By Carrie Bernard, Madigan Army Medical CenterJuly 27, 2012
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. -- Madigan Healthcare System gained a new command sergeant major during a change of responsibility ceremony July 13 at Memorial Stadium on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
Command Sgt. Maj. Matthew Brady assumed the responsibilities of the senior enlisted advisor and second half of the Madigan command team during the ceremony. Col. Thomas Bundt, Madigan's new chief of staff and acting commander, officiated the change of responsibility.
"I am honored to join the Madigan team," said Brady to an audience of about 100 military and civilian guests. "I look forward to working with each and every one of you."
Brady comes to Madigan after serving as the command sergeant major at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Fort Bliss, Texas. The Rapid City, S.D, native is a combat medic and has served in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom.
At Madigan, Brady will advise the commander about enlisted and NCO matters and will be responsible for the standards, morale, welfare and training of all military personnel. Brady replaces Sgt. Maj. Chris Jenkins, who served as the Madigan senior enlisted advisor for the past year.
In introducing the new Madigan command sergeant major to the audience, Bundt pointed out Brady is no stranger to JBLM, having served at the 62nd Medical Brigade and as the Western Regional Medical Command operations sergeant major.
"He brings with him an immense level of experience, skill and knowledge," said Bundt. "We're all very proud to have you here."
Madigan is one of the Army's most state-of-the-art and technically advanced medical centers. One of only three designated level two trauma centers in the U.S. Army Medical Command, Madigan's more than 5,000 employees serve a population that schedules nearly 1 million outpatient visits each year.
Brady acknowledged his excitement returning to Madigan.
"This is an incredible opportunity for me," he said. "We will move Madigan to the next level in healthcare efficiency and leader development. It is time to start a new chapter...time to meet new standards," Brady added.