FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center recently welcomed a new member to the team as Command Sgt. Major Elvin Medina assumed duties as CRDAMC’s senior enlisted advisor in a virtual ceremony here September 18.
As senior enlisted advisor, Medina will serve as the focal point for communications between CRDAMC leadership, the Soldiers and civilian staff and the many thousands of beneficiaries who come to the hospital for their medical needs.
Medina, a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, enlisted in the Army in June 1994 as a preventive medicine specialist in the Army Medical Corps. Throughout his 26-year career he has served in a variety of medical positions across the country and Europe and has deployed to various theaters of operations. His previous assignment was as the command sergeant major for Public Health Command – Atlantic. Fort Meade, Maryland.
In his opening remarks, Medina explained that this was his first time at Fort Hood and the first thing he saw driving through the gate was the new hospital towering over the post. To him, Medina said, that represented the huge role CRDAMC plays in ensuring the medical readiness of the Army’s most important asset—its troops.
In his first words to the Soldiers of CRDAMC he told them, “Make no mistake, to save lives on the battlefield, we have to get there first. We must remember that our profession is the Profession of Arms. To that end, good order and discipline, Soldier and leader development and physical fitness combined with leader engagement are paramount to me and to all. Good units know that, better units exercise that.
“We will exercise that every day. And we’ll do it in a way that’s not toxic or destructive, but balanced and directed.”