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Naval Medical Research Unit SOUTH Commanding Officer Relieved

05 April 2024

On April 5, 2024, Capt. Franca Jones, Commander, Naval Medical Research Command relieved Capt. Abigail Yablonsky Marter, Commanding Officer of Naval Medical Research Unit (NAMRU) SOUTH, due to a loss of confidence in her ability to command.

Capt. Marter has served as the NAMRU SOUTH Commanding Officer since July 2023. Cmdr. Michael Prouty will assume duties as Acting Commanding Officer pending the assignment of a permanent Commanding Officer.

Capt. Marter will be temporarily reassigned to Naval Medical Research Command.

Navy Commanding Officers are held to the highest standards of personal and professional conduct. They are expected to uphold the highest standards of responsibility, reliability, and leadership, and the Navy holds them accountable when they fall short of meeting these standards.

For questions related to this release, contact Cmdr. Jessica McNulty, BUMED Public Affairs at and 703.681.9069.


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