Tactical Athlete Human Factors Summit Speaker Biographies

Colonel Kevin A. Bigelman | Director for the Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F) System, United States Army

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Colonel Kevin A. Bigelman is a 1993 graduate of the United States Military Academy and was commissioned in the Field Artillery.

His military education includes the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Master Fitness Trainer Course, Joint Firepower Control Course, Light Fire Support Officer’s Course, Jumpmaster Course, Ranger School, Air Assault School, Mountain Warfare School, and the US Army Command and General Staff College.

His civilian education includes a PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Georgia and a MS from Indiana University in Applied Sport Science.

His assignments include Company Fire Support Officer and Support Platoon Leader in the 3d Battalion, 7th Field Artillery, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Fire Support Officer for B Company, 1st Ranger Battalion, Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, Georgia; Battalion Supply Officer and Battery Commander for B Battery, 3d Battalion, 13th Field Artillery (MLRS), IIId Armored Corps Artillery, Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Brigade Fire Support Officer for 1st Brigade, 82d Airborne Division and Operations Officer for 3d Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Garrison Commander, United States Army Garrison Livorno, Italy; Executive Officer to the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, Pentagon; and Operations and Training Division Chief, Army Resiliency Directorate, Army G-1, Pentagon.

Colonel Bigelman served three tours in the Department of Physical Education at the United States Military Academy, most recently as the Deputy Director.

Since 1 AUG 19, Colonel Bigelman serves as the Director for the Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F) System at the US Army Training and Doctrine Command’s Center for Initial Military Training, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA.

Michele A. Kane PhD | Captain, Nurse Corps, United States Navy

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In 1986, Captain Kane entered into the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and went through the BDCP Commissioning Program. Captain Kane, a native of Alabama, graduated from Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In 1998, she attended the Honors Scholars Master’s program at Oxford University in the United Kingdom and in 1999 she earned her MSN in Nursing Administration from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.  She attended Oxford University as a scholar where she studied Philosophy Healthcare in the United Kingdom related to health disparities.  Captain Kane received her Doctorate in Philosophy specializing in cellular study related to Genotoxic and Cytotoxic Effects of Weapons Grade Tungsten Alloy in C2C12 and L6 Muscle Cell in 2008 from the Uniform Services University of the Health Sciences.  She has won numerous awards and recognition for her bench research.

Captain Kane was name selected to attend the prestigious Johnson & Johnson Fellowship at Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania in 2010. From 2011-2014, as the first Navy Chief of the Centers for Nursing Science and Clinical Inquiry at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, Captain Kane promoted, executed and monitored vital research activities, evidence-based practice development, and application of scientific knowledge in the largest Level III Joint Department of Defense (DoD) Medical Center. Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Auburn University was the first to develop the innovative Project SERVE model in response to the Joining Forces Campaign initiated by the First Lady Michele Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.  In 2014-2016, Captain Kane was the first Navy Nurse assigned to Lieutenant General Douglas Robb, Director for the Defense Health Agency (DHA), Arlington, Virginia where she assisted in the Seven Shared Services initiative. She was name selected by the Nurse Corps Chief to participate on the FY13 Strategic Planning Goals and Objectives team. She led a key Navy Nurse Corps strategic initiative by developing a regional “Culture of Inquiry” and teaching evidence-based practice to more than 250 NCA nurses. From 2106-2018, Captain Kane was the Assistant Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, and was the driving force behind the development of the MHS High Reliability Operating Model designed to improve quality and eliminate preventable patient harm with execution points at DHA HQ that have drawn accolades from higher authority. From 2018-2020, Captain Kane was the Executive Officer/Chief Operating Officer of Naval Medical Research Unit (NAMRU-SA) San Antonio, supporting $40M in research with a primary mission to conduct gap driven combat casualty care, craniofacial, and classified directed energy research to improve survival, operational readiness, and safety of DoD personnel engaged in routine and expeditionary operations. 

Present:  Currently, she is the Assistant Professor within the PhD Graduate School of Nursing at the Uniformed Services University Bethesda, MD.  She teaches DNP Global Perspectives Symposium, PhD Quantitative Research, PhD Theoretical Concepts and PhD Data Health Science in Healthcare System.  She serves as the USU Senior Navy Advisor to the Dean as well as the Navy Nurse Corps Specialty leader for the PhD 1900D research community.  In addition, she is the team lead to the Chief of the Navy Nurse Corps specifically developing a Resiliency Program Initiative #1 within the Navy Nurse Corps to over 4,000 active duty and reserve component nurses.

She serves as an adjunct faculty member at multiple civilian universities and is a preeminent scientist, consultant and faculty for research schools and other educational programs within the National Capitol Region, Washington, DC. She has been stationed at Great Lakes, Illinois, Newport, Rhode Island, Jacksonville, Florida, Keflavik, Iceland, and aboard the USNS Comfort, National Naval Medical Center. She has also served as an Administrative Officer and Executive Assistant to the Navy Surgeon General and many Flag Officers.  

Captain Kane’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, two Meritorious Service Medal, Commendation Medal, three Naval Achievement Medals with Overseas Service Ribbon, in addition to various research and publication awards, unit and service medals.

Lieutenant General Ron Clark | Commanding General, US Army Central Command

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Lieutenant General Ron Clark currently serves as Commanding General of US Army Central Command at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.  Most recently, he served as the Commanding General of the 25th Infantry Division and United States Army Hawaii and subsequently as Chief of Staff, US Indo-Pacific Command.  

He has commanded with distinction at every level from Company through Army Service Component Command and has held key leadership positions at the tactical, operational and strategic level throughout his 33 years of military service. 

Lieutenant General Clark’s civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, a Master of Military Art and Science degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the US Army War College Fellowship at Duke University. He is also a graduate of the MIT Seminar XXI National Security Studies Program.

He has served as a Member of the Warrior Research Center Advisory Board at Auburn University since 2013. 

Sergeant Major Troy E. Black | 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps

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Sergeant Major Black assumed his current post as the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps on July 26, 2019. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, he attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., in April of 1988.

Throughout his career, Sergeant Major Black has been assigned numerous duties to include: 0331 Machine Gunner, Machine Gun Squad and Section Leader; Weapons Platoon Sergeant and Weapons Platoon Commander; Drill Instructor, Senior Drill Instructor, Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Company (FAST) Platoon Sergeant and Operations Chief, Series Gunnery Sergeant, DI School Instructor, and RTR Drill Master; First Sergeant, G Company 2d Bn, 1st Marines, E Company 3d Amphibious Assault Battalion, Officer Candidates School; Sergeant Major, 3d Bn, 7th Marines, Combat Logistics Battalion 5, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 1st Marine Logistics Group, and Manpower and Reserve Affairs.

He has deployed aboard the USS Forrestal (CV-59) in support of Operation Just Cause and to the Mediterranean in 1989 ; deployed in support of Operation Sea Soldier, Desert Storm/Desert Shield, and Sea Angel with 3rd Bn, 5th Marines in 1990, and to Okinawa in 1992; deployed with FAST Company in support of 5th and 6th Fleet operations to Bahrain, Pearl Harbor, and Bangor Washington; deployed to Iraq with 2d Bn, 1st Marines in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II (OIF) in 2004; deployed with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) during Operation Bright Star and to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom IV (OIF) in 2005; to Afghanistan with 3d Bn, 7th Marines in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2010; deployed with Combat Logistics Battalion 5 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012; and deployed in support of WESTPAC 14.2 and Operation Inherent Resolve with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit in 2014.

Sergeant Major Black’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit with Gold Star, Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Gold Stars, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device and 3 Gold Stars, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Star and the Combat Action Ribbon with 2 Gold Stars.