RDECOM CERDEC inducts newest SES
August 16, 2011
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command welcomed its newest Senior Executive Service member during an induction ceremony at the Myer Auditorium, here, Aug. 12.
Mr. John Willison will serve as the director for the Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center's Command and Control directorate. He replaces Dr. Geraldo Melendez, who was named director for the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, June 20, 2010.
Willison, who will have 25 years of service come October, previously served as the Technical Director for Project Manager Battle Command, Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications - Tactical at Fort Monmouth, N.J. He was responsible for leading the technical program for all Army Battle Command Systems and development of the Battle Command technical vision, strategy, and architecture and managing execution of the system of systems engineering process.
At CERDEC C2D, he will lead an organization whose business and technology areas include information and knowledge management, portable and mobile power, platform integration and prototyping, environmental control systems, and position and navigation.
"We pause to honor individuals, such as John, for a tremendous achievement; his experience, hard work, and diligence is always something that sets him apart," said RDECOM Commanding General, MG Nickolas G. Justice, who hosted the ceremony.
"Your experience will be combined with some energetic folks in the labs who are changing the way we do things, to adapt command and control agility," Justice said.
After thanking his family and MG Justice, Willison briefly discussed the importance of service and looking forward.
"I started at Ft Monmouth almost 25 yrs ago to this day. As I got immersed in the Army community, I recognized that sense of service throughout the community. I am honored and excited for this opportunity to serve RDECOM and CERDEC - organizations that have a great mission and do great work," Willison said.
Willison has held several leadership positions for the U.S. Army, primarily in the Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command Software Engineering Center. These included Director of Advanced Battlespace Solutions and Director for Advanced Battlespace Solutions, Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer.
Mr. Willison has been a member of the New Jersey State Commission on Science & Technology and a member of the Program Advisory Boards for the Monmouth University Software Engineering Department and Brookdale Community College.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College, a Masters of Science Software Engineering from Monmouth College and has completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.