FORT DETRICK, Md. -- Maj. Ivette Daley shared some wise words of advice with her successor as commander of the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency’s Detachment command.
“Always lead with your heart,” she said. “If you lead with a grateful heart and you take care of your people, they will take care of you in return.”
USAMMA leaders bid farewell to Daley, while welcoming the detachment’s new commander, Capt. Chris Wright, during a change of command ceremony May 13.
USAMMA's detachment command provides administrative management, enforcement and accountability of all military personnel within USAMMA, a direct reporting unit to Army Medical Logistics Command.
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.
USAMMA Commander Col. John “Ryan” Bailey, who presided over the ceremony, recognized Daley’s numerous accomplishments over her two-year tenure, saying she’s “led with passion, creative leadership and a genuine desire” to care for each and every Soldier under her command.
“Maj. Daley is always ready to go, smiling and ready to tackle whatever came in front of her,” Bailey said.
Daley, a native of Puerto Rico, will depart Fort Detrick to begin her new role as medical planner in the surgeon’s section at the 4th Infantry Division headquarters at Fort Carson, Colorado.
She started her Army career in 2003 as an enlisted veterinarian food inspector, before entering the Green to Gold Active Duty Option Program and earning her commission into the Medical Service Corps in 2011.
Daley called it a “bittersweet day” as she leaves what “has by far been the most rewarding position” she has ever held.
“This organization is a world-class organization, and it is all because of you -- the people that give so much every day,” she said.
Wright takes command as he prepares to graduate from USAMMA’s Medical Logistics Management Internship Program, known as MLMIP.
Joined by his mother, wife and two of his three children for the ceremony, Wright has led Soldiers in both deployed and garrison environments, most recently serving as brigade assistant S-4 for the 1st Medical Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas.
Wright, a distinguished military graduate of West Virginia University’s ROTC program, said May 13 marked 20 years of service to the world’s premier land-based fighting force.
“I can think of no greater way to celebrate than to have a chance to lead and make a difference in the lives of Soldiers and families,” he said.
“We are lucky to have you as part of this organization,” he said. “I have absolute trust in your leadership abilities and know you will continue to build on the successes of Maj. Daley.”