Director, Military Operational Medicine Research Program
USARMY MEDCOM USAMRMC (USA)
Commander Steele is the Director of the Military Operational Medicine Research Program (MOMRP) at the US Army Medical Research and Development Command, FT Detrick, MD and Chair of Joint Program Committee (JPC-5) for the Defense Health Agency. CDR Steele drives planning, programming and budgeting for medical research to protect the health, support readiness, sustain/enhance performance and optimize medical treatment of Service members under environmental extremes, physical degradation, sleep/circadian disruption, blast and physical injuries and under acute & chronic psychological stress.
Commander Steele received a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in 2005. As a Navy officer and Research Physiologist, he spearheaded work to promote submarine crew endurance and reduce circadian rhythm disruption/sleep inefficiency at the Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory in 2006. In 2009, Steele became an Assistant Professor at the Uniformed Services University where he directed a Military Applied Physiology course and led a field leadership exercise of 65 officers and enlisted cadre that exposed over 800 medical officers to operational challenges faced by warfighters. In 2012, CDR Steele reported to the Office of Naval Research (ONR) as a Program Officer in the Warfighter Performance Department. He provided leadership and direct oversight for a $45M annual portfolio in Military Operational Medicine, Combat Casualty Care, and Medical Radiological Defense comprising 70 research groups at over 25 Department of Defense and civilian institutions.
CDR Steele’s operational background includes three years in the U.S. Army as an artilleryman and twelve years in the Army National Guard serving in Aviation, Armor and Engineering units as a non-commissioned officer in both Nuclear Biological & Chemical Operations and Military Intelligence. Steele has deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and has supported Humanitarian Service operations in the state of North Carolina. CDR Steele is the current Specialty Leader for the Navy’s Medical Service Corps Research Physiology community.
Monday, September 27, 2021
3:10 PM – 4:25 PM ET