By Mr David McNally (RDECOM)December 29, 2011
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command welcomes its top civilian leader with the coming of the New Year.
Dale A. Ormond, incoming deputy to commander, will begin work Jan. 3. Although he is no stranger to Aberdeen Proving Ground, he toured facilities here Dec. 13-14 and met with RDECOM Commanding General Maj. Gen. Nick Justice.
Ormond comes to RDECOM from the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he served as deputy to the commanding general since 2008.
He previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Elimination of Chemical Weapons) and as acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Policy and Procurement.
Ormond assumes the position vacated by Gary P. Martin, who left in November to become deputy to the commander, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, also at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
During Ormond's December visit, he toured several RDECOM facilities, including the U.S. Army Research Laboratory; the Communication Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center; the Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity and the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center.
Ormond comes to RDECOM at a time of transition. RDECOM's commanding general is scheduled to retire in February.
According to his official biography, Ormond is a former Navy submarine officer. He is a 1985 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Systems Engineering from Clemson University.
Ormond also has Level III certification in Department of Defense Acquisition Program Management. With a background in nuclear safety, industrial facility operations, and nuclear/ chemical waste disposal, Ormond's resume spans more than 25 years with the Department of Energy and Department of Defense.
Ormond was selected for Senior Executive Service in July 2004.