Dingle moves to next challenge after commanding Army's largest medical region

By G.H. CuretonApril 3, 2018

Brig. Gen. R. Scott Dingle (right) passes the Regional Health Command-Atlantic organizational flag to Lt. Gen. Nadja Y. West, Army surgeon general, signifying his relinquishment of command March 30 at Fort Belvoir's Thurman Hall. Dingle's next assign... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

One year later that commitment rang true. As Dingle relinquished command March 30 in an auditorium packed with the family, friends, mentors and staff he credits with his success, the region Dingle commanded is fiscally stronger and an Army medicine leader in supporting medical readiness.

"[Dingle] assumed command of the Regional Health Command-Atlantic, one of the largest, most demanding commands in Army Medicine in March 2017, just a little over a year ago, and hit the ground running," said Lt. Gen. Nadja Y. West, Army surgeon general and the ceremony's presiding officer.

During his tenure, "Regional Health Command-Atlantic has been decisively engaged in Mobilization Force Generation Installations as the Army further focuses on being ready to fight and win our nation's wars at anytime and anywhere," said West, pointing out the region's responsibility for managing six of the nine locations selected for Soldier activation and support.

"But certainly he did not stop there," added West. "[Dingle] also concentrated on the readiness of the Soldiers of Regional Health Command-Atlantic, improving the overall medical readiness posture of the command to 86 percent, exceeding the Army standard."

The surgeon general also noted Dingle's commitment to ensuring the region's healthcare professionals were trained, equipped, and available for assignments. The region's 97 percent Professional Filler System rate is "remarkable considering the complexity of ensuring that the right person is available for the right slot that needs to be filled at the time it needs to be filled," added West.

West recalled the first time she worked with Dingle. "[He was] a young major at 1st Armored Division and I was just coming in as the division surgeon. "I remember the first meeting we had and it was one of mutual support and ensuring we took care of the mission."

She described Dingle as one of the most dedicated individual's she has met and a leader who believes in selfless service and patriotic duty. "He radiates those values to everyone who has the privilege to come in contact with him. He wants everyone around him to be better," said West.

Addressing the region for the final time as commanding general, Dingle reflected over the past year. "The first words that come to mind are fast, furious, fanatically fun, but the two that stand out are abundantly blessed," he said. "For I have been the most blessed man on Earth because I have had the distinct opportunity to serve the finest Soldiers, Civilians, Family members and teammates in the world."

Dingle thanked "Team Atlantic" for their outstanding leadership, service and professionalism, taking time to share some of the accomplishments that to him exemplify the "culture of excellence" that he often spoke of in his meetings across the region.

Among those accomplishments are achieving an historic solvency allowing the region to meet its long-term fixed expenses and to plan for future needs, meeting or exceeding clinical and financial performance metrics, managing health care operational changes, and delivering on the Army's enduring promise to provide care and support for wounded, ill and injured Soldiers whether they return to duty or successfully transition to civilian status.

Dingle's next assignment is Deputy Commanding General for Support and Deputy Surgeon General. Brig. Gen. Erik H. Torring, who served as the deputy commanding general, is the acting commanding general.