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21             Distinguished Speaker Program: CDR Adam Samuels, USN (Ret)


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1                Distinguished Speaker Program:  The University of Texas Naval ROTC          
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Distinguished Speaker Program
(Now Taking Reservations)

Thursday, 21 June 2018
Social 1815 • Dinner 1915 • Program 2015

Honored Guest and Speaker

Lieutenant Commander Adam Samuels

United States Navy, Retired

Topic: “Global Public Health; fighting Ebola in Africa and
Anthrax in the former Soviet Union”

Adam Samuels is retired U.S.  Navy Surface Warfare Officer (SWO), serving 20 years before retiring in 2017 and returning home to Texas.

He was deployed over 9/11 as the Asst Operations/Surface Watch Officer assigned to the Sea Combat Commander in the North Arabian Sea (Destroyer Squadron Nine DESRON NINE), tasked to maintain situational awareness and operational planning for over 60 separate coalition ships and logistics units during the beginning of the Global War on Terrorism.

He later served as the Department Head Operations Officer on the first operational Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) AEGIS destroyer forward deployed out of Yokosuka Japan in 2006.

During his 2011-2015 Joint assignment at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) based at Ft Belvoir (outside Washington DC), Adam was acting Section Head for Africa Programs, overseeing bio-surveillance, bio-safety, and bio-security engagement in a dozen countries across the continent, including restarting bio-engagement programs with South Africa and implementing the DTRA response to the West Africa Ebola pandemic.

He cultivated close inter-agency working relationships with CDC, USDA, FBI Bio-Countermeasures Unit, and the US Embassy staff, he developed and implemented bio-defense programs designed to improve partner country ability to detect and report highly infectious diseases (Select Agents) before they grew from outbreaks to regional epidemics to global pandemics With his team of over 25 DTRA civilian experts, he managed programs providing training and equipment to host country doctors, epidemiologists, laboratory technicians, and research staff.

He also served as the DTRA CBEP OCONUS Training and Exercise Lead, constructing multi-week field exercises to evaluate program effectiveness of DTRA funded engagement in Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Tanzania, and Tbilisi Georgia, providing feedback to DTRA HQ and US Embassy program managers to adjust future program goals and program funding.

LCDR Samuels’s sea duty assignments include shipboard Damage Control Assistant, and various Engineering and Operations assignments on a submarine midshipman training cruise (USS Omaha SSN692), pre-commissioned destroyer under construction at a shipyard, two operational destroyers (USS Porter DDG78, USS Stethem DDG63), Navy cruiser (USS Monterey CG61), and embarked staff aboard two aircraft carriers (USS Carl Vinson CVN70 and USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN71).

Ashore, Adam was the Asst Training Officer/ Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Officer for Commander, Naval Reserve Readiness Command- Pacific Northwest (REDCOM NW) staff in Everett WA, Action Officer for the Chief of Naval Operations staff (OPNAV
86) at the Pentagon-overseeing the Navy’s Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Defense (CBRN-D) programs-and Foreign Disclosure Officer for the Navy International Programs Office (NIPO), located at the historic Washington Navy Yard.

Adam currently serves as Emergency Management Planning Coordinator (EMPC) for the Texas Military Department (Texas Army National Guard + Air National Guard), located on Camp Mabry in Austin TX.

He oversees the all-hazard emergency preparedness for 106 National Guard facilities across the state, including all Armories, Airfields, Training Centers, and Recruiting Storefronts.

A native of San Antonio Texas, Adam holds a BS in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MMET) from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, a MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.
Adam recently completed a fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business with the Veterans Accelerated Management Program (VAMP).

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2015  Program                                2115 Closing Ceremony and Adjourn
1815  Social Hour                           1910  Opening Ceremony and Dinner

Reservations must be received by 2:00 p. m. on Tuesday, 19 June 2018

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