By Eve Meinhardt/ParaglideJuly 16, 2010
FORT BRAGG, N.C. - After two and a half months serving as the interim commander of Womack Army Medical Center, Col. Rolando Castro Jr. passed the reins to incoming commander Col. Brian T. Canfield at a ceremony in Funk Physical Fitness Center Friday.
Canfield, who just returned from a tour in Afghanistan, said that his primary concern will be the well-being of Soldiers and their Families.
He also addressed the Soldiers of the Warrior Transition Battalion who were standing in formation and thanked them for their service and pledging his.
"To our wounded warriors, our commitment here at Womack will be to help you accomplish your mission - to heal," said Canfield.
While Castro's tenure as commander was short, Maj. Gen. Carla Hawley-Bowland, commanding general, Northern Regional Medical Command and Walter Reed Army Medical Center, said his achievements were many and that he set the standard for primary care.
"Although you've only been (in command) less than three months, you are leaving Womack Army Medical Center in better shape than you found it," said Hawley-Bowland as she addressed Castro. She credited success to his focus on wellness and population health.
Castro, who will be resuming his previous position as the chief of staff for WAMC, said he was honored to have the chance to stand in as the commander.
Both commanders thanked their wives for their continued love and support throughout their careers, praising the strength of the Army Family.