Capt. Cleveland S. Bryant Jr. takes the USAISR guidon July 15 from USAISR Commander, Col. Michael Wirt during a change of command ceremony.
Story and photo by Steven Galvan, DBA
USAISR Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
06 AUG 2016
Soldiers and staff members at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, a subordinate command of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, bid farewell to one commander and welcomed a new one during a change of command ceremony June 15 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Capt. Jose A. Juarez Jr. relinquished command of the USAISR Company to Capt. Cleveland S. Bryant, Jr., in a ceremony hosted by USAISR Commander, Col. (Dr.) Michael D. Wirt.
During his remarks, Wirt commended Juarez for his exemplary leadership and accomplishments.
“Capt. Juarez, your accomplishments as the company commander are impressive,” said Wirt. “This command is a success because of your leadership, motivational skills, inspirational integrity, and your ability to plan and successfully execute all missions. Thank you again for your flawless commitment to our mission and vision.”
Juarez thanked the Institute’s leadership for their support and allowing him to fulfill his longtime dream.
“As a young enlisted Soldier, I was impressed by a company commander, and I told myself that someday I would be in that position,” said Juarez. “I didn’t know when or where, but I knew that it’s what I wanted to do. And to do it here at this command was more than I imagined. Thank you, it has been and honor and a privilege to have served as your company commander.”
Bryant’s last assignment was as the Medical Logistics Officer at the 2nd Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade in Waegwan, Korea. He thanked Wirt for giving him the opportunity to command the ISR Company and thanked Juarez for his service as he gets ready to retire from the Army.
“It is a great honor and privilege to be part of an organization of which spearheads innovation, creativity and ingenuity of Army medicine to new levels of excellence,” said Bryant. “Capt. Juarez, thank you for your patience, counsel and wisdom throughout this process. As for your legacy, we will continue to promote the standard of excellence you set forth, as you and your family begin transition to retirement. I wish you the best of wishes, blessings and peace.”
Bryant enlisted in the Army in 2000, earning the Military Occupational Specialty of Medical Laboratory Technician (68K). In 2007, he attended the Officer Candidate School and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps in 2008.
“Capt. Bryant, welcome to the ISR,” added Wirt. “I have heard nothing but great things about you, and I’m confident that you will pick up where Capt. Juarez left off. You have some outstanding NCOs and Soldiers under your command who will give you their best every day to ensure that you will also have a successful tour as well.”