RDECOM names Obusek as Natick director
January 18, 2011
- New director named Jan. 11
- Former Soldier with 27 years' experience
NATICK, Mass. -- The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command has named Dr. John P. Obusek to be the new director of the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center.
Maj. Gen. Nick Justice, commanding general, RDECOM, made the announcement Jan. 11.
Obusek takes over from Dr. Marilyn Freeman, who served as director from October 2007 to July 2010. Freeman was selected in June 2010 to become the Army's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology.
Obusek will lead the 800-person military and civilian workforce of NSRDEC, informally called "Natick Labs," whose mission is to maximize the warfighter's survivability, sustainability, mobility, combat effectiveness and field quality of life by treating the warfighter as a system. NSRDEC's unique approach focuses on technology and doctrinal solutions to empower, unburden and protect the Soldier.
The center is recognized as one of the Army's premier science and technology centers and has been selected as the research and development Organization of the Year seven times in the past 10 years.
Obusek had been serving as the Associate Director for Strategic Plans and Programs at NSRDEC. He has also served as NSRDEC's Chief of the Human Systems Integration and Sciences Division.
A retired Army colonel with more than 27 years of active duty service, Obusek's career culminated with an assignment as the commander of the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine at NaticK.
Obusek earned a bachelor of arts in biological sciences from the University of Delaware in 1976, a master of arts in physical therapy from Baylor University in 1977, and a doctorate of science in applied kinesiology (with distinction) from Boston University in 1995. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.
"I am confident that his strong leadership skills, vision and proven ability to network with critical stakeholders at all levels of government and industry will enable him to continue leading NSRDEC through its vital science and technology efforts to deliver capability for warfighters related to their health and performance, as well as providing the warfighter technologically superior Soldier systems," Justice said announcing Obusek as director.