Hall of Fame



Lieutenant Colonel Charles Kirkwood


Lieutenant Colonel Charles Kirkwood, Ph.D. was born on 29 February 1944. As a lieutenant, he led a team of scientists and engineers in designing the world’s first modern chemical munitions destruction plant. His efforts contributed to the successful destruction of over 1.5 million bombs and nearly 7 million pounds of lethal chemical, nerve, and blister agents.


Lieutenant Colonel Kirkwood has since directly improved the quality of protection-performance standards and simplified the complex relationship between battlefield requirements and research and development efforts. Thanks to him the 21st century Soldier can conduct combat operations on a Nuclear, Biological, Chemical (NBC) contaminated battlefield knowing their clothing and equipment will allow them to survive and continue operations at maximum effectiveness.


Lieutenant Colonel Charles Kirkwood, Ph.D. retired from the U.S. Army in 1991.