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    Capt. William M. Deniston Relinquishes Command to Capt. Dennis J. Faix
    SAN DIEGO, CA – Capt. William M. Deniston turned over command of the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) to Capt. Dennis J. Faix on the morning of May 11.  In a traditional Navy change of command ceremony, the presiding official, Rear Adm. Tim Weber, Commander, Naval Medical Forces Pacific, and honored guest speaker, Capt. Adam W. Armstrong, Commander, Naval Medical Research Center, were present as part of the official party to this time-honored event.
    Capt. Deniston assumed command of NHRC in June 2019.  Although just six months after taking command the world was hit with the COVID-19 pandemic, Capt. Deniston led NHRC, the Department of Defense’s deployment health research center, to generate the most Warfighter readiness-focused authored works and new agreements established in the command’s history.  Under Capt. Deniston’s leadership, NHRC established and executed an astonishing 115 human research protocols.  Most notable, NHRC tested over 50,000 COVID-19 samples. “I am leaving NHRC with a heavy heart, but with many new friends, and in the good hands of the new commanding officer,” expressed Deniston.
    His next Navy assignment will be to take command of the Naval Medicine Research Center, in Silver Springs, Md, and its eight subordinate laboratory commands.
    “Capt. Deniston has done a phenomenal job of leading the Naval Health Research Center and meeting their mission of readiness through research,” said Rear Adm. Tim Weber, Commander, Naval Medical Forces Pacific.  “Under his leadership, this command has promoted the psychological health of our Sailors and Marines, optimized human performance, and fought infectious disease, something they have done exceptionally well during the past year in the battle against COVID-19.  As Capt. Faix takes the helm, I have every confidence that he will inspire and motivate the NHRC team to leverage science and continue the mission of ensuring our warfighters are healthy and operationally ready.”
    This will be the arriving Commanding Officer’s, Capt. Dennis J. Faix, third assignment to NHRC.  From 2006 to 2012, he led surveillance and research efforts for the Operational Infectious Diseases directorate and, from 2014 to 2017, he served as the director of Military Population Health.  Capt. Faix comes to NHRC from the Naval Medical Research Unit in Dayton, Ohio, where he served as Executive Officer.  He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and completed a Preventive Medicine Residency at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.  Included among Capt. Faix’s prior assignments are a deployment to Iraq in 2008 as an individual augmentee, where he served as the theater Preventive Medicine consultant for Operation Iraqi Freedom and a position in the Alert and Response Operations Division with the World Health Organization (WHO).
    “I am deeply honored to be the newest Commanding Officer of NHRC, the Department of Defense’s premier deployment health research center.  The breadth and depth of work done across the command is astounding.  The opportunity to positively impact the health, readiness, and resilience of our active duty service members, veterans, and their families is both personally and professionally gratifying.  I take this responsibility on with great pride,” remarked Faix.
    Capt. Faix is married to Peggy Ho Faix, and they have a son, Kennan, and two daughters, Sidney and Isabel.
    NHRC’s mission is to optimize the operational readiness and health of our armed forces and families by conducting research, development, testing and evaluation informing DoD policy.  NHRC supports military mission readiness with research and development that delivers high-value, high-impact solutions to the health and readiness challenges our military population faces on the battlefield, at sea, on foreign shores and at home.  NHRC’s team of distinguished scientists and researchers consists of active duty service members, federal civil service employees and contractors, whose expertise includes physiology, microbiology, psychology, epidemiology, and biomedical engineering. 
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