MRICD leader relinquishes command

The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (MRICD) recently hosted a change of command in Edgewood, Md., as Col. Bruce Schoneboom relinquished leadership of the organization to Col. Roman Bilynsky.

The ceremony took place at the new MRICD facility at the Aberdeen Proving Ground South.

The ceremony served a second purpose as Schoneboom's retirement. The colonel was awarded the Legion Merit and the Department of the Army Certificate of Retirement, signed by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno.

Maj. Gen. Joseph Caravalho Jr., the commanding officer of the Army Medical Research and Material command, led the ceremony. The general praised the outgoing Schoneboom's efforts at the MRICD.

"He's made a lasting, positive impact on the mission," Caravalho said.

Schoneboom said that the day was important for him both personally and professionally, adding he was grateful to hold the ceremony in the new building.

"For a farm boy from a small town, I've had a full and rich career," Schoneboom said. "Over the past 29 years, I've met and made remarkable friends who enriched my life in a number of ways."

Schoneboom also welcomed Bilynsky and wished him well in his new position.

"I know this staff will support you like they supported me," Schoneboom said.