Regional Health Command – Central welcomed its new command sergeant major and enlisted advisor during an assumption of responsibility ceremony July 24 in Wood Auditorium on Joint Base San Antonio – Fort Sam Houston.
Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy J. Sprunger began his career as a 91A Medical Specialist, which is now a 68W combat medic, and has served in many different positions throughout his career.
Early in his career, he served as an aidman and treatment noncommissioned officer at Fort Kobbe, Republic of Panama and an evacuation and treatment NCO then Division Surgeon noncommissioned officer in charge with the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC. He has also served as drill sergeant and senior drill sergeant, medical platoon sergeant and first sergeant. Other positions include being the chief enlisted instructor and as a command sergeant major for four other assignments. In Falls Church, Va, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff G-3/5/7 sergeant major in the Office of the Surgeon General and Army Medical Command.
Sprunger comes to RHCC from U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command, Fort Detrick, Md., where he served as the organizations command sergeant major. CSM Sprunger holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Education and a Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management from Trident University International
The RHCC commanding general, Brig. Gen. Wendy L. Harter, welcomed Sprunger and acknowledged the experience he brings to the unit.
“Teamwork is imperative to successfully overcoming the challenges we face moving forward,” she said. Command Sgt. Maj. you are the right person at the right time for this Region and I am honored to have you as my battle.
“I know at your previous duty station…you had a front row seat to the impressive, cutting edge medical research within the Army. You’ll find that the team within our Region is equally impressive and I grateful to have such a shrewd, decisive leader and advisor at the Region to help guide us along our path to success,” Harter said.
As he steps into the position of senior enlisted advisor, Sprunger shared with the audience some guidance he had been given by some of his mentors – “fall back on the basics.”
“In a time like today, dealing with COVID-19 and the transition of all our health care over to DHA (Defense Health Agency) I think those are sound words,” Sprunger said. “We fall back to our basics, we do what we’ve always done. It does not matter whose policy control we fall under, you’re still going to do what you do on a daily basis and that’s take care of your beneficiaries, whether they be active duty service members, our family members or retirees.”