The ORSA Hall of Fame Celebrates New Inductee
By Shannon L. RussNovember 28, 2017
ARLINGTON, VA (November 28, 2017) -- The annual induction of historically distinguished U.S. Army operations research practitioners into the Operations Research & Systems Analysis (ORSA) Hall of Fame is a highlight at the Army Operations Research Symposium (AORS) Banquet. The ORSA Hall of Fame, chartered in 2004 by former Deputy Undersecretary of the Army for Operations Research, Mr. Walter W. Hollis, is intended to honor persons who have made significant contributions to U.S. Army Operations Research and Systems Analysis.The ORSA Hall of Fame is governed by a Board of Directors representing the leadership of the major analytic bodies of the Army. It is located at the U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. The 2017 ORSA Hall of Fame Inductee was Mr. James C. Cooke, who was honored on 24 October during the Hall of Fame Banquet at the Maryland Golf and Country Club in Bel Air, MD.Mr. Cooke, who is a graduate of West Point, currently serves as the Director of the U.S. Army Evaluation Center, part of the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC). His previous assignments include serving as the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army for Test and Evaluation, a temporary duty as Director, United States Forces -- Iraq, and Director for Models and Simulations under the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7.Mr. Cooke's nomination came from his team, who had this to say about him: "Mr. Cooke is a great Soldier, Operations Research Systems Analyst (ORSA) and Leader who is truly deserving of being recognized for his lifetime of achievements. He lives the Soldier Creed each and every day and proudly shares his military experiences as he interacts with the US Army Evaluation Center (AEC) personnel to ensure that the military judgment is applied always as we provide decision makers essential information. Mr. Cooke is Army Strong! He has had 12 assignments throughout his ORSA career starting when he was a MAJOR with the Operational Test and Evaluation Agency (OTEA) which is now AEC, working on programs such as the Stingray laser weapon system on a Bradley, the Bradley A2 with tiles, Javelin, and the C-17; as well as working on the Joint Staff and for General Colin Powell to name a few. Mr. Cooke arrived at AEC in July 2015 and has lifted AEC to higher standards through his visible, walk-around leadership style where he genuinely wants to hear from the workforce. Where there is a white board, there is a teaching moment for Mr. Cooke. Most people do not remember what you said, or what you did for them but they do remember how you made them feel; and that sums up Mr. Cooke. He makes every member of Team AEC feel that the function they perform plays a vital part in the success of AEC".On behalf of the Army Study Program Management Office, we want to say congratulations to the 2017 ORSA Hall of Fame inductee, and thank you Mr. Cooke for your enormous contributions to the U.S. Army.