By Bob Reinert/USAG-Natick Public AffairsMay 26, 2011
Work done at the Natick Soldier Systems Center was displayed May 24 at the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
For the fifth straight year, “Beacon Hill Day” gave legislators, staff and the public a look at NSSC displays in the Great Hall area of the state house.
“Like so many of you, I look forward to this event every year, because all of the stuff that you do in Natick is not only outstanding and spectacular and just really cool, it helps our Soldiers and our military so very much,” event host Sen. Karen Spilka told those in attendance. “You make a difference to them, the families and all of us, day in and day out.
“The technology on display is always terrific, but each year we are also reminded of the dedication of the Natick staff … ensuring that our Soldiers have the best protection and the best equipment in the world.”
Other legislators speaking included Sen. Richard Ross, Rep. David Linsky, Rep. Alice Peisch, Rep. James Vallee, Sen. Thomas McGee and Sen. James Timilty.
Spilka said she had an appreciation for Natick’s importance as chairperson of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.
“You exemplify the extraordinary spirit of innovation and ingenuity here in Massachusetts that we are so well known for and stand for, and I’m incredibly proud to have you in my district,” Spilka said. “I thank you for taking the time to come to the state house and display your terrific technology.”
Brigadier General John J. McGuiness, NSSC commander, thanked the legislators for inviting the Natick exhibitors to Beacon Hill.
“We have a great story,” McGuiness said. “And that story is your story, because the Army is your Army. And we are here for you.
“What we want to do today is show you the latest technology in the hands of our Soldiers. Ask questions of the people at the booths. They’ve got a great story to tell.”