USAMMA Hosts Change of Command

Col. Lynn Marm (left) passes the agency colors

New U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency Commander Col. Lynn Marm (left) passes the agency colors to Sgt. Maj. Thomas Vatcher (center) during a Change of Command ceremony Aug. 5. Outgoing USAMMA Commander Col. David Gibson (right) continues his 30-year Army career at the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School where he will serve as chief of staff. (PHOTO CREDIT: Ellen Crown, USAMMA Public Affairs)

The U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency, a subordinate agency of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, hosted a Change of Command ceremony Aug. 5 at Fort Detrick, Maryland.

Col. David Gibson relinquished command of the agency to Col. Lynn Marm, a medical logistician who has served in a variety of assignments, deployments and leadership positions throughout her 22 years in the Army. Most recently, Marm was assigned as the director of medical programs at the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology.

"To the USAMMA team, I am proud and humbled to serve as your commander. You have unfailingly supported the Army by enabling a life-saving medical force," said Marm during the ceremony. "Mission failure is not an option of the USAMMA. There is no strategic reserve the Army can employ if we don't meet the mission. We are counted on to provide logistics in support of an Army medical system that spans the United States and multiple continents, from foxholes to hospitals."

The official party for the ceremony included USAMRMC and Fort Detrick Commander Maj. Gen. Barbara R. Holcomb, who praised the agency for several significant achievements to improve Army readiness under Gibson's leadership. Holcomb applauded the agency's effort to reduce weight, cube and sustainment costs for medical equipment and materiel, leading to a more agile and modular operational force. She also recognized the USAMMA's work to standardize medical equipment in facilities across Army Medicine.

Gibson said he is proud of the USAMMA and that everything they achieved was truly a team effort.

"Anything that I've done – that you may consider to have been worthwhile – was only possible because of many of you," said Gibson to the USAMMA team in his departing remarks. "I will harbor my gratitude as I look to the future and continue to serve. Service is a privilege."

Gibson will continue his 30-year Army career at the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School where he will serve as chief of staff.

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Last Modified Date: 10-Aug-2016