SSC-Natick Press ReleaseU.S. Army Soldier Systems
Public Affairs Office
Contact: Public Affairs Office
Date: June 16, 2008
welcomes new leadership and bids farewell to old friends
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
He thanked Sgt. 1st Class Fred Giles, the detachment sergeant, for
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 are the most effective way research can be conducted," he
said. "They contribute to the Army maintaining its technological
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
"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.