DEVENS -- The chief of public affairs for Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center is the guest speaker on Saturday, Feb. 17, at Fort Devens Museum at 1 p.m.

Speaker Lt. Col. (Retired) David A. Accetta will tell the story of the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, dedicated to science and technology development for the U.S. soldier. The Natick laboratories' diverse group of scientists, engineers, technologists, and equipment designers "Bring the fastest delivery of the most capable equipment solutions to the Soldier, adding value that empowers and protects them on the battlefield," as its website states.

Accetta will review the history of the center, point out some of the accomplishments over the years and what its staff is working on now to protect the wellbeing and extend the capabilities of today's and tomorrow's military personnel.

Accetta, now a civilian Chief of Public Affairs for the Center, concluded a 25-year career with the Army in 2008. Starting in the Rhode Island National Guard in a Military Police unit, then as an Army Reservist, he finally served as an active duty officer for over 20 years. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom I, II and III, and Operation Enduring Freedom VIII.

This program is free but donations are appreciated. The Fort Devens Museum, open to the public from 10 a.


m. to 3 p.m. on that day, is located on the 3rd floor at 94 Jackson Road, Devens. For more information , call 978-772-1286 or email