Alexandria, US: Dr. Joseph F. Fontanella has been appointed as the Director of the US Army
Geospatial Center (AGC). In his new role, Fontanella will be responsible for supporting operations, intelligence, acquisition, research and development as well as modelling and simulation communities with geospatial information. He is also chartered as the Army’s Geospatial Information Officer (GIO), with responsibility for collecting and validating geospatial requirements, formulating geospatial policy, setting priorities and securing resources supporting the Army Geospatial Enterprise, as well as synchronising geospatial solutions at both Headquarters, Department of the Army and Secretariat levels of Army governance.
Bob Burkhardt, former Director of the AGC and the Army’s first GIO, retired on January 28, marking the end of a distinguished 35-year federal and military career. Lieutenant General Robert Van Antwerp, Chief of Engineers, presented him with the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service-the highest honorary award granted by the Secretary of the Army and the Outstanding Service to the Army award at Burkhardt’s retirement ceremony; acknowledging his initiative, competence and selfless service in the execution of programmes supporting soldiers and civilians.
Dr. Fontanella began his federal career as Assistant Director for Plans and Program Management with the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Alexandria, Virginia, after retiring from the Army at the rank of Colonel after 26 years. He served as Deputy Director of the AGC during
2006-2010. He holds a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership, Master’s degrees in both National Resource Strategy and Geography, and Bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Science and Landscape Architecture. He is a Level III certified acquisition professional, as well as a licensed landscape architect in the States of Maryland and Texas, as well as the Commonwealth of Virginia.