Colonel Robin R. Neumeier, Commander
COL Robin R. Neumeier, a native of Texas, entered the Army as a Nurse Corps Officer commissioned through ROTC at Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She attended The Medical University at South Carolina where she received a Master’s in Nursing; Midwifery in 2001 and graduated in 2001 from Old Dominion University in Virginia with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Executive Leadership.
COL Neumeier is the current commander of USARMICD following a fellowship with the United States Army War College at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington DC. She has held key leadership positions in both MEDCOM and FORSCOM environments and consistently seeks opportunities that challenge her. From staff midwife to Chief Nurse of a deployed Combat Support Hospital (Afghanistan) to Deputy Commanding Officer at 30th Medical Brigade in Germany, COL Neumeier remains a versatile senior AMEDD leader.
COL Neumeier enjoys staying active as a Midwife and remains clinically engaged as a full scope CNM. Professional association affiliations include American College of Nurse Midwives; Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing; Armed Forces Association; and Association of Nurse Executives. Military schools include Officer’s Basic Course, 66G AOC Course, Officer’s Advanced Course, Combat Casualty Care Course (C4), Trauma Nurse Care Course, Command General and Staff College, AMEDD Advanced Nurse Leadership Course, Joint Operations Medical Management Course, Joint Forces Combat Trauma Medical Course, AMEDD Executive Skills Course, Defense Strategic Course and Army War College.
Her military awards include Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (6 OCL), Army Commendation Medal (5 OCL), Army Achievement Medal (2 OCL), Overseas Service Ribbon (5), Order of Military Medical Merit, the National Defense Service Medal (1 Star), the Global War on Terrorism Medal, parachute badge, and German Army Fitness Proficiency Badge.
MSG Nikolay O. Kirillov, Senior Enlisted Leader
Master Sergeant Nikolay O. Kirillov assumed responsibility as the Senior Enlisted Leader of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense on 17 July 2018.
MSG Kirillov most recently served as the Senior Advanced Individual Training Platoon Sergeant at 188th Medical Battalion, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
MSG Kirillov enlisted in the Army in 2003 in Palmer, Alaska. He completed basic training in Fort Benning, Georgia. He attended phase one of Advanced Individual Training as a 68K and phase two at Fort Lewis, Washington. He holds an associate of science degree in laboratory science, a bachelor of science degree in clinical laboratory science and a master of arts degree in healthcare administration.
Among his awards are two Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, and seven Army Achievement Medals, as well as the prestigious Expert Field Medical Badge and German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge.
LTC David S. Johnston, Deputy Commander
Lieutenant Colonel David S. Johnston earned his master’s and doctorate in biophysical chemistry from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Science in strategic intelligence from the National Intelligence University.
Lieutenant Colonel Johnston currently serves as the Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense. A prior enlisted medic, Lieutenant Colonel Johnston transitioned to the officer corps and into Army research as a principal investigator at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense where he was also PROFIS to the 9th Area Medical Laboratory. Following his tour at the Army lab, he served as the Chief of Chemical and Biological Detection Programs at the Defense Intelligence Agency, deploying with Operation Iraqi Freedom (Operation HORNED VIPER) in the Iraq Survey Group. Upon his return, he led a future $1+ billion Joint Capabilities Technical Demonstration (JCTD). He also served as the Laboratory Operations Manager for the ISO 17025 reference lab at the U.S. Army Public Health Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. In 2010, Lieutenant Colonel supported the Assistant Secretary of State for Nonproliferation as a chemical and biological Foreign Policy Advisor in Washington, D.C. During his tour at the Department of State, he coordinated with over 40 other countries and co-authored the UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR 2118) enacting sanctions against Syria for chemical weapons. Following a successful diplomatic tour, Lieutenant Colonel Johnston led the Medical Science Division at the AMEDD Center and School and provided graduate instruction in medical biochemistry. Subsequently, he was competitively selected as the Department Chair, then Associated Dean, and finally as the Director of Strategic Planning and Partnerships for the Defense Health Agency’s Medical Education and Training Campus, at Fort Sam Houston, TX, leading 2,000 instructors and 20,000 students per year. In August of 2016, he transitioned to the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity to serve as the Deputy Commander and then became the Deputy Director of the Combat Casualty Care Research Programs at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command where he oversaw and shaped approximately $1 billion in Army and DoD Science and Technology investment in trauma research.
Lieutenant Colonel Johnston has over 20 publications, numerous presentations, and a patent. He is Science & Technology Level III Certified and a member of the U.S. Army Acquisition Corps. His awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (3OCL), Meritorious Service Medal (3OCL), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Award NIMUA, Army Superior Unit Award, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (x2), Global Warfare on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global Warfare on Terrorism Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, and Army Service Ribbon.
Additionally, he received the Meritorious Honor Award with the Department of State, the National Intelligence Research Award with the National Intelligence University and was nominated for the MASINT Rivet Amber Award.
James F. Dillman, Ph.D., Director of Research
Dr. James F. Dillman III is currently the Director of Research at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense. He serves as the Senior Civilian Scientist and oversees a program focused on the research and development of medical countermeasures against chemical and biochemical threats to protect Warfighters as well as Civilians. He serves as the Command advisor for scientific and research matters related to medical chemical defense.
He served previously as the Chief of the Science Program Analysis and Integration Office and was a Principal Investigator in the Cell and Molecular Biology Branch at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense. As a Principal Investigator, Dr. Dillman oversaw a research group focused on the development of medical countermeasures to chemical warfare agents. His research group utilized transcriptomics, proteomics and molecular approaches to define the molecular and cellular consequences of chemical warfare agent exposure with the goal of identifying therapeutic targets for development of toxicant medical countermeasures.
Dr. Dillman received a B.S. with honors in biology from Lebanon Valley College of Pennsylvania, and his Ph.D. from the Department of Cell Biology at the University of Virginia. He was awarded post-doctoral fellowships from the National Stroke Association and the National Institutes of Health during his time as a research fellow in the Departments of Neurology and Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He joined the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense as a National Research Council Research Associate and subsequently came on staff as a principal investigator in the Applied Pharmacology Branch at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense.
Colonel Stephen Hyland, Director of Clinical Education
Colonel Stephen P. Hyland joined the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense in August 2019 as the Chief of the Chemical Casualty Care Division and as of October 2020 serves as the Director of Clinical Education.
Colonel Hyland entered the Army through the Health Professional Scholarship Program, graduating from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1999. In 2002, he completed a family medicine residency at Martin Army Community Hospital at Fort Benning, GA. He spent 6 years in Germany in various family medicine staff positions and deployed twice with the 1st Infantry Division: Turkey (2003) and Iraq (2004). He earned a master’s in public health from the University of Washington, and completed preventive and occupational medicine fellowships at Madigan Army Medical Center. Colonel Hyland served in many positions both garrison and operational medicine. He had the unique opportunity to serve as the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) surgeon while operating the DTRA occupational health and travel medicine clinic.
He maintains clinical privileges in occupational medicine at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital and is an active member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
His military courses include Officer Basic Course, Officer Advanced Course, Command and General Staff College, Combat Casualty Care Course, Medical Effects of Ionizing Radiation, Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties Course, Public Health Emergency Officer Course, and Joint Forces Combat Trauma Medical Course.
His military awards include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), National Defense Service Medal, Oversee Service Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal (Gold Star), and Global War on Terrorism Medal.