Col. (Dr.) Michael D. Wirt, right, presents Lt. Col. (Dr.) Richard L. Williams the Dental and Trauma Research Detachment flag during a change of command ceremony Sept. 29. Photo by Steven Galvan
By Steven Galvan, Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
2 OCTOBER 2014
Col. (Dr.) Robert G. Hale relinquished command of the Dental and Trauma Research Detachment (DTRD) at U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (ISR) to Col. (Dr.) Richard L. Williams, during a change of command ceremony on Sept. 29 at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Williams took command of DTRD when he received the detachment flag from Col. (Dr.) Michael D. Wirt, ISR Commander and host of the ceremony.
During his remarks, Wirt praised Hale’s success in transforming DTRD into the research unit that it is today.
“DTRD is an impressive research detachment that has transformed from a dental disease focused mission when it was in Great Lakes, to research that today also includes craniomaxillofacial battle injury solutions,” said Wirt. “This transformation was possible through the vision and incredible leadership of Col. Hale.”
“It is a fact that DTRD is the largest and best research organization in the country dedicated to facial trauma,” said Hale during his remarks. “It has truly been a privilege and an honor for me to have served as commander of the Dental and Trauma Research Detachment and I give my sincere thanks to each and every one of you who continue to serve the unit.”
Williams takes command of DTRD after serving as the deputy commander since 2009.
“The past few years have been groundbreaking for our team and the amazing advances that have been proposed and created here allow us to hold national prominence as a major research entity with numerous collaborators, governmental, corporate and academic,” said Williams. “I will give maximum energy to keep DTRD on the trajectory of success, with a clear vision and command philosophy that promotes honor and the value of everyone.”
Hale, who has served as the DTRD commander since July 2009, will transfer to the Army Reserves and go into private practice in Los Angeles.
Wirt ended his remarks by thanking Hale for his dedication and service to the nation’s combat wounded.
“Army Medicine will never be the same because of your efforts, dedication and commitment,” added Wirt. “I know that you will continue offering your efforts for our brave war fighters who give so much for our freedom. Good luck with your next chapter in life and may God bless you and your family.”