By Rick Gregory, APEO Business Operations Support Staff

Dr. Jim Blake, PEO STRI’s Program Executive Officer, was honored with the National Training and Simulation Association’s (NTSA) 2013 Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in Training and Simulation during an awards ceremony at the recently completed Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference.

PEO STRI Dr. Blake Lifetime Achievement AwardThe announcement of the award was published in the tradeshow’s daily newsletter and read:

“Dr. Blake, a distinguished soldier, leader, technologist and mentor, is recognized for a lifetime of sustained exemplary service to our nation, military services, academia and especially the modeling and simulation industry, and for a remarkable career spanning more than 40 years.

In 1968, Dr. Blake enlisted as a U.S. Army infantry private, became an officer and pilot, and had a distinguished career culminating in 1995 as the Army’s Senior Uniformed Scientist.

He then held several technical and executive positions in industry before joining academia as a Senior Research Scientist at Texas A&M University. Following that, he became the first Program Manager for the Institute of Creative Technologies.

In his current role as the Army’s PEO STRI, which he has held since 2005, he provides leadership for a multi-billion dollar enterprise with more than 1,200 personnel, sustaining over 335,000 training systems at over 600 locations worldwide.”

The award was presented by NTSA’s president, Rear Adm. James Robb, United States Navy (retired), during I/ITSEC’s annual Executive Dinner held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando on December 3.

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