TAMC celebrates Thanksgiving

| December 9, 2010 | 0 Comments
From left, Command Sgt. Maj. William Franklin, command sergeant major, PRMC; Sandra Gallagher; and Brig. Gen. Keith Gallagher, commander, PRMC and TAMC, bring a Thanksgiving basket to Monica Townson and her newborn son, Caedon, Nov. 23. (Jan Clark | Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs)

From left, Command Sgt. Maj. William Franklin, command sergeant major, PRMC; Sandra Gallagher; and Brig. Gen. Keith Gallagher, commander, PRMC and TAMC, bring a Thanksgiving basket to Monica Townson and her newborn son, Caedon, Nov. 23. (Jan Clark | Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs)

Tripler Army Medical Center
News Release

HONOLULU — Continuing the long-held tradition of taking the care of beneficiaries and staff to the next level, the command team at Tripler Army Medical Center spent the week of Thanksgiving serving others in unique ways.

Donning an apron and hat, and taking guidance from nutrition care division staff members, Brig. Gen. Keith Gallagher, commanding general, Pacific Regional Medical Command and TAMC, served turkey and ham during the traditional, and delicious, Thanksgiving meal, held here, Nov. 23.

“It was great to have the command group, deputy commanders, command sergeant major and even the command team from the Warrior Transition Battalion, serve us,” said Mei Cheo, Army -Baylor resident. “It was obvious they were having every bit as much fun serving (us), as we were having receiving all that wonderful food. We all ate way too much.”

For the command team, their time of service didn’t end with the meal.

They came together again, dressed in their dress blues, at 9 a.m., Thanksgiving morning, in the command suite. Their destination was every occupied in-patient room within TAMC. Their mission was to deliver Thanksgiving baskets and words of comfort to those who were not allowed to go home to be with family for the holiday.

Command Sgt. Maj. William Franklin’s, command sergeant major, PRMC; Sandra Gallagher’s; and Gallagher’s first stop was the mother-baby ward. They visited with Monica Townson and her newborn son, Caedon Alexander, who was born Nov. 24.

The proud father, Pvt. Billy Townson, Troop A, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, has been on active duty since May, and while Caedon joins older siblings Jackson and Lyllian, giving birth at an Army hospital is a first for the family.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed giving birth here at Tripler,” Monica said. “Not only has everyone been very nice, but (also) helpful and professional.”

From there, the leaders, including the chief of staff and deputy commanders, visited patients in other wards.

“Being able to mingle with the staff as you serve them was great,” said Col. Judy Bock, deputy commander for nursing. “Delivering the Thanksgiving baskets and visiting with our patients – it was obvious they appreciated our taking the time (to do so) – but I’m certain, I got as much pleasure from the visit as they did.”

 

 

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