Dr. Warren Schultz Receives Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award

12/31/2009 - 48-09r
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Dr. Warren Schultz, Associate Superintendent of the Chemistry Division at the Naval Research Laboratory, has received the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award. He is cited for "his exemplary service to the Navy and the Department of Defense while representing the Naval Research Enterprise on Combating Terrorism Technology Task Force." The award was presented by Captain Paul Stewart, Commanding Officer, at a ceremony held at NRL.

According to the award citation, "During his tenure, Dr. Schultz made significant contributions to the technology readiness of the US Military Services and the Deparrtment of Homeland Security. Dr. Schultz's accomplishments include the accelerated research and development of the Advanced Tactical Reconnaissance system for the detection of threat agents and Dust Abatement Solution in support of military operations and facilitating the transition and use of Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance in support of Homeland Security."

Dr. Schultz received his BS in Biology and M.S. in Microbiology from Emporia State University and his Sc.D. in Microbiology/Pathobiology/Virology from the John Hopkins University. After receiving his M.S., he joined the U.S. Navy as an officer in the Medical Service Corps where he served over 29 years, separating from the U.S. Navy as a Captain (O-6). In May of 2001, Dr. Schultz joined the NRL Chemistry Division as the Associate Superintendent.

As an officer in the U.S. Navy, Dr. Schultz was stationed at the Naval Medical Research Institute and served as the head of the Pathobiology Division in the Microbiology Department. While there he worked on immunity in malaria infection, infectious and serum hepatitis detection systems and treatment of infectious disease in extreme environments including deep submergence. In between R&D tours he served as the Associate Chairman of the Chemistry Department at the United States Naval Academy. During the summer periods at the academy he worked on the "finger printing" of ships by underwater signature analysis, developed the long-lived Navy gram-negative enteric pathogen program, and co-developed the Midshipman Sail Cruise Credit Program. Subsequent to the Academy tour he was a program officer at the Office of Naval Research (ONR), where he served as the Head of the Molecular Biology Group and Deputy Director of the Life Sciences Directorate and a member of the Research Advisory Board. During his tour he was involved in the development of molecular biology programs for the bioengineering of new materials of military utility. Another program that he initiated was life in the extreme environment, i.e., life at temperatures above the boiling point of water which examined the biochemical processes of thermal vent organisms. This program stirred international scientific controversy that led to a better understanding of high temperature reactions.

His final tour was at NRL where he was engaged in the early development of biosensors and where he later went on to develop several large environmental research and development programs. He served in key positions, including the Program Manager, Navy Biotechnology and Environmental Quality Research and Development Office, Senior Program and Science Advisor, and Special Assistant for Biotechnology in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense.

Dr. Schultz returned to NRL in 2001 as the Associate Superintendent of the Chemistry Division. One of his first major tasks came shortly after the events of 9-11 where he and several others spearheaded the compilation of a portfolio of NRL technology that could be accelerated into a rapid transition to support the pending wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and later what then was called the Global War on Terrorism, now called, Counterterrorism. He served several years as a representative on the Naval Research Enterprise on the Combating Terrorism Technology Task Force, where he was able to convey the operational needs to scientists and engineers and to identify technologies that could meet the needs of the operational forces engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan and homeland security activities.

On the technical side, he responded to the US Marine Corps need to reduce the number of brownout conditions occurring during helicopter landing in theater by assembling a team of NRL scientists to develop, test, and license a dust abatement solution that has been demonstrated in theater. The application of the solution greatly reduces brownout making landings and takeoffs safe and easy. This technology has been licensed to SoilWorks, LLC, an industry leader in the manufacturing of dust abatement materials for military training and other commercial uses such as soil stabilization in construction zones and sub-surfaces for turf playing fields. Work in another area has led to a long-term effort on developing a long endurance tactical, electric Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR). This was his work on the development, integration and testing of a chemical detection and biological collection sensor package. The Dragon Eye was modified to include chemical and biological agent sensing for battle damage assessment. This project was compressed into a six month effort and a group of Advanced Tactical Reconnaissance (ATR) Vehicles were provided to the Special Operations Forces in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This technology was more recently transitioned to General Dynamics who integrated an upgraded version for Chem/Bio sensing into a much larger UAV.

This ATR work directly led to a current program to deploy enhanced optical detection platforms for ISR utilizing small, stealthy, fuel cell powered UAVs. Dr. Schultz was the first to launch a UAV off the bridge of a submarine, the USS Albany, and demonstrate the potential organic capability of live airborne video and data to the submarine and Special Operation Forces communities. Work continues in this area under his leadership where submerged submarines will one day be able to launch long endurance unmanned aerial vehicles. The work is funded by the Office of Naval Research's Office for Innovation, the DOD Rapid Reaction Technology Office, and by the DOD Technology Transition Office under a Technology Transition Agreement for a Fuel Cell Powered Long Endurance Expendable Unmanned Aerial System for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance between PEO SUBS, PEO Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons, N87 Submarine Warfare Division, and NRL. He was also the architect of this agreement.

Dr. Schultz is a member of the American Society for Microbiology, American Chemical Society, the U.S. Naval Institute, the Society of American Military Engineers and a Lifetime Member of the Washington Academy of Sciences. He has received numerous awards including: National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal with Star and the Legion of Merit.

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