JANUARY 2013 – ISSUE NO. 7
By Dale A. Ormond
As I reect on my rst year at RDECOM,
would like to tell you how proud I am to servewith you in this state-of-the art organization.2012 was a year of great progress and tech-
nological contributions to the Warghter. Our
value is unmistakable, as is the critical rolethat each of you play.
I’m excited about RDECOM’s prospects for
2013 and the continued opportunities we have
to impact our Warghters and enhance their
Most of all, I’m impressed with the compe
-tence and dedication of our entire workforce.
RDECOM personnel do fascinating and impor
-tant work every day. One of the things I realize is
the sun never sets on RDECOM. From our folksin harm’s way at the RDECOM Field Assistance
in Science and Technology-Center at Bagram Air
Base, Afghanistan, to our team at the RDECOMForward Element Command - Pacic in Tokyo,
we have professionals seeking technology solu-tions the world over. I have been traveling seem-ingly non-stop and yet I have just scratched thesurface of our 16,000-strong workforce.To better support these endeavors, we aremaking a number of changes in the headquar-ters and I want to make sure you hear aboutthem directly from me:
Aviation and Missile Research Development
and Engineering Center Technical Director Eric Edwards is currently serving as actingdeputy director. Edwards will serve as the ADD for 45 days. I would like thank Jill Smith
for her terric support to the headquarters
serving most recently this role.Eric Stevens, the current Edgewood Chemical
Biological Center liaison ofcer supporting theG5, will serve as Mr. Edwards’ executive ofcer.
Paul Brozovic from ECBC will serve as the
next acting RDECOM chief information of
-cer/G6 behind Dr. Nate Buchheit. I would liketo thank Nate Buchheit for his leadership asour acting G-6.Effective Jan. 13 the G1 and G8 staff sectionswill return to their original state of two separate
staff sections. Todd Morris, the current deputy
chief of staff, will assume duties as the G1 andresponsibility for maintaining and enhancing our world-class work force. I would like to thank Toddfor taking on this important leadership role in theheadquarters. The role of deputy chief of staff
will not be back-lled at this time. Paul Dunaway
will re-assume his role as the G-8.Lionel Brown will return from an overseasassignment in Korea to assume his role asthe G5, Strategy and Communications. Lionelpreviously served as the G5 before leaving
RDECOM to accept an OCONUS position.
Also, I am establishing a Strategic InitiativesGroup, led by Linda Longo, to help with plan-ning and coordination across the headquar-ters and the Command. The SIG will consist
of three sections: strategy integration; STEM;
and a fusion cell.Col. Chris Oliver, currently assigned toCommunications - Electronics Research,Development and Engineering Center, willreplace Bob Lyons and assume responsibil-ity for Programs and Engineering. Bob will re-turn to ECBC after an overlap period with Col.Oliver. I would like to publically thank Bob for his willingness to take on this position and hisleadership in this important role.
Maj. Mike Baker, currently a member of P&E, will serve as my military executive of
-cer in a developmental assignment rotation.Larry Dougherty will remain in his position as
my civilian executive ofcer.Other details are yet to be nalized, but I want
-ed you to be aware of these coming changes,
and we can discuss further at the RDECOM
headquarters town hall scheduled for Jan. 14.I also want to let you know that there are nofurther Task Force APG updates at this time. Analysis and coordination is ongoing and wewill keep everyone informed as the situationprogresses.Once again, I would like to commend youfor your dedicated efforts on behalf of our Soldiers and thank you for your continued to
support to RDECOM.
U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Director Dale Ormond (right) enjoys the festivities as the organization’s holiday party Dec. 12 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. (U.S. Army photo by Conrad Johnson)
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