News release:
For Immediate Release - December 21, 2012

Fort Detrick Changes Command

Fort Detrick, Md. -- The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick will host a Change of Command ceremony Jan. 11, at 10 a.m. in the Odom Fitness Center, Bldg. 1507, Fort Detrick, Md.

Maj. Gen. James K. Gilman will relinquish command to Brig. Gen. (promotable) Joseph Caravalho Jr.

Caravalho is taking command following an assignment as the commanding general of the Northern Regional Medical Command.

Caravalho earned his medical doctorate from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine in Bethesda, Md. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., and a master's degree in strategic studies from the Army War College. His medical specialty training includes internal medicine, nuclear medicine and cardiology. His military training includes Army Airborne and Flight Surgeon schools, as well as Navy Dive Medical Officer and SCUBA courses. He has also earned Special Forces and Ranger tabs, and was awarded the Expert Field Medical Badge.

Gilman has been the Fort Detrick and USAMRMC commander since 2009. The Change of Command ceremony also marks his retirement from the Army, culminating a distinguished 35-year-career as a military leader and clinician.

ABOUT USAMRMC: As the Army's medical materiel developer, USAMRMC focuses on medical research, development and acquisition, and medical logistics management. USAMRMC headquarters is located at Fort Detrick, Md., and supports 12 subordinate commands and 6 executive agencies located throughout the world.

FOR THE MEDIA: Media wishing to cover the Change of Command ceremony must contact J. Ellen Crown, USAMRMC Public Affairs at by Wed, Jan. 9 at noon.

Media must provide:

  • Contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses
  • Number of news team members, including video/still photographers
  • Number of vehicles
  • Description of special equipment you plan to bring to the ceremony
  • Interview requests (must be submitted prior to event)


Last Modified Date: 21-Dec-2012