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
All agreed that this was a
wonderful and entertaining celebration.
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.
This competition tests the 10 best
Noncommissioned Officers (NCO) and the 10 best Soldiers
from 10 Commands throughout the Army.
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.
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
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.
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).
The children really enjoyed
sitting in the vehicles and exploring all the different knobs and
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
NCO wins MEDCOM Best Warrior Contest
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.