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With new military commander, Natick Labs presses on with mission

The recent naming of Brigadier General Daniel P. Hughes as the new commander of the US Army Natick Soldier Systems Center is helping to quell fears that the base — the only active-duty Army installation in New England — could be shut down.

Hughes replaces John P. Obusek, a civilian who served as interim senior manager of the base after last fall’s departure of Brigadier General John McGuiness. A number of elected officials in the state had expressed concerns that keeping the base under civilian command would make it an easier target for closure as the military looks for cost-cutting measures.

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