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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.
Army chief of staff sees 'bright future' for Natick
Nov 18, 2013
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno visited Natick Soldier Systems Center, Nov. 15, 2013, to tour its facilities and learn more about the research and development done to keep Soldiers safe and provide them with a better quality of life during deployments.
Commit to be fit, join Great American Smokeout
Nov 15, 2013
SAN ANTONIO - Come join us in celebrating the American Cancer Society 37th observance of the Great American Smokeout. Over the years, this event has dramatically changed American's attitudes about smoking and has sparked community programs and smoke-free laws that are saving lives. Believe it or not, quitting for even one day is an important step towards a healthier life.
2013 Military Family Appreciation Month PSA
Nov 15, 2013
U.S. Army Installation Management Command senior noncommissioned Soldiers recognize the Army Family during Military Family Appreciation Month. It is observed every November to recognize and honor Army families for their contributions and sacrifices. The Army recognizes that the selfless dedication and commitment of Army families directly contributes to the readiness of our Soldiers. Families are the force.
VIDEO: Army chief of staff sees 'bright future' for Natick
Nov 15, 2013
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno visited Natick Soldier Systems Center to tour its facilities and learn more about the research and development done to keep Soldiers safe and provide them with a better quality of life during deployments.
NSSC holds clothing drive for homeless veterans
Nov 14, 2013
According to the Center for American Progress, there were more than 62,000 homeless veterans on any given night in the United States in 2012. This equates to 13 percent of the entire homeless population.
POW/MIA chair dedicated at Natick
Nov 13, 2013
Today, there are still more than 83,000 American troops missing in action, according to the Department of Defense Prisoner of War-Missing Personnel Office.
NSSC participates in Veterans Day ceremonies
Nov 12, 2013
Participants with ties to the Natick Soldier Systems Center were involved in three Veterans Day celebrations Nov. 11 in Natick and Wayland.
Rucking for a cause at Natick
Nov 6, 2013
On Nov. 10, 2013, about 200 people around the world, including Capt. Justin Fitch of the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, Mass., will be rucking for 12 hours to raise money and awareness for veterans and families who deal with post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal ideations and tendencies.
Energizing base camps of the future
Nov 6, 2013
Innovations meant to improve Soldiers' quality of life during deployments -- while saving lives, fuel, water and money -- were on display Nov. 5, 2013, at the Army Base Camp Integration Laboratory at Fort Devens, Mass.
Preserving out-of-this-world food
Nov 5, 2013
Getting enough vitamins in one's diet is tough enough on this planet. Consider the health of astronauts in extended spaceflight.
NSRDEC deploys energy-efficient tents for testing
Oct 29, 2013
A group of shelters were sent to the Southwest Asia Area of Responsibility to be tested by both the Army and Air Force recently as part of the "Advanced, Energy-Efficient Shelter Systems for Contingency Basing and Other Applications" program.
Army researcher looks for cold facts
Oct 28, 2013
Maj. David DeGroot, Ph.D., went looking for the cold facts, and after years of study, he may have them.
Natick Soldier exchanges gifts, admiration with patriotic Red Sox player
Oct 24, 2013
On a late June day at Fenway Park in Boston, Master Sgt. Miguel Chacon was looking on with great pleasure as Red Sox players signed autographs for his three children and dozens of others when he felt something hit him on the side.
Soldier appreciates work done at Natick
Oct 23, 2013
No one understands better than a Soldier what his or her peers need in the field. That's why Sgt. 1st Class Adam Adams has such an appreciation for the work done at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center.
Kids have a 'spooktacular' time at the 'Fall Family Day'
Oct 22, 2013
What do you get when you mix arts and crafts, costumes, "trunk-or-treating" and drive-in movies?
Doing lab work for 'HEROES'
Oct 21, 2013
Ten students from the UMass Lowell Co-op Scholars Program worked during the summer with the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, as part of the Harnessing Emerging Research Opportunities to Empower Soldiers, or HEROES, program.
Greata holds Natick 'All Hands'
Oct 15, 2013
Lt. Col. Brian Greata, U.S. Army Garrison Natick commander, held an "All Hands" Oct. 10 at Hunter Auditorium.
Natick holds inaugural NCO Induction Ceremony
Oct 8, 2013
Followers became leaders as six noncommissioned officers were recognized Sept. 30 at U.S. Army Garrison Natick's inaugural NCO Induction Ceremony.
Furlough Status Update
Oct 6, 2013
All NSSC organizations should have received guidance from their higher commands on the status of the furlough for their organization. Employees should check with their supervisors for their status and reporting instructions, if applicable, for Monday, 7 October.
Oct 1, 2013
Due to the Government shutdown, the NSSC homepage will not be updated until further notice. The next update will have instructions for NSSC employees to return to work.
Soldier input aids Army researchers
Sep 27, 2013
Engineers from Army's Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center solicited ideas for future combat vehicle projects from Arrowhead Soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
Army surgeon general visits USARIEM
Sep 25, 2013
During a visit to the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, the Army surgeon general and commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Command learned more about the important work being done here for service members.
Showcasing community offerings, activities
Sep 25, 2013
In an effort to get the word out about community offerings and activities, the Natick Army Community Service hosted a showcase Sept. 24.
Putting combat rations packaging on a diet
Sep 23, 2013
When it comes to combat rations packaging, Lauri Kline would like to put the Defense Department on something of a diet.
Natick observes Hispanics serving our nation with pride and honor
Sep 18, 2013
In celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, the Natick Soldier Systems Center welcomed former U.S. Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez as guest speaker at its Sept. 17 observance.
Army developing tool to reduce altitude sickness in deployed Soldiers
Sep 17, 2013
It is no secret that Soldiers must prevail in all kinds of terrain and climates to complete missions. Afghanistan, for example, boasts mountains with elevations higher than 24,000 feet.
Living free from PTSD
Sep 17, 2013
Silouan Green -- a writer, musician, post traumatic stress disorder survivor and motivational speaker -- was in a tragic jet crash while serving as a U.S. Marine. A host of complications and medical conditions followed, lowering him into the hell of PTSD.
Natick Soldiers, civilians remember 9/11
Sep 11, 2013
At exactly 8:46 a.m., the Soldiers and civilians of the Natick Soldier Systems Center took a moment to pause and remember 9/11.
White House official visits Natick
Sep 10, 2013
Dr. Patricia Falcone, associate director for National Security and International Affairs at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, received orientation tours and addressed the workforce during a Sept. 4 visit to the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center.
'HEaDS-UP' at Natick for better helmets
Sep 6, 2013
In their quest for better helmet technologies to keep Soldiers and Marines safe on the battlefield, researchers at Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, Mass., are making a "HEaDS-UP" play.
Civilians learn about Soldier life
Sep 6, 2013
NATICK, Mass. (Sept. 6, 2013) -- It's not every day you arrive for work and line up in formation if you are a civilian, but that was the case during the one-week Basic Greening Program at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center this summer.
Force Providers train at Base Camp Integration Lab
Sep 4, 2013
Soldiers of the 542nd Quartermaster Company, 301st Regional Support Group, headquartered in Fairview, Pa., participated in an annual training at the Base Camp Integration Lab at Fort Devens, Mass., this summer.
Natick celebrates women's right to vote
Aug 29, 2013
On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was certified extending the right to vote to women, and advancing our nation's long journey for full equality to all Americans.
Families camp out at the MWR 'Point'
Aug 20, 2013
All summer long families have been able to join in the fun of float-in movies at the Gibson Pool at Natick Soldier Systems Center. On Aug. 17 families watched a few movies while laying poolside or floating around and had a chance to incorporate another family summer activity: camping!
Adding new punch to aerial deliveries
Aug 16, 2013
It sounds like something you might find in a boxing gym, but the "Enhanced Speed Bag" system actually could provide a potent new punch to aerial deliveries in Afghanistan.
Kennedy visits Natick as part of STEM tour
Aug 14, 2013
As part of his "STEM Tour of Massachusetts," Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III visited Natick Soldier Systems Center Aug. 14, 2013.
Natick personnel get '30 Minutes to Win It'
Aug 7, 2013
Getting sculpted legs that you can run with for days … 100 squats each day. Having chiseled arms that can probably lift a Buick … 200 push-ups every day. Having rock-hard abs fit for washing the laundry … 300 sit-ups each day. Knowing that you're getting into shape and leading a healthier life … priceless.
Finding their way through the woods
Jul 31, 2013
Marksmanship, physical fitness and Army warrior tasks are primary aspects of Army training. While not a first thought, land navigation is just as important.
Natick develops holster for M320 grenade launcher
Jul 25, 2013
When the M320 40mm grenade launcher was introduced to replace the M203 in 2009, it put a new, more lethal weapon into the hands of the individual Soldier. There was one question, however. How would he or she best carry it?
Student scientists go 'Inside the NFL'
Jul 22, 2013
The Falcons of Skyview Middle School in Leominster, Mass., won the sixth-grade eCYBERMISSION STEM competition with a project that explored helmets and concussions.
A moveable feast
Jul 17, 2013
They grew up on the same block in Seattle, but Lt. Col. Tim Haley and Deborah Haley didn't meet each other until later.
Natick segment to air on 'Only in America'
Jul 12, 2013
When it comes to turning out the finest equipment in the world for American servicemen and women, no one else can "Git-R-Done" quite like the folks at the Natick Soldier Systems Center. That's what "Larry the Cable Guy" discovered Nov. 8, 2012, when the comedian known for that blue-collar catch phrase brought the crew of his popular History Channel TV series "Only in America" to NSSC for a visit. The segment will air Wednesday, July 17, at 9 p.m. EDT.
Greata holds first town hall
Jul 10, 2013
Lt. Col. Brian Greata held his first town hall July 9 as commander of U.S. Army Garrison Natick.
TRADOC leads review of MOS standards, gender integration
Jul 2, 2013
As U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command continues to design the force of the future, it will also review the standards for all Soldiers -- men and women alike -- to support the future force.
From the Director of Army Safety - Risk: a common denominator
Jul 1, 2013
Anyone who has ever had a college philosophy class is familiar with the question, "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" Multiple interpretations of the answer have been given by great minds through the years, but one simple premise is this: The lion's share of human perception is made up of only what we actually observe. Trees fall in the forest all the time, but it's not an "event" unless someone is there to see or hear it.
Senior enlisted noncommissioned officer position changes hands
Jul 1, 2013
Network Enterprise Technology Command observed the traditional passing of the Noncommissioned Officer Saber from one command sergeant major to another.
Natick lifeguards pool resources
Jun 27, 2013
It's that time of year again -- time for fun in the sun and endless hours by the pool.
Combat Feeding Directorate looks for innovation through 'hackathon'
Jun 27, 2013
The U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center's Combat Feeding Directorate has signed a partnership intermediary agreement with Boston's hack/reduce, which will hold the first-ever mobile data "hackathon" with Department of Defense data.
401st AFSB executes Force Provider retrograde throughout Afghanistan
Jun 26, 2013
As forces in Afghanistan drawdown in preparation for the withdrawal of 34,000 U.S. troops by February 2014, so will the life support equipment needed to sustain personnel deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
'Beetle Bailey' draws attention to post-traumatic stress
Jun 25, 2013
Fans of the long-running comic strip "Beetle Bailey" got a bit of a surprise, June 16, 2013, when its creator, Mort Walker, chose to set aside his usual military-inspired humor to draw attention to a more serious subject.
Riding the Beast
Jun 20, 2013
It was the summer of 1980, and I was a young airman stationed at Mountain Home Air Force Base in southwestern Idaho. I'd recently been promoted to E-3 and decided to reward myself by purchasing a motorcycle. Of course, I wanted the biggest, fastest bike I could afford.