Thoracic surgeon assumes command of 30th MEDCOM
June 9, 2011
HEIDELBERG, Germany -- A thoracic surgeon assumed command of the 30th Medical Command (Deployment Support) during a change of command ceremony June 9, on the Nachricten Kaserne Parade Field.
Col. John M. Cho, who is doubly board certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, took command of the 77-year old organization, which serves as the theater-enabling medical asset for the European Command theater of operations.
Cho assumed command from Col. Daniel P. Orrico, who had been serving as the interim commander since early May following the departure of Col. Dennis D. Doyle.
During the ceremony Brig. Gen. Nadja Y. West, the USAREUR command surgeon and commander of the Europe Regional Medical Command, commended Orrico for his leadership and welcomed Cho and his wife back to the 30th MEDCOM.
“A lot can happen in 30 days. In your case a lot of good happened because of your steady leadership, focus, and attention to detail. You were not a place holder, you were a commander, and you did a great job,” West said.
“We are fortunate to have John and Cathy Cho rejoin our team. I am looking forward to the great things that you’re going to do with the 30th MEDCOM,” she said.
Cho comes to the 30th MEDCOM after serving as the commander of the Landstuhl Regional Medical Command since June 2009. He said that he is excited to take command of the 30th MEDCOM and that he looks forward to empowering leaders and building the team.
“I stand before you honored and humbled to assume this command from Col. Dan Orrico,” said Cho. “I thank all of you for your continued support in maintaining your reputation as the best and most powerful MEDCOM in the world.”
Cho is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and American College of Chest Physicians. He holds active membership in the Society of Thoracic Surgery, American Medical Association, and American College of Physician Executives
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (six), Expert Field Medical Badge,
Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, the Order of Military Medical Merit, and the Army Surgeon General’s “A” (Highest) Proficiency Designator in Cardiothoracic Surgery.
The 30th MEDCOM, headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany, is the theater-enabling medical command asset for the European Command theater of operations. Its Soldiers provide full-spectrum medical support for combat, humanitarian assistance and training missions for U.S. European Command, U.S. Army Europe, U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Central Command and Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and Kosovo Force.
For more information on Cho and the 30th Medical Command, visit the 30th MEDCOM homepage at www.30thmed.army.mil.
Story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Fincham, 30th MEDCOM Public Affairs Noncommissioned Officer. For more information please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.