Nutritionists at the Defense Department’s Combat Feeding Program and the Military Nutrition Division at the U.S. Army Institute of Environmental Medicine are working together to provide soldiers with healthy, good-tasting, sustainable and nutritionally sound combat rations.
“We’re charged with a fairly awesome task, and that is to fuel the Defense Department’s most flexible and adaptable weapons platform, and that of course is the individual warfighter,” said Gerry Darsch, director of the Defense Department’s Combat Feeding Program at the Natick Soldier Systems Center during a Nov. 23 interview on the Pentagon Channel podcast “Armed with Science: Research and Applications for the Modern Military“. He was also joined by Dr. Andy Young, chief of the Military Nutrition Division at the U.S. Army Institute of Environmental Medicine.
Darsch and Young discussed the development of the First Strike Ration, or FSR, a more compact, portable ration designed for use during intense and highly mobile combat operations to replace the typical MRE. The FSR reduces weight and load and is intended to enhance a soldiers physical performance, mental acuity, and mobility.
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