Michael E. Naylon, Executive Director

Mr. Naylon is a retired US Army Reserve Colonel with 30 years of commissioned service, of which 15+ years were on full time active duty. Following assignments at Headquarters, Department of the Army and US Southern Command (Panama) during Operation Just Cause, he spent his last 4+ years of active duty with The Joint Staff in the J-3 Operations Directorate, where he was a JCS Crisis Action Team Chief in the National Military Command Center during Operations Desert Storm/Desert Shield as well as the Haiti and Rwanda crises. He left active duty in 1995, joined the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, and then served briefly as National Executive Director of the American Veterans of WWII, Korea and Vietnam (AMVETS). Mr. Naylon is a graduate of John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio. He holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Marymount University, Arlington, VA and is a graduate of the US Army War College. Mr. Naylon is married to Beverly Marzano of Rochester, NY. They have two daughters, Colleen Burgos and Michelle Faber, and three grandchildren.

Roger Kaplan, Deputy Executive Director

Mr. Kaplan retired from the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1998 after more than 22 years of active duty. He served in field artillery units at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Fort Knox, Kentucky; Cakmakli, Turkey; and Fort Drum, New York. Mr. Kaplan also taught military history at West Point and served as the Army�s Chief of Historical Services. In addition, he directed public affairs and protocol operations for an international peacekeeping force in Egypt, and he completed his military service as the Secretary of Defense�s veterans outreach director. Mr. Kaplan is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He received a Masters in History from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Business Administration from Virginia Tech. Mr. Kaplan is married to Sheree Brown, and they have a daughter, Sarah.


David C. Edman, PhD, Director of Administration/Medical Analyst

Dr. Edman retired from the U.S. Navy as a Commander in 1999 after more than 28 years of active duty. He served in a variety of medical research assignments both in the U.S. and overseas, public health microbiology support to the Atlantic Fleet, and in Navy and DoD medical programs management. He served as the bacteriologist at both the U.S. Naval Medical Research Units No. 3, Cairo, Egypt and No. 2 Detachment, Jakarta, Indonesia. He subsequently appointed the Officer in Charge and Director of the Jakarta Detachment from 1985 to 1987. He also served as the Deputy Special Assistant for the Navy/Marine Corps HIV Program from 1990 to 1996. His final active duty assignment was as Staff Director, Interagency Support Office, Persian Gulf Veterans Coordinating Board under detail from the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (Clinical and Program Policy). Dr. Edman is the author and co-author of many articles in peer-reviewed publications, numerous presentations before scientific meetings, and several articles in Navy technical publications. His scientific interests are emerging infectious diseases and rapid diagnosis of infections. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Bacteriology from Washington State University, a Master of Science in Microbiology and Public Health from the same institution, and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Illinois. Dr. Edman is married to Marylou Balyozian and they have a daughter, Nissa.

 Michael A. Hamilton, Chemical Analyst

Mr. Hamilton has served 18 years as a United States Army Reserve Officer, with almost 6 of those years being served on active duty. His primary specialty is 74A, Chemical Officer, and his secondary specialty is 52A, Nuclear Weapons Officer. His assignments have included serving as a Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Element Director for HQ VII Corps, Brigade Chemical Officer for the 17th Field Artillery Brigade, Nuclear and Chemical Surety Officer for HQ TECOM, Radiological Defense Officer for FEMA, and Nuclear Weapons Officer for the 162nd R&D (SDI). Mr. Hamilton received his BA from the University of Central Florida. He is also a graduate of the USMC Command and Staff College, USA Logistics Management College, USA Chemical Officer Advanced Course, USMC Amphibious Warfare School, USA Nuclear Weapons Management Course, DOD Nuclear Accident/Incident Response and Assistance Course, USA NBC Defense Officer Course, British Army NBC Defense Officer Course, and the USA Ordnance Officer Basic Course. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners and a Board Certified Forensic Examiner. Mr. Hamilton has been married to Kristina for almost 7 years and they have a son, Andrew.

Sandra M. Robinson, Administrative Assistant

Sandra M. Robinson serves as administrative assistant to the Executive Director of the Special Oversight Board for Department of Defense Investigations of Gulf War Chemical and Biological Incidents, a position she has held since September 8, 1998.

Sandra P. Simpson, Program Support Analyst

Ms. Sandra P. Simpson, a native Californian, now serves as the Program Support Analyst to the Executive Director of the Special Oversight Board for the Department of Defense Investigations of the Gulf War Chemical and Biological Incidents.



Thomas Emsley (1998-1999)

Stuart Froehling (1998)

Erick K. Ishii, PhD (1998-2000)

Rebecca Love (1998-1999)

Terrance Lynch (1998-1999)

William H. Taylor, PhD (1998-2000)