By Sharon D. AyalaOctober 23, 2017
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash.: Brig. Gen. Erik H. Torring, chief, Army Veterinary Corps and deputy commanding general, Regional Health Command-Atlantic, visited Public Health Activity-Fort Lewis (PHA-FL) on Oct. 19.
This was Torring's first visit to Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), Washington, and the public health team took advantage of the opportunity to highlight the work being done at JBLM as a result of the cross-organizational collaboration shared by public health assets on the base.
According to Lt. Col. Nic Cabano, commander, PHA-FL, "Brig. Gen. Torring's visit served as an excellent platform for discussion of One Health, the Army Medical Department, and future strategic change for our organization," he said. "Moreover, his leadership energized public health personnel's commitment to readiness and supporting the warfighter."
During the visit, Torring was briefed on the public health initiatives and successes that are contributing to the veterinary and medical readiness missions throughout the Pacific Rim. Torring also led an officer professional development session, recognized exceptional members of the PHA-FL team, and conducted a town hall.
Prior to his departure, Torring expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the PHA-FL team for hosting his first visit to the base.
"Thanks again for your hospitality today during my short trip here to JBLM," Torring said. "I cannot tell you how impressed I was with the professionalism of your staff and the positive relationships you are cultivating here."
Torring is the 26th chief of the Army Veterinary Corps, which comprises more than 700 veterinarians, 80 warrant officers, and 1,800 enlisted service members on active or reserve duty.