NATICK, Mass. -- The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center is delivering much-needed healthcare worker personal protective equipment to the Army’s 44th Medical Brigade, which has been deployed to New York City to support COVID-19 efforts in the country’s hardest-hit city.The personal protective equipment, or PPE as it is known, was gathered up from supplies at the CCDC Soldier Center’s facilities at the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Mass. The PPE supplies were delivered on the 11th of April.Major Crista Wagner, 44th Medical Brigade supply officer, said the brigade personnel “truly appreciate the PPE,” which is in high demand by medical and healthcare providers.The CCDC Soldier Center is responsible for the research and development of Army rations and equipment including boots, uniforms, Soldier PPE like helmets and body armor, tents, parachute systems, synthetic training environments and simulations, and is focused on Soldier performance optimization.Working with the Combat Capabilities Development Command, part of Army Futures Command, and the U.S. Army Medical Command, the 44th Medical Brigade, establishing the New York Medical Station facility in the Javits Center in New York City, was identified as the most urgent need.The medical PPE is used in many of the labs and unique testing facilities at Natick Labs, as the CCDC Soldier Center is known locally. The supplies include nitrile examination gloves, N95 face masks, eye protection, and protective clothing items such as lab coats and hospital scrubs.“The Department of the Army, including the science and technology organizations, are supporting this critical effort to save the lives of American citizens by providing needed capabilities to increase the capacity of state and local authorities to help combat COVID-19,”  saidDoug Tamilio, director of the CCDC Soldier Center.