Image of Sean Buck, the New NTSA President

By Shane Klestinski, Associate Editor

The National Training & Simulation Association (NTSA) officially announced on June 2 that retired Navy Vice Adm. Sean Buck is its new president.

“As Vice Admiral Sean Buck assumes the presidency of NTSA, we are confident his leadership will continue to propel our mission forward,” said Debbie Langelier, NTSA senior vice president. “A leader of the highest moral character, Buck will represent NTSA’s core values exceptionally well.”

Buck received his commission from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1983, as well as a bachelor’s in oceanography and physics. He later earned a master’s in security policy studies from George Washinton University in 1992, and during his 40-year Navy career, he pursued further studies through executive programs at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

As a junior officer, Buck’s earliest at-sea assignments involved flying P-3C “Orion” aircraft. As his military career progressed, Buck held a variety of command, staff and special assignments, ultimately culminating as the 63rd superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy.

Buck’s assumption of duties as NTSA president replaces the late, retired Navy Rear Adm. James Robb, who served as the organization’s president for more than a decade.

“I am honored and excited to join NTSA,” Buck said. “I look forward to working closely with NTSA members and stakeholders to foster innovation, collaboration and excellence in support of military readiness and mission success.”

The NTSA represents organizations and individuals in the modeling, simulation and training community. Established with the vision of fostering innovation and excellence in training methodologies, the NTSA is a hub for professionals, researchers, educators and industry leaders. The NTSA of Arlington, Virginia, is an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association, the nation’s principal representative of the defense industrial base.

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