STEM Professional of the week

Angel S. Castro      

Prior to joining the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, Mr. Angel S. Castro served in the U.S. Army Engineer and Chemical Corps for 20 years. A native of San German, Puerto Rico, he entered the U.S. Army, in 1983, as a Combat Engineer (12B). In 1986, he reclassified to become a Chemical Operations Specialist (54B) until his retirement, in 2003, as an Army Non commissioned Officer.

In his current role as an Engineering Technician, he provides technical assistance to the Joint Service Equipment Assessment Program. Angel’s prior military service gives him a focused advantage in being able to communicate and anticipate customer needs. Sought out for his wealth of military, operational and field knowledge, Angel continues to bring a war fighter’s perspective to his job.

Angel assists in the functional evaluation and repair of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear equipment. He investigates how long-term storage and field-use conditions affect equipment performance, and uses his extensive knowledge and skills to repair countless pieces of equipment – including masks, chemical gloves, over boots and protective chemical suits - with limited parts and tools, so that they are ready for service by our warfighters.

Angel is a day-to-day mentor to the Center’s engineers and scientists, and is proactive in offering his assistance to customers. He recently expanded the Center’s ability to assist first responders with maintenance and repair of their self-contained breathing apparatus. Angel Castro makes sure everybody is safe.

Among his many awards and commendations, he was recognized for his contributions to the Chemical Corps with the Order of the Dragon Award. He resides in Bel Air, Maryland, with his wife and two children.

Angel Castro was honored with a HENAAC Luminary Award in 2012.

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