New CSM for the Regional Health Command-Pacific

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Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Watson III (left), incoming senior enlisted adviser, accepts the colors from Brig. Gen. Patrick Sargent, commander, RHC-P, during a change of responsibility ceremony, March 4, at TAMC's Kyser Auditorium. Watson accepted responsibilitity as the RHC-P senior NCO from Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Luciano (right).

Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Watson III (left), incoming senior enlisted adviser, accepts the colors from Brig. Gen. Patrick Sargent, commander, RHC-P, during a change of responsibility ceremony, March 4, at TAMC’s Kyser Auditorium. Watson accepted responsibilitity as the RHC-P senior NCO from Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Luciano (right).

 

Story and photos by Master Sgt. Anthony Elliott
Army News Service

TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER — The Regional Health Command-Pacific continued a time-honored Army tradition on March 4 by conducting a change of responsibility ceremony, here.

Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Luciano relinquished his senior enlisted responsibilities for the RHC-P to Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Watson III.

The ceremony was at Kyser Auditorium, here, and was hosted by Brig. Gen. Patrick Sargent, commanding general, RHC-P.

Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Luciano

Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Luciano

Luciano now prepares to move on to assume the responsibilities as the senior enlisted adviser of the Defense Health Agency for the Department of Defense, after serving the RHC-P during a period of unprecedented growth and development.

During Luciano’s time as the senior enlisted adviser, the Regional Headquarters went from a dual command, hospital centric, medical command (the then Pacific Regional Medical Command, or PRMC/Tripler Army Medical Center, or TAMC), transforming into the robust, strategic-focused, Regional Health Command, which it is today.

Luciano also saw the RHC-P grow in size and scope, with the U.S. Army Public Health Command Pacific; the U.S. Army Dental Command-Pacific; Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; Bassett Army Community Hospital at Fort Wainwright, Alaska; and the U.S. Army Health Clinic at the Presidio at Monterey, Calif., all becoming direct reporting units/Health Readiness Platforms of the RHC-P.

“Your legacy is going to endure for a long time.” Sargent said. “I thank you and Kathy for the outstanding commitment and loyalty to the Pacific. … We have benefited greatly from your leadership and stellar example of humility and compassion.”

Sargent also offered a heartfelt welcome to Watson and his wife, Diana, and officially brought them into the RHC-P ohana.

Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Watson III

Command
Sgt. Maj. Richard Watson III

Watson comes to the RHC-P after serving as the senior enlisted adviser of the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital.

“I will leverage enlisted leaders to optimize the wellness and readiness of the force by leveraging our Health Readiness Platforms to shape a globally ready medical force,” Watson said. “As a team, we will be successful, continuing to build upon the great successes the RHC-P has already established.”

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