REGIONAL HEALTH COMMAND-PACIFIC, HONOLULU --Nearly 60 commanders, senior enlisted advisors and senior leaders from around Regional Health Command-Pacific came together for RHC-P's 2019 Commander's Symposium April 16-18 at Hickam Officers' Club in Honolulu.

The Deputy Commanding General, Brig. Gen. Michael L. Place, welcomed the leaders on behalf of the Commanding General, Brig. Gen. Dennis P. LeMaster. During his comments, he emphasized the importance of the event and the strategic discussions that would take place over the next three days.

"The topics we are going to be talking about this week have to do with fundamentally changing what we do and how we view ourselves," Place said. "We need to be agile leaders during times like this."

For more than a year now, the Military Health System (MHS) has been undergoing an unprecedented transformation, which includes aligning all of the military treatment facilities under the Defense Health Agency (DHA).

In keeping with the symposium's theme, "Agile leaders during transition," subject matter experts from the Army, U.S. Army Medical Department and RHC-P updated the leaders on the MHS transformation, to include other key topics related to military medicine.

Among the guest speakers were Brig. Gen. Wendy Harter, command surgeon, U.S. Army Forces Command, who provided a forces command perspective on the changes involving mission assigned personnel, or MAP, at military treatment facilities, and the newly established medical readiness directorates.

The commander of Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, N.C., Col. John Melton, provided additional insight on the process involved in aligning Womack under DHA, as well as the medical center's new staffing construct to generate readiness for the operational force.

Col. Soo Lee Davis, transformation integrator, U.S. Army Medical Command, provided an update on the MHS transformation and the impacts to RHC-P.

Lastly, Col. Lynn Marm, director, Congressional Affairs Contact Office, Office of the U.S. Army Surgeon General, provided an overview of congressional atmospherics and topics of importance to military medical professionals.

Additionally, each of the region's medical, dental and public health commanders updated the commanding general on their organization's efforts in executing several of the end states outlined in the RHC-P campaign plan for achieving a ready medical force.

Other guest presenters included David "Scott" Hencshel, lean six sigma deployment director and senior master black belt, Directorate of Strategy Management, Office of the U.S. Army Surgeon General and U.S. Army Medical Command, who provided the leaders with insight for how to achieve more effective results when solving problems using the A3 Thinking Process; and Dr. John Linton, president, Korea Foundation for International Healthcare, shared his perspective of North Korea's medical capabilities.

At the conclusion of the event, LeMaster expressed his gratitude to each of the speakers for their informative updates. He also thanked the RHC-P command teams for contributing to the success of the organization and the work they do every day to ensure the medical readiness of the force.