LANDSTUHL, Germany -- Public Health Command Europe welcomed it's new sergeant major during a change of responsibility ceremony Friday, July 13 at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center chapel.

During the ceremony, Sgt. Maj. Kevin Buie assumed responsibility from Master Sgt. Gina Egan, whose next assignment will be with Regional Health Command Central, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

During her time with PHCE, Egan worked to shape the unit's identity and was commitment to strong families within the brigade, it's units, and it's individuals which resulted in PHCE earning a variety of excellence awards and recognition while accomplishing its forward deployed theater mission.

Buie comes to PHCE following an assignment as the sergeant major of Dental Health Command Europe. He has served in the Army for 24 years, during that time Buie has held positions as the first sergeant and senior enlisted advisor at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in Natick, Mass.; the non-commissioned officer in charge of the Drug Testing Branch of the Army Center for Substance Abuse Programs in Fort Knox, Ky.; and as the first sergeant of headquarters and headquarters detachment and Alpha Company, 10th Combat Support Hospital, Fort Carson, Co.

The selection of a unit's senior enlisted leader is a key factor in the success of an organization. This fact wasn't lost on Buie who stated, "I'm both honored and humbled by this opportunity."

PHCE provides integrated, comprehensive and global veterinary and preventive medicine support, which includes: occupational and environmental medicine, laboratory services, veterinary services, health promotion and wellness, environmental health and engineering, occupational health services, and epidemiology and disease surveillance. This support is provided for garrisons, training areas and contingency and combat forces operating in the United States European Command, United States Africa Command, and United States Central Command.