Air Force Lt. Col. Alice Briones, Armed Forces Medical Examiner System deputy director, has been named director of AFMES, effective February 21, 2020. In the role, Briones leads an organization of approximately 300 military, civilian and contractor personnel who provide comprehensive services in forensic pathology, forensic toxicology, DNA technology and identification and mortality surveillance for the Department of Defense. Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Place, Defense Health Agency director, selected Briones after she served as deputy director of AFMES since April 2017.

“Dr. Briones brings a tremendous level of experience and capabilities to AFMES,” said Place. “She has done an outstanding job serving as the deputy director and I look forward to her continued leadership in the role as director. AFMES does so much to positively impact our nation.”

Briones succeeds directorship from Army Col. Louis Finelli, who had been the AFMES director since June 2016.