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Michael S. Gremillion

Michael S. Gremillion

Director, Global Water Security Initiative 

For more than 27 years, Mike Gremillion, Colonel USAF (Ret) provided scientific leadership and expertise for national security environmental support under the U.S. Department of Defense. Mike came to the University of Alabama from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, where he was the senior meteorology and oceanography officer. Before joining NGA in March 2020, he worked nearly seven years at the U.S. Air Force Headquarters in the Pentagon, with his last assignment as Deputy Director of Weather. He held posts of increasing responsibility and influence within the Air Force since joining in 1993. He has engaged the White House, Congressional leaders and senior personnel within the national security, defense and intelligence communities on environmental policy issues throughout his career. Some of his career achievements include facilitating procurement of a $30 million high performance computer installed at Oak Ridge National Lab that improved numerical weather prediction and will operate the first-ever operational global hydrological model. He also initiated development of a climate analysis, monitoring and prediction system that provided strategic indications and warnings to prepare leaders for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions, security instability, disaster risk reduction and public health contingencies.

Gremillion earned a bachelor’s degree in atmospheric science from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree in meteorology from Texas A&M University and a master’s in business administration from Regis University.

Contact: Mike Gremillion, Cyber Hall, office 1041