June 25, 2013 – On this typical June day in the Washington area, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) welcomed a new commander. The change of command ceremony was carried out on the back lawn of Building 503 with full participation by the WRAIR Headquarters Company and commanders from the WRAIR overseas laboratories in Thailand, Kenya and Europe, specifically Germany and the Republic of Georgia.
After the delivery of the flag of the Institute to the incoming Commander, Colonel Steven E. Braverman, by the Commanding General of the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, MG Joseph Caravalho, WRAIR showed its appreciation to the outgoing Commander, Colonel Ralph L. Erickson as he retires from military service.
During the ceremony, Colonel Erickson received a number of prestigious awards for his 2-year service to the WRAIR in difficult fiscal times and for his guidance of WRAIR during a number of natural phenomena that challenged the Institute’s staff and buildings. During his career, Colonel Erickson previously served in
positions that varied from that of a flight surgeon with the Special Operations Forces to preventive medicine officer. He directed the Preventive Medicine Residency at WRAIR, the Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance at the US Army
Public Health Command, and the Department of Defense Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System (GEIS), which functioned in 77 countries during his tenure. Before coming to WRAIR, Colonel Erickson served as the Command Surgeon for the US Central Command, within the 22 countries of the CENTCOM.
The WRAIR also celebrates its incoming Commander, Colonel Steven E. Braverman, MD, who most recently held the position of US Army Medical Corps Deputy Chief and Corps Specific Branch Proponent Officer. Colonel Braverman has served in leadership positions at Walter Reed and with the US Army Surgeon General. Colonel Braverman deployed to Iraq as the Multi-National Corps – Iraq Deputy Surgeon
for Clinical Operations. Colonel Braverman previously commanded the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, Texas from 2009-2011.
WRAIR's Center for Infectious Disease Research, Center for Military Psychiatry and Neuroscience and its overseas laboratories, USAMRU-K, USAMC-AFRIMS, USAMRU-E and USAMRU-G, look forward to the leadership of the new commander, Colonel Steven Braverman.