Dr. Cunnion retired from the US Navy in 1998 after many years as a disease outbreak investigator before teaching infectious disease epidemiology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and then becoming the Director of Preventive Medicine and Occupational Health for the Navy and Marine Corps. He was selected by the State Department and Department of Defense to be the principle investigator for chemical and biological warfare allegations in Southeast and South Asia. Later, the Department of Defense appointed him as the program manager for the Comprehensive Clinical Evaluation Program for Persian Gulf Illnesses. The originator of the first worldwide military medical information network, he currently runs an international health consulting service advising overseas governments and their universities and institutes in preventive medicine and epidemiology. Dr. Cunnion alerted the world about SARS and received the ProMED reporting award for that year.