21st Combat Support Hospital Change of Command

By: SPC Fabian Ortega
13th Sustainment Command (expeditionary) PAO

The 21st Combat Support Hospital, 1st Medical Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (expeditionary) underwent a change of command in a ceremony held at Fort Hood’s Sadowski Field July 12.

Col. Jeffrey B. Clark relinquished command of the 21st CSH to Col. Richard A. Gullickson, holder of a Bronze Star and graduate of Marshall College.

On his final day as commander, Clark addressed Soldiers and those in attendance in his speech at the ceremony. Clark expressed his thanks to those who served in his formation.

“I want to thank the leaders of the 21st CSH, many of whom are out on the field today” Clark said. “A special thank you to the noncommissioned officers, who were the backbone of any success we may have had during the time I was privileged to command the 21st CSH.”

Clark left the Soldiers of the 21st CSH some words advice to follow, “Be safe, be disciplined and take care of each other.”

As successor to Clark, Gullickson was recently reassigned from Fort Gillem, Ga., where he served as the Chief of Staff for 3rd Medical Command and recently deployed to Camp Victory, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While in Iraq, Gullickson served as the Chief of Staff for 3rd MEDCOM and gained some familiarity with the 21stCSH while deployed to the same area of operations last year.

I am blessed with the opportunity to command this great hospital, which has just completed a very difficult mission in Iraq, Gullickson said in his speech at the ceremony.

“The outstanding reputation of the 21st Combat Support Hospital is known throughout the Army as one of providing world class medical support and care, wherever it is deployed.”

“We will work together to ensure we maintain this reputation,” Gullickson added.