered with USARIEM to conduct the Physical Demands Study. The study will be used to determine the physical requirements necessary to perform all combat-type jobs, including infantry, armor, artillery and engineering.

  • Team Minuteman rucks to bring awareness

    Nov 20, 2013

    On Nov. 10, Veterans Day weekend, about 200 people around the world, including Capt. Justin Fitch, the Headquarters Research Development Detachment commander, rucked for 12 hours to raise money and awareness for veterans and families who deal with PTSD and suicidal ideations and tendencies.

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