SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii (July 11, 2018) -- The U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks bid farewell to Col. Deydre Teyhen and welcomed Col. Dave Zimmerman during a change of command ceremony conducted July 11.

Brig. Gen. Dennis LeMaster, commanding general, Regional Health Command-Pacific, presided over the ceremony, which was attended by several dozen Soldiers, family members and clinic staff.

Since 2016, Teyhen has led the USAHC-SB team in carrying out its most important mission of supporting the warfighter. Under her leadership, the clinic successfully ensured the health and medical readiness of 35,000 beneficiaries -- including Soldiers from 25th Infantry Division, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and other tenant units.

"Gen. Milley reminds us that readiness is number one and there is no other number one," Teyhen commented during her farewell remarks about the Army chief of staff.

During her two-year command, Teyhen also made it a priority to create an environment of dignity and respect for the clinic's civilian and military personnel.

"Over the last two years, the command climate surveys tell us we have a 15 percent improvement among those who rate us, and that means morale is high," she said. "Over the last year, 88 percent of our own team members took the time to invest in improving their own physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being, and to improve how we care for this community," she added.

As the clinic's new commander, Zimmerman made a pledge to the USAHC-SB team, and added that he's looking forward to the future.

"To the Schofield Barracks community and health clinic Ohana, I take this responsibility seriously and I will give you my all every day, and I will not fail you," Zimmerman said. "I cannot wait for the adventure ahead."

As part of his role as commander, Zimmerman will also serve as the Director of Health Services for the military community at Schofield and local tenant units.

Zimmerman hails from Newport News, Virginia, and is a 1995 graduate of Texas A&M University. His most recent assignments include Executive Officer to the Deputy Surgeon General and Deputy Commanding General for Support, Falls Church, Virginia, and Director of Military Health System Governance, Office of the Surgeon General, Falls Church, Virginia.

The USAHC-SB's mission is to deliver safe, quality care to service members and their families, while maintaining a medically ready force.