Colonel Alejandro (Alex) Lopez-Duke assumed the duties as Commander, United States Army Medical Materiel Agency (USAMMA), Fort Detrick, Frederick, Maryland, on 20 July 2012. In this Command position, COL Lopez-Duke leads the Army Medical Department’s strategic medical materiel logistics agency, consisting of nearly 400 military, civilian, and contract employees, globally positioned at 12 locations worldwide, and responsible for over $1.5 Billion in War Reserve and mission support items.
Prior to his USAMMA assignment, COL Lopez-Duke was the Deputy Commander for Administration at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Fort Campbell is home to the 101st Airborne Division (Air assault) and also home to over 110,000 TRICARE beneficiaries.
He reported to his first unit in Germany, May 1988, after receiving his commission through ROTC, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia. He was assigned to two V Corps units and the Bremerhaven Army Hospital. During his tours in Germany, he deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield/Storm and Provide Promise.
Upon his return to the United States, he was assigned to 1st Cavalry Division and then as a Company Commander in the 1st Medical Group, Fort Hood, Texas. Following Fort Hood, he was transferred to the National Capital Region where he held assignments in several organizations to include OSD and DA staffs. He also deployed to Iraq as a Joint Planner/Logistics Operations officer with the Multi-National Forces-Iraq. Prior to Fort Campbell, he served as the Deputy Commander for Administration at the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity, Fort Drum, New York.
His education includes Masters Degrees from Baylor University and Boston University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. His awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal. COL Lopez-Duke is a recipient of the Expert Field Medical Badge, the Order of Military Medical Merit and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.