STUTTGART, Germany -- Colonel David Richardson, Commander of the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Bavaria returned to Stuttgart to preside over the Stuttgart Health Clinic Change of Command ceremony today, Monday, 9 Sept. on the Patch Barracks parade field.

During the ceremony Col. Richardson received the colors from Lt. Col. Patrick Contino acting clinic commander, and passing them to incoming commander Lt. Col. Theodore Brown, signifying the responsibility he accepts as the new Commander U.S. Army Health Clinic Stuttgart.

Afterwards, speaking from the lectern to the more than 100 clinic and MEDDAC Bavaria personnel in attendance as well as Brig. Gen. Dennis Le Master, Commanding General, U.S. Army Regional Health Command Europe and Command Surgeon, U.S. Army Europe (RHC-E), Richardson lauded Contino's many accomplishments he and his command team achieved and welcomed Brown to his new command in Stuttgart.

"The Stuttgart Health Clinic is one of MEDDAC Bavaria's largest in terms of enrolled patients and staff -- and the amount and quality of work the clinic does is truly outstanding. The accomplishments this clinic has achieved under the short tenure of acting director Lt. Col. Contino are impressive and he has led a stellar team through the interim period of the last three months, a chaotic time when it seems everything is in flux because so many people are underway, not only our patients but our staff." said Richardson.
"Newcomers, for many of them the first time outside the United States, turn to our organization for support, for continuity and for familiarity. When people talk about 'The Big Army Family' MEDDAC staff and facilities are quite often the first things they think of." Richardson said.

In his first remarks as the new clinic commander Lt. Col. Brown expressed his enthusiasm to begin work in support of the Stuttgart community. He mentioned how impressed he was with the clinic team, their commitment to patient satisfaction and professionalism. "My family and I have seldom been given such a heartfelt welcome; I'm honored to be here today and to serve with you."

ABOUT THE STUTTGART HEALTH CLINIC

The Stuttgart Health Clinic is located on Patch Barracks and provides quality ambulatory care for more than 10,000 Soldiers and their families, while coordinating and facilitating inpatient and specialty care with nearby German host nation medical facilities and DoD partners.

Stuttgart is one of the largest enduring military communities in Europe and is home to United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) , the United States European Command (EUCOM), Marine Corps Forces Europe (MARFOREUR) as well as Soldiers stationed there in support of the United States Army, Europe (USAREUR).

To learn more about the people and facilities of the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Bavaria (MEDDAC Bavaria) and the clinics they support in Ansbach, Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels, Stuttgart and Vilseck visit the MEDDAC Bavaria website at www.rhce.amedd.army.mil/bavaria