On 31 July, SSG Randall Link reenlisted with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. Reenlistment provides Soldiers with the opportunity to move into a shortage military occupational specialty (MOS) and improve their career development and promotion opportunities, consistent with the needs of the Army.
SSG Link is from an Army family and he reported he is grateful for the opportunity to carry on his family’s legacy of a military career. Both his mother and father attended the ceremony and are proud of their son to have chosen a career that makes him happy as well as follows this family legacy. His father, a Command Sergeant Major 5 (CSM 5), has a long and successful military career as did his two grandfathers who served in the US military.
SSG Link first enlisted into the Army in Ft. Gordon, GA and then completed Basic Training in Ft. Benning, GA. He completed Phase I of Advanced Individual Training (AIT) for a medical laboratory technician at Ft. Sam Houston, TX, followed by Phase II of AIT at Tripler Army Medical Center. Upon finishing Phase II, SSG Link’s served as a laboratory assistant in the Integrated Toxicology Division of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID). He returned to Ft. Sam Houston on assignment to the US Army Public Health Command- Region South (USAPHC-S) as a laboratory technician in the Cholinesterase Reference Laboratory. SSG Link was then assigned to the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He was the NCIOC of the Emerging Bacterial Infections group within the Bacterial Diseases Branch before becoming the NCIOC for the Viral Diseases Branch. He now currently serves as the Unit Victim Advocate at WRAIR.
In addition to his professional career, SSG Link is a graduate of the Warrior’s Leader Course and the Advanced Leader Course. He holds the P5, 1B, and 8R Additional Skill Identifiers. His awards include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Development Ribbon (Numeral 2) and the Army Service Ribbon. SSG Link also holds the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge Gold level.
The WRAIR congratulates SSG Link and looks forward to his future endeavors as one of WRAIR’s Soldier scientists and as he continues his military career.