Douglas A. Tamilio — director of the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center — has been inducted into the Senior Executive Service. Maj. Gen. John F. Wharton, commanding general of the Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, hosted the ceremony and administered the oath of office to Tamilio. The ceremony, held at NSRDEC, also recognized Tamilio’s official assumption of responsibility as permanent director for the NSRDEC. (

NSRDEC director inducted into Senior Executive Service

NATICK, Mass. (July 26, 2016) — Douglas A. Tamilio — director of the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center — has been inducted into the Senior Executive Service.

Maj. Gen. John F. Wharton, commanding general of the Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, hosted the ceremony and administered the oath of office to Tamilio. The ceremony, held at NSRDEC, paid tribute to Tamilio on the occasion of his SES appointment and also recognized his official assumption of responsibility for the NSRDEC. Tamilio became permanent director of NSRDEC in June.

By becoming an SES, Tamilio joins an elite group of men and women chosen for their leadership qualifications and tasked with leading the ongoing transformation of the government.

During the ceremony, Wharton noted that Tamilio’s appointment was long overdue and called NSRDEC a national resource that improves the quality of life for all services, as well as the nation’s first responders.

As NSRDEC director, Tamilio is responsible for planning, programming, coordinating and executing the research, development and engineering program, which is dedicated to the sustainment and protection of the nation’s combat forces from the stresses of war through functionally suitable food, clothing, airborne and airdrop equipment, tactical shelters, and organizational personal equipment. NSRDEC delivers world-class research, development, systems engineering and services, with a unique “Soldier”-centric focus.

Wharton noted that Tamilio has worked very hard on the human dimension aspect of Soldier-centered research and on optimizing human performance.

“First, I’d like to thank Major General Wharton for presiding over today’s ceremony,” Tamilio said. “Sir, I can’t think of any other senior leader that truly appreciates and understands the importance of optimizing a Soldier’s performance.”

Tamilio also thanked NSRDEC’s partners and stakeholders that help the center carry out its work for the warfighter. He gave special thanks to his wife and children for their support.

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The U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter and our nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

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