TAMC renames ward ‘Tropic Lightning’

| December 10, 2010 | 0 Comments
Maj. Gen. Bernard Champoux (left), commanding general, 25th ID, and Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota (second from left), command sergeant major, 25th ID; join Brig. Gen. Keith Gallagher, commanding general PRMC and TAMC, and Command Sgt. Maj. William Franklin, command sergeant major, PRMC, as they unveil the sign that marks “Tropic Lightning Ward” at TAMC, Dec. 2.

Maj. Gen. Bernard Champoux (left), commanding general, 25th ID, and Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota (second from left), command sergeant major, 25th ID; join Brig. Gen. Keith Gallagher, commanding general PRMC and TAMC, and Command Sgt. Maj. William Franklin, command sergeant major, PRMC, as they unveil the sign that marks “Tropic Lightning Ward” at TAMC, Dec. 2.

Maj. Dave Eastburn, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

 

HONOLULU — Soldiers and employees of the 25th Infantry Division and Tripler Army Medical Center gathered at an intimate ceremony, Dec. 1, where a surgical ward, formally known as “Six-Bravo-Two,” was renamed the “Tropic Lightning Ward,” as a tribute to all members of the 25th ID, past and present.

The dedication of the ward helps to solidify the ongoing partnership Tripler has with the Tropic Lightning Div.

“It’s important that all service members, particularly the members of the 25th (ID), know they have a medical home at Tripler,” said Brig. Gen Keith Gallagher, commanding general of the Pacific Regional Medical Command and TAMC. “By dedicating this room, we honor our Soldiers with this recognition.”

The ceremony is part of a growing trend, Armywide, in which regional Army medical centers are dedicating wards or entire wings of hospitals to the divisional units that are treated and cared for there.

“(The renaming) shows a demonstrated allegiance between two great organizations: Tripler and the 25th (ID),” said Sgt. 1st Class Paul Huff, noncommissioned officer in charge, Tropic Lightning Ward. “Like hospitals at Fort Campbell (Ky.), (Fort) Bragg (N.C.), or (Fort) Benning (Ga.), this brings us on line with the rest of the Army. I’m just glad that I get to say I was a part of this.”

Constructed in 1948, Tripler has provided state-of-the-art medical care for Soldiers of the 25th ID from the beginning. Tripler saw its first influx of Tropic Lightning’s combat injuries during the Korean War, thus forging the enduring relationship shared today between the wounded and caregivers.

“The magnitude of effort it takes to support a division such as the Tropic Lightning Div. is staggering,” said Maj. Gen. Bernard Champoux, commanding general, 25th ID. “Our Soldiers and their families take great comfort in knowing that dedicated medical professionals, here at Tripler, have our backs, allowing us to fulfill our mission with confidence.”

Champoux said the ward is special to him, not only because it bears the name of the division he commands, but his daughter, 1st Lt. Caroline Champoux, is a clinical staff nurse in the ward.

“To the members of the 25th, it is a great honor to provide your care,” Gallagher said. “Let this dedication be a constant reminder (that) it’s an honor to serve you.”

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