NATICK, MA. -- The U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center, Natick and the U.S. Army Garrison-Natick hosted the Natick housing groundbreaking ceremony, Thursday morning.Representatives who are partnering in the construction project that will house 22 Army Soldiers and their families provided remarks during the event."Knowing that we are able to be a part of what Natick Soldier Systems Center does -- touching Soldiers every day," said John Tocci, chief enabling officer of Tocci Building Corporation in Woburn, Ma., "and that this is helping to continue to make our Army stronger as they concentrate on the great work they do without an added worry, gives this project of creating these homes an even greater project than we have done in all of our years.Each unit includes state of the art updates and upgrades to ensure each Soldier and his or family members are able to be comfortable and feel at home. The added ability of being close to an installation and accessibility to all the local community has to offer is always an important conversation had by military leaders. Natick Soldier Systems Center Senior Commander, General Vincent Malone, spoke about the step to improve all Soldiers living communities and a sense of belonging."This housing initiative provides safe and healthy homes," said Malone. "Punctuated by the singular focus of the construction team: to deliver safe and quality housing to the Soldiers and families that choose to live here."This initiative is an important step in embracing our responsibility to take care of our Soldiers to increase readiness and lethality across the force, Malone continued to say.The preliminary site work has begun and will soon be ready for Soldiers to move in by late 2020 and completion expected late the following year."The work includes the design and construction of 22 family housing quarters, said Colonel William Conde, Army Corps of Engineers New England District Commander, "for fully functional residences anticipated to be complete by October 2021."The first Soldier resident will move in Fall 2020 to the new construction located at Heritage Lane, across from NSSC. The Natick Soldier Systems Center conducts research, development, acquisition and sustainment to maximize combat effectiveness and survivability of freedom's defenders.