WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Jun. 23, 2008) -- Maj. Gen. David A. Rubenstein was sworn is as Chief of the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps, Jun. 9, in San Antonio, Texas. He becasme the first MSC chief to wear two stars.

The general was promoted to major general April 14 and also serves as the Army's Deputy Surgeon General. He was selected for the leadership positions because of his command experience at every level of the U.S. Army medical system.

Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker, Commander of U.S. Army Medical Command and Army Surgeon General, presided over the swearing-in ceremony. He expressed great confidence in his deputy.

"Major General Rubenstein is the right officer at the right time to help lead the Army Medical Department," he said. "I have the utmost trust and confidence in his abilities. He is an extraordinary leader who excels whatever the assignment or the task."

Rubenstein previously served as commander, Europe Regional Medical Command and Command Surgeon, U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army. Other assignments include Assistant Surgeon General for Force Sustainment; commander, 30th Medical Brigade and V Corps Command Surgeon; commander, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany; commander, 21st Combat Support Hospital, Fort Hood, Texas; commander, Task Force Med Eagle, Bosnia and Herzegovina; and commander, 18th Surgical Hospital (MASH), Fort Lewis, Washington.

His many awards include the 2006 Ray E. Brown Award from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States. Other honors include selection as the inaugural recipient of the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps Mentor of the Year Award; induction into the Army Medical Department's Order of Military Medical Merit; Federal Excellence in Healthcare Leadership Award; Regent's Healthcare Executive Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives; and the Medical Service Corps Chief's Award of Excellence. He has also twice been included in Modern Healthcare's list of the 100 most influential people in healthcare.

Rubenstein chairs the 30,000-member American College of Healthcare Executives, after previously serving on the college's board of governors. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and the Army War College, and has earned a master's degree in health administration from Baylor University as well as a master's degree in military art and science from the Army Command and General Staff College. He has been recognized as an Outstanding Alumnus of Texas A&M's College of Education and Human Development.