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    Science, technology and experiments, oh my!



    Story by Cpl. Thomas Spencer 

    I MEF Information Group

    When most people think about the Marine Corps they think of an elite warfighting organization. What most do not think about is how the Marine Corps fits into the information age and ever evolving operational environment of science and technology.

    Capt. John Geldmacher, the Technical Information Operations officer at I Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group (MIG), also holds the collateral billet of Science, Technology and Experimentation officer.

    Geldmacher joined the Marine Corps as an Intelligence Officer, but was selected for the Commandant’s Career Level Education Board (CCLEB). This allowed him to attend and receive a master’s degree from the Post Naval Graduate School in Monterey, California.

    As the Technical Information Operations Officer, Geldmacher makes connections between the technical specialists, information related capabilities and subject matter experts.

    “I am a connecting point in a constellation of organizations such as academia, industry, and research and development warfare centers,” said Geldmacher.

    One of the ways IMIG enables these collaborations is with the Pete Ellis Innovation Node. This is an environment that was created in order to work on projects, organize classes and invent new ways to stop potential threats. This allows Geldmacher to make connections with individuals who can fill the gaps in any potential shortfalls IMIG may have.

    “Having these connections and knowing enough about everyone’s job is what makes me dangerous,” said Geldmacher.

    As the Science, Technology and Experimentation Officer, Geldmacher is also able to initiate tests using commercial equipment in a tactical environment. In doing this, he is able to analyze their capabilities and quickly obtain assets that would be needed for potentially dangerous situations.

    In his role within an operational command, Geldmacher is able to get eyes on what research, new developments and commercial products are being utilized and the possible potential this technology could have within the IMIG. He also strives to quickly integrate these new technologies in the most economical way.

    “Staying engaged with new and interesting challenges. There is always something different than what I have worked with in the past. It requires critical thinking, and that part I enjoy the most,” said Geldmacher.

    Geldmacher is a valuable asset to IMIG. He continues to innovate and constantly strives to push the boundaries of technology when and wherever possible.



    Date Taken: 04.30.2021
    Date Posted: 04.30.2021 18:31
    Story ID: 395318
    Location: CAMP PENDLETON, CA, US 

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