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The United States Army Medical Research Unit-Europe (USAMRU-E) was established on September 1, 1977 in Heidelberg, Germany as a special foreign activity of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR). The original mission of the unit was to conduct research examining psychosocial influences on the causes, cures, and prevention of psychiatric battle casualties. USAMRU-E’s focus expanded over time to include protecting, optimizing, and sustaining Soldier and Family behavioral health and resilience.

Throughout its history, USAMRU-E has conducted operationally-relevant research that includes work on the Unit Manning System, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Provide Promise, Operation Joint Endeavor, Task Force Falcon, Operation Iraqi Freedom/Joint Endeavor, and Operation Enduring Freedom. USAMRU-E’s research was nested under and supported key strategic initiatives/programs such as Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness, the Army Surgeon General’s Performance Triad, and the Army’s Ready and Resilient Campaign. USAMRU-E also has a proud and robust history of working with NATO, Partnership for Peace countries, and Allies across EUCOM and AFRICOM, strengthening strategic partnerships in behavioral health research.

USAMRU-E was a vital part of the U.S. Army in Europe for 38 years, starting its mission in Heidelberg and relocating to Sembach, Germany in 2013 as part of the transformation/force restructuring of Army Medicine in Europe. USAMRU-E officially closed its doors in Germany on June 17, 2015 and relocated to Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), WA, in order to align itself with the US Military’s strategic focus on the Pacific region. Along with this relocation, the unit was redesigned as the United States Army Medical Research Directorate-West (USAMRD-W). With the emphasis on the unit’s mission remaining the same, the goal is to build a new future on a proud past.

Joint Base Lewis McChord logoUSAMRD-W is a deployable research team that conducts applied behavioral health and resilience research through its rapid response capability. USAMRD-W leads applied field studies in deployed, training, and home station environments to identify emerging behavioral health concerns along with tracking the prevalence of existing issues for the Force. The unit also guides potential training and intervention efforts to improve psychological health and well-being throughout the Pacific region.

The team has already had great success in building key relationships with I Corps, Western Regional Medical Command, Regional Health Command-Pacific, Madigan Army Medical Center, and many of the operational units and behavioral health teams at JBLM.

US Army Medical Research Directorate – West logo The official logo for the US Army Medical Research Directorate – West consists of a torch and a book overlaid on a map of the Pacific region.

The torch and book represent enlightenment and knowledge. The handle of the torch is in the shape of the Greek letter “Psi”, the symbol for the field of psychology. The Latin phrase “Progredientem Sanitatem et Prompti” is written on a banner placed across the flame of the torch. This translates into “Progressing Health and Readiness”, the core of the organization’s mission. The map in the background represents the organization’s focus on the Pacific region, with a star at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Situated on each side of the logo is a Caduceus representing health and medicine, with the year the organization was established. The colors of the symbol, maroon, yellow, and white, are the colors of the Medical Research and Materiel Command.

The canoe paddle is the official symbol of the United States Army Medical Research Directorate-West (USAMRD-W).

United States Army Medical Research Directorate-West canoe paddle symbol

The paddle was chosen for the rich, indigenous culture throughout the Pacific Northwest. The history of the paddle can be traced back to 6200 BC and serves as a reminder for us to continue learning from our past. In addition to the history, a paddle’s utility is to help steer and guide forward motion. As a tribute to both our history and our current mission, a paddle has become our symbol.

With the relocation of USAMRD-W, the research unit still carries the legacy of hard work of USAMRU-E and its 38 years of behavioral health research. The paddle recognizes our predecessors while our team steers forward with the momentum of leading-edge research in applied behavioral health and resilience throughout the Pacific region.


      • WRAIR
        • CMPNS
          • Military Psychiatry Branch
          • Research Transition Office
          • WRAIR/Fort Hood Field Office
        • USAMRD-W
    • Western Regional Medical CMD
      • PACOM
      • I Corps