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Sgt. Maj. Jennifer A. Redding assumed responsibility as the senior enlisted leader August 10 of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR) at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Redding joins the Institute after a tour at the Medical Professional Training Brigade, U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence/Training and Doctrine Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, where she served as the Command Sergeant Major.

“The ISR has and will always be ready to answer the Nation’s call,” said Redding. “We currently stand strong together in combating the COVID-19 pandemic. I am excited and honored to be a part of the ISR and its full glorious history and accomplishments.”

Redding has served in the Army for more than 21 years and has further served as the command sergeant major with the 421st Medical Battalion in Baumholder, Germany, the 1st Medical Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas, and the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence/Training and Doctrine Command.

“It is clear to me that Sergeant Major Redding possesses exactly the kind of diverse experience that we need here at the ISR,” said Col. (Dr.) Mark E. Stackle, USAISR commander during his remarks. “Your reputation as a caring and compassionate professional who not only upholds the high standards of the Army profession, but does so while teaching, coaching and mentoring those around you epitomizes the ideals of the senior non-commissioned officer.”

Redding enlisted in the Army in 1998 and has served in a variety of assignments as a Pharmacy Specialist (68Q) and has deployed twice overseas; once with the 10th Combat Support Hospital to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and another to Qatar in support of Operation Spartan Shield. She takes over as the USAISR senior enlisted leader (SEL) from the interim SEL, 1st Sgt. Diana McCleary who filled the position from Sgt. Maj. Willie Harris III who is retiring from the Army.

“To Sergeant Major Harris and his family—fantastic job. The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research and its people are better because of your dedication and unwavering leadership,” Redding added. “I also want to say strong work to First Sergeant McCleary and all the Soldiers and civilians who helped make today’s event special in spite of our current circumstances.”

Said Stackle while concluding his remarks, “Sergeant Major Redding, it is excellent leaders like First Sergeant McCleary that you have inherited at this Institute. From the most junior Soldier to our outstanding NCO and officer corps, to the talented civilians and contractors who work here, you have joined one of the truly exceptional units with the Army. The individuals of the ISR routinely give their best every day to ensure that future Warfighters return home safely form combat to be with their loved ones.”