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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.
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.
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.