FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska -- Medical Department Activity-Alaska changed command during a ceremony July 20 outside Bassett Army Community Hospital where Col. Christopher Jarvis relinquished command to Col. Constance Jenkins in front of a crowd of MEDDAC-AK staff, family, friends and distinguished guests.

Brig. Gen. Dennis P. LeMaster, commanding general, Regional Health Command-Pacific, was the host of the ceremony.

"Today's change of command ceremony recognizes the accomplishments of this great institution under Col. Jarvis," LeMaster said. "In keeping with the chief of staff's priority of readiness, you and your team have ensured the medical readiness of over 14,000 uniformed personnel through the deployment support cycle. You've expanded medical capabilities, increased access to several high-demand specialty care areas for your beneficiary population -- over 25,000 people, all while being an engaged community partner and building collaborative relationships."

Jarvis, who took command of MEDDAC-AK in July 2016 will now be serving as the Supervisory Assistant for Deputy Health Affairs in Washington, D.C.

During remarks following the ceremonial passing of the colors, Jarvis spoke to the staff in attendance with gratitude.

"Please understand that I know what each and every one of you here today -- in the hospital, at Ft. Greely and at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson right now or last night on your shift as you are resting at home -- do every day to make this organization the finest medical activity in the U.S. Army," Jarvis said.

"The people of this organization and their hard work, dedication and selfless service is what drove this organization to success. [Col. Jenkins], I am jealous of you; you get to lead this fine organization now. Enjoy your time here with MEDDAC-AK."

Jenkins, a nurse, comes to Fort Wainwright from U.S. Army Medical Command in Fall Church, Virginia. where she served as director for talent management for the Office of the Surgeon General.

"I am grateful to the Army, the Army Medicine leadership and the U.S. Army Alaska command for the opportunity to command MEDDAC-Alaska," Jenkins said. "It is a privilege to have been chosen to lead such a remarkable team."