USAMRIID Welcomes New Sergeant Major

Sgt. Maj. Michael L. Brooks inspects the Noncommissioned Officers' Sword

The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases Sgt. Maj. Michael L. Brooks inspects the blade of the Model 1840 Noncommissioned Officers' Sword at the change of responsibility ceremony Oct. 1, accepting the responsibilities of his new leadership role. (Photo by Lisa Morris, USAMRMC Public Affairs)

The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases bid farewell to Command Sgt. Maj. Darryl W. Warren and welcomed Sgt. Maj. Michael L. Brooks at the change of responsibility ceremony Oct. 1.

The USAMRIID Soldiers and scientists work to protect the Warfighter from biological threats by investigating disease outbreaks and threats to public health.

"Research conducted at the USAMRIID leads to medical solutions â€" therapeutics, vaccines, diagnostics and information â€" that benefit both military personnel and civilians," said Cpl. Amber Huskinson, narrator of the ceremony.

As the commander of the USAMRIID, Col. Erin P. Edgar hosted and oversaw the change in leadership with the passing of the Model 1840 Noncommissioned Officers' Sword. This ritual signified the relinquishing of responsibility and authority from Warren to Brooks, signifying that although sergeant majors come and go, the sword remains forever in its razor sharp form.

Warren had nothing but high praise to give to the staff he was leaving behind at the USAMRIID.

"Your commitment to excellence has made it an honor to serve alongside of you," said Warren, speaking to the Soldiers on the parade field. "Every time the bar was set, you rose to the challenge and exceeded the expectation. This is what makes you the best at whatever you do. I'm confident that the future of the Warfighter and the safety of the public health is bright with endeavors you embark on each and every day."

Members of the USAMRIID acknowledged the routine challenge of transition, but they are prepared to embrace the change.

"Everyone has to adapt to change and new ideas. It's going to be a transition, but that's the life of the Army," said Staff Sgt. Demetria Hunt. "I've heard great things about Sgt. Maj. Brooks, so I'm willing to welcome the mentorship he's going to provide."

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Last Modified Date: 27-Oct-2014