By Amy ParrMay 11, 2018
Brig. Gen. Bertram Providence, Regional Health Command-Pacific Commanding General, inducted three new members into military medicine's prestigious Order of the Military Medical Merit, or O2M3, during a ceremony at Tripler Army Medical Center April 26, 2018.
The O2M3 recognizes people who have served in an Army Medical Department for at least 10 years, and through selflessness, have made a sustained contribution to the betterment of Army Medicine. These individuals demonstrate high standards of integrity, moral character and professional competence. The O2M3, founded in 1982 by the U.S. Army Health Service Command commanding general, recognized excellence and promotes fellowship and esprit de corps among Army Medicine members.
According to Providence, an O2M3 ceremony is a time of reflection and a ceremony he really enjoys. "I remember who inducted me into the order. It was a dear friend who died in Iraq," he said speaking of Col. Brian Allgood, who has an Army hospital named in his honor in Korea. "It was such a special moment for me having him do it. We were partners together. We were both orthopedic surgeons. We worked together at Fort Bragg (North Carolina) and the ability to serve with him in Korea has always been a very special time for me." Providence said he was honored to be part of an O2M3 ceremony and "induct some very special people into our order."
Col. Andrew Leiendecker, RHC-P assistant chief of staff for operations, demonstrated professional excellence, national prominence and exceptionally meritorious service throughout his 26-year career. He's described as an exemplary Soldier and professional whose innovative and extraordinary contributions will have a lasting impact on Army Medicine. In addition, as the first medical operations officer at the NATO Special Operations Headquarters in Mons, Belgium, Leiendecker established NATO doctrine that defined NATO special operations forces medicine standards for all NATO allied and partner nations. He created and resourced medical courses on subjects such as medical planning, prolonged field care, combat medical simulation training and medical partnering and engagements. He also designed a $1.5 NATO SOF allied center for medication education, the first of its kind in direct support of NATO.
Sgt. 1st Class Erron Alor, RHC-P equal opportunity advisor, is described as helping shape the Army Medical Department. His legacy of hundreds of well-developed leaders coupled with leading three major programs and initiatives have changed the way organizations do business across the Army. While assigned to 18th MEDCOM in Korea, Alor spearheaded the relocation of two MEDEVAC companies to Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, improving the ability to evacuate patients in the Global War on Terrorism. This was the largest movement of air medical assets since World War II. Additionally, he served as the U.S. Army Central lead on nine medical theater security cooperation engagements, improving partner nation medical capabilities, significantly contributing to Army Medicine by enhanced relationships with 375 key leaders and improving medical capabilities of partner countries.
Sgt. 1st Class Fulton Winder, RHC-P operations noncommissioned officer, has a track record of superior performance through his 13-year career in Army Medicine. Early in his career during the Iraqi surge, while assigned as a line medic supporting Charlie Company 5-73rd RECON (ABN), also known as Task Force 300, Winder coordinated the training and certification of 30 Soldiers in the Combat Lifesaver course. His ability to forecast healthcare needs played an instrumental role in keeping his unit medically ready during their 15-month deployment. More than half of the Soldiers in his platoon and more than 40 percent of the Task Force received Purple Hearts. Due to Winder's efforts, they were able to remain in the fight and continue their mission. In all, he participated in 13 named combat operations and numerous combat patrols treating hundreds of real world casualties while under fire.
"It's a great week for the region," said Sgt. Maj. Larry Reyes congratulating the inductees. "That ribbon that all three of you are wearing and that medallion, it represents what you've contributed to the AMEDD and the outstanding things that you've done. You've made major impacts ... and continued to improve the medical corps daily. You are an incredible team to work with."