HHD Change of Responsibility Symbolizes NCO Support Channel
Sgt. 1st Class Jerry Anderson assumed responsibility as the detachment sergeant of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command' Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment office during a Change of Responsibility ceremony on May 12. Anderson replaces outgoing detachment sergeant Sgt. 1st Class Evan Sanchez.
The Change of Responsibility ceremony both symbolizes and embodies the history, traditions and accomplishments of HHD, while also passing the unit's legacy as a building block for future performance and achievement. It further symbolizes dedication to HHD and the continuity of the noncommissioned officer support channel.
Anderson previously served as the NCO for the Core Support Directorate of USAMRDC's U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, supervising clinical lab services, pathology, veterinary medicine and USAMRIID's Department of Medicine. He brings those experiences to his new role as the detachment sergeant to ensure the success of HHD.
"With your previous dedication to duty and excellence, the hours you've put into reading, regulations and taking care of Soldiers paved your path here today," said Capt. Derrick Ball, current HHD commander, speaking directly to Anderson in remarks during the ceremony. "I expect and I know you will continue to operate as your reputation indicates, as one of the top NCOs not only in USAMRDC, but in the Army Medical Department and the Army."
Anderson now looks forward to exercising his leadership for HHD.
"To the Soldiers and civilians of USAMRDC and HHD, I will make you a promise," said Anderson, "You will get one hundred and ten percent out of me at all times."
For the outgoing detachment sergeant, Ball noted Sanchez leaves a substantial impact, as he is considered one of the most sought-after NCOs for his strong leadership, dedicated mentorship and impactful insight.
"I can think of no one better to assist the conservers of fighting strength in the shift to large-scale combat operations," said Ball speaking to Sanchez. "I know his time at USAMRDC has increased his understanding of the importance of delayed evacuation casualty management and the prevention of disease in future conflicts."
Sanchez now assumes the role as the Senior Medic at Camp Atterbury in Indiana, where he is eager to implement the same brand of people-first leadership.
"It's been a true blessing and eye opener to witness the work being done here at USAMRDC and the subordinate units," said Sanchez. "It's been unlike anything I've experienced in my 17 years in the Army."