Robert P. Mello, a research physiologist in the Military Performance Division at USARIEM retired on Sept. 30 after 42 years of civilian service. His career at USARIEM began Nov. 4, 1968 after receiving a Masters degree in Allied Health Science from Northeastern University, Boston, Mass.
Highlights of Mello's career include supporting the 1975 Field Study in Korea and the 1977 Translocation Study in Germany. Mello was a primary author or co-author on more than five dozen publications.
"Bob's real contribution was in support of dozens of investigators and probably hundreds of studies. Many of the studies he supported were overseas," said Dr. Ed Zambraski, chief of MPD in notes read by deputy commander, Lt. Col. William Latzka. Zambraski expressed his gratitude to Bob for staying on-board long enough to help him build MPD upon his own arrival at USARIEM seven years ago.
Referring to the knowledge base and technical skill sets of young students and Soldiers who come to work at USARIEM, Bob said in his farewell remarks "Over the years, I've had the pleasure of working with some very talented investigators and research support staff at USARIEM and I see that trend continuing."
Along with a retirement pin and certificate, Mello received a Commanderâ€™s Award for Civilian Service from Col. Gaston Bathalon USARIEM commander.