ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD - Prior to his retirement from the United States Army, the 37th Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Joseph M. Martin, visited the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, or ATEC, Headquarters July 25 on Aberdeen Proving Ground.
Martin met with the ATEC commanding general, Maj. Gen. James J. Gallivan, ATEC executive technical director/deputy to the commander, James Amato, and ATEC command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Maj. Bryan Otero for an office call to discuss ATEC support to Army modernization priorities. Following the call, Martin participated in an ATEC Command-Wide Town Hall, where he was able to address the workforce and present a coin to recognize members of the command.
"I've never forgotten the fact of where I came from, and what you see before you today, is a bi-product of the great team of teams that has, is, and will work here at ATEC," said Martin. "You're amazing people and what you do every day matters to the United States Army."
From 2012 to 2013, Martin served as a commander of the U.S. Army Operational Test Command, alongside the former OTC executive technical director, Amato, who has served as the ETD/DC of ATEC HQ since October 2020.
"What amazed me about this headquarters and the Operational Test Command is there's a cadre of people there that are exquisitely capable of doing operational testing and with the Evaluation Center, evaluating and providing results back to the Army, Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, Congress, and Program Executive Office about the particular piece of equipment that we are testing," said Martin. "It was amazing to see the professionalism, and the dedication of that workforce, but that wasn't the most remarkable capability, in my view."
Martin continued by crediting Amato and the U.S. Army Operational Test Command team for assisting him with leading the team while he was in command. "Jim Amato helped me navigate some of the complexities of the ecosystem that surrounds this command [ATEC HQ], that command [OTC], and the Department of Defense, and without him, I would have not succeeded in that command."
As Martin concluded his remarks, he stated "I can assure you that for the last 11 days of my time as the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army and beyond, that the Department of the Army is going to maintain the momentum, we are going to keep doing this as a team, we're going to keep the warfighter at the center of the design process, and we will maintain open productive two-way communication with the Army and this command."