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Naval Dosimetry Center Holds Change of Charge Ceremony

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BETHESDA, Md. (NNS) The Naval Dosimetry Center (NDC) held a change of charge ceremony at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Naval Support Activity Bethesda on June 4. Capt. Thad J. Sharp, officer in charge, NDC, was relieved by Cmdr. Gerald F. Burke after three successful years at the NDC.

Capt. Todd Wagner, commander, Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, presided over the ceremony as the NDC's immediate superior in command. "I am extremely proud of the work the NDC has done under your charge and thank you all for your efforts," said Wagner. "I never had a concern, despite the tremendous complexity, robustness and high visibility of the mission at the NDC. I knew that the NDC had a most steady hand at the tiller guiding them to ensure they were ready for any challenge."

Under Sharp's leadership, the NDC led the development of the next generation Naval Occupational Dosimetry System, a $70 million project to be fielded in 2025. This new, technologically advanced dosimetry system will replace the current, 30-year-old legacy system. Sharp's team fielded a new personnel battlefield dosimeter for the first time in over 10 years by utilizing an abbreviated acquisition program to replace failed and unrecoverable equipment. Sharp was instrumental in the NDC's acquisition of the largest and most sensitive electron paramagnetic resonance spectrometer in the Department of Defense; fulfilling a critical element for the National Capital region to respond to radiological incidents and accidents and make clinical treatment decisions for radiologically injured patients.

"I'm truly honored to have had the opportunity to lead the Naval Dosimetry Center," said Sharp. "The NDC's mission is of special importance to the Navy. The nuclear fleet sails because of public trustwe must know what we are doing. That trust can't be violated."

Sharp's next assignment will be in Falls Church, Va., where he will serve as head, Undersea Medicine and Radiation Health for the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery as well as assume the role of specialty leader for the Radiation Health Officer community.

Upon assuming the charge, Burke acknowledged, "Those are going to be very big shoes for me to fill." As his closing remark, he said, "I look forward to the challenges ahead and working together with the staff at the NDC these next couple of years. We will meet those challenges together. We will work together as one team, one family, one mission and one fight. We will face the challenges together, and we will be successful."

Burke comes to the NDC from the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute located on Naval Support Activity Bethesda where he served as deputy director.

The NDC serves as the Navy's ionizing radiation dosimetry center of excellence for radiation health protection programs for the Navy and Marine Corps, and provides Navy and Marine Corps commands worldwide with radiation dosimetry processing and consultation services.

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