Veterans at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital were honored to have a visit on Thanksgiving from the Commanding General of the Natick Soldier Systems Center, Brigadier General John McGuiness, a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, and his wife Gail.
The general and his wife came to share in Chapel Services with Veterans and spent time visiting with Veteran patients on the wards. The Veterans were all to happy to share their stories and give offers of thanks to BG McGuiness and his wife for their visit. I repeatedly heard BG McGuiness and his wife offer, “we’re here to thank you”.
As the visit neared the end, BG McGuiness and his wife walked through the halls stopping to chat with Veterans and their loved ones. It was clear there would never be enough time for our guests to enjoy the Veterans.
The Natick Soldier Systems Center is the only active duty Army installation in New England and its mission is to unburden, empower and protect the Soldier. Everything from the boots on the Soldiers feet, to the Meals Ready to Eat that they consume to the airdropped supplies that they receive is researched and developed on the 78 acre campus in Natick.
McGuiness, who most recently served as the Deputy Commander for Programs, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, previously served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and is a 1983 graduate of the United States Military Academy. He also earned a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, a Master of Science degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, and a graduate of the Program of Management Development at the Harvard Business School.
Since taking command of the Natick Soldier Systems Center in May, 2011, the general and his wife have reached out on many occasions to thank Veterans and organizations that support Soldiers and Veterans.
The Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital is honored to provide assistance to those who served our country. We provide diverse services and provide excellence in our care for Veterans. Learn more about the services available at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital by visiting our website at: http://www.bedford.va.gov/