Navy Drug Screening Laboratory (NDSL), San Diego held a change of command ceremony, Sept. 5.
Lt. Cmdr. Matthew H. Jamerson relieved Capt. Lisa K. Kennemur as commanding officer. More than 100 Navy personnel, civilian staff, friends and family members gathered on board the USS Midway Museum for the ceremony.
Capt. Scott R. Jonson, commanding officer of the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, Portsmouth, Virginia, served as the guest speaker. Jonson spoke about the accomplishments of Kennemur during her time as the NDSL commanding officer, and recognized the remarkable performance of the staff and leadership of NDSL San Diego over the past two years.
“During Capt. Kennemur’s watch, the San Diego Navy Drug Screening Lab tested and reported results over 1.6 million specimens and supported over 200 legal proceedings with expert witness testimonies,” said Jonson. “Her efforts ensured Navy and Marine Corps commanders had timely and legally defensible results to take action against Service members who tested positive for illicit drug use.”
During her remarks, Kennemur, whose promotion ceremony was one day prior to this ceremony, acknowledged the hard work and dedication of the NDSL San Diego staff.
Kennemur was appointed by the Navy’s Surgeon General to serve as the next Radiation Health Specialty Leader at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery located in Falls Church, Virginia. Kennemur is the first female officer to be appointed to this leadership role in the Radiation Health Community’s 67 year history.
The incoming commanding officer, Jamerson, was approved by the Navy’s surgeon general to fleet-up from his position as executive officer, NDSL San Diego.