43rd Medical Detachment Change of Command
By: Sgt. Angiene Myers
13th SC (E) PAO
Soldiers of the 43rd Medical Detachment (VS), 1st Medical Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), welcomed a new Detachment Commander in a ceremony at the 13th SC (E) Guidon Field here April 12.
Leaving the 43rd was not an easy task for outgoing commander Col. James W. Boles and it showed during his farewell speech. Overwhelmed with emotions, Boles spoke directly to the Soldiers, thanking them for their hard work. He described the Soldiers as having “strong spirit” and wished he could be there as they depart for another deployment.
“I have never been in a unit before where the spirit was so strong.” Boles continued, “This has been a momentous assignment for me and I wish in my heart that I was going with you but I know that Lt Col. Bolstick is going to take excellent care of you and make sure you are on task and safe in theater.”
Boles relinquished command of the 43rd to Lt. Col Anthony C. Bolstick, who came highly recommended. In his remarks, Col James Rice, the commander of the 1st Medical Brigade stated, “He clearly has the right combination of technical and leadership skills to prepare, deploy, and support in the manner that has been the hallmark of the 43rd. He is the right leader at the right time.
Bolstick’s military career began 15 years ago at Fort Sam Houston, TX (Officer Basic Course). He went on to serve at a variety of duty stations and command positions. To name a few, Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN as an OIC, Bad Kreuznach, Germany as an Deputy Director/ OIC, Macedonia/Kosovo as a Task Force Veterinarian, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, MD as a Deputy Director and Resident and currently at Fort Hood, TX.
He holds a Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of California and his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University. He also completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Tuskegee University and a residency program in Laboratory Animal Medicine at Walter Reed Army institute of Research/Navy Medical Research Center.
As Bolstick assumes command of the 43rd Medical Detachment, he is up for the challenges that lay ahead and feels confident that the unit will continue to train above and beyond the call of duty as they prepare for their upcoming deployment.
“I will do my best to command this detachment to duty, honor, and trust in my country”
“I would like to formally thank Col Boles, the staff and the soldiers of the 43rd who have truly built a strong foundation that would carry us into Iraq in the very near future. Without this strong foundation it would make it very difficult in the short time we have to deploy.” Bolstick said speaking to his new command and the outgoing commander.
“You (Boles) have commanded the 43rd Medical Detachment well and we will continue to mature from this strong foundation that you have developed. I and the rest of the 43rd are indebted to you.”
In his closing remarks to the soldiers, Bolstick stated, “43rd Medical Detachment ruck up! We have a mission to accomplish for the honor of our country.” “By the Horns.”
Master sgt. Robin Hepperyly, Detachment non-commisioned officer-in-charge, recieves the Guidon from Incoming Commander Lt. Col Bolstick during a change of command ceremony on Guidon Field Thursday.