ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — A U.S. Army medical officer has strengthened alliances and built relationships with military medical personnel around the world.
Maj. Jang-woo Lee, former Chief of the Biological Threat Assessment Section and Officer in Charge of Multifunctional Threat Assessment Troop 1 at the 1st Area Medical Laboratory, forged partnerships with southern military medical professionals -Koreans, Germans, Canadians and Ukrainians during his time in command.
Lee recently served as an escort officer for the Republic of Korea Army Brig. General Byung-seop Choi during his visit to the United States to attend the Technology Cooperation Sub-Committee Meeting of US Army Medical Command and Republic of Korea Armed Forces Medical Command.
The location of the annual meeting alternates between the United States and South Korea. USAMRDC hosted the 50th meeting of the TCSC at its headquarters this year and invited Choi and his delegates to Fort Detrick, Maryland.
The US Army’s 65th Medical Brigade, headquartered at US Army Garrison Humphreys in South Korea, requested Lee’s support during the visit. This was Lee’s third time serving as an escort officer for the Technology Cooperation Subcommittee meeting. He previously supported the reunion in 2014 and 2018.
“I was honored to support this strategically important meeting and help build the coalition between the Republic of Korea Armed Forces Medical Command and the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command,” he said. said Lee.
A unique formation of the U.S. Army, the 1st Area Medical Laboratory deploys to perform surveillance, laboratory testing, and health risk assessments of environmental, occupational, endemic disease, and CBRNE threats to support the protection of forces and missions of weapons of mass destruction.
1st Area Medical Laboratory based in Aberdeen, Maryland is assigned to the 44th Medical Brigade and the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Command, the U.S. Army’s premier all-hazards formation.
Army soldiers and civilians from the 20th CBRNE Command deploy from 19 bases in 16 states to confront the world’s most dangerous dangers.
After three years with the 1st AML, Lee joined the Walter Reed Army Research Institute where he served as Deputy Military Director of the Biologics Research and Development Branch.
Military and civilian scientists in the Biologicals and Development Directorate conduct research and development on quality medical countermeasures against infectious diseases of military concern, including malaria vaccine and rapid diagnostic test malaria.
Lee said his tour of the 1st Area Medical Laboratory gave him the opportunity to learn lessons from the unit commander and sergeant major that will help him throughout his career in the U.S. military.
“The three-year assignment to 1st AML was a very rewarding experience and a phenomenal leadership learning opportunity,” said Lee. Defense has been unforgettable memories and experiences that have added to the building of my military leadership qualities.
Col. Matthew J. Grieser, commander of the 1st Area Medical Laboratory, said Lee has been instrumental in creating and strengthening partnerships that will help protect U.S. and allied troops around the world.
“Major Lee served with great distinction in 1st AML,” said Grieser, a native of Mulino, Oregon, who deployed four times to Afghanistan and five times to Iraq and served in Haiti, Panama and the United States. New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. “Major Lee embodied our ‘mad scientist’ philosophy of soldier science and paved the way for future Allied operations. »