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U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
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Natick, MA 01760-5012

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Date: June 16, 2008
No: 08-15

Detachment welcomes new leadership and bids farewell to old friends

Maj. Dennis Ford (left front) accepts command of Headquarters Research and Development Detachment (HRDD) during change of command ceremony held May 22. Pictured right front is Capt. Thomas Bloomfield, outgoing HRDD commander. Also pictured in photo are Maj. Rich Hall, front center, Sgt. 1st Class Fred Giles and Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Williamson. (Photo by Sgt. Rebecca Kaufman, HRDD.)

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NATICK, Mass. --   On May 22, the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center's (NSRDEC) Headquarters Research and Development Detachment (HRDD) held a change of command and change of responsibility ceremony here.

Capt. Thomas Bloomfield, outgoing commander, HRDD, relinquished command to Maj. Dennis Ford, incoming commander, HRDD.

Bloomfield said that his position has been "fun and interesting," and that he didn't think he would ever get an opportunity like it again.

He thanked Sgt. 1st Class Fred Giles, the detachment sergeant, for his assistance.

As part of the ceremony, Giles relinquished his responsibility as detachment sergeant to Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Williamson.

Maj. Rich Hall, acting military deputy for the NSRDEC, said that these two positions provide the leadership, training, mentoring and administrative support for the Soldiers of HRDD. However, he also emphasized that, in addition, the personnel in these jobs have to ensure guidelines and policies are in place to ensure the safety, health and welfare of the Soldiers who are human research volunteers (HRVs).

"HRVs are the most effective way research can be conducted," he said. "They contribute to the Army maintaining its technological edge."

In speaking to the audience, Bloomfield reminded them to "never forget what you are about - the Soldiers."

Ford said he was grateful to be given this opportunity to work with Soldiers.

"I recognize it's an important mission and I accept the responsibility it brings," he said.

He thanked Bloomfield and Giles for handing off a dedicated group of Soldiers and wished them luck in their future endeavors.

 


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