Capt. Cleveland Bryant, U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Company Commander.
Story and photo by Steven Galvan, DBA
USAISR Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
08 SEPT 2016
“The best thing about my position is that I believe that I can affect positive change in the lives or our Soldiers,” said Capt. Cleveland Bryant, U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Company commander. Bryant took command of the USAISR Company July 15 and said that he believes is new position will bring about its challenges as well as great opportunity for personal and professional development.
“I am very excited and eager to witness the innovative research the Soldiers at this Institute are involved in,” he said. “Given my prior service as a 68K [Medical Laboratory Specialist], I find it really exciting to have the opportunity to mentor as well as learn of these Soldiers within such a phenomenal organization.”
With 15 years of service in the Army, Bryant said that he initially joined the Army to participate in the loan repayment program to pay off the student loans he accrued in college. However, he found it more gratifying that the Army provided a firm foundation of personal growth, challenge and honorable living.
“I also sought for a better way of life,” he said. “The Army has been a great blessing in my life since joining.”
Bryant attributes his success thus far in the Army to the support and love of his family.
“My family has been flexible, patient and understanding regarding the demands of military life for the past 12 years,” said Bryant. “Their unconditional love and support, as well as my faith in my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ, have been the critical factor in my life and career. I’m grateful for my family.”
Some of the things that Bryant would like the ISR Soldiers and staff to know about him is that he’s approachable and amiable.
“I also love to listen to classical, jazz and choral music,” he added.
Bryant has some personal and professional goals that he’d like to accomplish while commanding the USAISR Company. Personally, he wants to compete in a Tough Mudder and/or Spartan Race. He would also like to spend more quality time with his wife and two children, panoramic tour South America, write a book and volunteer humanitarian assistance overseas. Professionally, he wants to improve Soldiers’ physical training, bridge communication gaps between civilians and military, as well as communication between officers and enlisted personnel.
“But most importantly, I want to produce a more cohesive and productive working environment,” he said.
For now he is looking forward to visiting every task area throughout the Institute and getting acquainted the Soldiers and staff at the Institute.
“I am very honored and privileged to assume command of this company,” said Bryant.