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Behind the Science with CPT William Neumeier, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment Commander

CPT William Neumeier
Capt. William Neumeier, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment Commander, serves as a presenter during a VIP tour of USARIEM in 2020. (Photo courtesy of USARIEM Public Affairs)

How long have you been at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine?

I came to USARIEM in late 2018 as a Research Psychologist and was assigned to the Military Performance Division (MPD). After 2.5 years in the MPD, I took HHD Command on April 16, 2021. Altogether, I have been with USARIEM for 4.5 years.

How did you become interested in Soldier Nutrition and Performance?

I was always highly interested in performance optimization, particularly the psychological aspect of performance. During my time as a doctoral student, I saw research publications about Soldier performance and noticed many of them came from USARIEM. I also became involved in military centric volunteer organizations and activities, and this increased my interest in Soldier performance. From here on, I became very interested in USARIEM and learned more and more about the expert work conducted at USARIEM.

What projects are you currently working on?

I currently assist with projects related to the potential crossover between performance optimization and neurostimulation. Though my bandwidth for research has decreased, thankfully there is an amazing team and leaders that still execute the vast majority of the effort and keep me tied into their accomplishments. Soon, I will be the Executive Officer at the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Lab (USAARL) at Fort Novosel, Alabama.

What aspects of your job do you love and find most gratifying?

I love getting to interact with people all across the Institute. I hope I have helped Soldiers achieve their goals and that I have served as a positive influence for them. Seeing a Soldier achieve their goal is the most gratifying part of my job.

What part of your job do you find to be the most difficult?

Carrying out disciplinary actions is difficult for me. I truly want the best outcome for each and every individual, but occasionally I need to handle disciplinary actions. I do not enjoy it, but I know that it is needed.

When you are not at the Institute, what do you like to do for fun?

When not at work, I spend my time with my family. I enjoy being outside with my wife, two kids and dog. Since my kids are young, we typically play simple timeless games like hide-and-seek or similar. When I do get a moment to myself, I tend to try and spend it exercising or just watching a TV show or sports.

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