Capt. Mary Seymour replaced Capt. James B. Poindexter III as Commanding Officer of the Naval Medical Logistics Command on Sept. 5.
In a ceremony featuring special guest speaker Rear Adm. Donald R. Gintzig, Deputy Surgeon General (Acting), Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Capt. Seymour accepted the reins of command with the simple phrase, “I am ready to relieve you sir.”
Rear Adm. Gintzig explained NMLC’s unique role at the event, sharing that the command ensures that all forces remain afloat and military treatment facilities around the globe have world-class medical equipment on-hand to treat our nation’s warfighters and their families. He thanked the outgoing commander for his dedicated service stating, “Bernie has done everything we have asked of him and he has done it efficiently, on schedule, and in many instances, on or under budget.”
During his tenure, Poindexter oversaw the acquisition of three mobile Magnetic Resonance Imaging systems sent to Afghanistan to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of mild traumatic brain injury. “Nothing like this had ever been attempted before and Bernie ensured it went off flawlessly,” said Gintzig.
“It has truly been an extraordinary honor and privilege to serve as the commanding officer of the Naval Medical Logistics Command over the last three years and I could spend considerable time today talking about our significant accomplishments and value to Navy Medicine,” said Capt. Poindexter said in a heartfelt speech. He expressed his confidence in Seymour’s ability to lead the command along its journey towards continued process improvement and enhanced operational relevance.
Seymour accepted her position having previously served as Comptroller at the Annapolis Naval Medical Clinic, and as Department Head for the Materials Management and Management Information where she noted she developed a passion for being a logistician, or “logtroller,” as she jokingly referred to the role.
“NMLC has proven that it is an agile force capable of providing logistics and acquisition support to Navy and Marine Corps customers at home and abroad and a willing partner to its Air Force and Army counterparts, ensuring that today’s warfighters are always the first priority,” said Seymour stated in her remarks. She added that as the command embarks on its new journey, resource constraints and the Defense Health Agency transition will inevitably impact the way it conducts business, presenting unique challenges and opportunities.
Seymour admitted that, for now, those challenges and opportunities will include re-acclimating herself to the day-to-day activities of overseeing the administration of individualized, state-of-the-art solutions to meet customers’ medical materiel and healthcare service needs world-wide.
Prior to working in Annapolis, Seymour served as the Navy Personnel Command’s technical advisor for all staff corps promotion selection boards and as the branch head for all officer selection boards, in Millington, Tenn. She was Director for Resources at the U.S. Naval Hospital Rota, Spain and U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.
Seymour attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., earning a Master of Science degree in Management specializing in financial management. She earned her second Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College in June 2013.