– “Part of the effort of Armed Forces Day here at Natick was to show the American public what we do at the base as well as to have an opportunity to partner with the Massachusetts National Guard to show members of the commonwealth what their guard does for them,” said Lt. Col. Frank Sobchak, garrison commander of Natick Soldier Support Center.
Armed Forces Day was celebrated at the Natick Soldier Support Center here, May 18, 2013
The purpose of the celebrated event at the Natick base was to bring the local community on post to meet the Soldiers and civilians that work there in order to strengthen the community ties in addition to recognizing all members of the armed services.
Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to thank all men and women in uniform, present and past, said Sobchak.
The day holds much importance for not only those that work there but also those in the community that were able to attend.
“We’re very excited to be here,” said Carol Krentzman, a Natick resident for 28 years with her husband, David. “We’re here to find out what it’s all about as well as to show support for our military.”
“As a former service member, I feel like I still positively affect the Army,” said Sarah Ross, Human Research Volunteer Program Coordinator. “These facilities are important.”
“It’s really important to us to show the community what we do and to show what a gem we are,” said Sobchak.
Not enough people in the community know we even have an Army base in Natick much less what we do, therefore, it’s important to us to change that and keep the community informed, said Sobchak.
In order to meet this goal, the Massachusetts Army National Guard provided static displays to be viewed by the community members in addition to the tours that the active Army and post civilian employees conducted of the facility.
“We’ll have a series of tours to show the capabilities and technologies we have at Natick,” said Jack Obusek, Director of Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering at Natick Soldier Support Center. “Folks will be going on tour to see the labs we use to develop those technologies.”
One of those really interesting things is our Doriot Climatic Chamber where we can change the environmental conditions from very frigid temperatures to tropical conditions, said Obusek. We can make it snow and have sustained winds upwards of 50 miles per hour.
The people that work at this facility feel very strongly about the work they do at Natick Soldier Support Center and how important the relationship they have with the community as well as the one they have with the Army National Guard and Army Reserve.
“I just want to express my great appreciation for the partnership that we have with our Guard and Reserve forces,” said Obusek. “The Guard and reserve often come in and help us work out the bugs in the new equipment that we’re getting ready to put out there,” said Obusek. “We can’t do our mission without that strong, strategic partnership as an army and it filters right on down to Natick Labs.”