Command Sgt. Maj. Rodmond Q. Churchill, II, assumed responsibility for the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research today during a ceremony at Forest Glen Annex, Silver Spring, Md., hosted by Col. Clint Murray, WRAIR Commander.During Churchill’s opening remarks, he promised to serve as a strong leader to those he oversees, a source of counsel for those above him and a key resource to his peers around him.“It is an honor to join this awesome team,” said Churchill. “It is important to maintain continuity; it’s equally important to embrace change. I look forward to serving alongside my commander, Col. Murray, as we enhance the proficiency of the organization.”Churchill, who joined the Army as a medical supply specialist (68J) then transitioned to operating room technician (68D), previously served as the chief medical non-commissioned officer at the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center. He held assignments around the world, including Tripler Army Medical Center, Honduras, Germany and more.“[In the Soldier's and NCO creed] you’ll see words about competence and professionalism and the mission and welfare of their Soldiers, but the word that resonates with me is backbone. That really is what [NCOs] are here to do—to make sure we do the right thing all the time,” said Murray during his remarks. “I’m thrilled for you to be my battle-buddy, I look forward to forging the future with you.”Churchill replaces Command Sgt. Maj. Natasha Santiago who relinquished responsibility of WRAIR on June 29th; she is heading to Fort Gordon, Georgia, to serve as the command sergeant major for Eisenhower Army Medical Center.Since 1893, WRAIR has been a leader in solving the most significant threats to Soldier readiness and lethality, particularly those related to infectious disease and brain health. WRAIR’s research capabilities at its headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., and laboratories around the world work in concert to afford Soldiers the best protection and support possible before, during and after deployment.