Natick Soldiers Systems Center will be featured on History Channel’s “Only In America With Larry The Cable Guy” Wednesday at 9 p.m.
Daniel Lawrence Whitney, also known by his stage name Larry The Cable Guy, visited the military research and testing facility in November, according to NSSC spokesman John Harlow.
The episode, titled, “Larry’s Beantown Lowdown,” will feature the comedian visiting the Freedom Trail, examining lowrider cars in Dorchester, in addition to his NSSC visit.
According to NSSC’s website, Whitney visited the center’s the Load Carriage Design Lab, which devised a modular chest rig to hold his beer, cigars, lighter and TV remote control. He also had a look at the "Ironman" machine gun carriage system. He also fired a laser at the Thermal Test Facility to set his clothes on fire as part of a demonstration of fire-resistant uniforms.
Whitney experienced the Doriot Climatic Chamber, rations at the Department of Defense Combat Feeding Directorate, and shot against a female soldier using a weapon simulator.
"I just want to let everybody know watching this, honestly, you've seen me shoot on other shows — I'm not a bad shot,” Whitney was quoted on the website. "But when you're out in the field and you've got to shoot in these conditions, it ain't easy."
He also visited with troops at the center.
“There’s not a lot of people who would think of having a comedian tell our story,” Harlow said. “He’s just a nice guy. I was with him the whole day. He took time afterwards … and met soldiers and signed autographs. He made that time, even though he needed to catch a flight.”
Harlow said Whitney was “just a nice guy. He’s genuinely funny, but he cares about our soldiers.”