18th MEDCOM welcomes new commander

| June 10, 2011 | 0 Comments
Brig. Gen. Keith Gallagher (left), commander, TAMC and PRMC, and Col. Erin Edgar (center), outgoing commander, 18th MEDCOM (DS), stand ready to transfer authority to the incoming commander, Col. Judith Bock (right), during the change of command ceremony at Fort Shafter, June 3. (Daniel Kawasaki | Tripler Army Medical Center)

Brig. Gen. Keith Gallagher (left), commander, TAMC and PRMC, and Col. Erin Edgar (center), outgoing commander, 18th MEDCOM (DS), stand ready to transfer authority to the incoming commander, Col. Judith Bock (right), during the change of command ceremony at Fort Shafter, June 3. (Daniel Kawasaki | Tripler Army Medical Center)

Capt. Jessie R. Romero
18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — Col. Judith Bock assumed command of the 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) from Col. Erin Edgar, here, June 3.

Bock comes to the unit from Tripler Army Medical Center, where she was the deputy commander for nursing, and she was the regional nurse executive for the Pacific Region Medical Command.

Edgar will be transferring to U.S. Central Command.

“Edgar has been busy these past two years in standing up the 18th MEDCOM (DS),” said Brig. Gen. Keith Gallagher, TAMC and PRMC. “He has built a tremendously capable mission control headquarters that can deliver medical units, blood, trauma systems, electronic medical records and other key medical components to the U.S. Army-Pacific commander for use on any battlefield or disaster relief mission.”

The 18th MEDCOM (DS) can now establish an operational command post anywhere in theater, with the focus of building capacity for U.S. forces. The unit can also help neighboring Pacific nations train for a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance, and build their technical proficiency, first responder skills and management capabilities, Gallagher said.

The unit has deployed several senior officers and noncommissioned officers to Cambodia, Vietnam, Mongolia and other countries in the Pacific theater, as part of the Theater Security Cooperation Plan, to build and sustain stronger bonds with the medical departments of these countries.

The 18th MEDCOM (DS) staff also participated in the Pacific Integration Conference in early January, setting a positive tone for the entire Army in the Pacific, fostering stronger relationships with U.S. forces in Korea, establishing mutually agreed upon requirements and identifying areas for future discussion and technical review, Gallagher said.

“Today, we welcome the newest commander in the U.S. Army, Col. Judy Bock,” Gallagher said. “(She) brings tremendous leadership, dedication, hard work, process-driven and meticulous methods, and an awesome clinical prowess to the 18th MEDCOM (DS).

“She is an awesome teacher, educator and gifted leader, who will exercise her staff to the highest standards, especially during the Main Command Post Certification exercise later this summer,” Gallagher continued. “She will indeed prepare the 18th MEDCOM (DS) for any mission given.”

The 18th MEDCOM (DS) has both active and Reserve components. Bock said she looked forward to sharing in the unit’s accomplishments as it moves toward full operational capabilities.

“Soldiers of the 18th MEDCOM (DS), you look magnificent, and I extend to you my admiration for all that you have accomplished in the last couple of years,” Bock said to the attendees. “I feel I have been granted a great privilege to command (you), and I will honor that privilege with everything that I have.”

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