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Senator Spilka Hosts 5th Annual High Tech Soldier Show

May 25, 2011

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On May 24, the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center brought their Fifth Annual High Tech Soldier Show to the State House to showcase war-fighter equipment and research created in Natick, Mass.

Teams from the Natick Soldier Systems Center (NSSC) and the Program Executive Office-Soldier (PEO-Soldier) displayed their uniforms, equipment, research, and services at the event, including Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) and enhanced night vision goggles. Experts were on hand to explain and demonstrate the supplies and equipment presented.

Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) hosted the event, noting the important role science and technology play in the work of our modern-day armed forces, especially in times of war. “Natick Soldier Systems has become a hub of innovation here in the Commonwealth, and is constantly striving to new heights of technological advances,” she said in her opening remarks. “They exemplify the extraordinary spirit of innovation, collaboration, and ingenuity here in Massachusetts, and I am incredibly proud to have them in my district.”

Brigadier General John J. McGuiness, the commanding general of the U.S. Army Soldier Systems in Natick, spoke about the work the labs are currently undertaking. Senator Richard Ross (R-Wrentham), Minority Whip, Representative David Linsky (D-Natick), Chair, House Committee on Post Audit & Oversight, and Representative Alice Peisch, (D-Wellesley), House Chair of the Joint Committee on Education, who all represent Natick, also spoke, as well as Representative James Vallee (D-Franklin), House Chair of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs; Senator James Timilty (D-Walpole), Senate Chair of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Commtitee; and Senator Thomas McGee (D-Lynn), Senate Vice Chair of the Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs.

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