Leadership

LTC Vazquez

LTC Raymond Vazquez is a graduate of the Reserve Officers Training Command at Fordham University. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps.

Prior to his selection as Commander of the United States Army Center for Environmental Health Research (USACEHR), LTC Vazquez was the Deputy Commander of the United States Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD). His past assignments include Military Fellow on the Chief of Staff of the Army's Strategic Studies Group from 2014-2015, the Army Medical Portfolio Manager and Deputy Director for Medical Systems for the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology from 2011-2014. Medical Research and Development Officer for the Department of Defense Science and Technology Center Europe, Wiesbaden, Germany from 2007-2011, Chief Biochemistry Section, Department of Clinical Investigations, Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii, where he was also PROFIS to the 121st Medical Evacuation Hospital, South Korea, 2003-2007, Deputy Director Plans, Program, Analysis & Evaluation, United States Army Medical Research & Materiel Command (USAMRMC), Fort Detrick, Maryland, 2003, Aide-de-Camp to MG Martinez-Lopez (Ret), Commanding General of USAMRMC, Fort Detrick, Maryland, 2002-2003. Chief Basic Assessment Branch, USAMRICD, Aberdeen Proving Ground in Edgewood, Maryland, 2001-2002, Detachment Commander/Adjutant, USAMRICD, 2000-2001.

LTC Vazquez deployed to Iraq in 2011 during Operation New Dawn.

LTC Vazquez's Military Education includes the Defense Strategy Course at the Army War College, Army Command and General Staff College, Army Medical Department Officers Advance Course, Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties Course (MCBC), Army Medical Department Officer Basic Course, Fleet Marine Force School, Naval Medical Combat Readiness Course. LTC Vazquez is Science and Technology Management Level 3 Certified and a member of the Army Acquisition Corps, the Association of Government Toxicologist, and the United States Army Association of Military Surgeons.

His civilian education consists of a Master Degree in Chemistry from City College of New York, and a Masters in Philosophy and Doctorate in Biochemistry from City University of New York.

LTC Vazquez's awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal (2 oak leaf clusters), Joint Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medals (3 oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, two Joint Meritorious Unit Awards, Meritorious Unit Citation, Navy Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Commendation Medal with one Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Services Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, Combat Action Badge, German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency in Gold, the Army Staff Identification Badge and is a recipient of the 9A Medical Proficiency Designator and the Order of Military Medical Merit.

Dr. Marti Jett

Dr. Marti Jett was selected for the Senior Executive Service and became Department of the Army Senior Scientific and Professional (ST) employee engaged in Research & Development in November 2014. As the Army's Senior Research Scientist (Systems Biology), she serves as the principal expert in this discipline within the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC), and provides technical expertise on the scientific research which integrates animal and human network biology knowledge development with applied systems biology tools, computational sciences, modeling, and clinical conditions, with a specific focus on disease, illness and injuries of military relevance and related medical conditions.

Dr. Jett acts as an advisor to the Command through the Office of the Principal Assistant for Research and Technology (OPART) on systems biology issues and plans. The mission of the USAMRMC is the discovery, identification and development of countermeasures, medical diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, biologics and devices for militarily relevant conditions, to include patient care, applied research, and medical education. She serves under the general direction of the OPART for the systems biology Command-wide strategy and plans.

Dr. Jett's principal area of responsibility involves the formulation, implementation, management and integration of comprehensive basic and applied research programs in systems biology sciences applied to militarily relevant medical problems and diseases. In addition, she mentor junior scientific staff, and personally led and conducts research, in addition to the advisory and coordination duties.

Dr. Jett was born in Ohio and graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University, where she majored in Chemistry. Her post-graduate education in Physiological Chemistry was at Ohio State University and received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Georgetown University, Washington DC.

Dr. Jett's recent prior assignments were Director of the Integrative Systems Biology Program at the U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research, Fort Detrick, MD where she focused on systemic studies to determine the etiology of and finding solutions for military-relevant health issues. She also held a leadership position at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research where she was Chief of the Department of Molecular Pathology. Dr. Jett is Co-founder of the Gains in Engineering, Math and Science (GEMS) for middle/high school students and expanded the Science & Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP) to include sequels (CQL) for undergraduate and graduate students, under the auspices of the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (US AEOP).

Among Dr. Jett's many awards were scholarships, fellowships, invited keynote speaker at scientific conferences. She received the "Excellence in Chemistry Award" from the State of Ohio, Fessenden Chemistry Prize, Who's Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She is given citations in America's Registry of Outstanding Professionals, International Who's Who of Professional and Business Women, and American Men and Women in Science.

She has a wealth of peer-reviewed scientific publications and 7 patents awarded plus 2 pending. Her major research grant awards include funding from DARPA, NIH, DTRA, CDMRP and Army Research Area Program awards. Nine students received the Ph.D, 12 the MS degrees in her laboratory (she holds Adjunct Professorship status at local universities). She has been a judge at the International Science Fair (ISEF) for many years and continues as the Chief Judge for the DC Science Fair (>20 years). She has co-mentored numerous students for the Intel Science Talent Search, 4 were semifinalists and 1 a finalist ("Junior Nobel Prize"). She was nominated for the "Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math, and Engineering Mentoring" Program. She was honored as the 2012 "Scientist of the Year" by District of Columbia (DC) Hall of Fame.