Almost 100 Noncommissioned Officers from across Fort Detrick gathered at the Balfour Beatty Community Center June 22 for an NCO Call.
"The NCO Call is an opportunity for the NCOs from all services from Fort Detrick and local units to come to together for team building, fellowship, sharing information and exchanging ideas," said Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin B. Stuart, of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.
Stuart said the event is held once a quarter, and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases was the host for this meeting, with the theme of "Esprit de Corps."
"NCOs who attend have a great opportunity to hear the most current events and happening in the military and local areas; an opportunity to meet new NCOs to area as well as say farewell to those leaving the area; share information and exchange ideas with other NCOs; meet and greet other from other units and services; and lastly enjoy some of the snacks and refreshments," Stuart said.
"Such a large gathering on a Friday afternoon is impressive," Stuart said. "The NCO Call is normally held after duty on Friday and the attendance is voluntary but attendance has picked up immensely." Stuart said the gathering was a success due to the hard work of the NCOs who put the event together.
"Staff Sgt. Craig Wayman, who is also the Fort Detrick, MRMC and U.S. Army Medical Command NCO of the Year, Sgt. Esther Collins and other members of the USAMRIID team were responsible for coordinating the event and they did a wonderful job. A big "shout-out" to USAMRIID, which is led by its Senior Enlisted Advisor, Sgt. Maj. Thomas Tuttle," Stuart said.
The next scheduled NCO Call will be held in September, led and coordinated by the 21st Signal Brigade, according to Stuart.