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 Walter W. Hollis Award 

The Walter W. Hollis Award is presented annually in recognition of the lifetime contributions and achievement in the area of defense Test & Evaluation.  The award is presented in the name of Walter W. Hollis who is recognized for his dedicated and long-standing service in the field of Test & Evaluation.

2012 Recipient


Mr. Brian Simmons, Technical Director, ATEC

Brian’s Army career began 32 years ago in the Army Ballistic Research Labs. He then moved to AMSAA as an evaluator for infantry anti-armor weapons. Recognizing his skills as an analyst, engineer and manager, he was soon appointed Chief, Test Business Operations for Army TECOM. He also served a brief tour in the Pentagon in HQ Army Secretariat as Deputy
Director, Plans, Programs and Resources. He has also served as Deputy to the Commander/
Technical Director, Army Developmental Test Command and Director, Army Evaluation
Center. As a member of the Senior Executive Service since 1998, Brian was appointed as Tech Director, Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) nearly 2 years ago, overseeing the execution of all ATEC test plans and reports as well as the command’s evaluation strategy and analysis. He’s also responsible for integrating their instrumentation, policy, M&S and continuous improvement projects, and has directed the T&E for over 400 weapons programs with a workforce of 9,000 and budget of $2B. He completed his undergrad work at University of Maryland, received an MS from Johns Hopkins and a Harvard Executive Fellowship, graduated from the Army War College and is a certified member of the Army Acquisition Corps. He is also the recipient of two Presidential citations for his outstanding achievements.

Past Recipients

  • Dr. James N. Walbert, Chief Scientist, SURVICE Engineering Company
  • Dr. James J. Streilein, Technical Director/Deputy to the Commander, U.S.
    Army Test and Evaluation Command (2010)
  • Dr. Ernest Seglie, Science Advisor to the Director, Operational Test & Evaluation, OSD (2009)
  • Dr. Paul H. Deitz, Acting Director HRED, ARL, APG, MD (2008)

  • Mr. James F. O'Bryon, Former DDOT&E / LFT (2007)

  • RADM Bert Johnston, USN (Ret), Wyle Laboratories (2006)

  • Hon Thomas Christie, DOT&E, OSD (2005)

  • Dr. Marion Williams, HQ AFOTEC (2004)

  • Mr. James Fasig, Aberdeen Test Center (2003)

  • Mr. G. Thomas Castino, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (2002)

  • Hon Philip Coyle, III, DOT&E, OSD (2001)

  • Mr. Walter Hollis, Department of the Army (2000)


Affiliate Associations

The Association for Enterprise Information    National Training and Simulation Association    Precision Strike Association    Women in Defense