By Jim DresbachAugust 24, 2012
Lt. Col. Laura R. Trinkle assumed command of Andrew Rader U.S. Army Health Clinic from Interim Commander Lt. Col. Stacy U. Weina during an Aug. 21 ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall's Spates Community Club.
Trinkle assured the audience, which included JBM-HH Deputy Commander Lt. Col. Jennifer Blair and Headquarters and Service Battalion, Headquarters Marine Corps Commanding Officer Col. Ira Cheatham plus Family members, friends and Rader Clinic staff, of a commitment toward evolving the "Army's health care system into a system of health."
Host of the Rader Clinic assumption of command ceremony was Col. Danny B.N. Jaghab, commander of Fort Meade medical department activity and the Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center. He highlighted Trinkle's credentials and impressed upon the audience that her dedication and passion to bring top-notch health care to JBM-HH was a great match for the clinic.
"Lt. Col. Laura Trinkle's diverse background within the AMEDD [Army Medical Department] has given her the experience and skill sets required to successfully command a clinic," Jaghab remarked. "Growing up in the military, Laura can identify with all her beneficiaries -- from child to retiree. She is dedicated to patient center care and delivering quality services to all beneficiaries.
"Her love of physical fitness exemplifies her dedication to health promotion and to the surgeon general's vision of the Army moving from a health-care system to a system of health," Jaghab added. Trinkle, who becomes the sixteenth full-time commander of Rader Clinic since its opening in May 1967, thanked her Family, friends, Jaghab and Northern Regional Medical Command for their support. She vowed to expand quality health care from Rader across the National Capital Region.
"I truly believe maintaining the health of and providing care to the nation's servicemen and women and their Families is a great privilege -- regardless of whether they wear the uniforms of today or the khakis of 50 years ago," Trinkle said. "To the clinic staff -- since the command list came out last fall, I have heard nothing but great things about the quality of care you provide and your positive attitude."
The new Rader commander is a South Carolina native but calls Kansas home. Trinkle is a 1991 graduate of Emporia State University where she majored in education. She began her military medical career with the 2nd MASH at Fort Benning, Ga., and has held other positions at Benning as well as at Fort McClellan, Ala., Fort Lewis-McChord, Wash., Fort Lee, Va., Fort Riley, Kansas, Hawaii and her foreign assignments have included deployments in Germany, Kosovo and Iraq. Currently, Trinkle is enrolled in the Army War College and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.