Schofield clinic praises outgoing commander, welcomes new

| June 24, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Col. Pete Eberhardt receives the colors from Sgt. Maj. Michael Bivins during the USAHC-SB change of command ceremony, Thursday. Eberhardt retires from the Army after 24 years of service.

Story and photo by Brittany Jaccaud
U.S. Army Health Clinic
Schofield Barracks

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks welcomed Col. Deydre S. Teyhen as its new commander as it said goodby to outgoing commander Col. Pete Eberhardt during a change of command ceremony, here, June 23.

Teyhen is a physical therapist and was recently assigned as the assistant chief of staff for public health at the Army’s Office of the Surgeon General.

“I’m looking forward to working with the Soldiers and civilians of the clinic as they continue to champion excellent health and medical readiness,” Teyhen said.

During the ceremony, Maj. Gen. Patrick D. Sargent, commander, U.S. Army Regional Health Command-Pacific, highlighted the major accomplishments of Eberhardt during his time as clinic commander.

Eberhardt is retiring after his 24-year career. He previously commanded the medevac company of the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, and the 2nd Battalion, 4th Avn. Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and with Task Force Mustang to northern Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom during his time with the 25th CAB.

“Having the privilege to work in this command, with these Soldiers and civilians, has been an extremely rewarding experience,” Eberhardt said. “I have learned the true meaning of ‘concerned care’ from the dedicated professionals. Every day they push through the daily grind to ensure our Soldiers are ready and their families are taken care of. I couldn’t be prouder.

“Additionally, I’ve been extremely lucky (to be) part of the awesome U.S. Army-Hawaii team the past two years. The community and teamwork across the commands went way beyond any expectation,” he said.

As health clinic commander, Eberhardt led the expansion of the Behavioral Health Department to five embedded behavioral health teams; a child and family behavioral health team; a multi-disciplinary team; a family advocacy program and the reintegration of the Army substance abuse program. He also led the expansion of a fifth Soldier-centered medical home to support 25th Fires and Sustainment, the Army Wellness Center and multiple other projects to maintain one of the largest free-standing ambulatory care facilities in the Department of Defense with a staff of almost 500 military and civilian personnel.

As their leader, the staff of the health clinic appreciated Eberhardt.

“You could actually tell he cared. He was involved,” said Staff Sgt. Daniel Bowles Jr. “I have never seen a commander who was so engaged with the Soldiers and staff.”

 

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