Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Brig. Gen. Daniel Hughes arrived in Natick yesterday and is looking forward to continuing the work that is done at Natick Soldier Systems.
Brig. Gen. Daniel Hughes began his first day as the Senior Commander at Natick Soldier Systems getting acclimated to the base, but make no doubt about it: he is excited about the opportunity to be in Natick and has some lofty goals that he expects to achieve while here. "I'm honored and privileged to be here in Natick," Hughes said to a small contingent of media members just four hours into his first day in Natick. Hughes entered the room smiling and asking everyone how they were doing and talking about the Bruins, but it didn't take long for him to show his passion for the things that are done at Natick Labs. "We need to continue to invest in science and technology," said Hughes, who will split time in Aberdeen, MD as well. "Our civilian …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Natick Soldier Systems Center will welcome the public to take part in the celebration on Saturday, May 18.
Natick Soldier Systems Center will welcome members of the public to their first Armed Forces Day celebration this coming Saturday, according to Boston.com. Lt. Col. Frank Sobchak, the base's garrison commander, said that this day is usually meant to honor those serving in the military. "This year we will help celebrate that event by opening our doors to the public to show what we at Natick do for our Armed Forces," Sobchak told Boston.com. Some of the events include a 5-kilometer run, military displays and tours of part of the facility. The run will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by an opening cermony at 10 a.m. Tours and military displays will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. before a closing ceremony. Registration for the 5K run is $15 …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Cuts won't be as large at Natick Labs as first announced.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Members of the Natick Veterans Council were thanked by Lt. Col. Frank Sobchak, garrison commander of the Natick Soldier Systems Center, for their generosity in helping soldiers stationed in Natick at last night's Selectmen's meeting.
The Natick Veterans Council was honored last night before the Board of Selectmen for their recent $3,500 donation to help soldiers and human resource volunteers stationed at Natick Soldier Systems Center who don't have access to transportation. The money is going to provide transportation services for those soldiers who are stationed here for 90 days and don't have any way to get around off the base. This way they are able to do errands or get off the base for some recreational time as well. "Even though you've taken off the uniform, you're still serving your country," Lt. Col. Frank Sobchak, the base's garrison commander, said in thanking the Veterans Council. "This has a huge impact." "We all went through it," responded Ed Jolley, the …
Monday, March 18, 2013
The U.S. Senator toured the facility on Friday before speaking about the need to fight the sequester.
Elizabeth Warren, the recently elected Democrat who represents Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate, was in Natick on Friday to receive a private tour of Natick Soldier Systems Center. "This is a place that saves lives," Warren said of Natick Labs. "What happens here is innovation." Speaking strongly against the sequester, which would affect approximately 1,500 civilian employees at the Natick base by forcing them to take 22 days off unpaid to save the government $9.789 million, Warren said that seeing Natick Labs in person reminded her how wrong the sequester is. "It's absolutely the wrong approach," she said. "It is a blunt, across the board cut. I will continue to fight the sequester." State Senator Karen Spilka was with Warren on Friday, …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
As Congress and the White House work on budget agreements, the sequester's latest update has lessened the number of furlough days required by civilian employees at Natick Soldier Systems Center.
April 8, 2013 Update: According to John Harlow, Chief of Public Affairs at Natick Soldier Systems Center, there will now be 14 days of furlough instead of 22. This will save an estimate $6.225 million. Original Story from Feb. 21, 2013 Below: The Boston Globe is reporting that Natick Soldier Systems Center is facing a 30 percent cut to their operating budget. Congress and the White House need to reach an agreement on budget cuts before March 1 if there is a chance of the cuts not happening. The Department of Defense sent a letter to Congress yesterday informing them that these budget cuts would mean that civilian employees of the military would have to take mandatory days off without pay. Over 1,600 of about 1,800 employees at Natick …
Monday, February 27, 2012
Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray signed an executive order Monday to help protect military bases in Massachusetts from budget cuts and closures.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray signed an executive order on Monday that will help protect military bases in Massachusetts, including Natick Army Labs. The order created the Commonwealth’s Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force to help formalize protection against potential budget cuts, closures and consolidation. “I thank the Lieutenant Governor for his leadership working across state agencies and industry organizations to protect the military bases that serve as a vital part of the Massachusetts economy,” said Gov. Deval Patrick in a press statement. “Massachusetts has a strong, innovation-based economy and our military presence is supported by world-class education, research and engineering institutions in regions throughout the state…
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
For his new show, Rock Center on MSNBC, journalist Brian Williams visited Natick Soldier Systems Center to taste the food developed there for our nation's soldiers.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
For his new show, Rock Center on MSNBC, journalist Brian Williams visited Natick Soldier Systems Center to taste the food developed there for our nation's soldiers. Williams met with food scientists and with Lt. Col. Frank Sobchak, garrison commander. Click here to watch the MSNBC video.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Natick honored its veterans at a dinner at the Natick Army Labs on Friday evening.
The Natick Soldier Systems Center hosted a Veterans Day dinner on Friday night to honor and celebrate the sacrifices of Natick's veterans. Several speakers shared their stories and helped the crowd honor the veterans.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
On Sept. 11, 2001, now garrison commander of the Natick Soldier Systems Center, Lt. Col. Frank Sobchak recalls watching the Pentagon burn from his graduate school campus.
Lt. Col. Frank Sobchak, commander of the U.S. Army Garrison-Natick, remembers the growing concern he and his classmates at Georgetown University felt on Sept. 11, 2001 when their normally prompt Arabic studies professor did not show. After rumors began circulating about a small plane crash in New York City, the class left and from the campus, Sobchak watched across the Potomac River as the Pentagon burned. "Right from the get-go, [I knew] my life is going to change," said Sobchak, who was studying for his graduate degree after previously serving as a special forces captain. At the time of the attacks, he was taking classes like Counter-terrorism and Low-Intensity Conflict with prominent professors, such as a member of the National Security…