Robert Goodman, Chief of staff, Office of the Surgeon General and U.S. Army Medical Command, visited Regional Health Command Europe January 18-20.

During his visit, Goodman learned more about the region's efforts to improve access to care and how RHCE is using virtual health initiatives to meet the needs of remote populations. He also met with Dental Health Command Europe and Public Health Command Europe to learn about current operations and new initiatives.

Goodman also participated in town hall meetings with RHCE and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center to answer questions from staff and discuss the future of Army Medicine.

During the RHCE town hall, Goodman emphasized the Surgeon General's priority to ensure a medically ready force, and Army Medicine's role.

"The reason we exist is readiness," Goodman said. "Our way to succeed -- our way to survive -- is to do readiness very well and to deliver readiness."

Goodman stressed that the key to that effort is to provide ready medical forces that are capable of delivering medically ready forces.

During his visit to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Goodman met with LRMC staffers during a crowded town hall meeting where he conducted a question-and-answer session covering MEDCOM issues such as documenting work being done, and the future of MEDCOM.

Goodman also met with the Regional Health Command Europe Virtual Health team to discuss their recent successes, which include providing care to service members throughout Africa, the Middle East and remote areas in Europe. The team also outlined 2015 cost savings, which included an estimated savings of more than 2,300 work and school hours that would have been lost to attend appointments, as well as $1.5 million in travel costs and more than 900,000 kilometers of driving.

Additionally, Goodman met with the U.S. Army Europe Commander, Lt. Gen. Hodges; and the Installation Management Command Chief of Staff, Kari Otto. He also visited the site of the Rhine Ordnance Barracks Medical Center, a combined U.S. military medical facility scheduled to be completed in 2022.