Public Health Command-Pacific welcomes new commander

| August 12, 2016 | 0 Comments
Brig. Gen. Bertram Providence, commanding general, Regional Health Command -- Pacific (Provisional), passes the colors of Public Health Command -- Pacific (Provisional) to Col. David W. Seed as he assumes command aboard the decommissioned battleship U.S.S. Missouri (BB-63) at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, July 27, 2016.

Brig. Gen. Bertram Providence (right), commanding general, Regional Health Command — Pacific (Provisional), passes the colors of Public Health Command – Pacific (Provisional) to Col. David W. Seed as he assumes command aboard the battleship U.S.S. Missouri (BB-63) at Pearl Harbor, July 27.


Story and photo by Sgt. 1st Class John Brown
18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR — Change of command/responsibility ceremonies are time-honored traditions, and for the U.S. Army’s Public Health Command-Pacific, the tradition continued, July 27, aboard the battleship U.S.S. Missouri.

“Today, as we reflect upon the command tenure and contributions that Col. Timothy Bosetti and Sgt. Maj. Victor Laragione have made to Public Health Command-Pacific, over the past two years, we see that these Soldier servants have not only enhanced the reputation of this noble organization, but also brought honor to their families,” said Brig. Gen. Bertram Providence, commander, Regional Health Command-Pacific.

Bosetti and Laragione, combined, have served the Army medical community for nearly 50 years, but as the command team for PHC-P, Bosetti and Laragione have led PHC-P through one of the most significant transitions in Army Medicine.

In August of 2015, MEDCOM began a realignment that would mirror other Army commands across the force. As part of the realignment, PHC-P moved its headquarters from Camp Zama, Japan, to Hawaii and uncased the unit colors in conjunction with the change of command and responsibility ceremonies.

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Public Health Command-Pacific team for your outstanding contributions and for your commitment to what I believe to be one of the most critical and diverse capability and mission-sets in the Pacific region,” Providence said.

Bosetti, his wife of 25 years and their children will be moving to the Army Public Health Center in Aberdeen, Md.

Laragione, his wife and their children will proceed to Troop Command, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany.

“It has been an honor to serve alongside such inspirational leaders who care so much about Soldiers and place their welfare above your own,” Providence told Bosetti and Laragione, adding that its RHC-P’s good fortune to have another pair of proven leaders and warriors ready to lead the vital organization into the next chapter in Hawaii.

Col. David Seed, incoming PHC-P commander, having recently completed a fellowship with the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C., brings more than 20 years of leadership experience, including tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“You must never forget that command is the highest privilege the Army can bestow on a commissioned officer,” Providence told Seed. “I have full faith and confidence that you are the right person to take on this responsibility, and we look forward to your leadership.”

Completing the new command team is Sgt. Maj. Roosevelt Nettles Jr.

Nettles, also a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, most recently served as the operations sergeant major for 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) on Fort Shafter.

“As the senior enlisted adviser to this organization, it will be through your proven ability to mentor, train and develop our Soldiers that this organization will continue to succeed,” Providence told Nettles. “I have the utmost trust and confidence that you will continue to carry on the important task of taking care of Soldiers and providing support to the commander.”

Following the ceremony, a reception was held to welcome the new command team and their families to the PHC-P and RHC-P ohana.


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