JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO FORT SAM HOUSTON, TEXAS-- Regional Health Command -- Central held a change of command ceremony at the Quadrangle, Tuesday, July 16, as Brig. Gen. Jeffrey J. Johnson passed the reins of command to Brig. Gen. George "Ned" Appenzeller during the ceremony.
Lt. Gen. Nadja Y. West, Army Surgeon General and commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Command, and the ceremony host, praised Johnson for his hard work and commitment to readiness.
"I thank Jeff for his vision to enhance the quality of care for our Soldiers and to ensure the medical readiness of our Soldiers," West said.
During his 15-month tenure as the RHC-C commanding general, Johnson focused on Army Medicine's lines of effort through specific command priorities that helped the command build and maintain partnerships with III Corps, U.S. Army South, U.S. Army North, U.S. Army Africa and U.S. Army Reserve Medical Command. That collaboration led to a total of 150 personnel, from RHC-C headquarters and medical treatment facilities inside the Region, participating in Expeditionary Health Readiness Platforms and Medical Readiness Training Exercises in austere, multi-domain battlefield environment that focused on medical readiness using only local resources in Honduras, Chad, Senegal and Ghana directly supporting U.S. Army South and U.S. Army Africa.
In addition, seven of the medical treatment facilities under the RHC-C footprint were inspected and accredited by The Joint Commission.
"As I have travelled around this Region, I've personally seen the driving force behind our successes," Johnson said during his remarks. "…it is those, represented by their command teams, back at each installation--the Soldiers, Civilians, contractors and volunteers working together to ensure the success of Army and Military Medicine."
Appenzeller is the former deputy commanding general of RHC-C and commanding general of Brooke Army Medical Center. He was commissioned a medical service corps officer after graduating from Tulane University in New Orleans. As a recipient of the Health Professions Scholarship Program, he attended medical school and completed an internal medicine internship at the Medical University of South Carolina in Mount Pleasant, S.C. He then completed a residency in emergency medicine at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium. He is a Board Certified Fellow in Emergency Medicine.
At the end of his remarks, Appenzeller said, "I want to thank you for the opportunity for being allowed to continue to serve alongside all of these awesome Soldiers, civilians and civic partners in a city my family and I truly love, Military City, U.S.A."
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 nearly 600,000 beneficiaries.