Colonel Eric Lombardini, VMD, PhD | USAMD-AFRIMS Director

Colonel Eric D. Lombardini, is director of the United States Army Medical Directorate-Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences. He grew up in Manama, Bahrain and in Niamey, Niger with the United States Agency for International Development.
Colonel Lombardini earned his Bachelors of Art in African and Middle Eastern culture and history in 1993, his Master in viral Epidemiology and his Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris in 2001, all from the University of Pennsylvania. He successfully defended his PhD in Malariology through the Open University in 2017 and was selected in residence to the United States Army War College, as a Fellow assigned to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the Department of Health and Human Services. He is double boarded in the American College of Veterinary Pathology and the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Prior to the War College, Colonel Lombardini was tripled-hatted as the team lead, Therapeutics, Vaccines/Therapeutics Division, Chemical & Biological Technologies Department at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency as well as being both the program manager for arenaviruses and filoviruses and assigned as the medical integrations officer for the new Warfighter Integration Division. From 2015-2017, he commanded the Public Health Activity-Fort Carson, responsible for an area of operations covering 14 Western, Central and Pacific states and providing mission support to 44 military installations to include all Sister Services, and National Guard facilities. He served at AFRIMS from 2012-2015 as the Chief of both Medical Plans and Chief of Comparative Pathology. Prior to which, he was chief of the Division of Comparative Pathology, Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute in Bethesda, Md; veterinary pathology resident, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Silver Spring, Md; chief, Aviano Branch, Southern Europe Veterinary Detachment in Aviano, Italy with support for both KFOR and SFOR; officer in charge of 6th Squad, 43rd Medical Detachment, Veterinary Services in Support of the 86th Combat Support Hospital in An Nasariyah, Iraq; OIC of 6th/43rd MED DET (VS) in support of the 115th Field Hospital, Fort Polk, La. He was competitively selected for the strategic billet as the director of USAMD-AFRIMS beginning in July, 2019.
Key military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), the CL Davis Award for excellence, AFIP, the Army Medical Department’s Order of Military Medical Merit, the Surgeon General’s “A” proficiency Designator, among others. He received the Leonard Pearson Prize, for clinical and research excellence, University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. He has more than 70 peer-reviewed publications to include several book chapters. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, the current director of the Macroscopic Pathology Course for the CL Davis Foundation for the Advancement of Veterinary and Comparative Pathology, and a current lecturer for the Defense Institute of Medical Operations. He is a native speaker of French and Italian and fluent in Spanish.

Staff Sergeant William Parrish | USAMD-AFRIMS Senior Enlisted Advisor

Staff Sgt. William Parrish is senior enlisted advisor of the United States Army Medical Directorate-Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences. He enlisted in the Army in October 2010 as a 91B and completed basic training at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina and advanced infantry training at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md. His first duty station was Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, where he was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division as a wheeled vehicle mechanic. Staff Sgt. Parrish deployed with the 82nd Airborne Division to Taji, Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn (OND) 11, where he served as a wheeled vehicle mechanic. Upon redeployment, SSG Parrish was assigned a squad leader role and served as the scheduled services team lead. Staff Sgt. Parrish then relocated to Ft. Campbell, Kentucky where he served in various roles to include platoon sergeant for Maintenance Platoon, Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, from October 2014 through December 2019. Staff Sgt. Parrish deployed three times with 5th Special Forces Group to Jordan and Syria in preparation for and support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) 15-18. SSG Parrish is currently dual hatted serving as the senior enlisted advisor and chief of transportation and motor operations within the Logistics Department at AFRIMS.

Staff Sgt. Parrish’s military education includes Airborne School, Warrior Leaders Course (Commandant’s List), Combat Life Savers Course, Advanced Leaders Course and Wheeled Vehicle Recovery Course.

His awards and decorations include the Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster and “C” Device), Army Achievement Award (Oak Leaf Cluster), Good Conduct Medal (3rd Award), National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (with Campaign Star), Inherent Resolve Medal (with Campaign Star), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (with numeral 2), the Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (with numeral 2), and the Driver’s Badge (with Mechanic and Wheeled Vehicle Drivers Device).