Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii – In a socially distant Change of Command and Change of Responsibility Ceremony held June 18, Col. Mary V. Krueger, relinquished command of Tripler Army Medical Center to Col. Martin Doperak. During the same ceremony, Command Sgt. Maj. Abuoh E. Neufville relinquished responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony K. Forker.
Krueger had commanded Tripler since July 10, 2018, and from day one she worked tirelessly to develop and execute a strategy to create a culture of trust backed by the team’s commitment to providing safe and quality care.
“As a testament, in 2019, she led the team through a highly successful reaccreditation by the joint commission and spearheaded efforts that resulted in Tripler being designated as the only level two trauma center in the state of Hawaii,” said Brig. Gen. Jack M. Davis, commanding general, Regional Health Command-Pacific.
Krueger's next assignment will be with the Office of the U.S. Army Surgeon General in Washington D.C.
With 28 years of military service, Doperak is a family physician and flight surgeon. He previously served as the command surgeon for the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, N.C., and as the commander of Weed Army Community Hospital at Fort Irwin, Calif.
In a statement of praise for Doperak, Krueger said, “You have a tremendous leader in Col. Marty Doperak, he is the right leader at the right time to take TAMC into the future.”
During his nearly three-year assignment, Neufville was responsible for mentoring Tripler’s more than 4,000 staff. His next assignment is the command sergeant major for Regional Health Command-Pacific at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State.
Forker most recently served as command sergeant major for Landstuhl Regional Medical Center’s Troop Command in Germany. He is no stranger to Hawaii, and has previously been assigned as the operations sergeant major with the 18th Medical Command at Fort Shafter.