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2018

U.S. Army and UK researchers study jet lag remedy in Brunei
November 30, 2018

Could breathing reduced oxygen help warfighters recover from jet lag faster? In an effort to find out, U.S. Army and U.K. researchers recently conducted a jet lag study on British warfighters who traveled to the lush rainforests of Brunei.

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S2PRINT takes USARIEM research to the next level
November 30, 2018

The Soldier Squad Performance Research Institute (S2PRINT) a partnership between the Natick Soldier, Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) and the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) is expected to become operational early in 2023. The researchers at USARIEM are already looking ahead at what the new center will provide to enhance their research.

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Army researchers developing heat illness mitigation app
October 30, 2018

Warfighters can lose valuable training days due to unit leaders taking overzealous safety precautions, and as a result, they cannot learn and practice the necessary skills to become a ready and lethal force. However, warfighters training rigorously while forgoing safety can lead to disastrous consequences such as heat illness. These consequences can cost the U.S. military valuable training time, money and operational readiness.

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Army researchers study nutrition and performance at Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center
September 17, 2018

Approximately ten thousand feet above sea level, in the Toiyabe National Forest in California, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, scientists traveled to the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, or MCMWTC, this summer to assess energy expenditure, energy intake and physical performance in warfighters during mountain warfare training.

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Army researchers partner with Fort Benning to study heat illness in 2,000 Soldiers
August 16, 2018

Recently, in an effort to study ways to predict heat illness, researchers from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, strapped wearable sensors on Soldiers from the 75th Ranger Regiment as they completed the first and second Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, or RASP, at Fort Benning, Georgia.

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USARIEM gives kids hands-on experience in science through 2018 GEMS program
August 9, 2018

The USARIEM is once again sponsoring the Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science, better known as the GEMS program, an extracurricular summer science education program that enables middle-school-aged students to experience science in a laboratory setting.

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USARIEM welcomes 22nd commander
July 11, 2018

Col. Sean S. O'Neil became the 22nd commander of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, in a June 10 change of command ceremony.

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Construction of new USARIEM Pikes Peak laboratory begins this summer
June 22, 2018

After standing on the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado for more than 50 years, the walls of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, High Altitude Research Laboratory are finally coming down this summer.

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USARIEM partners to explore using virtual humans to measure cognitive performance
June 15, 2018

Facial expressions, body movements and features of speech can communicate volumes about a person's physical, cognitive and emotional states.

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Army Research Lab Studies Four Thousand Army Recruits To Investigate Injury Risk
April 27, 2018

With the U.S. Army's dedicated focus on improving readiness and lethality of the present and future force, one of the biggest questions military leaders, training schools, medics and researchers face is this: How can the U.S. Army build more resilient warfighters who are resistant to musculoskeletal injury?

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Army Laboratory Study Examines Impact of Military Physical Exercise on Bone Health
April 5, 2018

The exercise physiology laboratory located within the USARIEM has been bustling with activity this month with researchers collecting bone health data from 30 female research volunteers in an effort to better understand how bones, and hormones that affect bone regrowth, respond when new recruits start their first days of initial military training.

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2017

Army Researchers Redefine Altitude Ascent Guidance for High-Altitude Missions
October 23, 2017

An Army-led altitude field study conducted last summer on the summit of Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, Colorado, has redefined altitude ascent guidance for Soldiers who have to make multiple trips between sea level and high altitude.

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Army Appoints New Senior Research Scientist Performance Physiology
October 12, 2017

The Secretary of the Army announced the appointment of Dr. Karl Friedl, a senior scientist and director of the Strategic Science Management Office at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, to the position of Senior Research Scientist Performance Physiology.

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USARIEM Gives Kids Hands-On Experience in Science Through 2017 GEMS Program
September 19, 2017

School is back in session, and students are back to hitting the books as they learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, hopefully to develop a passion for it and pursue a job in a STEM field.

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USARIEM Brings Science to the Warfighter During Leapfest 2017
August 10, 2017

At first glance, the 300 paratroopers competing at this year's Leapfest on Aug. 6 weren't quite sure what to think of the interesting-looking chest harnesses, as they noticed the four Natick Soldiers strapping them around their ribcages before donning the rest of their uniforms, static-lines and parachutes.

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USARIEM Partners with Norway for Eating Behavior study
July 24, 2017

About two hours north of Oslo, in the bitter cold of Elverum, Norway, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, scientists partnered with the Norwegian Defence Material Agency to conduct an eating behavior field study in an effort to improve nutritional intake and military ration design for Soldiers operating in cold weather.

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USARIEM Team Awarded Second Quarter Wolf Pack Award for OPAT Research
June 27, 2017

The Physical Performance Optimization and Assessment Team from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, received the Army Medicine Wolf Pack Award for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 for their years of physical and physiological research with the Training and Doctrine Command to develop the Occupational Physical Assessment Test, or OPAT.

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USARIEM showcases Performance Readiness Bar at 2017 Pentagon Lab Day
May 23, 2017

A broad audience ranging from high school students and military cadets to general officers and government Senior Executive Service had an opportunity during the Department of Defense Lab Day at the Pentagon on May 18 to learn about the science behind the Performance Readiness Bar, a calcium and vitamin D-fortified snack bar developed to optimize bone health in basic trainees.

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Airmen dodge 30 heat stress cases with USARIEM's ECTemp algorithm
April 24, 2017

Temperatures are rising, and with warfighters operating in hot and humid conditions while wearing protective clothing or performing intense work, research to prevent heat illness from diminishing warfighter performance and posing significant health risks is on the rise, as well.

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Natick researchers host 2017 Dietetic Intern Day
April 14, 2017

Natick Soldier Systems Center, or NSSC, got a little more crowded on April 12, with approximately 50 interns from numerous programs throughout the local Boston area entering the gates to attend this year's Dietetic Intern Day.

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USARIEM develops virtual X-rays of anatomic avatars
March 24, 2017

Scientists from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, have been involved since 2010 in developing a computer program to create full-body, complete-anatomy avatars of individual warfighters, which would make an impact on military medicine throughout the U.S. Army.

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USARIEM featured in new television program "Science Works!"
March 2, 2017

The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, whose mission is to optimize warfighter health and performance through military medical research, was featured in the new TV program "Science Works!," which aired at 8 a.m. Feb. 24 on the Science Channel.

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The science behind the Occupational Physical Assessment Test
February 22, 2017

Mention the Occupational Physical Assessment Test, or OPAT, to Soldiers, and most will know about the battery of four physical performance tests that, starting in 2017, the Army administers to all recruits to assess their physical performance capabilities to determine if they should be allowed to join the Army.

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2016

Army researchers study nutrition requirements for high-altitude missions
November 21, 2016

It's old news that warfighters conducting combat operations in mountainous regions like Afghanistan can experience significant loss of weight and muscle mass.

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USARIEM developing algorithm to predict acute mountain sickness in Soldiers
October 24, 2016

Every Soldier is different, and this cannot be more evident when troops deployed to the same mountainous terrain experience symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness.

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Pikes Peak laboratory: USARIEM's proud history of Army Medicine
August 15, 2016

The winding 14,115-foot ascent to the USARIEM's Maher Memorial Altitude Laboratory at the summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado is something USARIEM researchers have described as a "time warp."

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USARIEM Researches How To Sustain Acclimatization in Pikes Peak Laboratory
August 10, 2016

What goes up must come down. There has never been a more perfect expression to describe what altitude missions are like for Soldiers.

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USARIEM Welcomes 21st Commander
June 16, 2016

Col. Raymond L. Phua became the 21st commander of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in a June 13 change of command ceremony.

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USARIEM Soldier receives New Horizon Research Award
June 1, 2016

Maj. Joseph Kardouni, director of the USARIEM's Total Army Injury and Health Outcomes Database team, received the Army Medical Specialist Corps New Horizon Research Award on May 6 at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.

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Eccles says goodbye to USARIEM
May 27, 2016

On his first day as commander of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in June 2014, Col. Thomas Eccles III, M.D., was approached by a longtime Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center employee.

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Natick researchers give dietetic interns a taste of military nutrition
May 19, 2016

During Natick Soldier Systems Center's Annual Dietetic Intern Day on May 18, researchers from both the USARIEM's Military Nutrition Division and the Combat Feeding Directorate from the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center hosted nearly 80 dietetic interns.

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Army Research Institute develops app for acute mountain sickness
April 20, 2016

When Soldiers are suddenly hit with a wave of Acute Mountain Sickness while operating at high altitude, they might as well be considered casualties.

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Soldier and scientist: making a difference at USARIEM
April 15, 2016

Capt. Laurel Smith was 8 years old when her uncle, now retired Chief Warrant Officer Mike Durant, a Black Hawk pilot, was shot down in Mogadishu, Somalia, in October 1993.

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USARIEM opens doors to high school students during National Biomechanics Day
April 11, 2016

High school students from Hopkinton, Massachusetts, toured the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine on April 7 as part of National Biomechanics Day.

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Research Institute of Environmental Medicine creating 3-D Soldier Avatars
April 4, 2016

Since 2010 researchers at the USARIEM have taken on the mission to develop a computer program to create the full-body, complete-anatomy avatar of individual warfighters. Their goal is to create a 3-D full-anatomy avatar for any Soldier regardless of gender, shape or size.

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Army's Research Institute conducts MRE study to improve gut health
March 29, 2016

The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine's Military Nutrition Division is studying ways to improve gut health and prevent gastrointestinal illness among Soldiers operating in austere environments.

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USARIEM hosts 2016 Women's History Month observance
March 22, 2016

The Natick Soldier Systems Center celebrated Women's History Month at a ceremony held March 16 in Hunter Auditorium.

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Army researches military retirees in ongoing weight-loss study
February 5, 2016

Making healthy New Year's resolutions is easy. Following them is hard. This year for military retirees, however, there's a new option for learning healthier lifestyles.

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2015

What's cooking at USARIEM?
December 11, 2015

Imagine unwrapping a Meal, Ready-to-Eat and digging into nostalgic comfort cuisines, like Parachute Pork, Battalion Brownie Pops and Ranger Red Hot Party Mix. Who in the USARIEM is cooking up these creative concoctions, and where can we get some?

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ComRaD wins Col. Rohland A. Isker Award
November 30, 2015

Tension was high at Research & Development Associates, an organization whose mission is to provide the safest and highest quality food and food service to the U.S. Armed Forces, when judges of the 2015 Colonel Rohland A. Isker Award debated over the winner.

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USARIEM Soldier honored as an 'Angel of the Battlefield'
November 12, 2015

When Sgt. 1st Class Adam Morelli learned he had been nominated as the Army's "Angel of the Battlefield" honoree, he was surprised.

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Ruck marching from Boston to New York to prevent veteran suicides
September 2, 2015

Two Soldiers and an Army Reservist who work at the USARIEM at Natick Soldier Systems Center will ruck march Sept. 8-11 from Boston to New York to raise money for a charity seeking to reduce veteran suicides.

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Army researchers continue Physical Demands Study
May 22, 2015

Researchers, from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, traveled to Fort Carson, Colorado, three times this year as they continue to collect data for the Physical Demands Study.

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USARIEM Soldier wins Medical Service Corps Award of Excellence Junior Officer Award
May 19, 2015

Capt. Carrie Quinn, a research physiologist with USARIEM, received the Medical Service Corps Award of Excellence Junior Officer Award during the annual Junior Officer Week gathering in Washington D.C.

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Combat rations database allows Soldiers to learn about meals, ready-to-eat nutrition
March 17, 2015

When Soldiers rip open meals, ready-to-eat, also known as MRE, in a combat zone, most people probably are thinking more about flavor and filling their stomachs than about the nutrition.

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Good chemistry: USARIEM and Harvard team up against PTSD, mTBI
March 12, 2015

Call it good chemistry. Researchers from the Army and Harvard Medical School are collaborating on a Department of Defense-funded study to identify chemical biomarkers that could differentiate between post-traumatic stress disorder and mild traumatic brain injury.

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Army researchers return to Norway for nutrition, cold-stress study in Arctic extremes
March 3, 2015

The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, once again partnered with the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment to study nutrition and physiological responses to cold-weather training.

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Army launches weight loss trial program for adult dependents
February 9, 2015

The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine launched a collaborative research study with Tufts University to assess the effectiveness of two weight-loss strategies.

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2014

NSSC This Week: Top 10 stories of 2014 highlight NSSC's support for warfighters
December 5, 2014

Over the past three years, we have averaged one story on the front page of Army.mil per week. Considering we are one of the smallest installations in the Army, that is pretty amazing. Natick has more time on the front page than the power-projection platforms of Fort Hood or Fort Drum. Natick has more time on the front page than the training bases of Fort Benning or Fort Leavenworth.

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Army develops app to determine body's water needs
October 20, 2014

Pictured here is the Soldier Water Estimation Tool app main screen. This Android-based smartphone application is a decision aid that translates a complex sweat prediction model into simple user inputs. The user need only estimate the anticipated intensity of the activity (low, medium, high, including example activities), choose from among three categories of military clothing ensemble and input weather conditions (air temperature, relative humidity and cloud cover) to estimate the fluid intake required to maintain optimal hydration.

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Natick remembers 9/11
September 12, 2014

During a Patriot Day ceremony at Natick Soldier Systems Center, Soldiers, first responders and civilians united to observe and reflect on the unforgettable events of 9/11.

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SMA visits Natick on 9/11 anniversary
September 11, 2014

On the 13th anniversary of a day etched in the nation's collective memory, the Army's highest-ranking non-commissioned officer visited the Natick Soldier Systems Center, or NSSC.

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Under secretary sees science behind the Soldier
September 10, 2014

The afternoon started with a fireball, and finished with Under Secretary of the Army Brad Carson chatting with senior non-commissioned officers about the science behind the Soldier.

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Natick labs gives kids hands on experience in science through GEMS
August 27, 2014

Oil spills, crime scene investigations and DNA sampling. Usually, these words would send an organization into a tailspin, but this is just another day of summer camp for Massachusetts middle school students.

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International Scientists Discuss Soldier Physical Performance
August 21, 2014

In an era of downsizing and budget cuts, placing the right Soldiers in the right jobs, keeping them healthy and optimizing their physical performance has never been more important.

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USARIEM Completes Exclusive Space for Nursing Moms
July 24, 2014

Recently, the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine completed a room exclusively for new mothers. Called "Nursing Mom Room," this space is reserved for any USARIEM employee or guest who needs to lactate for their new baby.

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USARIEM Welcomes New Commander
June 10, 2014

Col. Thomas G. Eccles III, M.D., became the 20th commander of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in a June 9 change of command ceremony.

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Natick Researchers Developing New System to Help Aircrews 'Keep their cool'
May 29, 2014

Helicopter pilots have for years kept cool by plugging into aircraft-mounted microclimate cooling systems, but their crews have used them less frequently to avoid becoming entangled in the tethers that connected them to the systems.

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USARIEM Soldier named Army Medicine's Soldier of the Year
May 13, 2014

A Soldier from the U. S. Army Research institute of Environmental Medicine has been named Army Medicine's Soldier of the Year.

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GEMS for Teachers ignites a passion for science in Natick
May 1, 2014

During the April school vacation week, Massachusetts teachers were treated to a preview of the Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science, or GEMS, program at Natick Soldier Systems Center.

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USARIEM Soldier Finishes Second Boston Marathon
April 25, 2014

As he crossed the finish line of this year's Boston Marathon race, Capt. Craig Thompson took a moment to look around at the thousands of spectators cheering him on and enjoy the moment.

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Army Lab Teams Up With Boston Marathon to Prevent Heat Injury
April 16, 2014

As runners get ready for the Boston Marathon, many no doubt partake in training programs aimed at helping them to be optimally prepared, whether it be helping them achieve their best time and reduce physical injuries or simply to finish. With all this preparation, many may be surprised to find out about the wild card that April brings - the weather.

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Natick Study Examines Effects of Stress on Soldiers' Immune Systems, Cognitive Ability
March 25, 2014

Training and operations can put such tremendous physical and psychological stresses on warfighters that their immune systems may be compromised.

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USARIEM Researchers Study Soldiers' Running Styles
March 14, 2014

At a time when running barefoot or with so-called minimalist shoes has gained increasing traction, researchers at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine at Natick Soldier Systems Center decided to study how Soldiers run during physical training and if running style contributes to training-related injuries.

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USARIEM Soldier Named MRMC EOL of The Year
February 24, 2014

SGT Crystal Meints from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in Natick, Mass., was recently selected as the 2013 U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Equal Opportunity Leader of the Year.

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Natick Soldier Reaches Out to 'Home Base'
February 10, 2014

He grew up a Boston Red Sox fan in Warwick, R.I., so Sgt. 1st Class Adam Morelli had long dreamed of touching home plate at Fenway Park.

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Natick researchers developing technology to prevent heat injury in working dogs
January 31, 2014

Last summer, Ken Ballinger, a K-9 officer with the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department, was conducting a training session with working dogs on a hot and humid New England day.

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'Maj. Clo' feels the heat at Natick
January 15, 2014

If he's a bit of a hot head these days, you'll have to excuse him. "Maj. Clo" is just doing his job.

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Army conducting joint study to improve bone health in military personnel
January 6, 2014

Researchers from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine have teamed up with the Trainee Health Surveillance Flight 559th Medical Group's Basic Military Training Team at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, to determine whether increased vitamin D and calcium intake can improve bone health in military personnel.

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