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MRMC Commanding General visits USAMMCE

From 31 October to 4 November 2016, the US Army Medical Materiel Center, Europe (USAMMCE) hosted Maj. Gen. Barbara R. Holcomb, the Commanding General of the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (MRMC) and Chief, US Army Nurse Corps. The week spent in Germany was part of a trip visiting units under MRMC’s control.

While at USAMMCE, Maj. Gen. Holcomb received a Command Briefing and a tour of the different divisions and warehouses. She also took the opportunity to have lunch with Enlisted Soldiers and Junior NCOs and she held a Town Hall meeting with USAMMCE Leaders.

Besides spending the day at USAMMCE, she visited the Kaiserslautern Army Depot (KAD), the relocation site for USAMMCE. Part of her itinerary included meetings with other Army Leaders in Germany and a tour of Landstuhl Regional Medical Center which she had commanded previously.

Maj. General Holcomb was accompanied by Command Sgt. Maj. David M. Rogers.

MRMC Commanding General visits USAMMCEMaj. Gen. Holcomb at USAMMCE construction site
Left to right: Col. Timothy D. Walsh, Maj. Gen. Barbara R. Holcomb, Col. Scott EhnesMaj. Gen. Holcomb has lunch with USAMMCE enlisted Soldiers and junior NCOs
UPrivate 1st Class Blaine Miller briefs Maj. Gen. Holcomb in the Optical LabMaj. Gen. Holcomb at Transportation, left to right: Lt. Col. Nathan Rauch, Maj. Gen. Barbara Holcomb, Mr. Willie Gregory
Maj. Gen. Holcomb visits the USAMMCE Clinical Engineering DivisionMaj. Gen. Holcomb holds Town Hall Meeting at USAMMCE


USAMMCE celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

In order to recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States and to commemorate the culture and heritage of the Hispanic people, the United States celebrates Hispanic Heritage month each year from 15 September to 15 October. These dates were chosen because they coincide with the national independence days of several Latin American Countries. What started out as Hispanic Heritage week in 1968 was extended to cover an entire month in 1988.
USAMMCE’s celebration was put together by USAMMCE Soldiers and Civilians and was held on 14 October.

Besides a slide show introducing Latin countries, photos and accomplishments of prominent Hispanics throughout history were on display.

Hispanic Heritage 2016 - DancersHispanic Heritage 2016 - Mariachi singer
Hispanic Heritage 2016Hispanic Heritage 2016 - Piñata

In his speech, USAMMCE’s very own Maj. Rodney Linch, mentioned some interesting facts about Hispanic culture and what it meant to him growing up, spending his summers with his grandparents in Honduras. Col. Timothy D. Walsh, the USAMMCE Commander, delivered the opening and closing remarks and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jorge Magana narrated the program.

Much to everyone’s enjoyment, Staff Sgt. Javier Cuevas and his wife Ashley, demonstrated Latin dances and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Eduardo Anchondo, from the 515th Transportation Company, 18th CSSB, entertained the audience with Mariachi songs. As with many Hispanic celebrations, there was also a Piñata shaped like the USAMMCE Bull. Of course, they saved the “Best for Last” - the food tasting. USAMMCE Soldiers and employees had prepared a variety of delicious dishes for everyone to enjoy.

All agreed that this was a wonderful and entertaining celebration.

SFC Irmak at the tower eventSFC Irmak demonstrating Combat Casualty care during a life fire exercise

USAMMCE NCO participates in the 2016 US Army Best Warrior Competition

Sgt. 1st Class Ilker Irmak from the US Army Medical Materiel Center, Europe (USAMMCE) participated in the 2016 US Army Best Warrior Competition held

from 6 September – 3 October at Fort A.P. Hill, VA.

This competition tests the 10 best Noncommissioned Officers (NCO) and the 10 best Soldiers from 10 Commands throughout the Army.

The winner will be awarded the prestigious title of Department of the Army Noncommissioned Officer or Soldier of the Year.
All participants had already passed a number of tests throughout the year to qualify for this competition.

In this four-day competition, participants have to conquer tasks such as urban warfare simulations, board interviews, written tests, physical fitness tests, written exams, Warrior tasks and battle drills.

Sgt. 1st Class Irmak, the 2016 MEDCOM NCO of the Year, placed as one of the Army’s top 3 in this most grueling competition. Everyone at USAMMCE is extremely proud of this top notch Noncommissioned Officer.


USAMMCE Change of Command

On 15 July 2016, nearly 280 invited guests, employees, and friends of USAMMCE said farewell to Col. Erik G. Rude and welcomed Col. Timothy D. Walsh and his family at a Change of Command ceremony held on Husterhoeh Kaserne in Pirmasens, Germany.

Maj. Gen. Brian C. Lein, the Commanding General of the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick, MD presided over the event.

USAMMCE thanks the members of the German Army’s 4th Co, Airborne Regiment 26, Pastor Tobi Dubose, Ms. Rachael Welde, and PFC Severin Selani for their support; and Partyservice Hill for providing the wonderful buffet for the reception.

MG Brian C. Lein (l) presenting award to COL Erik G. Rude (r)Mrs. Walsh is presented with traditional bouquet of yellow roses
COL Erik G. Rude, MG Brian C. Lein, COL Timothy D. Walsh - left to rightPassing of the colors; COL Walsh passes the colors to MG Lein
COL Timothy D. Walsh, new USAMMCE CommanderCOL Timothy D. Walsh and SGM Lee R. Ridling cut the cake


Major General Brian C. Lein visits USAMMCE

Maj. Gen. Brian C. Lein, Commanding General of the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick, MD visited USAMMCE from 14-15 July 2016 to preside over the USAMMCE Change of Command on 15 July.

While at USAMMCE, Maj. Gen. Lein welcomed the opportunity to have lunch with the USAMMCE Soldiers at which he provided his philosophy on toxic leadership, readiness, and how our support to MRMC contributes to the Chief of Staff’s readiness. He also talked about the future of MEDCOM as it relates to DHA.
After lunch, Maj. Gen. Lein presented coins and Star Notes to Soldiers and Civilians; and took photos with USAMMCE 1st Termers.

Maj. Gen. Lein also received a tour of USAMMCE’s warehouses.)

MG BRIAN C. LEIN visits USAMMCE - July 14, 2016MG Lein Lunch with USAMMCE Soldiers
MG Lein Lunch with USAMMCE Soldiers


USAMMCE Eggstravaganza 2016

On Saturday, 30 April, USAMMCE once again opened its doors to about 65 children, ages 4-14, from the local orphanage, the “Nardinihaus”, to join USAMMCE families for a day of fun and games and of course a traditional Easter egg hunt. USAMMCE has been sponsoring events for the “Nardinihaus” since 2003 in order to give something back to their host nation community. The date is always set after Easter, because of the busy schedule the “Nardinihaus” has during the Easter Holiday.

Even after Easter, the kids still had fun hunting for Easter eggs and playing one of the many games that were available.
The 212th Combat Support Hospital (CHS) and the Military Police contributed to the success of the day, by displaying a Military Police car, a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) and a Medium Tactical Vehicle (MTV).

USAMMCE Eggstravaganza 2016USAMMCE Eggstravaganza 2016
USAMMCE Eggstravaganza 2016

The children really enjoyed sitting in the vehicles and exploring all the different knobs and gadgets inside.
At lunch, everyone enjoyed the Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Chips, Sodas, and Cake, cooked and served by USAMMCE Team and family members.

Then it was off to more games and activities, such as cookie decorating, face-painting, and musical chairs, just to name a few. USAMMCE also donated clothes and toys to the orphanage.

Front left is SFC Ilker Irmak - Photo is courtesy of US Army MEDCOM

USAMMCE NCO wins MEDCOM Best Warrior Contest

From 2-5 May 2016, at Camp Bullis, Texas, Sgt. 1st Class Ilker Irmak from USAMMCE competed in the US Army Medical Command’s “Best Warrior” competition and was announced as the Noncommissioned Officer of the year in an awards ceremony on 6 May.

Sgt. 1st Class Irmak was one of 24 Soldiers that participated in a number of events such as the Army Physical Fitness Test; M-16 qualification; day and night land navigation; a written test; obstacle course; warrior skills scenario lanes; and a physical challenge that consisted of 20 chin-ups, 30 burpees, a 400 yard run with a five gallon water can and a weapon, a 1.5 mile run with a weapon, and a rope climb; a 12 mile road march and an oral board.

Sgt. 1st Class Irmak will represent MEDCOM at the Department of the Army 2016 Best Warrior competition later this year at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia.

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