SURVICE Heroes:  Tim Farmer

Service Then

Tim Farmer was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant (2LT) through ROTC at Lafayette College and began his Army career in the Field Artillery (FA) Corps. Upon completing the FA Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, OK, he performed as a Fire Support Officer (FSO) at Fort Hood, TX, and credits some of his best training experiences as calling for 155-mm artillery fires from his mounted Fire Support Team Vehicle (M981 FISTV) and dismounted observation points to best support maneuver for Mechanized Infantry and Armor. This included putting his skills to practice at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, CA.

Upon his transition to the Ordnance Corps, First Lieutenant (1LT) Farmer received training at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, and returned to Fort Hood as a Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer for a Forward Support Battalion. He oversaw logistics and supply distribution and implemented exciting transformational upgrades in situational awareness with vehicle integration of the Army’s Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2) digital communications tactical network for the 4th Infantry Division.

Farmer relished his next role as an Armor Battalion Motor Officer, managing maintenance troubleshooting and repair alongside tankers and his 99 mechanics to keep their fleet of M1A1D Abrams Tanks and over 200 vehicles operational. CPT Farmer then managed the maintenance for 48 different units and over 3,000 vehicles as the Division Support Operations Maintenance Officer.

Tim’s five years of active duty service culminated in deployment to Kuwait and Iraq to support Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. As one of the first units to push north of Baghdad, he led both planned and emergency resupply missions, provided maintenance support and repair part acquisition, and established new logistics operations. He was awarded the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Bronze Star Medal for his meritorious achievements.

Army Active Duty Service

1998
Commissioned/Entered Service

1999
Fort Sill, OK/Field Artillery Corps Officer Basic Course

1999-2000
Fort Hood, TX

2001
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD/Ordnance Corps Transition Course

2001-2003
Fort Hood, TX

2003
Iraq/Operation Iraqi Freedom

SURVICE Now

Tim is the manager for our Aberdeen Research Operation at SURVICE Engineering, where he oversees various research and development, modeling and simulation, studies and analysis, and test and evaluation activities. As a certified project management professional, he manages personnel, contracts, procurement, marketing, and budget for a 60+ person operation. He is adept at forming partnerships with academia, industry, and U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security entities to solve complex problems, particularly in survivability and vulnerability.

Tim holds a degree in mechanical engineering and an advanced degree in systems engineering.  He has conducted studies and analyses for ground and air vehicles, personnel injury/incapacitation, emerging protection technologies, weapons system lethality, effectiveness testing, failure modes analysis, pre-shot predictions, and post-shot damage collection and assessment for various customers within the Army Futures Command, including the Army Research Laboratory and multiple DEVCOM Centers.

Tim Farmer
Tenure at SURVICE
17 years 4 months
SURVICE Title
Aberdeen Research Operation Manager
Operations/Locations
Military Branch
U.S. Army
Military Title
Captain / O3