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U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command
CountryUnited States
AllegianceUnited States
BranchUnited States Army
TypeMedical R&D Command
Garrison/HQFort Detrick, Maryland
Motto(s)"Protect, Project, Sustain"
BG Edward H. Bailey[1]
Shoulder sleeve insignia

The United States Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) is the United States Army's medical materiel developer, responsible for medical research, development, and acquisition.[2]


USAMRDC Headquarters at Fort Detrick, Maryland, supports subordinate commands worldwide. Its medical research laboratories and institutes focus on different areas of science and technology (S&T), such as biomedical research in infectious diseases, combat casualty care, operational medicine, clinical and rehabilitative medicine, chemical and biological defense, combat dentistry, and laser effects.[3] The laboratories are staffed with skilled scientists and support personnel.

A large extramural research program and numerous cooperative research and development (R&D) agreements provide additional S&T capabilities by the leading R&D organizations in the civilian sector.

Five USAMRDC subordinate commands perform medical materiel advanced development, strategic and operational medical logistics, and contracting, to complete the lifecycle management of medical materiel.

About 6,000 military, civilian, and contractor personnel are assigned to support the Headquarters and subordinate units. Officers, enlisted Soldiers, and civilians-many of whom are among the most respected and knowledgeable specialists in their fields-provide subject matter expertise in medical, scientific, and technical areas throughout the Command.

Medical information and products developed by USAMRDC protect and sustain the health and safety of the force through deployment and combat. The USAMRDC motto, "Protect, Project, Sustain," emphasizes the Command's priorities in support of the warfighter.


In March 1994, a merger of Medical Research and Development Command, the United States Army Medical Materiel Agency and the Health Facilities Planning Agency resulted in creation of the Medical Research, Development, Acquisition and Logistics Command (MRDALC), subordinate to the then provisional MEDCOM. The MRDALC was soon renamed the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC). Following a restructuring in 2019, the research, development and acquisition elements of USAMRMC were re-designated to Medical Research and Development Command and transferred to Army Futures Command.[4]

MRDC’s subordinate commands

At Fort Detrick:


Honors and awards


  1. ^ "McQueen assumes command over Fort Detrick and U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command".
  2. ^ "Maryland's Defense Agency Profile: United States Army Medical Research and Development Command" (PDF). Maryland Department of Commerce. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 17, 2023. Retrieved June 28, 2024.
  3. ^ "USAMRDC: U.S. Army Medical Research & Development Command". Retrieved 2024-02-15.
  4. ^ "New command focuses on medical logistics".