Col. Bill Soliz, Regional Health Command-Pacific chief of staff, was appointed as consultant to the Army Surgeon General for physician assistants effective April 1.
“It is an honor to be selected for this role and I am honored to represent the Army physician assistants to the Surgeon General,” said Soliz.
As a consultant to the Surgeon General, Soliz will represent more than 2,600 active duty, National Guard, Reserve and civilian Army physician assistants, who provide a wide range of care at each level of care, to the Surgeon General. Soliz will also be responsible for recruiting and retaining PAs.
“One of the most rewarding aspects of being a leader in the military is the impact you have on the lives of the those who work for you,” he said. “This role allows me to give back and have a positive impact on the future of the Army.”
Soliz began his career as an enlisted medic, but did not initially see a lifelong career in the military, he said.
“I planned to only serve three years, but the opportunities that presented themselves proved to be rewarding and challenging,” he said. “I continue to serve for the spirit of the American Soldier. What we do in support of the Army Campaign Plan and the Army Medicine Campaign Plan has a profound impact on readiness and our nation’s defense.”
After spending 10 years as an enlisted medic, Soliz was commissioned in 1998 through the Army’s Physician Assistant Training Program.
During his 34-year career, Soliz served as the Physician Assistant to the President of the United States, and as commander of the California Medical Detachment and the Presidio of Monterey Army Health Clinic. He is scheduled to take command of Tripler Army Medical Center in May.
“Col. Soliz’s proven track record as a caring and competent medical provider, and as a committed leader make him the right person for the role of consultant to the Surgeon General,” said Brig. Gen. Ned H. Bailey, commanding general of Regional Health Command-Pacific.