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NEWS | June 1, 2021

U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research welcomes new sergeant major

By Dr. Steven Galvan U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Public Affairs

The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research ay Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston welcomed a new Senior Enlisted Leader during a change of responsibility ceremony May 25 as Sgt. Maj. Jennifer A. Francis relinquished responsibility of the unit to Sgt. Maj. Larry D. White II.

“I am excited to be a member of the team and look forward to utilizing my experience, knowledge and lifelong learning attributes to add to the efficiency of an already stellar organization,” White said. “As the world’s premier research organization, the ISR has a history of innovation and cutting-edge discoveries. I am humbled to now be a part of that amazing history.”

Col. (Dr.) Mark E. Stackle, USAISR Commander hosted the ceremony to bid farewell to Francis and welcome White.

“Sgt. Maj. Francis joined the USAISR Team in the middle of the COVID pandemic, but she didn’t let that stop her from transforming the quality of Soldier training in the unit,” Stackle said. “As a result of her leadership, our Soldiers got back to doing our Warrior Task Training, returned to the range, and Soldiers started attending key developmental schools again.”

Francis departs the USAISR to serve on the staff of the Army’s Surgeon General in Falls Church, Virginia.

“This year has been a remarkable one,” Francis said. “The memories, the people and mission successes alone make the command team look fantastic.

“It has been an honor to serve as the USAISR sergeant major,” she added. “I am proud of all our people who execute their duties here and around the globe, and are always ready to launch and deploy the Army’s only Burn Flight Team.”

White’s previous assignment was as operations sergeant major at the Medical Center of Excellence at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston.

 “Sgt. Maj. White, I know that all of us will benefit from your vast experience as a seasoned non-commissioned offer,” Stackle said. “We have an impressive team of Soldiers, civilians and contractors here. I know all of us are looking forward to availing ourselves of your wisdom and leadership as the two of us work together to ensure the ISR remains the military’s premier Burn Center and combat casualty care research institute.”