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Retired Air Force Major General John Folkerts Joins Battelle to Stand Up New Special Operations

Posted on Oct 11, 2012


TAMPA, FL., 11 October, 2012—Battelle, the world’s largest independent research and development enterprise, has hired Major General John Folkerts, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), to lead its business with Special Operations Forces (SOF).

Folkerts joins Battelle to build upon, formalize and further develop Battelle’s business with Department of Defense Special Operations Forces. He completed a distinguished 34-year-military career, which included four Command assignments, graduation from the National War College and a tour as the Vice Commander of the Air Force Special Operations Command.

“General Folkerts is the ideal leader to further enhance Battelle’s impact in this important national security market,” said Steve Kelly, President of Battelle’s National Security Global Business. “In addition to his rich technical background and military expertise, he brings a deep understanding of special operations and a strong connection to that vital community.”

Battelle has long been a trusted partner to the SOF community helping it meet mission and technology requirements. By leveraging user input, Battelle has successfully met client needs in tactical hardware and vehicles, communication systems, robotics and undersea technologies.

Folkerts will be the senior Battelle executive with responsibility for managing business with all active, guard, and reserve U.S. Special Operations forces and organizations.  He will be based in Battelle’s Tampa office on Bay to Bay Boulevard.

About Battelle

As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses:  Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. 

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including eight national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the United Kingdom.

Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

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Office: 1.614.424.7208

T.R. Massey

Senior Media Specialist
Office: 1.614.424.5544