COL Troy N. Morton
U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine
COL Troy Morton left his hometown to attend Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, in October 1991. After completing training, he served in the Florida National Guard 124th Light Infantry. He received a direct commission in 1999 and served as a Treatment Platoon Leader until transitioning to active Army in July of 2000 to begin a podiatric surgical residency. COL Morton graduated from Brigham Young University, obtaining a bachelor's degree in Developmental Psychology with a Pre-Med emphasis. Upon graduation, he received the Brigham Award. He attended Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine in Miami, Florida, and received his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine in 2000.
After completing residency training, COL Morton served as Chief of Podiatric Surgery at 121st General Hospital in Seoul, Korea. He would leave Korea to serve as Chief of Podiatric Surgery, Reynolds Army Community Hospital in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. COL Morton then proceeded to Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he completed additional rear-foot and ankle surgical training from 2007-2009. Following the completion of this training, COL Morton became Chief of Podiatric Surgery, Womack Army Medical Center, participating in the resident selection process, as well as serving as an attending physician for the residency program. While at Fort Bragg, COL Morton deployed to Forward Operating Base Cropper (Camp Cropper), Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 31st Combat Support Hospital. In 2011, COL Morton returned to Reynolds Army Community Hospital to serve as the Chief of Department of Surgery from 2011-2015. COL Morton transitioned to Fort Stewart, Georgia, where he would become the first Army Podiatrist to serve as Deputy Commander Surgical Services from 2015-2017. In 2017, COL Morton took command of Baumholder and Kleber Army Health Clinics in Germany, serving as the first Army Podiatrist to take Battalion level command from 2017-2019. Following Battalion command, he served as both the High Reliability Director and Global Health Engagement Planner for Clinical Operations Health Command Pacific.
COL Morton is a graduate of Command and General Staff College, Intermediate Level Education resident course, Redstone Arsenal. He recently completed the second year of the Distant Education Program with the United States Army War College on July 24, 2020. His awards include the Army Meritorious Service Medal (five oak leaf clusters); the Army Commendation Medal (oak leaf cluster); and the Army Achievement Medal (two oak leaf clusters). He is a member of the Order of Military Merit.
Dr. Karl E. Friedl
Senior Research Scientist Performance Physiology
U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine
Dr. Karl E. Friedl received B.A. (1976) and M.A. (1979) degrees in zoology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and the Ph.D. degree in biology (1984) through the Institute of Environmental Stress in the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Dr. Friedl retired from thirty years of active duty service in the Army in 2013, where he had last served as Director of the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) at the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. Previously, he served as Commander, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM); Director, Army Operational Medicine Research Program; Principal Investigator, USARIEM; and Chief of Physiology and Biostatistics Service, Madigan Army Medical Center.
Dr. Friedl's research has been focused on extending limits of human physiological performance. He has made specific contributions in the areas of endocrine regulation in semi starvation, physiological effects of anabolic steroids, body composition methods and standards, physiological monitoring, and metrics of research return on investment. He has published nearly 200 original articles, book chapters, technical reports, and commentaries, and made over 250 scientific presentations at national and international meetings. He is a co-inventor on an Army patent for a system for remote neuropsychological assessment. He has served as chair of numerous NATO and Army panels and committees, and served on program review committees for NASA, National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans' Affairs, the Wellcome Trust, and university thesis committees in Iceland, Italy, France and Finland. During his Army research management assignments Friedl was responsible for administration of $3.5 B in appropriated RDT&E funds and organized major initiatives such as the Defense Women's Health Research Program (DWHRP), Technologies for Metabolic Monitoring (TMM), Bone Health and Military Medical Readiness (BHMMR), Gulf War Illnesses research program (GWIRP), and the Army's Parkinson's research program (NETRP).
Dr. Friedl is a Professor (adjunct) in the Department of Neurology at University of California, San Francisco. He also currently serves as Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics. He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).
This year he was recognized with a Professional Career Achievement Award from the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. He has been recognized with national awards from both the Parkinson's Action Network (Udall Award) and the Alzheimer's Association (Ronald and Nancy Reagan Award) for his advocacy of "dual use" research that has helped to advance research for the Soldiers as well as serving the needs of neurodegenerative disease patients. He has also received a Founder's Award from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, the Diabetes Research Leadership Award from the Diabetes Technology Society, the Society of Armed Forces Medical Laboratory Scientists (SAFMLS) Outstanding Research and Development Scientist Award, the French National Order of Merit (Chevalier), the Legion of Merit (2nd Oakleaf Cluster), and the Order of Military Medical Merit.