Having Fun During a "Scary" Time
By Colonel Ryan Bailey, published on 10/29/2018
With Halloween only two days away, spooky decorations are all around to welcome the children who will be out in their colorful costumes, hoping for candy throughout their neighborhoods. But even though the night should be a fun time, we should take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of children and adults alike on Halloween night. The National Safety Council has a number of great recommendations that we all should regard, such as chaperoning young children and planning a safe route through the neighborhood. Travel in well-lit areas, and instruct older children to walk together in a group and ask them to refrain from electronic devices so they can stay alert at all times. As for the motorists, we should all pay close attention to the pedestrians that night who are walking around and crossing streets, and perhaps may not be focused on the cars around them. If we all practice these great suggestions, it will help to make this year's Halloween night a safe and happy time for everyone!
And speaking of "scary" things, I'm sure that for many of us, change may seem scary – but it really shouldn't be. Actually, in most cases, change can be a really good thing. Most of us should be familiar with the recent change in our organization's realignment under the Army Materiel Command. General Perna, the AMC Commanding General, visited the USAMRMC and Fort Detrick just last week, and he clarified some of the details regarding this realignment. Many of us may not see any change in the near term, but the Army and the DOD are shifting priorities to ensure that everyone is poised to support our Warfighters in the best possible manner going forward. This new change also brings with it many potential opportunities where we can continue to excel in what we do. For now, the best thing we can do is to execute our important mission as usual.
Down the road, we may even see another change, as the Headquarters Department of the Army Execute Order suggests that Army Medical Research and Development may eventually fall under the new U.S. Army Futures Command (see HQDA EXORD 3.C.3.A-B), so we should remain ready for this as well. We don't know what the exact timeline for this move may be, but nevertheless, regardless of where we end up falling, our mission to protect, treat and sustain the health of our Service Members must remain our TOP priority! I know that General Perna is pleased to have the USAMRMC as part of his great Army Team, and he is counting on USAMMDA to develop and deliver what our Warfighters need to win.
And speaking of a great team, our USAMMDA staff conducted a Strategic Plan offsite meeting last week, and it was a very successful gathering. We were able to focus our priorities for this new fiscal year, and we're all really looking forward to a fantastic FY 2019! Although we brought so many important issues to the table during the meeting, we know there is always room for more great ideas. Please remember that our leadership team is always open to good suggestions where we can improve, so never hesitate to forward these ideas, comments and questions to your supervisors. We review and consider each and every submission, and you'd be surprised at how many improvements come directly from team members throughout the year.
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 10/09/2018
Since our establishment more than 30 years ago, USAMMDA has witnessed the success of numerous medical products and devices that have been used to save many lives, both military and civilian. While some items may take longer than others to develop and produce, the dedication of our team and our partners remains the same – we never stop working until the given requirement has been met. [Read more...]
By Colonel Ryan Bailey, published on 09/25/2018
At USAMMDA, we all have positive contributions to make. In the execution of our mission, our people are the fundamental backbone of all we accomplish. We are all diverse; we all have special talents; we all have valuable knowledge, and it's the combination of these talents, knowledge, skills and abilities in our collaboration on projects that allows us to carry out our work successfully each day. It takes all of our military, civilians and government contractors, working in their unique roles, to do this. And it doesn't matter, in the least, what race, color, religion, gender or national origin a person may be, as each one of us has positive contributions to make toward our mission – and this input is, and should always be, highly valued. [Read more...]
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! [Read more...]
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...]