03 June 2016
USAMRMC Welcomes New Deputy Commander
Crystal Maynard, USAMRMC Public Affairs

New deputy commander of the USAMRMC, Navy Rear Adm. Colin G. Chinn.
The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command welcomed Navy Rear Adm. Colin G. Chinn as the new deputy commander of the USAMRMC and Fort Detrick as a ray of hope as he began his assignment at Fort Detrick during an unfortunately soggy May.
Chinn succeeds Rear Adm. Bruce Doll, who retired in December of last year.

Eager to begin his work at the USAMRMC, despite the weather, Chinn is ready to support the commander and workforce to achieve the command’s mission.

“I am really excited to be here at the USAMRMC,” said Chinn. “I am ready to support the commander and begin my work with the command. I hope to start visiting the workforce here at the headquarters building and working my way out.”

In addition to being the USAMRMC and Fort Detrick deputy director, Chinn will also serve as the director of the Research, Development and Acquisition Directorate for the Defense Health Agency in Falls Church, Virginia.

Chinn, a native of San Francisco, is no stranger to Maryland and its unusual weather patterns. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in public health and received a master’s degree in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in 1982. After his commissioning as an ensign in 1981, he attended the Medical College of Virginia through the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program and earned a Doctor of Medicine in 1985.
He completed an internal medicine internship and residency at Naval Hospital Oakland, serving as chief medical resident in 1990. Chinn completed gastroenterology fellowship training at Naval Medical Center San Diego in 1993.

Chinn most recently served as the command surgeon for the U.S. Pacific Command and was responsible for USPACOM global health engagement activities in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
The USPACOM headquarters is located in the much sunnier Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii.

This position is not the first time that Chinn has served in a joint command; he had several tours with the Marine Corps.
When asked if he thought the Army “acronym soup” would be an issue, Chinn confidently brushed it aside with a smile.
“Every command, no matter the branch of the military, has its own jargon and acronyms,” explained Chinn.

“It might be slightly confusing for a while, but you get it down.”
Chinn and his family enjoy being outdoors and exploring local battlegrounds. They are also avid golfers who look forward to hitting the links here on the East Coast.

Welcome, Rear Adm. Chinn. Here’s to much sunnier weather ahead!
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