STUTTGART, Germany-- The Stuttgart Army Health Clinic welcomed a new commander during a change of command ceremony November 21at the Patch Barracks Gymnasium.

Lt. Col. Keith Burnette assumed command of the health clinic from Col. Theodore Brown.

Col. Mark D. Swofford, U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Bavaria Commander, presided over the ceremony.

After the passing of the guidon, Swofford spoke about Brown in the highest regard. "Relinquishing command today is Col. Ted Brown, a principled and dedicated leader who sets the example for all Army physicians."

Swofford said staff members described Brown as an "active member of the community who promoted health and wellness, a dependable leader and a man of great character."
Brown is set to take command of the Irwin Army Community Hospital at Fort Riley, Kansas.

Brown's final words to the team were to "always do the right thing and do those things right."

Burnette arrived at Stuttgart Army Health Clinic from the Office of the Surgeon General in Falls Church, Virginia where he served as the Chief for G-43, the Logistics, Plans and Readiness Division.

He has served in the Army for 24 years earning his commission in the Medical Services Corps in 1998. His previous assignments and deployments include Fort Hood, Texas, Camp Taji, Iraq, and Fort Detrick, Maryland.

"Lt. Col. Burnette is a man dedicated to faith, family, and the Army," Swofford said. "We welcome him and his family to the MEDDAC-Bavaria team and know that they will be a great addition to the Stuttgart community."

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