US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD)

US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD) Research, Education, and Training for Medical Chemical Defense

Welcome to the official page for the US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense. The USAMRICD is the Department of Defense’s lead laboratory for research into the mechanisms of action of chemical warfare agents and toxins and for the development of medical countermeasures to these threats. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ POSTING GUIDELINES: While this is an open forum, it's also a family friendly one, so please keep your comments and wall posts clean. In addition to keeping it family friendly, we ask that you follow our posting guidelines here. Posts will be removed if they violate the guidelines listed below. • No graphic, obscene, explicit or racial comments or submissions nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful or intended to defame anyone or any organization. • No solicitations or advertisements. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. Similarly, we do not allow attempts to defame or defraud any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. • No copyrighted or trademarked images or graphics. Imagery posted on the Facebook wall should be owned by the user. • No comments or photos that suggest or encourage illegal activity. • No documents of any kind should be posted on this page. • You participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments, your username and any information provided. Also, the appearance of external links on this site does not constitute official endorsement on behalf of the U.S. Army or Department of Defense. For more information, visit the DoD Social Media user agreement at: http://www.defense.gov/socialmedia/user-agreement.aspx

Bringing holiday cheer. Employees of the MRICD visited Edgewood Elementary School on December 19 bearing gifts donated b...
12/19/2019

Bringing holiday cheer. Employees of the MRICD visited Edgewood Elementary School on December 19 bearing gifts donated by the institute’s staff. From right to left, Chris Gonzalez from Edgewood Elementary, Heidi Hoard-Fruchey and Jessica Chandler from USAMRICD and Karen Cunningham from Edgewood Elementary. Photo by Mr. Eric Woltz.

MRICD employees supported 13 children, ranging in age from 9 months to 17 years, from three different Edgewood Elementary School families. Over 124 items were donated. MRICD employees purchased clothing, shoes, and pajamas for each child. Additional gifts included slippers, robes, winter coats, hats, gloves, and scarfs, as well as books, games, dolls, action figures, and a variety of other toys. Available to all students at the school were handmade hats by MRICD intern Diane Hildenberger and thick fuzzy socks, compliments of Tim Byrne. The following individuals from the MRICD gathered a few days earlier to wrap all the wonderful presents: Jessica Chandler, Heidi Hoard-Fruchey, Thuy Dao, Amanda McGuire, Cheri Roseberry, Diane Hildenberger, Robyn Lee-Stubbs, Erin O'Keefe, John Lehman, Sandy DeBus, Betty Benton, and Carl Ducummon.

Post your final game score predictions here! #GOARMYBEATNAVY, #ARMYSTRONG
12/13/2019

Post your final game score predictions here! #GOARMYBEATNAVY, #ARMYSTRONG

Army Futures Command
11/08/2019

Army Futures Command

U.S. Army Futures Command is building a solid foundation in #STEM education, through strength, innovation and modernization. Teaching through innovative technology, AFC is inspiring razor-sharp minds to take us into the future.#STEM2theFuture #NationalSTEMDay

11/07/2019
Aberdeen Proving Ground

FYSA

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U.S. Army Medical Research & Development Command
11/06/2019

U.S. Army Medical Research & Development Command

JPEO for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense
11/05/2019

JPEO for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense

"It may be completely off the wall...and it may be exactly what we need. What we need from Industry is for you to continue to innovate, to continue to have new ideas.” - Dr. James Madsen, US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD)

Meet us at the JPEO-CBRND & Department of Homeland Security CWMD Office's Industry Day:

https://events.bizzabo.com/CWMD_General_Membership_Meeting/
November 12-13 in Rockville, MD #CBRNOTAs

OUTREACH: Employees of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense continued their support of Edgewood ...
09/13/2019

OUTREACH: Employees of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense continued their support of Edgewood Elementary School with a back-to-school supplies drive. The 1,443 items donated included backpacks, folders, binders, notebooks, composition books, loose leaf paper, pencils, pens, markers, dry erase markers, boxes of crayons, facial tissue, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, as well as travel shampoos and soaps, which were among the specifically requested items. MRICD Community Outreach Committee members Heidi Hoard-Fruchey, Jessica Chandler, Patricia West, and Jade Makfinsky dropped the items off at the school on September 10. Pictured with donations, from left to right, are West, school counselor Karen Cunningham, school nurse Linda Michel, principal Cynthia Womack-Ross, Hoard-Fruchey, and Chandler. (MRICD photo by Eric Woltz)

Aberdeen Proving Ground
08/22/2019
Aberdeen Proving Ground

Aberdeen Proving Ground

Happy #WorkforceWednesday!

This week, meet Dr. Benjamin Wong of the Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense.

Follow the link to continue reading!

#TeamAPG #ArmyTeam #TrainedAndReady #ArmyCivilian US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD)

MRICD congratulates its 2019 Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) participants on completion of their s...
08/14/2019

MRICD congratulates its 2019 Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) participants on completion of their summer internships

MRICD congratulates its 2019 Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) participants on completion of their summer internships

MRICD O'day Fun!
07/29/2019

MRICD O'day Fun!

Thank you APG for having us out for your 2019 MRICD Organizational Day! This is our third year attending and we absolutely love being apart of it! Can’t wait until next year’s event! ❤️😊 #cfacf #organizationalday

U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity
07/24/2019

U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity

Happening now ... #ICYMI CMA RCMD is participating at the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) #CBRN Defense Conference & Exhibition. Come visit us #TeamCBRNE and learn how all our organizations work together to support the #Warfighter! #Allied2Win #ArmyTeam #KnowyourMil #MeetyourArmy JPEO for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense U.S. Army Public Health Center Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical Biological Center US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD) USAMRIID

07/24/2019

All of us at the MRICD welcome BG Michael J. Talley, the new Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command, our parent command, and extend our appreciation to MG Barbara R. Holcomb for her leadership over the past three years. Our congratulations and best wishes to you both.

MRICD is looking forward to a fun-filled O-Day on July 25. Events planned include a fun run, crabbing, golf, a scavenger...
07/22/2019

MRICD is looking forward to a fun-filled O-Day on July 25. Events planned include a fun run, crabbing, golf, a scavenger hunt, a demonstration by military working dogs, and a fire extinguisher demo. Other games and activities will also be available throughout the day. The picnic menu includes BBQ, hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, potato chips, soda, cookies, a cake, shaved ice, and popcorn. Yum!

U.S. Army Medical Research & Development Command
06/14/2019

U.S. Army Medical Research & Development Command

Today the U.S. Army celebrates 244 years of selfless service.Throughout our history, Army Soldiers and civilians have inspired the nation with their courage and accomplishments.

06/14/2019
Army Futures Command

Happy Birthday U.S. Army!

Today, we celebrate 244 years of defending and protecting America. We salute the generations of Soldiers who have answered the call to serve. #ArmyBday

Happy Birthday U.S. Army!

Today, we celebrate 244 years of defending and protecting America. We salute the generations of Soldiers who have answered the call to serve. #ArmyBday

06/14/2019
MRICD Ironbirds Shoutout 2019

Tonight is Military Appreciation Night at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen. If you’re headed to the Ironbirds’ opening night, celebrate the Army’s 244th Birthday by checking MRICD’s display, along with the displays of many other APG organizations. Here's our shout-out video; a shorter version will appear at tonight’s game

On May 31, the Soldiers of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (MRICD) held a Patch Ceremony to...
06/04/2019

On May 31, the Soldiers of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (MRICD) held a Patch Ceremony to mark the unit’s transition to the U.S. Army Futures Command (AFC). Effective June 1, the U.S. Army Materiel Command transferred all medical research, development and acquisition elements of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (MRMC)—of which MRICD is a subordinate unit—to AFC. Additionally, MRMC was re-designated the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command. During the brief ceremony MRICD’s commander Col. Denis Descarreaux replaced the AMC shoulder patch of each of his Soldiers with the golden anvil insignia of the AFC. MRICD looks forward to continuing its mission of developing medical countermeasures to protect the warfighter under the AFC.

U.S. Army Medical Research & Development Command
06/03/2019

U.S. Army Medical Research & Development Command

06/03/2019
U.S. Army Medical Research & Development Command

U.S. Army Medical Research & Development Command

MG Barbara R. Holcomb and CSM Timothy J. Sprunger lead USAMRDC Soldiers in applying the Army Futures Command patch during the Patch Ceremony and town hall at Fort Detrick, Maryland, on May 31. #FuturesCommand

MRICD welcomed its new detachment commander, CPT Kimberly Newell, seen here passing the unit flag, back to SFC Joel Sant...
05/31/2019

MRICD welcomed its new detachment commander, CPT Kimberly Newell, seen here passing the unit flag, back to SFC Joel Santana, in a traditional change of command ceremony on May 30. The MRICD family also sends former detachment commander CPT Angel Smith off to her next assignment with our best wishes for continued success in her Army career. Congratulations to both of these great officers!

The USAMRICD welcomed visitors from the Harford Leaders Academy and the Cecil Leaders Institute during the groups’ annua...
05/16/2019

The USAMRICD welcomed visitors from the Harford Leaders Academy and the Cecil Leaders Institute during the groups’ annual tour of Aberdeen Proving Ground. Their stop at the USAMRICD included demonstrations at the institute’s Simulation Laboratory and Wide Area Virtual Environment center.

In MRICD’s monthly ORISE (Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Engineering) seminar series, ORISE post-doc Dr. Dennean Li...
05/08/2019

In MRICD’s monthly ORISE (Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Engineering) seminar series, ORISE post-doc Dr. Dennean Lippner highlighted the studies of MRICD researchers and collaborators to develop dimethyl trisulfide as a medical countermeasure for cyanide exposure.

Last week, MRICD was happy to welcome members of the Maryland delegation and local county officials for Immersion Day, a...
05/02/2019
Local leaders tour APG - APG News

Last week, MRICD was happy to welcome members of the Maryland delegation and local county officials for Immersion Day, as well as a group from the Baltimore Recruiting Battalion with a focus on STEM fields. See the article in the APG News.

https://apgnews.com/community-news/local-leaders-tour-apg/

By Rachel Ponder & Yvonne Johnson, APG News Members of the Maryland delegation and local county officials explored how research,   development, testing and evaluation conducted on the installation supports the warfighter during APG Immersion Day [...]

MRICD’s military officers and enlisted, along with the civilian senior leadership, went on a staff ride to Arlington Nat...
04/29/2019

MRICD’s military officers and enlisted, along with the civilian senior leadership, went on a staff ride to Arlington National Cemetery, at Fort Myers, on Friday, April 26. The group visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and then headed over to the stables of the Caisson Platoon of the 3d United States Infantry, “The Old Guard.”

MRICD OUT REACH: MRICD Outreach Team members participated in STEM night at Edgewood Elementary School on April 9, 2019. ...
04/23/2019

MRICD OUT REACH: MRICD Outreach Team members participated in STEM night at Edgewood Elementary School on April 9, 2019. MRICD sponsored hands-on science activities with a crime scene investigation theme. The objective of this event was to get elementary school students excited about science and talk to them about science careers with the Army. Over 150 parents/guardians and students attended the event.

20th CBRNE Command
03/11/2019

20th CBRNE Command

“Palmer (Sgt. 1st Class Robert Palmer, operations NCO for the 20th) was phenomenal,” said Stacie Umbarger, Roye-Williams Elementary School Liaison Officer. “He put a lot of thought into the book he chose (The Other Side, by Jacqueline Woodson). He had a very interactive discussion about segregation and race with 5th-grade students, and it was just phenomenal. The kids were really engaged with him, and that’s a little difficult sometimes with fifth-graders. It was unbelievable.”

Today, Defenders from the 20th joined a group of more than 30 volunteers from Aberdeen Proving Ground to #Support RWES on their #ReadAcrossAmerica event. As part of the event, volunteers greeted the young ones, Pre-K to 5th Grade, as they made their way into school, and later read to them in their respective classrooms.

Along with our #Warriors, the school also hosted #Patriots from U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, U.S. Army Public Health Center, US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD), CECOM and APG’s Garrison.

Read Across America Day, an annual, nationwide reading celebration, takes place on Dr. Seuss’ birthday (March 2), and it serves to recognize Dr. Seuss and his impact on early reading.

Harford County Public Schools National Education Association U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) 1st Area Medical Laboratory 48th Chemical Brigade 52nd Ordnance Group - EOD 71st Ordnance Group (EOD)

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!After 5 years employed by MRICD and the US Army, Dr. Michael Hepperle happily retires from go...
02/04/2019

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!
After 5 years employed by MRICD and the US Army, Dr. Michael Hepperle happily retires from government service.

MRICD COMMEMORATES DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY
01/17/2019

MRICD COMMEMORATES DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY

A STAR IS BORN!MRICD wishes to thank the MRICD officers, enlisted Soldiers and civilians along with the Soldiers from RI...
01/16/2019

A STAR IS BORN!
MRICD wishes to thank the MRICD officers, enlisted Soldiers and civilians along with the Soldiers from RIID for their contributions to the recording of a new Chemical Casualty Care Division (CCCD) training video. Volunteers spent up to three days, outside at CCCD’s Field Training Center (FTC), performing proper establishment, operation and, and cleanup of a patient decontamination site (PDS) for the video cameras. Special thanks to APG Fire and EMS for lending an entirely new perspective to the video project by allowing us to use their ladder truck! We were able to capture essential aerial footage that will be vital in teaching proper layout of a PDS. COL Descarreaux made a surprise visit to the FTX site on Wednesday afternoon to thank participants and to present well-deserved certificates of appreciation.

CONGRATULATIONS! MRICD is happy to announce that SSG Butler was successful at the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club (SAMC) Boar...
01/04/2019

CONGRATULATIONS! MRICD is happy to announce that SSG Butler was successful at the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club (SAMC) Board on 17 December 2018 and was voted into the club as a new SAMC member. The Sergeant Audie Murphy Club is a private U.S. Army organization for enlisted non-commissioned officers (NCO) only. Those NCO's whose leadership achievements and performance merit special recognition may possibly earn the reward of membership. Members must "...exemplify leadership characterized by personal concern for the needs, training, development, and welfare of Soldiers and concern for families of Soldiers.” Congratulations to SSG Butler on this tremendous achievement. This is a big deal in the Enlisted community. Continue to be the spearhead of the Non-Commissioned Officer Corps and lead from the front. NCOs are the backbone of the Army!

WHERE IS HOLLI BEAR?MRICD welcomed a visit from Holli Bear, #MRMCHolidays, to show her why we’re the Nation’s Center of ...
12/20/2018

WHERE IS HOLLI BEAR?
MRICD welcomed a visit from Holli Bear, #MRMCHolidays, to show her why we’re the Nation’s Center of Excellence for Medical Chemical Defense. After taking the trip’s chill off with some hot chocolate at the Visual Information Department’s holiday display, Holli made an office call to COL Descarreaux to get an overview of how MRICD’s research and training efforts protect the warfighter from the effects of exposure to chemical warfare agents (CWAs). In the products display case, she checked out the MRICD-developed Forensic Liquid Analysis Kit as well as the Test-Mate Cholinesterase Kit. She saw how medical professionals are trained by MRICD staff in the Vedder simulation laboratory to recognize and treat the effects of CWA exposure. Holli admired the beautiful DNA-inspired sculpture designed for MRICD’s new facility before visiting the specially fabricated glove boxes used to research inhalational exposures and the mass spectrometer and robotic pipettor at the MRICD-located Department of Defense Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism, Excretion and Toxicology (ADMET) Center of Excellence, which evaluates the properties of prospective medical countermeasures to streamline their development process. While in the ADMET center, Holli met one of the lead scientists, Dr. Robert diTargiani (center), and ORISE interns Tae Young Lim (left) and Amy S. Rizkallah (right). Finally, after her busy afternoon, Holli took a moment to work on the jigsaw puzzle at the MRICD Wood Technical Library’s Stress Relief Station.

MRICD CELEBRATED THE HOLIDAYS WITH A DAY JAMMED PACKED FULL OF FITNESS, FUN AND CHARITY.We kicked off the festivities wi...
12/18/2018

MRICD CELEBRATED THE HOLIDAYS WITH A DAY JAMMED PACKED FULL OF FITNESS, FUN AND CHARITY.
We kicked off the festivities with an institute-wide fun run/walk. We then donned our ugliest of holiday sweaters and headed to the Edgewood American Legion for a holiday luncheon. The MRICD’s Morale Committee organized an incredible party full of activities, games, music and laughter. We congratulate the S4, Logistics, the holiday decorating contest winners! And, as it turned out, the prize for the ugliest holiday sweater went to someone not even wearing a sweater, but instead a full holiday suite! Congratulations goes to Dr. Bryan McCranor for knowing just how to celebrate the holidays with flair and pizazz!

To benefit those less fortunate in our local community, MRICD party goers took time away from all of the party happenings to wrap the presents that our institute collected as part of the Angle Tree donation drive. We are especially proud of the warm scarves and hats, hand-made and donated by our very own Yarn & Yak group! Members of that group, as well as the Outreach Committee and Morale Committee, delivered the gifts to Edgewood Elementary the next day, right in time for Christmas!

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Gunpowder, MD
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