NATICK, Mass. – Craig L. Rettie, director of Research and Technology Integration for the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center, or DEVCOM SC, has been inducted into the Senior Executive Service, or SES.
In his position at DEVCOM SC, Rettie is responsible for the planning, programming, coordination and external integration of DEVCOM SC’s science and technology program to ensure America’s warfighters are optimized, protected, and lethal.
During the March 31 SES induction ceremony, Douglas Tamilio – director of DEVCOM SC and an SES Level II – hosted the ceremony and administered the oath of office to Rettie. The ceremony took place in Hunter Auditorium at the Natick Soldiers Systems Center, or NSSC.
By becoming an SES, Rettie joins an elite group of men and women chosen for their leadership qualifications and tasked with leading the ongoing transformation of the government.
Tamilio said that Rettie has the right skill set, as well as a wide depth of experience coupled with demonstrated leadership.
“He epitomizes the Army Values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage,” said Tamilio.
Rettie credited the many people who have led, mentored, and supported him over the years.
“Being selected for the Senior Executive Service is an honor that words are incapable of truly describing,” said Rettie. “I certainly never set out almost 40 years ago with the intention of winding up here, in this position. I have been blessed over those years to have the strongest leaders, insightful mentors, and strong supporters. Any credit for my successes belongs to them and the great people I have worked with on this journey. I look forward to continuing to serve the Army and Soldiers, with this great workforce, for years to come.”
About DEVCOM Soldier Center: The DEVCOM Soldier Center is committed to discovering, developing, and advancing science and technology solutions that ensure America’s warfighters are optimized, protected, and lethal. DEVCOM Soldier Center supports all of the Army's Modernization efforts, with the Soldier Lethality and Synthetic Training Environment Cross Functional Teams being the DEVCOM Soldier Center’s chief areas of focus. The center’s science and engineering expertise are combined with collaborations with industry, DOD, and academia to advance Soldier and squad performance. The center supports the Army as it transforms from being adaptive to driving innovation to support a Multi-Domain Operations Capable Force of 2028 and a MDO Ready Force of 2035. DEVCOM Soldier Center is constantly working to strengthen Soldiers’ performance to increase readiness and support for warfighters who are organized, trained, and equipped for prompt and sustainable ground combat.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) outreach and mentoring the next generation of scientists and engineers is also an important part of the mission of DEVCOM Soldier Center. The mentoring of students by Army scientists and engineers benefits the students and their communities. It also increases young people's awareness of potential Army job opportunities and helps provide the Army with potential new talent, helping to fuel innovative ideas that benefit the nation's warfighters and the nation as a whole.
DEVCOM Soldier Center is part of DEVCOM. Through collaboration across the command's core technical competencies, DEVCOM leads in the discovery, development and delivery of the technology-based capabilities required to make Soldiers more lethal to win our nation's wars and come home safely. DEVCOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Futures Command.