Brian D. Allgood remembered by friends and family
February 10, 2012
U.S. ARMY GARRISON-YONGSAN, Korea -- The Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital/121st Combat Support Hospital held a remembrance service for Col. Brian Allgood, Jan. 20, at the chapel, here.
Allgood commanded the 121st Combat Support Hospital and 18th Medical Command from July 2004-June 2006. While serving as the command surgeon for the Multi-National Forces--Iraq, he, along with 11 others, were killed when his helicopter was shot down January 20, 2007 in Iraq.
Allgood graduated from the United States Military Academy and received a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Oklahoma. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, and subsequently became board certified in orthopedic surgery.
During his command in Korea, Allgood masterfully guided the transformation of medical units containing more than 2,500 personnel, orchestrated the closure of two medical and two dental treatment facilities, redeployed one air ambulance company to the continental U.S., transferred a second air ambulance company to the 2nd Infantry Division's 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, and guided the renovation of the U.S. Army military treatment facility located here.
Allgood was responsible for improving the quality of care for Department of Defense beneficiaries in Korea, strengthening the Republic of Korea and U.S. alliance through the addition of six Korean Affiliated Hospitals to Korea's Tricare healthcare network.
He made a marked and lasting impact on the provision of healthcare in the Korean Theater of Operations.
Many staff members, who served with Allgood during his command, attended the service. Chaplain (Maj.) Christopher Degn, Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital, asked the staff of BAACH to consider the first reframing of "symbolic mortality."
In response, he received kind words, warm reflections and thoughtful compliments on Allgood's legacy.
Allgood's former coworkers, friends and family described him as an incredible husband, father, doctor, Soldier, and leader.
He was a people person who knew many of the hospital staff on a first-name basis, a caring leader who always had time to listen to his staff, and a quiet man who walked softly but had a quick wit, an easy smile and a very good, dry sense of humor.
"What has touched my heart is that, Brian Allgood's spirit does live on," Degn said. "He lives on in us by the way we serve."