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NEWS | Sept. 7, 2021

APMC change of command

By Lt. Col. William Geddes Army Reserve Medical Command

Lt. Col. Jennifer L. Staples relinquished duties as the commander of the Army Reserve’s Army Medical Department Professional Management Command to Col. Brian P. Friedland during a ceremony Aug. 23 at Fort Gillem, Georgia.

Change of command ceremonies are a military tradition that represent a transfer of authority and responsibility for units or commands. The history, tradition, and accomplishments of the command are embodied in the colors, which is the guidon or organizational flag of the unit, and represents the organization and its commander. The passing of colors from an outgoing commander to an incoming commander ensures that the unit and its Soldiers are never without official leadership, represents a continuation of trust, and signifies an allegiance of Soldiers to their unit's commander.

Maj. Gen. Jonathan Woodson, commanding general of Army Reserve Medical Command, presided over the ceremony. Woodson accepted the colors from Staples and handed them to Friedland, symbolizing the transferring of authority.

"Thank you, Lt. Col. promotable Staples,” said Woodson, referring to Staples recent selection to the rank of colonel. “We expect more great things from you. Thank you for your passion."

Staples deflected the credit and praised her Soldiers. “I could not have been successful without the support of Maj. Gen. Woodson and the entire team here at APMC,” she said. “They are the ones who made it all work."

Woodson also addressed Friedland, the incoming commander. “I want you to know your mission will be relevant now and in the future,” said Woodson. “Thank you for all you do and the importance of this mission.”

Friedland shared his vision on how APMC would maintain their momentum in managing Army Reserve medical Soldiers, while looking for opportunities to improve through innovation.

"I like to understand things, fix things ...and break things," said Friedland. "I am passionate about APMC and the mission. From training to credentialing, to so much more, (Army Reserve) medical could not happen without APMC."

APMC provides mission and command support to assigned and attached Army Reserve medical officers and conducts centralized credentialing for all Army Reserve medical providers. The team manages more than 1,000 Army Reserve Soldiers with critical medical specialties with personnel, training, finance, and professional credentialing. Numerous APMC Soldiers are currently deployed in support of combatant command missions worldwide.