Rear Admiral John Schommer, Deputy Commander, Military Sealift Command, visited Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton (NAMRU-D) as part of a Navy Executive Engagement function in Dayton, Ohio, June 14, 2017. Ms. Molly Miklasevich, researcher for the Environmental Health Effects Laboratory at NAMRU-D explains the neuro-electrophysiology work being done to better determine health effects of exposure in multiple environments.
DAYTON – Rear Admiral John Schommer, Deputy Commander, Military Sealift Command visited Naval Medical Research Unit - Dayton (NAMRU-D) as part of a Navy Executive Engagement in Dayton, Ohio, June 12-14.
“I’m from Dayton,” Schommer said, “it’s an honor to be back in my hometown as a Flag Officer for a Navy Executive Engagement.”
Commander William Howard, NAMRU-D executive officer, NAMRU-D, joined Schommer during a social event with members of the Miami Valley Military Affairs Association, June 12. Attending were members from the Dayton Development Coalition, county commissioners, veteran affairs, and the Dayton rotary club.
Later in the week, Howard welcomed Schommer to NAMRU-D, as the last stop before the executive engagement came to a close, June 14. Howard briefed Schommer on the structure and mission of the NAMRU-D, to maximize warfighter performance and survivability through premier aerospace medical and environmental health research by delivering solutions to the Field, the Fleet and for the future.
“We took this opportunity to highlight our permanent presence in Dayton, Ohio and our connections to the rest of the Fleet that our research efforts support,” said Howard.
Following the brief Dr. Richard Arnold, Director of the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory and Dr. Karen Mumy, Director of Environmental Health Effects Laboratory led a tour through their respective labs. Principal investigators were able to inform Schommer on their research programs. They not only highlighted the Air Force-Navy collaborations, but also shared collaborative work done across the government with academic and industry partners to develop innovative solutions to the aerospace and environmental health threats faced by the Navy and Marine Corps.
Navy Executive Engagements are scheduled and supported by the Navy Office of Community Outreach and are designed to engage corporate executives, government officials, education leaders, local media, veterans organizations, and civic group.