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Please join us on Thursday, 3 June 2021 at 1400 to hear a panel discussion on the Future of Talent Management.

Thursday June 3, 2021, starting at 2:00 PM EDT
BG Thomas R. Drew
Director, Army Talent Management Task Force
Brigadier General Tom R. Drew, Director, Army Talent Management Task Force, enlisted in the Army in 1982. He graduated from flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama, September 13, 1983.

During his initial tours, Drew served as both an AH-1 Cobra and AH-64 Apache instructor pilot. He completed Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia and was commissioned an aviation officer in 1989.

As a commissioned officer, he has held numerous leadership and staff positions including platoon leader, assistant operations officer and assistant intelligence officer of the 1st Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Personnel Officer, 1st Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, Camp Mobile, Korea; Commander, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 24th Aviation Regiment, Savannah, Georgia; Platoon Leader and Company Commander, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion,160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (A); Operations Executive Officer, Special Mission Unit Liaison Officer, 1st Battalion, 160th SOAR(A); and the Regiment Operations Officer, 160th SOAR(A); Battalion Commander, 2nd Battalion, 160th SOAR(A); Director of Flight Concepts, Fort Eustis, Virginia; Brigade Commander, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade; Deputy Commander, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, Fort Rucker, Alabama; Deputy Commanding General (Support), 2nd Infantry Division; Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Special Operations Command Deputy Commanding General; Military Deputy Director, Army Talent Management Task Force.

Drew’s combat tours include Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraq Freedom, Operation New Dawn, and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Drew’s education includes a bachelor’s degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in
Professional Aeronautics, a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island; and a U.S. Army War College Fellowship, National Security Fellow Duke University. He is qualified to fly the UH-1H, OH-58A/C, AH-1G/S, AH-64A, MH-6M, UH-60A/L/M, MH-60L DAP, CH-47D/F, MH-47G.

Drew’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (3 OLC), Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star (5 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Air Medal (“V” device and numeral device “7”), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), the Master Aviator Badge, the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Military Free Fall Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.
Dr, Jay Goodwin
Science and Technology director for ARI (Army Research Institute)
Dr. Jay Goodwin (ST – Personnel Sciences) is the Senior Research Scientist of the U. S. Army Research Institute for Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI). He advises ARI’s Director on scientific matters, mentors ARI’s scientific staff, and provides guidance and oversight of the Team Effectiveness portfolio of research across ARI’s research program. He is one of the Army’s senior scientific experts on topics in personnel science for Army senior leaders. He advises the Army’s Talent Management Task Force (ATMTF) and is coordinating ARI’s efforts in support of the ATMTF. He also leads the Talent Management line of effort within Army Future Command’s Maximizing Human Potential.

Dr. Goodwin’s research expertise is in team and organizational effectiveness, leadership, and cultural factors in Joint, Interagency, and Multinational contexts. Prior to his current assignment, he was Chief of the Foundational Science Research Unit where he directed ARI’s basic research investments, and has led basic and applied research programs in leader development, team and organizational effectiveness, and cross-cultural issues throughout his career. He has served as Acting Chief of ARI’s Program, Budget, and Strategy Office multiple times, as well as leading ARI’s Strategic Initiatives Group. He has served as a behavioral science expert in multiple long-range R&D strategic planning efforts for the Army and Department of Defense. He was detailed to the Department of Defense Comprehensive Review Working Group as a research analyst and the lead writer the DOD report assessing the impact of repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” He was previously employed at the American Institutes for Research, where his project work included personnel selection, test development, employment litigation support with an emphasis on statistical analysis, and performance modeling.

Dr. Goodwin received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. He is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

LTC Kris Saling
Chief Analytics Officer for the ATMTF
Semi-official: Kristin Saling currently serves as the acting Director of People Analytics in the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower & Reserve Affairs) and the Chief Analytics Officer for the Army Talent Management Task Force. She coordinates analytic and technology solutions, writes policy, and resources innovation to promote data-driven decision making across the Army's people enterprise. She speaks and publishes frequently on the subject of people analytics and talent management for the Army's data workforce, to include data literacy.
COL Scott O'Neal
Strategic Innovation Group Lead
Colonel O’Neal graduated in 1996 from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned into the Corps of Engineers. His first assignment was to Ft. Polk, Louisiana where he served in the “Dragoons” of 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment as a Sapper and Assault & Obstacle platoon leader before transitioning to an Armor officer and serving in the “Cougars” of 2nd Squadron as a Scout platoon leader as well as a Troop Executive Officer. During this assignment Colonel O’Neal deployed for 10 months to Bosnia as part of Operation Joint Endeavour.
Following attendance to the Armor Captains Career Course, Colonel O’Neal was assigned to the “Blackhawks” of 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment in Budingen, Germany. During this assignment Colonel O’Neal served as a Squadron Maintenance Officer and Assistant S-3 before commanding Troop A, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, and serving as the Squadron S-3. While assigned to 1-1 CAV, Colonel O’Neal deployed for 15 months to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Colonel O’Neal then attended Air Command and Staff College in Montgomery, Alabama before being assigned to Ft. Hood, TX and the “Brave Rifles” of 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment. While assigned to 3d ACR, Colonel O’Neal served as the S-3 and XO for the 1st Squadron “Tigers” and as the Regimental Operations Officer. During this period Colonel O’Neal deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom for 15 months.
Following his return from Iraq, Colonel O’Neal was assigned to the Joint Staff in Washington D.C. There he served in the J-3’s Joint Operations Directorate as the NATO and EUCOM Desk Officer before returning to Ft. Hood and the 3d Cavalry Regiment where he commanded 2nd “Sabre” Squadron. During this assignment, he participated in the 3d Cavalry Regiment’s transformation from an Armored Cavalry Regiment to a Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

Colonel O’Neal then returned to Washington, D.C. where he served on the Army Staff as part of the Executive Strategy Group before being assigned to the Immediate Office of the Secretary of Defense where he served as the Director of Travel Operations. Colonel O’Neal then attended the National War College before being assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division in June of 2017 where he served as the TF Marne Chief of Staff.

Colonel O’Neal assumed command of 2/3 Armored Brigade Combat Team “The Spartan Brigade” in June of 2018 where he participated in the conversion of the brigade from Infantry to Armor, executed an NTC rotation, and deployed to USEUCOM and DEFENDER EUROPE 20 and ATLANTIC RESOLVE. Following command, COL O’Neal was assigned to the Army Talent Management Task Force in Washington DC.

Colonel O’Neal holds a Bachelor’s of Science in International and Strategic History from the United States Military Academy, a Masters in Military Arts and Science from the Air Command & Staff College, and a Masters in National Security Strategy from the National War College.
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