'Take care of your people'
ARL promotes acquisition captain to field grade officer
July 01, 2014
By Joyce P. Brayboy, ARL Public Affairs Office
Simulation and Training Technology Center commander Col. Matthew T. Clarke promoted Capt. Jonathan Judy to the rank of major in a promotion ceremony at Adelphi Laboratory Center, Md., June 17.
As the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Sustaining Base Network Assurance Branch military team lead for network protection, Maj. Judy's duties include managing host base security services. His team serves Defense customers with highly specialized needs. The new major has had 10 years of military experience to include tours to Iraq, Afghanistan and time as a commander of troops.
"ARL is an organization that develops technology for Soldiers," Clarke said. "What better way to celebrate 239 years of the Army profession than to see this outstanding captain promoted to major? Maj. Judy demonstrates the competence, character and commitment necessary to succeed as an Army professional."
The Army Birthday was on June 14, celebrating the professionalism of the total force — active duty, families, civilians, National Guard and Reserve.
"The engagement period with the Army is over," Clarke said regarding Maj. Judy's transition from captain to field grade responsibilities. "This is where the marriage begins."
As Clarke acknowledged those who supported Maj. Judy over the course of his career, he pointed out "if the Soldier is the foundation of the Army; the family is the bedrock for that Soldier. He couldn't get to where he is without help."
Maj. Judy was joined by his wife, Melissa, and daughter, Elizabeth, 6-months old. Philip Perconti, the director of ARL's Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate and ARL's senior noncommissioned officer, Sgt. Maj. Christopher Harris were also special guests.
Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Juan M. Crockett from the Research, Development and Engineering Command, ARL's higher headquarters, offered the invocation and benediction.
Maj. Judy reflected on the milestone promotion. "I feel privileged for the experiences I gained in the military," he said. "I have come to realize the value I bring to my current assignment is an understanding of Soldiers' needs. One of the most important things the Army has taught me is to take care of Soldiers and their families. It is gratifying to know the research and development projects I shape at ARL will impact the lives of the Soldiers well after I'm gone."
The avid golfer said if there is one leadership philosophy he wants to be remembered by, it is: "People first. Take care of the people who work for you and the mission will take care of itself."
Maj. Judy was commissioned as a Signal Officer with a branch detail in Armor after he completed the Reserve Officers' Training Corps program at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., where he majored in computer science. He was first assigned to the 1-10 Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas as a Cavalry Scout platoon leader. He has also served as a Recruiting Company commander, and has attended the Naval Postgraduate School. He is a native of Cumberland, Md.
"I've never been in science and technology. I didn't know such a thing existed. It has been an eye opening experience to see the research that will make it into Army Programs of Record," Maj. Judy, who competes in obstacle and adventure runs like Warrior Dash, during the year, said.
The Sustaining Base Network Assurance Branch manager, Curtis Arnold, said Army leaders help ensure ARL's research is relevant to the Soldier. "We couldn't perform ARL's mission without Maj. Judy and those like him," he said.
ARL's mission is to forecast solutions that empower and protect Soldiers into the future through the organization's portfolio of basic and applied science.
Maj. Judy sought out the Army Acquisition Branch because of his interest in business and how things are developed and built. He did not just want to be involved with procurement; but he wanted to guide programs to do what they are intended to do for the Army. Upon retirement, he plans to continue that work, he said.
"Maj. Judy has been here for 15 months and I can tell you he's a great person. I hope we keep him as long as possible," Arnold said.
Maj. Judy will compete with a team of four in the ALC Golf Tournament, a 9-hole best-ball scramble golf tournament sponsored by NAFIC in conjunction with the ALC picnic, on July 24.