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Medical center command changes at Fort Gordon

Posted: July 16, 2017 - 12:38am
From left, new Eisenhower Army Medical Center Commander Col. David Ristedt, outgoing commander Michael Weber and Brigadier General Erik Torring III, march to inspect the troops during a change of command Thursday at Fort Gordon.
From left, new Eisenhower Army Medical Center Commander Col. David Ristedt, outgoing commander Michael Weber and Brigadier General Erik Torring III, march to inspect the troops during a change of command Thursday at Fort Gordon.

A new commander at Fort Gordon's medical center was welcomed with an 11-gun salute during the transfer of colors at a Change of Command ceremony Thursday.

The staff at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center welcomed Col. David E. Ristedt as the new commander, to replace outgoing commander Col. Michael A. Weber.

"It's a salute showing that the command is going to a new commander," David White, a marketing specialist for the medical center, said of the ceremony.

Weber has been reassigned to serve as Deputy Commander of Regional Health Command at Fort Shafter in Hawaii.

Soldiers who are part of the Eisenhower's medical staff conducted drills to honor the new commander.

Afterwards, Ristedt conducted his first inspection of the troops.

Prior to assuming his position as the commander of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Ristedt served as Commander of Bad Kreuznach and Dexheim Health Clinics in Germany.

His service also includes being Department Chief at Carl D. Darnell Army Medical Center in Fort Hood, Texas, and acting as Deputy Commander for Clinical Services at Reynolds Army Community Hospital at Fort Sill in Oklahoma.

Command Sgt. Maj. John Steed called the ceremony one of the Army's "most greatest and most honorable."

"Fort Gordon hit the jackpot when we got this command pair to assume command from each other," he said.

During Thursday's ceremony, Ristedt said the new command was an honor.

"It's a tremendous honor," he said. "Eisenhower's got a great reputation and Augusta is a wonderful community so we're excited to be here."

Under the two-year leadership of Weber, the medical center received a top 10 percent rating, Steed said.

"Now this is of significant because this has happened twice here at Eisenhower," he said, "but even more significant is this is the only medical military medical treatment facility in the DoD's inventory to achieve that distinction."

Ristedt said he values strong teamwork and plans to continue the efforts of the outgoing commander.

"We have a great leadership team from the clinics and all the way up that it's going to be easy for us to be able to continue to build and make this unit stronger," he said.

As for first steps, Ristedt said he plans to meet with his staff to determine what areas can be strengthened.

"I want to hear more from the staff," he said. "I want to hear what their struggles are and what they're doing well because I think it's important."

 

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