The U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity has named its first female commander.

On Wednesday afternoon, Col. Gina Adam became the 14th person to take command of the USAMMDA. She most recently worked as director of the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, under the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command at Fort Detrick, before accepting the command. Her background is as a research psychologist.

Being the first female commander of USAMMDA “feels amazing,” she said, adding that it makes her cry a little.

“It means a lot to me,” Adam said. “I didn’t have a lot of senior women, and not a lot of [female] commanders. I never reported for a female commander, other than the CG [commanding general] now, but not in my individual organizations. So to be able to do that and do something sort of unique for this organization is really meaningful to me. And more importantly, to be able to be a model for the younger women who may either serve with me or see me in the community, to show that it can be done.”

Adam was assigned to USAMMDA from 2011 to 2014 before taking command at the Army’s Cold Regions Test Center, then again for the past year after relinquishing that command in 2018. She said she likes the ties Fort Detrick has with the community, as well as the access to scientists and researchers.

“It’s pretty unique,” she said.

In her free time, she enjoys cycling and likes riding on the county’s roads and covered bridges.

As commander, Adam said she hopes to do the best she can and support the team in their roles.

“I would just say I’m really excited to be here, and I’m looking forward to my time with the team here and the great things they are going to do,” she said.

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Heather Mongilio is the health and Fort Detrick reporter for the Frederick News-Post. She can be reached at hmongilio@newspost.com.

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