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Advancing Blast Injury Research to Protect and Heal Those Who Serve

BIRCO Director, Mr. Michael Leggieri, Retires After More Than Forty Years of Service

The Blast Injury Research Coordinating Office (BIRCO) bids farewell to its Director, Mr. Michael Leggieri, who is retiring after more than forty years of civilian and military service.

Since 2007, he has served as the Director of BIRCO at the United States Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC). As the Director of the BIRCO, Mr. Leggieri was responsible for planning, programming, and coordinating DoD medical research programs focused on protecting Service Members from blast injuries and providing improved diagnostic tools, treatments, and rehabilitation for those who have been injured by blast.

"As I draw to a close more than four decades of military and civilian service, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Service members and selfless public servants with whom I have had the distinct honor and privilege to serve and support. I am grateful that for the past 21 years of my career, I have had the opportunity to work alongside talented scientists, engineers, medical practitioners, and military operational experts who are responsible for so many significant advancements in blast injury prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation. I am equally honored and humbled that for the past 12 years I have had the unique opportunity and distinct honor to lead a team of dedicated and mission-focused professionals who are responsible for [BIRCO's] significant accomplishments. Finally, and most importantly, I am grateful to the dedicated men and women of our Armed Forces, past, present, and future, who selflessly sacrifice in service to this great Nation."

- Mr. Michael J. Leggieri, Jr.

Dr. Raj Gupta will serve as the Acting Director and Senior Science Advisor of BIRCO where he will provide senior level consultation on research programs, with senior level scientific, programmatic, and strategic guidance to ensure a fully-coordinated DoD Blast Injury Research Program.

BIRCO is grateful for Mr. Leggieri's leadership and service over the years and we wish him the best of luck on his future endeavors.

Last modified: 04-Nov-2019