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May 13, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Europe Regional Medical Command gets new commander
HEIDELBERG, Germany – A former Heidelberg Health Center dermatologist assumed command of the Europe Regional Medical Command May 13 at Nachrichten Kaserne here.
Col. (P) Nadja West, who also has a degree in family medicine, will command 19 Army healthcare facilities, including Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, that serve more than 104,000 Soldiers, Families and other beneficiaries in Europe.
She will serve concurrently as the U.S. Army Europe Command Surgeon and provide guidance and advice to the USAREUR commanding general and combat medical units in Europe, as well as to Army veterinary, dental and medical organizations in Europe that support Army medicine.
On May 7, the U.S. Senate confirmed Col. West’s promotion to the rank of brigadier general.
Col. West most recently commanded Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, N.C., home of the 82nd Airborne Division. Col. West, who served with the 24th Infantry Division during Operation Desert Storm, has also been assigned as 1st Armor Division Surgeon and Director of Operations (J3) for the National Capitol Region. She was the first Army officer to join the leadership team of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
West follows Brig. Gen. Keith W. Gallagher, who will take command of the Pacific Regional Medical Command and Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii.
During the ceremony, Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker passed the ERMC colors to Col. West as a symbol of the change in leadership.
Following the command change, Schoomaker – who earlier presented the outgoing commander with the Distinguished Service Medal – said ERMC initiatives during Brig. Gen. Gallagher’s tenure in electronic medical record keeping and the creation of one-stop Wellness Centers became Army standards. ERMC also led the U.S. Army Medical Command in customer satisfaction ratings.
Brig. Gen. Gallagher thanked commanders, staff and family members who supported him and said he looked forward to seeing Europe Regional Medical Command’s continuing successes.
In brief remarks, Col. West said she gave her "solemn vow to continue the outstanding legacy of ERMC and to build upon successes gained under Brigadier General Gallagher’s awesome leadership."