1984th Army Hospital welcomes new commander

| July 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
(From left) Brig. Gen. John Cardwell, commander, 9th Mission Support Command; Col. Casey Rogers, outgoing commander, 1984th U.S. Army Hospital; and Col. Kiyotaka “Al” Yazawa, incoming commander, 1984th USAH, salute the flag as the national anthem plays during the unit's change of command ceremony, Sunday.

(From left) Brig. Gen. John Cardwell, commander, 9th Mission Support Command; Col. Casey Rogers, outgoing commander, 1984th U.S. Army Hospital; and Col. Kiyotaka “Al” Yazawa, incoming commander, 1984th USAH, salute the flag as the national anthem plays during the unit’s change of command ceremony, Sunday.

 

Story and photo by Brian Melanephy
9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs
FORT SHAFTER FLATS — On another beautiful day in paradise, friends, family and colleagues gathered, Sunday, to witness the passing of the 1984th U.S. Army Hospital’s unit colors from Col. Casey Rogers to Col. Kiyotaka “Al” Yazawa.
“The 1984th is unique in its mission as the only reserve medical unit in the Pacific. Its makeup is unique, as they are almost exclusively health care professionals like nurses, doctors, pharmacists, dentists, X-ray techs, OR (operating room) techs (and) dieticians who work every day in our community ERs (emergency rooms), hospitals, clinics (and) pharmacies,” Yazawa said. “These Soldiers have my admiration. They are indeed two times the citizen.”
Yazawa graduated from West Point in 1989. However, he did not start out in the medical field; he was commissioned as an Air Defense Artillery officer. In 1992, he transitioned to the Army Reserve where he served as a linguist and an interrogator.
In his civilian job today, Yazawa is chief of geriatrics and long-term care for Straub Clinic and Hospital.
Outgoing commander Rogers proudly saluted his formation as he passed the three detachments in the field. During his three years, the 1984th took part in two missions to Malaysia, two to Indonesia and one to Japan. Additionally, his team of medical professionals trained at Tripler Army Medical Center, an annual training event in Wisconsin and one in Alaska.
Rogers spoke very highly of the unit.
“The 1984th came to me in excellent shape. It has improved over the last three years, and it is now Col. Yazawa’s turn to reach even higher levels of greatness. I leave a great unit with a great commander,” Rogers said.
The ceremony marked the end of a successful command for Rogers. He served as the commander for three years.
Yazawa had served as the 1984th USAH Det. 2 commander since 2012.
Brig. Gen. John Cardwell, commander, 9th MSC, presided over the ceremony.

 

The 1984th USAH
The hospital took its current form in 1998. The unit is headquartered in Fairbanks, Alaska, with  Det. 1 in Anchorage and Det. 2 on Oahu.
The unit provides direct medical support to the Pacific Regional Medical Command and the Korea Medical Augmentation Program.
Later this year, the 1984th will send a team of medical professionals to Samoa to provide medical support and training.

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