I want to start by asking you keep the Directorate of Logistics in your hearts as one of their co-workers, Bob Happy, passed away last weekend. He retired from the National Guard with 25 years of service and has worked at the DOL for the past 5 years. He was loved by his co-workers and family and will be missed.

I would like to thank each and every one of you for what you do to protect America's Warfighters and first responders. The work that is done at the Natick Soldier Systems Center saves lives of the young men and women who took an Oath to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic.

I have talked at length in my time as the Commanding General about the Pride we have here at NSSC. We are working toward building a plan for the future of the installation, but we need your help in making this a top notch place to work now.

If you see a problem in a work space or something isn't working, please take a minute to report it to DPW so they can address the issue. If the problem isn't addressed in a reasonable time, please follow up. We just can't throw our hands up in the air and say it just doesn't work, if we don't make the effort ourselves to improve the process.

As the only active duty Army installation in New England, we have to get out in the community and tell the Army story and the story of what we do for our Warfighters. We are building a Speakers Bureau so we can get our folks out to talk to the different civic organizations, community groups and community leaders about what our Soldiers and civilians are doing to protect the Warfighter. If you are interested in joining the Speakers Bureau, contact the Public Affairs Office at X5340.

We have a great workforce here doing great things and when they receive awards, get promoted, arrive or retire, I want to acknowledge them.

Legion of Merit - Col. Kevin Keenan.
ARCOM - Maj. Sarah Goldman, Sgt. Michael Cavallo.
AAM - Sgt. Bryan Wiley, Spc. Bosundrin Shobayo.
Promotions - From Capt. to Maj. Aaron Crombie, Tanja Roy.
Other Military Actions:
Sgt. Dan Catrambone was commissioned as a 2LT in the U.S. Air Force.
Sgt. Jeremy Miller was commissioned as a LTJG in the U.S. Navy.
Sgt. Michael Cavallo was assigned to the Military Attache' program and will be assigned to Moldova.
Civilian Awards
On-the-spot - Leonard Elliott
Special Act Award - Dr. Sam Cheuvront, Amanda Antczak, Christina Carvey, Harris Lieberman, Dr. Scott Montain, Eric Szelenyi.
Commander's Award for Civilian Service - Dr. Matt Kramer, NSRDEC.
Natick Contracting Division
Achievement Medal for Civilian Service - Richard Alves and Rosemary Hill.
New Hires: Michael Galvan and Matthew Buchannan.
Graduation from Intern Program: Nate Jordan and Huy Le.

Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility
Clothing designer Donna Zlotnick was presented with the School of Fashion Design's 2010 Isobel S. Sinesi Lifetime Achievement in Fashion award. Donna's current work with NCTRF include designing and developing new uniforms for Officer and Enlisted personnel. Prior to joining NCTRF in 1988, Donna was employed as the Head Patternmaker at New Balance and the House of Bianchi.

Promotions - Victor Abate has been promoted to Team Leader, Containers Team, Dan Galarza has been promoted to Director of the Continuous Improvement Directorate.

Achievement Medal for Civilian Service -- Judith Keene.
Commanders Award for Civilian Service - Shirley Paulette.
Arrivals: Bob Reinert, Public Affairs Specialist coming from Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Departures: Patric McGuane, Director of FMWR to DLA-Columbus.

If you have someone who has done an outstanding job, please talk to your organizations NSSC Pride Campaign representative.

Maj. Tanya Roy of USARIEM is the new Acting Inspector General for the Natick Soldier Systems Center. We are looking forward to working with Maj. Roy and will have more information on when she will hold office hours in the future.

Finally, I would like to thank the 30 Soldiers from USARIEM who participated in the 1st Battle Road Memorial March in the Minuteman National Historic Park which traces the route of the patriots to the first battle of the American Revolution on the Lexington Green.

30 USARIEM Soldiers participated in the seven-mile road march to honor military personnel in Massachusetts who gave the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan. Col. Lee Cummings organized the event.

Thanks to our USARIEM Soldiers for participating in this event and representing all of us in a first class manor.

Thanks for your service and outstanding work to protect our Warfighters.

Brigadier General, USA
Commanding General, Natick Soldier
Systems Center