On May 11, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command nurses gathered for the inaugural USAMRMC Nurses Luncheon at
the USAMRMC headquarters building.
The meeting took place during National Nurses Week, May 6-12. National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and
ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday. The American Nurses Association designated this year as the "Year
of the Healthy Nurse" and the theme as "Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body and Spirit."
USAMRMC and Fort Detrick Commander Maj. Gen. Barbara R. Holcomb, who is a nurse herself and also the chief of the
U.S. Army Nurse Corps, spoke at the event.
"It's great to have all of our nurses gather to help us celebrate National Nurses Week," said Holcomb to the
audience. "It's fascinating to see how many different kinds of nursing we have here at MRMC and to hear everyone's
stories of how they started nursing and came to be at MRMC."
As a nurse in the U.S. Army, many provide care to Soldiers and their families which is vitally important to the
health and wellbeing of the Army family. However, many nurses at the USAMRMC fulfill a variety of roles that are
not what many think of as a career in nursing. Nurses in the USAMRMC work in areas such as research, training and
Having such a diverse array of specialized nursing functions across the command and subcommand causes an
unintentional barrier in meeting other nurses within USAMRMC. According to the luncheon organizer RenÃ© Smith,
the hope is to use this introductory luncheon as a springboard for more gatherings to help everyone get to know
each other and learn more about their jobs in the command.
"We want to reach more nurses for networking and support and are forming a steering committee to plan future
events," said Smith. "Any nurse at Fort Detrick Garrison or USAMRMC is welcome to contact me if you are interested
(By Crystal Maynard, USAMRMC Public Affairs)