CSM Althea Green Dixon became the top noncommissioned officer of Medical Command, after serving as the command sergeant major of North Atlantic Regional Medical Command and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She also has held the same position at the Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick, Md., and at the Southeast Regional Medical Command and Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

LTG Eric B. Schoomaker, who earlier in the day assumed command of Medical Command, passed Dixon the NCO sword representing her position. Schoomaker then recounted how he has come to rely on Dixon as they served four previous assignments together.

"Our Army has changed much over the last 30 years since I was a private, but two basic responsibilities of a noncommissioned officer have not changed ... accomplishment of my mission and the welfare of my Soldiers," Dixon said. "What has also not changed is how noncommissioned officers make this happen. We make this happen by sticking to the basics, we make this happen by enforcing standards, we make this happen by holding people accountable."

Earlier in her career, Dixon served at MEDDAC Alaska, Letterman Army Medical Center, 7th Medical Command, 36th Medical Battalion, 68th Medical Group, 30th Medical Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, and the 25th Infantry Division.

While assigned to the 30th Medical Brigade, she deployed to Bosnia as part of the Implementation Force, and served as the brigade operations sergeant major during Operation Joint Endeavor.

Dixon received the General Ralph E. Haines Award for Outstanding Student Research when she graduated from the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy. She also has completed the Combat Medical Specialist Course; Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist Course; Battle Staff NCO Course; Joint Deployment Officer Course; and all levels of the NCO Education System.

Other professional achievements include her selection as the 1983 Health Services Command (now Medical Command) Soldier of the Year and membership in both the Sergeant Morales and the Sergeant Audie Murphy Clubs.

Dixon holds a Master of Science degree, and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is also a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit.
Her awards and decorations include the Expert Field Medical Badge, the Legion of Merit, seven awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, four awards of the Army Commendation Medal, four awards of the Army Achievement Medal, the NATO Medal and numerous service medals.