Editor’s Note: This release was edited by Larry Lapka
DeCA Names Wilma Interim Director, Public Health and Safety • FORT LEE
The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) named Army Col. Alisa R. Wilma as its interim director of the Public Health and Safety Directorate. The appointment became effective on Dec. 15.
Wilma temporarily fills a position left vacant by the departure of Army Lt. Col. Angela Parham, who is on leave as she prepares to retire on Jan. 31. The agency said it is going through the selection process for Parham’s permanent replacement, who is expected to be on-site by mid-June.
Wilma initially served with DeCA from September 2016 to May 2019 before moving on to serve at Fort Sam Houston, JB San Antonio, Texas, as the deputy commander for the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Public Health Command-Central. She will continue to serve in that position as she performs her DeCA responsibilities.
“Col. Wilma did a fine job leading our Public Health and Safety team in her previous assignment with DeCA,” said Rogers E. Campbell, executive director of DeCA’s Store Operations Group, who made the personnel announcement. “Col. Parham did a magnificent job helping us provide a safe environment for our customers and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Col. Wilma will help us stay the course until our next permanent health and safety director is online.”
DeCA SAFETY MISSION
As DeCA’s interim director of Public Health and Safety, Wilma leads a staff in Asia, Europe and in the United States that plans and implements the agency’s consumer and occupational safety and health programs.
According to DeCA, its food safety mission ensures all edible products destined for commissary shelves are inspected by military Veterinary Services personnel, who check items for documented place of origin, and ensure they are within appropriate temperature ranges and free of any pests or signs of contamination that could cause food-borne diseases.
In the area of occupational health and safety, agency specialists are charged with tracking U.S. federal requirements along with those governing the local national employees in the country where the store operates.
Before her first tour with DeCA, Wilma was commander of the 463rd Medical Detachment (Veterinary Service Support) from 2014 to 2016.
During her career, Wilma has served at varied sites, such as Fort Dix, N.J., Camp Darby, Italy and Fort Sam Houston.
Wilma has served overseas in various assignments, including from 2010 to 2012 as the command veterinarian for the Area Support Group-Kuwait at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. In this position, she supervised all clinical and preventive veterinary services throughout Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman.
Another of her assignments was from 2012 to 2014, at the U.S. Army Africa/Southern European Task Force, where she planned veterinary missions throughout Africa, and supported the command’s food safety and preventive medicine mission.
From August 2014 to August 2016, while commander of the 463rd Medical Detachment, Wilma deployed teams to Liberia in support of Operation United Assistance as part of the Ebola relief effort and to Kosovo as part of NATO’s international peacekeeping force.
In July 2015, Wilma deployed the 463rd to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield, Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). During this deployment, members of her unit further deployed to Qatar, Jordan, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Edited by Larry Lapka