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Douglas A. Tamilio ’85 Named Salem State University Alumni Association’s 2021 Dr. Marilyn E. Flaherty ’54 Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient

Douglas A. Tamilio ’85, of Sudbury, has been named the 2021 recipient of the Salem State University Alumni Association’s Dr. Marilyn E. Flaherty ’54 Distinguished Alumnus Award for his lifetime service to the nation and for his work as the director of the United States Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center.

In his present role, he is responsible for the planning, programming, coordination, and execution of the Soldier Center’s science and technology innovations.

Prior to joining the Soldier Center, Tamilio served as chief of staff for the Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications-Tactical. In this role, he managed an annual budget of more than $3 billion and had oversight of 200 local staff and 1,600 personnel worldwide.

In addition to his many years of civilian service, he served in a variety of roles throughout a 27-year career in the United States Army.

“Early in life I was privileged to attend Salem State University. My professors had such an impact on my education. My time at Salem State inspired me to learn, grow and get to know myself and what I wanted to achieve in life. Salem State played a critical role in that, for me,” said Tamilio.

A decorated Army veteran, Tamilio holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Salem State, a Master of Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Arts degree from the Naval War College. 

Established in 1976 by the Salem State University Alumni Association, the Dr. Marilyn E. Flaherty Distinguished Alumnus/a Award recognizes an individual who upon graduation from Salem State University has distinguished themself through outstanding professional accomplishments. To learn more about the Alumni Association or to nominate a graduate for an award, please visit

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