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At birthplace of Tang and bulletproof vest, an enduring US mission

The new soldiers crossed into the shelter tent, surrounded on all sides by green, beige, and white cloth. The air inside sweltered as soldiers clad in black “Go Army” T-shirts listened intently to their group leader, wiping sweat from their brows.

This was no scene from a Middle Eastern war zone — this was the Natick Soldier Systems Center, the only active-duty US Army facility in New England.

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