29 June 2018
Melissa Myers USAMRMC Public Affairs
Jerome Maultsby, assistant director of the Office of Small Business Programs in support of the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, was presented the 2018 (FY2017) Secretary of the Army Award for Small Business Utilization, June 1, at a ceremony at the Pentagon
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Nick Minecci USAG Public Affairs
Soldiers and civilians of the Fort Detrick community gathered today on Fort Detrick’s Blue and Gray Field to celebrate the Army’s 243rd birthday during a ceremony that included leadership from across the
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Lanessa Hill USAG Public Affairs
Selfless service was just one of the Army Values that Fort Detrick U.S. Army Garrison Commander Col. Scott Halter, spoke about to the most recent graduates of the City of Frederick Police Department Academy, June 8, at the Weinberg Theatre in Frederick, Maryland.
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14 June 2018
USAMMDA Hosts Asian American and Pacific Islander Celebration
Jeffrey Soares, USAMMDA public affairs
With an engaging program that included numerous guest speakers, lively dance and stunning music, the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity hosted a celebration to honor those of Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage, in recognition of the national month-long observance. Military and civilian personnel, as well as state and local officials, were among those in attendance at the event, which was held in the main auditorium, Fort Detrick, Maryland, May 23.

Initiated originally as "Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week" in May 1979, the observance was extended in 1990 to include the entire month of May each year, currently proclaimed as "Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month." May was chosen as the commemoration month due to the immigration of the first Japanese to the U.S. on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, as a majority of workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

Opening the celebration, Army Col. Ryan Bailey welcomed the attendees and participants, and his words of gratitude set the stage for a moving tribute.

"This celebration honors the diverse ethnic groups that span from Asia to the Pacific Islands, and acknowledges the numerous generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have forged a proud legacy that reflects the spirit of our Nation – a country that values the contributions of everyone who calls America their home," he said.

"Today, we will learn a great deal about the rich cultural heritage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and their many contributions to America's history and to the Department of Defense," Bailey continued. "Many AAPIs have defended the United States and served as leaders in some of our most important government, business, and educational institutions – even in the face of racial and cultural prejudice."

Bailey's opening remarks were immediately followed by a reading of the 2018 U.S. Presidential Proclamation, and greetings offered by Maryland state officials. The stage then was cleared for a colorful and energetic performance of "Lotus Blossoms" presented by the Jin Yuxing Dance Studio that appeared to captivate the entire audience.

Serving as Guest Speaker for the festivities, Dr. Joseph Caravalho, Jr., Maj. Gen. U.S. Army (Retired), was then welcomed to the podium. As the former commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick, Caravalho spoke with a warm familiarity that further engaged an already captive audience. His presentation remained poignant, often shifting between humor, personal insight and historical elements while detailing the significance of the Asian American and Pacific Islander region and culture.

"I was born and raised in Hawaii," said Caravalho. "I grew up among the rich heritage of Hawaiians, Samoans, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Portuguese and a host of other heritages."

Caravalho continued by offering a brief history of his family life in Hawaii, the great sacrifices made by his parents, and his success as a nuclear cardiologist and general officer in the U.S. Army – all the while crediting his heritage and upbringing as a primary factor in his accomplishments.

"[Our parents] taught us the value of discipline, hard work and fortitude," he said. "It was important to be gracious and selfless. Above all, they gave each of us the tools of strong faith and moral character."

Closing his presentation with a focus on "a real American hero," Caravalho spoke of the remarkable actions of a native Hawaiian, Army Private Shizuya Hayashi, during World War II near Cerasuolo, Italy.

Reciting a portion of the official commendation for the Medal of Honor presented to Hayashi, Caravalho proclaimed, "'Private Hayashi's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army' – I hope you can see that I am very proud of my heritage."

Following an enchanting performance of cultural music by The Jasmine Guzheng Academy, Bailey closed the ceremony by thanking the participants and inviting all attendees to enjoy a sampling of popular ethnic foods in the building's atrium.
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13 June 2018
Smithsonian Military Invention Day Showcases Army Innovation
Christina Watson, USAMRMC Public Affairs
Enthusiastic voices filled the halls of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., on May 19, as visitors gathered for Military Invention Day, organized by the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.
“Take a right at the Batmobile, they have a system over there that uses fish to check the water!” exclaimed a high school student to his friend.
He was referring to the Intelligent Aquatic Biomonitoring System, invented by scientists at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and presented by David Trader, research biologist at the U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research. Trader spent the day engaging the public by displaying eight bluegill fish that are constantly monitored for changes in behavior that alerts scientists to the presence of potentially toxic substances in water.
“Bringing a visual interest item enables us to show the breadth of what USAMRMC does. It shows that we're not just bringing cutting edge technology to the point of injury or clinic or operating room table, but to the preventive medicine and protection mission as well,” said Trader.
However, one Army invention that will greatly enhance the care of Warfighters on the frontline is the Sirkin-Hiles Rail System, also known as the SHRAIL. The medical device is a lightweight rail system that mounts to a standard NATO litter to transform it into a highly functional operating table or intensive care unit bed – anytime, anywhere. The main purpose of the SHRAIL is to save lives in distant locations where transportation to a proper medical facility is either unavailable or unfavorable for survival.
The device was displayed throughout the day and presented on the main stage by its two Army surgeon inventors, Col. Jason Hiles and Capt. Maxwell Sirkin, in an interactive demonstration where visitors could try their hand at tying off “arteries” made of wire. The use of the SHRAIL made accessing the “thoracic cavity,” a box made of mops and wires from Home Depot dyed red by Sirkin, significantly easier allowing for quicker and more effective care.
While visitors got the opportunity to meet inventors, scientists and researchers from all military services, the chance to interact with members of the public was beneficial to the presenters as well.
“It was a wonderful day and we met a lot of great Americans! We purposefully were able to present our work and personally gained from the experience,” said Hiles.
“We all have a strong interest in first, making sure our Nation is a world leader in innovation, and second, ensuring that our Nation’s military continues to benefit from that competitive edge,” said Andrei Iancu, director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and one of the keynote speakers for the event. He stressed the importance of military innovation and invention and its prominence throughout American history.
Secretary of the U.S. Air Force Heather Wilson also addressed the crowd and shared several integral technologies developed by the USAF that have majorly impacted civilian daily life, such as the global positioning system satellites that accurately show your location on your smartphone. She left the audience with a challenge, “Wilber and Orville Wright were bicycle mechanics; they were innovators. They didn’t think inside the lines. If you think you’re that kind of a person, if you are a tinkerer that wants to find the answer and do things better, think about joining us. We’re all a bunch of bicycle mechanics.”
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24 May 2018
Sheri Schaefer, Army Substance Abuse Program
The summer season is a dangerous time of year for the Army with notable increases in off duty accidental fatalities and injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and other federal, state and local highway safety and law enforcement officials across
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03 May 2018
Peter Holstein, Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs
“We break stuff,” said Lt. Col. Brandi Ritter, chief of the Air Force Medical Evaluation Support Activity, showing off the facility where her unit tests the devices medical Airmen use to complete their mission.
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Nick Minecci, USAG Public Affairs
In 1933, the Jewish population in Europe was approximately 9.5 million, which represented more than 60 percent of the world’s Jewish population at the time. By 1945, nearly two of every three European Jews were killed as a result of the Holocaust. It was in the memory of those killed during this dark time the 6th Medical Logistics
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Erin Bolling, CDMRP public affairs
A single puzzle piece represents a part of something that is much larger. It holds its own distinct spot, and without it, the overall picture would not be complete. Perhaps this is why the puzzle is used to graphically represent Autism awareness. An individual living with
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Melissa Myers, USAMRMC Public Affairs
It was a bittersweet day for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command family March 29 as all gathered together for a farewell luncheon in honor of outgoing Principal Assistant for Acquisition Dr. Kenneth Bertram, after nearly two decades of service to the command.
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03 April 2018
Crystal Maynard, USAMRMC Public Affairs
The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command announced the winners of the Best Warrior Competition during a ceremony at Fort Detrick, Maryland, on March 29.
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Jeffrey Soares, USAMMDA Public Affairs
Within the critical field of burn treatment and skin repair, the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity’s Tissue Injury and Regenerative Medicine Project Management Office remains a leading force in discovering effective medical solutions for our Nation’s Warfighters to restore form, function and appearance following
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Jenni Benson, USAG Public Affairs
How are you doing with your New Year’s Resolutions? Did you resolve to save money or pay off debts? If you’re having trouble sticking to a financial plan, here are a few ideas to you get back on the path to financial freedom.
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Fort Detrick ASAP
April marks the start of Alcohol Awareness Month, and it is a perfect time to explore the benefits of sobriety. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence established this awareness month in 1987 to encourage communities to learn more about alcoholism and recovery.
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16 March 2018
Fort Detrick to Conduct Full-Scale Exercise
U.S. Army Garrison-Fort Detrick officials will conduct its annual full-scale exercise April 17-18 throughout the installation.
This year’s full-scale exercise will evaluate core capabilities pertaining to medical countermeasures in response of a pandemic. Segments will include distribution and dispensing of medical products and testing current plans and procedures for response and recovery.

“Ideally the exercise is designed to stress and evaluate the installation’s planning and response procedures and capabilities with actual response conditions,” said Mary Chizmar, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security.
According to Chizmar, by doing these annual exercises it allows the installation to identify gaps and work out any identified issues before an actual emergency occurs.
It is an annual requirement by the U.S. Army Installation Management Command to test the installation’s emergency procedures. In the past, full-scale exercise scenarios have included highway accidents releasing chemicals, tornadoes and active shooter.
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