Col. (Dr.) Michael D. Wirt, right, takes the Institute colors from Maj. Gen. Joseph Caravalho Jr., Commanding General, USAMRMC to take command of the ISR July 30. Photo by Steven Galvan
By Steven Galvan, Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
2 JULY 2014
Col. (Dr.) Michael A. Weber relinquished command of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (ISR) to Col. (Dr.) Michael D. Wirt II, during a change of command ceremony on July 30 at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Wirt took command of the ISR when he received the Institute’s flag from Maj. Gen. Joseph Caravalho Jr., Commander, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick, Md. and host of the ceremony.
During his remarks, Caravalho praised Weber’s success and the support of his family for his “unprecedented levels of scientific productivity.”
“ISR’s successful organizational evolution and innovative life-saving research is direct result of sound, thoughtful leadership,” Caravalho said. “It has been a pleasure working with you. Thank you for all of your efforts, expertise and leadership.
“Colonel Wirt, welcome to MRMC and ISR,” continued Caravalho. “You come to us well prepared from your recent tour in Afghanistan. In fact, you have served in a number of assignments in forward surgical combat environments, which will give you a great perspective as you come in to set the course for ISR and its critical work in combat casualty care.”
Wirt comes from the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity at Fort Campbell, Ky., and recently returned from a deployment where he served as the Officer-in-Charge of the U.S. contingent at the Bastion Role 3 Hospital at Camp Bastion, Helmand Province Afghanistan.
Weber, who has served as the ISR commander since July 2012, will transfer to the Middle East where he will be the assistant program manager at the Health Affairs Division of the Office of the Program Manager, Saudi Arabian National Guard Modernization Program.