By Cicely Levingston
Director, CBMS Legislative and Special Projects
FREDERICK, Md. - The Chemical Biological Medical Systems hosted a change of charter ceremony July 14, when Lt. Col. David Hammer assumed command of the Joint Vaccine Acquisition Program from Lt. Col. Philip Smith.
The JVAP product management office, one of three within the CBMS Joint Project Management Office, is chartered with the responsibility of developing, producing, and stockpiling U.S. Food and Drug Administration-licensed vaccine systems to protect the Warfighter against harmful biological agents.
Smith, JVAP Product Manager since 2008, passed the reigns of this board-selected position after thanking the hard-working military, civilian, and contract personnel within the unit. Smith's new assignment is the Military Deputy to the Principal Assistant for Acquisition - U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. Colonel Charles Millard, Joint Project Manager for CBMS, acknowledged Smith's great contributions before passing the JVAP charter to Hammer. Millard also noted during the ceremony that Hammer is well qualified to lead the JVAP team.
"The Army selects the right person for the right job at the right time," Millard said. "Hammer has held numerous key positions within the Army Medical Command, Defense Medical Logistics Command, and in direct support of the Global War on Terrorism."
Millard also added that, "Lt. Col. Hammer is equipped with the experience and education needed to lead the world-class team responsible for providing our Warfighters and nation with critical vaccines for biodefense."
Hammer was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the Army Medical Service Corps in 1992 following completion of the Reserve Officer Training Corps Program at Iowa State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. Hammer also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Webster University.
A Shakopee, Minn. native, Hammer pledged to "continue the great work of the product managers that have come before me." He noted that he is honored to be selected to this important position and excited to work with the great staff at JVAP and CBMS. Prior to arriving at CBMS, the 19-year veteran served as the Director of Force Sustainment - U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency.
The CBMS Joint Project Management Office is part of the Department of Defense Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense. Chartered in 2003, CBMS provides the Warfighter with safe, robust, affordable medical countermeasures against a broad spectrum of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats. The CBMS is comprised of a headquarters and three Joint Product Management Offices: 1) the Joint Vaccine Acquisition Program, 2) the Medical Identification and Treatment Systems, and 3) Biosurveillance (provisional).