EDITOR'S NOTE: Col. Carlene A.S Blanding's middle initial in print is "A.S" There is no period after the "S" in her middle initial.

Change of command ceremony for the Eisenhower Army Medical Center
FORT GORDON, Ga. -- Col. Carlene A.S Blanding assumed command of the Eisenhower Army Medical Center from Col. David E. Ristedt in a traditional Army change of command ceremony July 9 on Barton Field, Fort Gordon.

Blanding is taking command following an assignment as Chief, Medical Service Corps Branch at the U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Ky.

In her brief remarks to those in attendance, Blanding said: "That these are times of unprecedented changes in both the Army and Army Medicine, and it is in these times the strength, commitment and dedication of a team is realized and the foundation of a storied organization such as EAMC is solidified. There is no doubt in my mind that Eisenhower Army Medical Center lives up to its motto as Home of 5-Star health care.

"EAMC's focus and commitment on readiness of soldiers and family members will never waver; it is the building block and lens through which we operate.

"I want the Eisenhower team to bring passion and creativity to what we do each and every day, and always operate in the vein of excellence that defines who we are," she said. "Our mission is to deliver readiness, care for our community and take care of each other."

Ristedt has been the commander of EAMC since July 2017 and will retire from the army after 32 years of active duty.

Host for the ceremony was Brig. Gen. Telita Crosland, commanding general, Regional Health Command -- Atlantic.
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