By Ellen CrownMay 1, 2019
(FORT DETRICK, Maryland) - The U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency hosted a detachment change of command April 30.
Outgoing USAMMA Detachment Commander Capt. Felipe Rodriguez relinquished command to Capt. Ivette Daley. USAMMA Commander Col. Timothy Walsh served as the presiding officer over the ceremony.
USAMMA's detachment command provides administrative management, enforcement and accountability of all USAMMA military personnel, which includes 67 Soldiers. The detachment commander implements unit policies, oversees the health and welfare of the agency's Soldiers, and provides leader development to the organization's service members.
Rodriquez, originally from Wilmington, California, is a medical logistician with more than 20 years of combined enlisted and commissioned Army service. During his two-year tenure at USAMMA, Rodriguez gained a reputation for going "above and beyond" to increase morale and team cohesion between USAMMA's Soldier and civilian workforce - often through their shared love of sports. He helped organize two sports teams, including an intramural softball team and a two-time championship winning volleyball team.
"To all the volleyball players, I hope that you win the intramural championship again next year to solidify USAMMA's dynasty in Fort Detrick sport history," said Rodriguez, which resulted in laughter and cheers from ceremony attendees.
Rodriquez also thanked his mother Oliva Llamas for traveling to attend the ceremony and supporting his Army career for more than two decades.
"Thank you for being a strong example of love and hard work," he said to his mother during the ceremony. "All that is good in me is because of you and the strong person that you are."
Next, Rodriguez will attend the Logistics Captains Career Course at Fort Lee, Virginia.
Daley, who hails from Canovanas, Puerto Rico, began her Army career in 2003 as a veterinary food inspector. In 2011, through the Green to Gold Active Duty Option Program, she received her commission into the Medical Services Corps. Most recently, she served as the 188th Infantry Brigade medical officer based at based at Fort Stewart, Georgia.
Her husband Capt. Kevin Daley and her son, Daniel Hernandez, joined her at the ceremony in Frederick, Maryland. Her husband is currently also in command at the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 188th Infantry Brigade.
"The most important and sacred responsibility entrusted to an officer or noncommissioned officer is the privilege of leading American Soldiers," said Daley, as she accepted her new role as USAMMA Detachment Commander. "I am also grateful for the ability to serve and learn from the many civilians that work for this agency...I promise to work tirelessly to ensure that every mission is accomplished safely and successfully. We will remain ready, resilient and trained."