FORT BELVOIR--Brig. Gen. Telita Crosland assumed command of Regional Health Command-Atlantic during a ceremony officiated by Lt. Gen. Nadja Y. West, Army Surgeon General, here June 5.
Regional Health Command-Atlantic is the largest of the U.S. Army's four health care regions providing medical, dental and public health support to approximately 600,000 Soldiers, retirees and their families at Army medical centers, hospitals, and clinics from Wisconsin to Puerto Rico.
West called Crosland a selfless, phenomenal leader who excelled during a time of transition and change in Germany in 2010 and years later as the chief of operations for the Army Medical Command.
"I'm really pleased to see you as the commander of the largest region in our Army Medical Command, said West. "You are going to do great things and you as a regional team are lucky to have such a great, caring, compassionate, competent, put all of the superlatives there, and that describes General Crosland."
Taking the podium for the first time as the regional commanding general, Crosland thanked the Surgeon General for giving her the opportunity to lead the most powerful and diverse region in Army Medicine.
"As many of you are aware, our health care system is in the process of transforming and RHC-Atlantic has an integral role as we continue to plan. During this early state of change, RHC-Atlantic has already proven to be full of focused, insightful and unselfish team members as we move to transition military health system through a very dynamic period.
"I am excited to join you at this critical juncture," Crosland continued. "We will continue to excel on the battlefield and in the exam room. We will continue to serve our patients, our Army and our nation with distinction."
Crosland is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.
In addition to her Doctorate of Medicine degree, Crosland also holds a Master of Public Health degree from the Uniformed Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School.
The general entered the Army as a Medical Corps Officer in 1993. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and is a recipient of the Surgeon General's A proficiency designator.
Crosland has served in a variety of leadership positions including: Officer in Charge, Camp Walker Health Clinic, South Korea; Officer in Charge, Bennett Health Clinic, Fort Hood, Texas; Associate Program Director, Department of Family Medicine, Fort Lewis, Washington; Chief, Soldier Care, Fort Lewis, Washington; Deputy Chief, Department of Family Medicine, Fort Lewis, Washington; Commander, U.S. Army Health Clinic, Grafenwoehr, Germany; Senior Medical Officer, Office of The Surgeon General, Falls Church, Virginia; Commander, U.S. Army Medical Department Activity, Heidelberg, Germany; Deputy Commander, Army Health Clinics, Landstuhl, Germany; Medical Corps Branch Chief, Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky, and Commander, U.S. Army Medical Department Activity, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Prior to assuming command of Army Medicine's largest health care region, Crosland served as the chief of operations, United States Army Medical Command and Office of the Surgeon General.