11 January 2018
Col. Wanda Salzer, director of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, speaks to the audience at the 2017 SMART PROC conference about how small business products and services are procured for the USAMRMC. Photo by Crystal Maynard, USAMRMC PAO
USAMRMC, Fort Detrick Participate in Procurement Conference
Crystal Maynard, USAMRMC Public Affairs
Leaders from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick participated in the 15th Annual Strengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow Procurement Conference at the Clarion Inn and Event Center in Frederick, Maryland, Nov. 30- Dec. 1.

The SMART Organization executes the vision of the SMART Congressional Caucus from Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware by providing a membership organization promoting tech enterprise in the region. The conference goal is to build stronger relationships, provide teaming partnerships and discuss upcoming procurement forecasts among industry, community, government and academia. Attendees networked with federal installations, commands and agencies from the Department of Homeland Security, the National Institutes of Health, Fort Meade, Fort Detrick, Aberdeen Proving Ground, the National Cancer Institute and others.

Fort Detrick Garrison Commander Col. Scott M. Halter and Maj. Gen. Barbara R. Holcomb, USAMRMC and Fort Detrick Commander, spoke at the SMART PROC conference.

“MRMC's mission is to save lives. To achieve this in an era defined by increasing threats and complex landscapes, we must use research, technology and more—to support our greatest asset– our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen– America’s Sons and Daughters,” said Holcomb to the audience. “If your small business has what is required to support our One Team and One Purpose then the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command is ready to collaborate with you. I want you to know that there are more than percentages and award dollars in the balance—protecting our Service Men and Women is our true bottom line.”

The USAMRMC also led a super session to discuss current efforts and upcoming opportunities. The session, moderated by Holcomb, featured representatives from the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity, USAMRMC Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, the USAMRMC G 3/5 Office, the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases, the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity, and the USMAMRC Office of Small Business.
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