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Fort Hood Press Center
DATE: January 18, 2011 10:39:26 AM CST

7239th Medical Support Unit joins Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center to provide deployment medicine services

By Patricia Deal

CRDAMC Public Affairs

FORT HOOD, Texas—The 7239th Medical Support Unit from Chattanooga, Tenn, joined Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and assumed responsibility for providing deployment medicine services at Fort Hood’s Soldier Readiness Processing Center at a "transfer of authority" ceremony Jan. 13 at the Iron Horse Physical Fitness Center at Fort Hood.

The MSU will provide a variety of screening processes such as periodic health assessments, immunizations, lab services, health reviews and behavioral health services to ensure thousands of deploying and redeploying personnel are physically and mentally fit.

Outgoing Officer-in-Charge, Lt. Col. Beverly Sola, praised her team’s efforts over the past year in successfully screening, processing and clearing over 100,000 active duty, national guard, reserve and civilian personnel in their deployment and post-deployment processes.

“We overcame many challenges, and did a tremendous amount of good. I am proud to have worked with a group of dedicated professionals,” she said in her remarks at the ceremony.

Commander of the incoming 7239th MSU, Lt. Col. Mark Young, said it was an exceptional honor to be associated with a group that has performed so admirably and that has demonstrated such a caring attitude and commitment to Soldiers.

“This is not a time for us to rest on past accomplishments. We must constantly look for ways to innovate and to improve so we can become more efficient, more effective,” he said. “We are truly one Army and we must act as one.  My promise is that you will have my best effort, and we will all work together to become one team.”

In his speech, Col. (Dr.) Steven Braverman, CRDAMC commander, said that this ceremony was a first for CRDAMC and is especially meaningful and important for the organization.

“This ceremony represents the Army’s overall integration approach where reservists, national guard, active duty Soldiers all train and fight together. We also have Soldiers and civilians working together for one cause,” he said. “We welcome the 7239th to the CRDAMC family. We know that together we will provide the best care and concern for our deploying Soldiers and civilians, truly exemplifying our ‘one team’ motto.”

The 7239th MSU traces it lineage through its predecessor units, the 377th Combat Support Hospital and the 4206th U.S. Army Hospital, from World War II. Since the unit’s activation in January 2007, it has provided operational support to Operation Global Medic and Operation Patriot Warrior.

 Col. (Dr.) Steven Braverman (right), Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center commander, replaces the shoulder patch of Lt. Col. Mark Young, commander of the 7239th Medical Support Unit at a "transfer of authority" ceremony Jan. 13 at the Iron Horse Physical Fitness Center at Fort Hood, Texas. Now a part of the CRDAMC team, the MSU, from Chattanooga, Tenn., assumed responsibility for providing deployment medicine services at Fort Hood's Soldier Readiness Processing Center. (U.S. Army photo by Patricia Deal, CRDAMC Public Affairs)


For more information contact:
Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center
Public Affairs Office
(254) 288-8005
Mikaela Cade
Fort Hood, TX 76544
[email protected]