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Former Garrison Commander takes to private sector

Bill Marks (Source: Geocent) Bill Marks (Source: Geocent)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

He donned the Army uniform for 27 years, now, a complete change to a suit and tie. Retired Army Col. Bill Marks, who is also the former Garrison Commander of Redstone Arsenal, is taking to the private sector.

Marks is the new VP for Aerospace and Defense Engineering at Geocent in Research Park. Marks makes the fifth commander, in recent years, to settle down in the Tennessee Valley. The commanders before Marks were Colonels Bob Devlin, John Olshefski, Bob Pastorelli and John Hamilton.

He told us, he grew up here and he and his family are happy Huntsville is where they ended up settling. He also talked about the transition away from Redstone.

"It's hard to take off the uniform, quite honestly. You've dedicated your life and everything you're about to serving your nation.

You think you're going to be separated from the very intense camaraderie that you had with fellow service members. But what've I've found, maybe I haven't been away from it too long but it's still there," said Col. Marks.

Even though the Army played a major role in Col. Marks life, he said he's excited for what the future holds.

He'll be working with an old friend, Patrick Scheuermann, the former Marshall Space Flight Center's Director who ran the North Alabama operations of Geocent, a role Marks will now take on as well as the VP position. Scheuermann is also in a new position as corporate strategy officer. He’ll oversee growth and development in all of Geocent’s business units. Bobby Savoie is the CEO of the company.

In a press release, the company said, “At Geocent, he will continue to look for partnerships with the U.S. government and with the Redstone Arsenal. Marks will provide oversight, leadership, and strategic focus to the execution and growth of Geocent's Aerospace and Defense Engineering activities across the country and around the world.”

Col. Marks will officially join the team Monday, October 17.

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