Col. Kirk W. Eggleston passed command responsibility for General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital to Col. Marie A. Dominguez during a ceremony held at Fort Leonard Wood's Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Plaza July 12.

Dominguez most recently served as 65th Medical Brigade chief of professional services and Clinical Services deputy commander, Medical Activity-Korea & 121st Combat Service Hospital.

Eggleston moves on to his next assignment at the U.S. Naval War College.

Brig. Gen. Dennis D. Doyle, deputy commanding general for readiness, Western Regional Medical Command, presented Eggleston with the Legion of Merit and commented on the outstanding leadership and results Eggleston achieved as GLWACH's commander.

Doyle said that during Eggleston's time at GLWACH, a 3,600--square-foot addition was added to the military treatment facility and a Warrior Transition complex was also completed. Medical appointment no-shows were reduced from 12 to 5 percent; and GLWACH improved from being rated 31st to 7th in Bizbowl's nationwide ranking of Army hospitals.

Dominguez and GLWACH Command Sgt. Maj. Tabitha A. Gavia conducted a public signing of the Army Medicine Healthcare Covenant, which represents Medical Command's commitment to provide quality healthcare to military retirees, wounded, ill or injured Soldiers and family members. The document will be on permanent framed display in the hallway of GLWACH's main exit.

Eggleston expressed his gratitude to more than 1,400 hospital staff individuals who serve at GLWACH. He recognized the invaluable support from his family and community members on and off post.

Col. Dominguez said she was pleased to accept her new assignment as GLWACH's commander and that it is an honor and a privilege to be assigned here.

"Kirk, you've left big shoes to fill. I intend to fill them," said Dominguez.

She thanked her husband and children for their support.