Friday I had the great honor of attending the Change of Command Ceremony for the United States Army Medical Department Center and School at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, where my good friend and past chairman of The American College of Healthcare Executives, Major General David David Rubenstein, was receiving the command of the school. Attending the ceremony was a distinct honor not only as a healthcare executive, but also as a U.S. citizen. I can’t tell you how proud I was to be associated with all those people if only by the fact that they represent me in harm’s way. Those soldiers are led well and they are dedicated and honorable…to the person.
I don’t know MG Czerw, but it is clear that he has distinguished himself throughout his career. I do know MG Rubenstein but was still impressed with the summary LTG Schoomaker gave of his career as he gave him the command of the school. I have always felt that MG Rubenstein was one of the most thoughtful, visionary and dedicated healthcare leaders I have ever known, but on Friday it was also clear to me that he is also a great Army flag officer. Congratulations to both MG Czerw and MG Rubenstein (and to Pat and the rest of the family!). Thank you all from an entire nation!
I must admit that while I was thrilled with the change of command and honored to be a part of it, I was thrilled also to see all the cool toys. Catch this!
The is the newest in Army armored ambulances. It can hold several wounded soldiers and withstand heavy fire and mines. Plus, the tires work even if they are flat. Go figure…why can’t we do that in our cars!
Even from this old Air Force veteran…the trip made me proud to be an American. Go Army medicine!