Fifty Years of Dedicated Service

Col. Morris L. Bodrick

Commander, U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center

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Mr. Wallace talks with fellow West Virginian WWII Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams.

Mr. Wallace began his federal career in 1967 with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before transferring to the Material Testing Directorate (MTD, which eventually became ATC). He has worked on a variety of automotive and fire control systems and has held technical management positions at ATC since 1987. Everyone knows in his award selection form the backbone of ATC and its capabilities. Mr. Wallace has been critical in pioneering and propelling many of the testing processes we use today. He was the Lead Instrumentation Engineer who worked to prove out the Moving Target Simulator (MTS, aka The Bubble); he also directed the development of the Black Box, used to collect crucial, real-time data in Afghanistan for the test community. He was also principal to the design, funding, and construction of the Automotive Technology Evaluation Facility (ATEF), our new high-speed test track. Many of these accomplishments have been huge successes for ATC and the Army and have shaped both how we test now, and will continue to test well into the future.

At Mr. Wallace’s 50th anniversary award ceremony, MG John W. Charlton, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, presented to Mr. Wallace a 2-Star Note and a Commanderís Coin. As Mr. Wallace will be the first to say, many people on his journey paved the way for him to do what he enjoyed doing: making a difference.

After 50 years of dedicated service, Mr. Wallace shows no sign of slowing down. Currently, he is facilitating a partnership between ATC and Aberdeen Proving Ground’s High Performance Computing (HPC) team to build ATC’s capabilities with autonomous systems and cyber testing. Both areas are primed to become major ATC efforts in the future.

It is interesting to reflect on the mere 66 years between the Wright Brother’s first flight at Kitty Hawk and Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon. In that brief period, the United States grew from having no powered flight to achieving arguably the greatest technological achievement of mankind. What will ATC look like when some of you reach the 50-year mark?

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Wallace, a consummate professional, on an extraordinary job well done!Please join me in congratulating Mr. Wallace, a consummate professional, on an extraordinary job well done!