Medical Research and Development Command


The U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command is the Army’s medical materiel developer, with responsibility for medical research, development and acquisition. The USAMRDC’s expertise in these critical areas helps establish and maintain the capabilities the Army needs to remain ready and lethal on the battlefield.

Ensuring our armed forces remain in optimal health and are equipped to protect themselves from disease and injury (particularly on the battlefield) is the job of the MRDC. The Command is headquartered at Fort Detrick, Maryland, with eight subordinate commands located throughout the world.

Six medical research laboratory commands execute the science and technology program to investigate medical solutions for the battlefield with a focus on various areas of biomedical research, including military infectious diseases, combat casualty care, military operational medicine, medical chemical and biological defense and clinical and rehabilitative medicine. The Command manages a large extramural research program with numerous contracts, grants and cooperative research and development agreements to provide additional science and technology capabilities from leading academic, private industry and other government organizations.

Two additional commands focus on medical materiel advanced development and medical research and development contracting.

The Command is staffed with highly qualified scientists, program managers, acquisition experts and support personnel. The critical expertise in these areas ensures we have the medical capabilities the Army needs to fight and win on the battlefield.

From illness to injury, the MRDC is the only organization solely focused on research and development to address the military’s unique medical readiness requirements.


BG McQueen - MRDC

Brigadier General
Anthony McQueen

Commanding General, U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command

Brig. Gen. Anthony McQueen is the commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command. He leads an Army organization focused on the research and development needed to address the military’s unique medical requirements. Tony is a native of Texas and a graduate of Sam Houston State University where he was commissioned as an ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate in 1991.

His previous assignments include Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7 United States Army Medical Command and a detail to Operation Warp Speed. He has commanded at every level from company through brigade, including Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, United States Army Medical Activity, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and the 402d Army Field Support Brigade, Fort Shafter, Hawaii. He served two Operation Iraqi Freedom combat tours and two tours in the Republic of Korea. He holds a Master of Science in National Security Strategy and a Master of Arts in Health Services Management.

CSM Laragione - MRDC

Command Sergeant
Victor Laragione

Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command

Command Sgt. Maj. Victor Laragione is the command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command. In this role, he serves as a trusted advisor to the commander and the staff of a worldwide command leading the advancement of military medicine. Vic entered the Army in June 1995 and attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, graduating as a Combat Medic. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science from Saint Thomas Aquinas College and a Master of Arts degree in Leadership Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso.

His military career includes assignments at Fort Bragg; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Camp Zama, Japan; and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany. He has deployed to Blue Factory, Bosnia-Herzegovina in support of Operation Joint Forge and to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a Class 65 graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas.