WIESBADEN, Germany -- 30th Medical Command inactivated and the unit reverted to 30th Medical Brigade during a ceremony in Sembach, Germany, Oct. 18.

Changing from a command to a brigade will not change the unit's mission. The change results in a lower number of personnel and affects who has direct oversight for the brigade. 30th MEDCOM used to be a subordinate unit to European Regional Medical Command but now, as 30th MED BDE, is subordinate to U.S. Army Europe.

30th MED BDE will provide expeditionary theater level medical command and control, health service support, force health protection and medical synchronization of assigned and attached medical forces. All of this is in support of U.S. Army Europe, and any directed global contingency operations.

The brigade, which traces its roots back to 1933 when it was activated as the 30th Medical Regiment, was reorganized as the 30th Medical Command on Oct. 16, 2008. In 2009, it became the first Theater Medical Command to deploy to Afghanistan.