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New Thermal Test Facility to Improve Research
A groundbreaking ceremony for the Soldier Systems Center's
new thermal test facility was held on June 23.
Natick Soldier Center Release

NATICK, Mass., July 12, 2006 – A groundbreaking ceremony for the Soldier Systems Center's new thermal test facility was held here on June 23.

The new facility will provide unprecedented research evaluation capabilities. The building will house state-of-the-art equipment for evaluations of materials, including full-scale flame testing on protective ensembles and shelters.

The installation's scientific and engineering teams will be able to use the facility for the research and development of flame and thermal protection equipment. A suite of lasers will be used for the development of laser protection technologies.

Joe Dalton, district director, office of Congressman Edward J. Markey, commented on how Natick Soldier Center was selected as the Department of the Army Research and

Development Laboratory of the Year (Small Development Lab Category) for four out of the past five years and the one year they didn't win was the year they didn't enter.

Dalton joked if he were an ESPN sports commentator he would have to say that Natick Soldier Center is on fire!

He noted the facility's enormous importance to the warfighter and thanked everyone for all the organization does in service to the nation.

Natick Soldier Center Director Philip Brandler said that the thermal testing facility adds significantly to the capability of the organizations resident on the Natick site, and expansions in capability and infrastructure such as the thermal test facility are in sync with Gen. Benjamin Griffin's vision of taking Natick to the next level. Griffin is the commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

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