By Karla L GonzalezAugust 6, 2018
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO FORT SAM HOUSTON, TEXAS-- Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph L. Cecil assumed the role of Regional Health Command Central's top enlisted leader following an assumption of responsibility ceremony at the Army Medical Museum Amphitheatre on August 6, on Joint Base San Antonio - Fort Sam Houston.
Cecil comes to RHC-C from Sembach, Germany where he was the command sergeant major for Regional Health Command - Europe. He has also been assigned to positions with the Office of the Surgeon General and U.S. Army Medical Command, Pacific Regional Medical Command, Winn Army Community Hospital, Reynolds Army Community Hospital, 36th Medical Evacuation Battalion, 582nd Medical Logistics Company, and General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital among others.
Having been a part of the Region when it was Southern Regional Medical Command and before that as Great Plains Regional Medical Command, Cecil stated that coming back to Fort Sam Houston and Regional Health Command - Central felt like coming home.
Speaking at the ceremony, Johnson said, "I am confident in your skills as a leader… as you assume responsibility for the many missions that are so vital to the Department of Defense, the Army, and Army Medicine. From public health and dental, to virtual health and critical skills training--under your leadership, I'm confident the Region will continue to excel in its role as a key partner of the entire Military Health System."
RHC-C covers a geographical area of 20 states across the South, Southwest and Midwest ranging from Louisiana to California. The command is comprised of three major tertiary care academic Medical Centers, to include Brooke Army Medical Center, five community hospitals and four health centers/clinics. It also includes the Dental Command -- Central with 11 subordinate dental treatment facilities; Public Health Command -- Central, with two subordinate public health districts and 29 public health branches.
RHC-C is the Army's largest geographical medical region, with 12 military treatment facilities and 44 dental clinics across 20 states, as well as 29 public health and veterinarian facilities on each military installation within their geographic footprint. The 21,643 medical professionals and staff, both military and civilian, of RHC-C care for 583,901 beneficiaries.