REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command officially welcomed the Technical Center's new director with a Senior Executive Service ceremony Nov. 12.

Julie W. Schumacher, who joined the command Oct. 28 and is the fifth director of the Technical Center, is replacing Debra Wymer, who retired from federal civilian service in May.

"Today is a special day for the SMDC/ARSTRAT team as we prepare to install the fifth director of the Tech Center," said Lt. Gen. David L. Mann, SMDC's commanding general. "She has been involved in the space and missile defense business since 1998. Due to her impressive credentials, her exceptional leadership attributes and her leadership, she was an easy selection.

"She understands how to work very complex issues and to gain consensus, and most importantly she knows how to mentor. Having the ability to mentor young engineers cannot be overstated," he added. "In this new assignment, she is going to be responsible for taking space and missile defense technology to the next level and making sure it meets the Warfighters' needs and objectives. The bottom line is she will have a lot on her plate and we welcome her to the team."

This is Schumacher's second time with the command, and she said she was glad to be back.

"I would like to thank you for giving me this opportunity and I will do my very best for our Tech Center and our Soldiers," Schumacher said. "I look forward to stepping in and learning more about our programs.

"I feel honored to serve in the position and will work hard as a leader for our workforce and a manager to ensure we are providing materials and solutions that are affordable, relevant and sustainable," she added. "I look forward to the challenges ahead."

Schumacher previously served as the deputy director for Test for the Missile Defense Agency, where she was responsible for supporting strategic planning, management and execution of the Ballistic Missile Defense System test program including flight and ground testing, and war games and exercises.

She earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and a Master of Science in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She has completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, APEX Senior Executive Service course, the Program Manager's Course at the Defense Acquisition University, and is Level III-certified in program management, test and evaluation, and systems engineering.

In her role as director of the Technical Center, Schumacher is responsible for managing research, development, and test programs for space, missile defense, cyber, directed energy and related technologies, and also for the management of the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site in the Marshall Islands.