PRMC bids Gallagher ‘aloha,’ welcomes Smith to command

| October 16, 2012 | 0 Comments
Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho (right), U.S. Army Surgeon General and commander, MEDCOM, passes the PRMC colors to Col. J. Anson Smith as he takes command of the region and TAMC, during a ceremony at the TAMC Flag Pole, Oct. 4. (Stephanie Bryant | Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs)

Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho (right), U.S. Army Surgeon General and commander, MEDCOM, passes the PRMC colors to Col. J. Anson Smith as he takes command of the region and TAMC, during a ceremony at the TAMC Flag Pole, Oct. 4. (Stephanie Bryant | Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs)

Pacific Regional Medical Command
News Release

HONOLULU — Soldiers, staff, family members and government civilians, along with local leaders, gathered at Tripler Army Medical Center, here, Oct. 4, to bid “a hui hou” to Brig. Gen. Keith Gallagher, outgoing commander, Pacific Regional Medical Command and TAMC, and to welcome Col. J. Anson Smith, incoming commander.

Gallagher has commanded PRMC and Tripler since May 25, 2010. Under his command, the Pacific region has led the way for U.S. Army Medical Command in numerous initiatives.

During his tenure, the Interdisciplinary Pain Management Center expanded its role of integrating Eastern and Western medicine, thus decreasing the use of controlled substances. Also, senior government officials recognized Gallagher for the efficiency of Tripler’s Integrative Disability Evaluation System processes, which are a single set of disability medical examinations appropriate for determining both fitness and disability.

Gallagher ensured the delivery of world-class primary and specialty care for thousands of service members, their families and veterans, as well as Pacific Islanders in the Pacific region’s area of responsibility.

Brig. Gen. Keith Gallagher (left), outgoing commander, PRMC and TAMC; Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho (center), U.S. Army Surgeon General and commander, MEDCOM; and Col. J. Anson Smith, incoming commander, PRMC and TAMC, stand ready to perform the traditional passing of the colors during a change of command ceremony at the TAMC Flag Pole, here, Oct. 4. (Stephanie Bryant | Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs)

Brig. Gen. Keith Gallagher (left), outgoing commander, PRMC and TAMC; Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho (center), U.S. Army Surgeon General and commander, MEDCOM; and Col. J. Anson Smith, incoming commander, PRMC and TAMC, stand ready to perform the traditional passing of the colors during a change of command ceremony at the TAMC Flag Pole, here, Oct. 4. (Stephanie Bryant | Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs)

He is also responsible for establishing the Warrior Ohana Medical Home, an outpatient clinic in Kapolei responsible for decreasing traffic from the Leeward side of the island.

“Brig. Gen. Gallagher’s visions recognized that the future success of military medicine and the optimal health of our force and our families would only be assured through partnerships that improved the business (of) health care, the administration of health and the transformation to a system of health,” said Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, U.S. Army Surgeon General and commander, MEDCOM.

“Few leaders have taken on as many difficult positions and critical leadership roles as Gallagher,” Horoho said. “(His) dedication and leadership skills have improved the lives of our Soldiers, civilians, patients and families.”

Gallagher and his wife are retiring after 34 years of service to the Army. Gallagher said he is confident that Smith is a great choice for the command because they have spent the last two years side-by-side.

“I have been honored to serve you here in the Pacific and at Tripler Army Medical Center,” Gallagher said. “(Col. Smith), welcome to the fast lane. You are indeed the right leader for this job. You are a hard-working colonel who has been at my side the entire time I have been here. I know you will continue the momentum that has brought many successes to this region.”

Smith, who has more than 25 years of experience in the Army, is no newcomer to Hawaii. He served in the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks from 2002-2005 as the division’s medical operations chief.

Smith said he was happy about the opportunity to return to Hawaii, but never imagined he would have the honor of commanding the region.

He pledged his commitment to the missions in the region and promised to continue the numerous health care initiatives taking place here.

“This great command will continue to be the tip of the spear for Army medicine and the Pacific,” Smith said. “Brig. Gen. Gallagher, I pledge to continue your great legacy in PRMC and Tripler. Your legacy will live on here in the form of discipline — mentally tough, technically competent, fiscally sound, caring medical professions with a reputation for service and excellence.”

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