Falls Church, VA. -- Army Medicine's newest major, Thierry L. Fouapon Assedi Njatou, was promoted on January 6, 2020 in the Defense Headquarters Pavilion Salons A and B. The Director, Defense Health Agency Lt. Gen. Ronald J. Place, officiated.Major Fouapon enlisted in the United States Army as a Preventive Medicine Specialist and commissioned as a 1st Lt. in the Medical Service Corps in 2011. The commissioning ceremony was officiated by then Col. Ronald J. Place as his last official duty.Fouapon originally hails from Douala Cameroon in Central Africa. He received his medical degree in general medicine from the University of Bamako School of Medicine. Receiving his Bachelor of Science in Health Services from Kaplan University and Master's degree in Public Health with a concentration Environmental Health from American Military University. He is a graduate of the AMEDD Officer Basic Course, Principles of Military Preventive Medicine Course, Healthcare Administration Course and the U.S. Army Captains Career Course.Fouapon had significant leadership responsibilities as Brigade Environmental Science Engineering Officer 3rd Brigade 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox as Medical Operations Officer and Deputy Surgeon for 1st Theater Sustainment Command, Fort Bragg.Fouapon serves as Chief of Environmental Health for McDonald Army Health Center where he supports AFRICOM theater campaign plans during global health engagement missions and is the Public Health Accreditation Coordinator for Joint Base Langley-Eustis Department of Public Health."During my short military career, I can say I have been lucky to be mentored by great leaders. You gave me the opportunity and skills necessary to support AFRICOM Theater Campaign plans during Global Health Engagement missions. Here I am, selected for the first Army Global Health TWI, to work on the malaria research program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle beginning August 2020. Sirs, thank you." said Fouapon."As we close this company grade chapter, Thierry makes the transition to field grade officer. The responsibilities of a field grade officer are significant, and I have no doubt that you will lead with the same leadership qualities and expertise as you have throughout your entire career." said Place.