SURVICE sadly announces the loss of long-time SURVICE employee, Jim Pilcher, who passed away on August 6 after an extended illness.

Jim was a seasoned ballistician and mechanical engineer, with more than 5 decades of experience analyzing, testing, and developing a wide range of combat weapon systems and methodologies.  His career began in 1959, when he joined the U.S. Army Ballistic Research Laboratory (BRL) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.  During his nearly 30 years at BRL, he held multiple bench-level and leadership positions, including serving as a research engineer in the field of projectile/gun dynamics modeling and analysis, as well as Team Leader of the Electro-Mechanics Team, the Tank Gun Dynamics Team, and the Experimental Mechanics Team.

From 1989 until 1999, Jim served as President of Pilcher & Associates, where he developed a simulation of the operational response of the IRS computer system to projected workloads; consulted on ballistic range upgrades at Warren AFB, WY; and provided design engineering for development of a production model computer enclosure.

Jim joined the rolls of SURVICE in the spring of 1999 to serve as a senior analyst in the Aberdeen Area Operation’s Evaluation and Analysis Group.  His many accomplishments during his 16 years here included developing an underbody mine blast analysis computer tool for the MRAP program; analyzing energy safety limits for a blast test facility; analyzing the performance of the Joint Biological Standoff Detection System; and providing LFT&E, ballistic survivability, nonballistic survivability, and/or technical management planning and evaluation support for countless combat systems and programs. 

In addition, Jim was the author of numerous technical reports and publications, as well as the recipient of numerous patents and awards. 

He will be greatly missed by his many colleagues and friends, but his influence is sure to live on in the many systems and lives he impacted.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to Havre de Grace United Methodist Church or to their favorite charity.