By Mr. Douglas Demaio (Army Medicine)May 24, 2012
A ceremonial passing of the colors here Wednesday put a new commander at the helm of the Schweinfurt Health Clinic as it moves through a period of transition.
Lt. Col. Chadwick A. Bowers assumed command from Col. Emery Fehl at a ceremony at Conn Barracks, which was presided over by Col. Robert Goodman, Bavaria Medical Department Activity commander.
"Today's ceremony marks the beginning of a very busy two-plus years for the members of Army Medicine here in Schweinfurt," Bowers said. "Change is here. We are embarking on an ambitious and aggressive plan to meet our mandates for the Army's transition in Europe while continuing to provide world-class health care to our beneficiaries. I have every confidence that our team will accomplish the mission."
The clinic will also be transitioning to a team approach to providing medical care to beneficiaries call Patient Centered Medical Home and Soldier Centered Medical Home. The clinic is expected to transition to the new model of care within the next year.
Bowers' previous assignment was the U.S. Army Medical Command liaison to the Army Materiel Command's Responsible Reset Task Force in support of Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom. Prior to his deployment, he was the logistics division, chief at the Tripler Army Medical Center and deputy logistics officer for Pacific Regional Medical Command in Hawaii.
Bowers wife, Lt. Col. Laura Elaine Bowers, is the Inspector General for Pacific Regional Medical Command and will remain in Hawaii with their children while he serves as the clinic commander.
"My Family is representative of the many Families who have assumed increased daily responsibilities and provided untiring support, prayers and sacrifices so we may successfully serve," Bowers said.
Bowers' awards and decorations include the Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Meritorious Service Medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters; two National Defense Service Medals; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terror Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; four Overseas Ribbons; Parachutist Badge; Air Assault Badge; and Expert Field Medical Badge. Bowers is a recipient of the U.S. Army Medical Department's Order of Military Medical Merit.
Fehl, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, is scheduled to be a commander for a Military Treatment Facility in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.