By Ana Allen (PRMC)February 28, 2014
Tripler Army Medical Center celebrated the 127th Hospital Corps Birthday, recognized General Order number 29, the 68 career management fields and the privilage of answering the nation's call to conserve the fighting strength during a ceremony at Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC), Hawaii on February 28, 2014.
Command Sgt. Maj. Robert C. Luciano, command sergeant major for Pacific Regional Medical Command (PRMC) and TAMC provided a historical perspective to the Army Hospital Corps, recalling heroic and inspirational accounts of hospital corpsman contribution throughout history and present day.
"Our enlisted corps today displays unbelieveable capabilities. They step up to the plate, many times working two pay-grades above their skill set and skill level and have not faltered yet. We always get the mission done," said Luciano. "I am encouraged by the selfless service and the dedication of our warriors across our Army and I invite you to enjoy the 127th Army Hospital Corps birthday as we celebrate today", he said.
Following Luciano's remarks, TAMC staff reflected on the timeline of the Army Hospital Corps, which was established on March 1, 1887 before welcoming to the stage guest speaker, Sgt. Maj. Matthew Baller, Chief Medical NCO of the 25th Infantry Division.
"As Hospital Corps professionals there is a greater expectation to perform with the highest level of moral standards while working in an ethically based work environment. Our actions not only affect us directly but are reflective of Army Medicine. Our brothers and sisters gain our trust on our outward display of character, compassion and solid demonstration of our skill sets," said Baller. "First impressions are everlasting and it's important our first impressions reflect positively on Army Medicine. As we interact with members of our team, treat patients within our facilities or patrol the streets of Iraq or Afghanistan, we must live the Army Medicine spirit of serving to heal and honor to serve in all things we do on and off duty," he said.
Following Baller's remarks, Doyle invited the most junior member of TAMC, Pvt. Brittny Ramirez and PRMC's senior enlisted leader, Luciano, to cut the ceremonial cake bringing to a close the day's celebration of the 127th Army Hospital Corps Birthday.