When it comes to providing comfortable living spaces for deployed soldiers while saving time, money, fuel and water, rigid walls beat canvas every time.
If you doubt that, just consult the experts at Product Manager Force Sustainment Systems, or PM FSS, at Natick Soldier Systems Center, who have been comparing rigid-wall test camps at Fort Benning, Ga., and Fort Bliss, Texas, with the existing “Force Provider” 150-man tent system.
“The soldier piece is the big one,” said Mike Hope, Combat Field Service Equipment Team leader for PM FSS. “If he or she is more comfortable, we did our job.”
Hope, lead project engineer Bob Graney and assistant product manager Capt. Micah Rue have no doubts that rigid-wall camps represent a step up from the Temper Tent (air supported) Force Provider base camps currently found in Afghanistan.
According to Hope, a rigid-wall camp “provides a high quality of life, much higher than standard tents and canvas.”