Another Successful Year for USAMMDA
By Colonel Ryan Bailey, published on 09/17/2018
As we wrap up fiscal year 2018, we should all be pleased with our great success over the past twelve months. I'm excited about the fiscal year close-out just ahead, as were on target to complete all of our financial transactions for the year. We've invested in many improvements to our building, and also in furniture to ensure that we help everyone get settled in after the USAMMA/USAMMDA transition. It's always busy at the end of each fiscal year, and I couldn't be more proud of the way our team has worked together to wrap up FY18. So I say "thank you" to our entire team for this great effort!
Last week, we held an awards ceremony to recognize our staff members' many contributions in support of the USAMMDA mission. Among these great accomplishments, we have seen tremendous success from our Pharmaceutical Systems Project Management Office regarding our tafenoquine product and our U.S.-based freeze-dried plasma, which is progressing steadily towards U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval in FY19. Our Force Health Protection division received great news on the FDA approval of the Emergency Use Authorization for the French freeze-dried plasma that we currently use to save lives on the battlefield and beyond. And earlier this year, our Neurotrauma and Psychological Health PMO received FDA approval for the Laboratory Assay for Traumatic Brain Injury product/device, which is used to detect instances of mild TBI among our Service members. All of our USAMMDA team should be very proud of these success stories, and I'm sure we'll see many more in FY19. As for now, we should all remain focused on our programs as we head into the next fiscal year, so we can properly execute our funding dollars.
In the near future, we will have visitors from the Army Safety Health Management System (ASHMS) assessment team, who will be here to evaluate our culture of safety at USAMMDA. Without question, I am confident that we are continuing to do our best to maintain an extremely safe environment for our entire USAMMDA family. We all must remain vigilant at all times, and please don't hesitate to report any "near-misses," as these simple notifications will help us to prevent future accidents, regardless of the severity level. Every member of our team is extremely valuable in accomplishing our mission, and we simply can't afford any lost days due to an injury on the job. This is really easy to prevent when we all work together in remaining aware and staying safe.
Next month, we will hold an offsite Strategic Planning meeting, during which we'll review our progress on last year's priorities, and we'll be developing new priorities for the year ahead. I couldn't be more pleased with our team's focus over the past year, and I'm looking forward to another successful year as we strive to deliver medical solutions to our Warfighters.
And finally, with all the work that we do each week, we all need some downtime to relax, and fall is the perfect time to unwind by watching some football! The college and pro football seasons are in full swing, and we've already seen some exciting games across the country. Fall is my family's favorite time of year, not only for football but for all of the fun things to do outdoors across the region. The Great Frederick Fair is taking place this week, and the Catoctin Colorfest in Thurmont will be held next month. The leaves will be changing soon, so it's always a beautiful scene throughout Frederick County. If you're looking for some ideas of things to do, you can visit the county's website at www.visitfrederick.org.
Let's always remember that we're saving lives with everything we do here at USAMMDA!
COL Ryan Bailey
By Colonel Ryan Bailey, published on 08/27/2018
Recently, we completed the Army Readiness Assessment Program, and I'm pleased to announce that USAMMDA has been recognized in the top 25 percent of Army organizations for safety and preparedness. This is a testament to our vigilance regarding safety throughout our group. Although Marvin Saunders serves as USAMMDA's safety officer, it's everyone's responsibility to be a safety officer whenever you see a potential hazard. All of us should be familiar with the phrase "see something, say something" in regard to anti-terrorism scenarios, but this concept should also be used daily as our team's mantra to ensure we remain safe at all times. We must immediately report all potential risks and hazards, regardless of how large or small the threat may seem. Nothing is trivial when it comes to saving someone from harm or injury, but leadership can't help to correct a problem unless we're made aware of it. Yes, we work in an older building that has its challenges, and we all have joked about this at times, but it's really no joking matter. Please be careful in the stairwells, on the walkways, and throughout the halls. We must live in a "culture of safety" each and every day! [Read more...]
By Colonel Ryan Bailey, published on 08/6/2018
We're just two weeks away from the start of this year's Department of Defense Military Health System Research Symposium in Kissimmee, Florida, and we have about 60 of our team members that are very busy gearing up for this great conference. This year's theme is "Medical Innovation for Warfighter Readiness: The Future Starts Now," and this topic certainly remains on the forefront of everything we do here at USAMMDA. Nearly a dozen of our team members will present important topics during the four-day meeting, and I'm sure this will be of great interest to many attendees. [Read more...]
By Colonel Ryan Bailey, published on 07/16/2018
This is a very exciting time in the history of USAMMDA! On July 9, our organization welcomed 27 members of the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency who have joined the USAMMDA team as medical product development personnel. The group was given a very thorough orientation to our facility to ensure a smooth transition, and just last week we held a backyard barbeque to welcome the new folks to our USAMMDA family! I'm really excited to learn more about the products they are bringing over to the USAMMDA portfolio, and together we will continue to quickly advance these critical items to our Warfighters throughout the world. Please make sure to welcome these new staff members to our team! [Read more...]
By Colonel Ryan Bailey, published on 06/25/2018
Recently, the U.S. Army celebrated its 243rd "birthday," and we recognized the 75th anniversary of Fort Detrick earlier this month as well. When most of us think of the Army, the image that usually comes to mind is one of men and women in camouflage green uniforms. However, since the very beginning of the Army's establishment as a Service branch, the Army's civilian workforce has been contributing to the successful completion of the mission. Together, we stand as a key factor in taking care of our Service Members, whether it be with health care providers or our materiel developers. Without question, this has been the key to carrying out the USAMRMC's mission to create, develop, deliver and sustain medical capabilities for our Warfighters throughout the world. [Read more...]
By Colonel Ryan Bailey, published on 06/04/2018
Each June, our nation recognizes the great men and women of our U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, as we celebrate the anniversary of its formation on June 3, 1916. For the past 102 years, this organization has been helping to keep our country safe with work that goes far beyond the general care of animals. In the medical materiel world, especially in product development, there is a clinical pathway that begins with clinical animal studies on the science and technology side. This vital research is then translated to human clinical studies, to develop medical products and vaccines that help save the lives of many throughout our military and civilian populations. [Read more...]