Col. Steven Braverman, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research Commander, presented the Meritorious Service Medal to Lt. Col. Jeffrey Thomas, outgoing commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Unit-Europe (USAMRU-E), during the unit's inactivation ceremony. The U.S. Army Medical Research Unit-Europe is relocating to Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash., effective June 30, as the US Army Medical Research Unit-West. USAMRU-E has been a vital part of the U.S. Army in Europe for 38 years, providing evidence-based research to help improve the well-being and resilience of Soldiers and their families.
The US Army Medical Research Unit-West will transition in October to become the Military Research Directorate-West, a directorate of WRAIR rather than a separate command as USAMRU-E was. JBLM is the selected location as it is a large projection platform with many operational units. JBLM has a good talent base to recruit as well as retain scientists. In addition, SOCOM Joint, Corps HQ with MC/PHC are also located on JBLM. From the Course of Action analysis by MRMC and WRAIR, JBLM emerged as the top choice for these reasons.
Though location has changed, the mission will be the same--behavioral health research with Soldiers to safeguard the Warfighter and world health.