Natick Soldier Systems Center (NSCC)
Location: U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center (Natick SSC), known locally as the Natick Labs is located in Natick, Massachusetts. Natick is one of the western suburbs of Boston and is approximately 18 miles from downtown. The installation is primarily a research laboratory and is very small; the installation itself is about seventy eight acres. Government housing is offered at a reasonable cost when available. At SSC, you will work near Boston, a metropolitan area that offers plenty of sports and entertainment. Boston is home to the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins. It is also home to the world famous Boston Pops Orchestra and many Revolutionary War battlefields. Also, less than 3 miles away you can find the Natick Collection, the largest mall in New England, a world-class retail and restaurant destination with 200 of the finest retail stores.
Construction of the Quartermaster Research Facility at Natick, authorized by Congress in October 1949, began in November 1952. In November 1962, the QREC was redesignated as Natick Laboratories and the following year the Food and Container Institute moved to Natick. Natick Laboratories became a subordinate element to the Troop Support Command in July 1973 and was redesignated two years later as the U.S. Army Natick Development Center and reassigned to the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC). In September 1980, the NRDC was redesignated as the U.S. Army Natick Research & Development Laboratories and three years later as the U.S. Army Natick Research and Development Center, a subordinate element of the U.S. Army Troop Support Command in St. Louis, Missouri. In October 1992, the NRDC was redesignated the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (its current name), still a subordinate element of the ATC. A U.S. Army Soldier Systems Command (SSC) was activated at Natick in November 1994. Then in October 1998 the installation was renamed the United States Army Soldier Systems Center.
The U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center (NSSC) is a Department of Defense (DoD) installation with the mission to protect and sustain America's military forces. NSSC is responsible for the technology, research, development, engineering, fielding, and sustainment of our military's food, clothing, shelters, airdrop systems, and Soldier support items. NSSC also has the lead for Soldier integration for the U.S. Army.
Natick Soldier Systems Center employs approximately 120 active duty, 2,000 federal civil servants, and 250 civilian contractors.
Currently there is no base transportation available on this installation.
The sponsorship program is a great way to gather information about your new location. All in-bound personnel will be assigned a sponsor after receiving orders. Please contact your assigned unit to inquire about a sponsor. During PCS, a temporary duty address or your billeting address can be set up to receive your personal mail until you establish permanent quarters.
Soldiers and Department of Army Civilians are eligible to receive a Sponsor prior to their arrival at Natick Soldier Systems Center. To obtain a sponsor complete DA Form 5434 and e-mail it to our Sponsorship Liaison, for the e-mail address contact Human Resources at 508-233-4020. Incoming civilians can contact CPAC, 508-233-5743 directly. Military personnel may also contact their Unit S-1 directly.
There are no temporary quarters on the installation. Contact the Housing Office at 508 233-5409 (DSN 256) for information. You may be able to stay in the guest quarters at Hanscom Air Force Base which is about a 40 minute drive from the installation. Contact the Hanscom Billeting office at 781 377-2753/2112 (DSN 478). Another option is to contact the Natick Army Community Service (ACS) for information about local hotels and motels along with current rates which we would be glad to fax or mail to you.
The Civilian Personnel Advisory Center facilitates in-processing and newcomer orientations. A loan closet is available for arriving personnel; where many basic household items can be checked out while you wait for your household goods to arrive. For more information or to check out an item(s) contact Army Community Service at 508-233-4485. Once at Natick you are welcome to stop by Building 1, A-122 for additional information as well, our office hours are 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Critical Installation Information
Since the installation is so small, it does not have the typical range of support services found on larger installations. For example, there is no school on the installation and the nearest commissary is twenty miles away at Hanscom Air Force Base. On the positive side, the installation is situated in a beautiful location, has small housing areas scattered among the surrounding towns, is served by some of the best public schools in the country, and is next door to one of the most interesting cities in the nation.
Nearby installations include:
Devens Reserve Forces Training Area is located 28 miles from the installation. It is a reserve installation but has some services that are available to Natick Personnel such as training and education services. Hanscom Air Force Base is located 20 miles north of the installation. It has a wide range of services including a medical treatment facility, Family Support Center, commissary, Post Exchange/Base Exchange, as a full range of MWR services. Natick personnel are welcomed at Hanscom to use their services.
DSN Dialing Instructions
When dialing a DSN number from U.S. installation to U.S. installation, it is unnecessary to dial the 312 area code. If you dial a number with the 312 and it does not work, try it again without the area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included.