1st Medical Brigade Transfers Command

By Pfc. Amy M. Lane
Public Affairs Specialist
4th Sustainment Brigade

FORT HOOD, Texas — At the Sadowski Field flag pole, Brig. Gen. Paul Wentz, the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) commanding general, reestablished command of the 1st Medical Brigade to Col. Bruce McVeigh at an assumption of command ceremony July 23.

The brigade headquarters, including McVeigh, recently returned from a yearlong deployment to Iraq. During the deployment, Lt. Col. Lee Roupe was the rear detachment commander.

“I want to thank Lieutenant Colonel Roupe,” McVeigh said. “You had one of the hardest jobs in the Army, but you handled it with professionalism, poise, and diligence.”

McVeigh also thanked his Soldiers and the two units within the 1st Med. Bde. that are currently deployed.

“I’m proud to join your team today, you look great,” he said. “And I thank you for your commitment to making this the best medical brigade in the Army. I will lead you with passion every day.”

Wentz mentioned that he had the opportunity to meet McVeigh earlier this year while they were both in Iraq, and he said he was confident in McVeigh’s ability to lead Soldiers.

“Lieutenant Colonel McVeigh, you have the honor and privilege of leading the largest, most capable, and oldest color bearing medical unit in the United States Army,” Wentz said.

“There is no better example of competence, professionalism, and dedication than the recent deployment of this brigade’s headquarters to Iraq,” he said. “Perhaps the most significant accomplishment of this deployment is the unprecedented 98% survival rate of all trauma casualties who were treated within an hour of the injury. The significance of this success cannot be overstated.”

news photo
Col. Bruce McVeigh assumed command of the 1st Medical Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), in a ceremony July 23 at Fort hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sean McGuire)

news photo
Col. Bruce McVeigh assumed command of the 1st Medical Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), in a ceremony July 23 at Fort hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sean McGuire)

 

news photo
The Stars and Stripes flew high as Col. Bruce McVeigh assumed command of the 1st Medical Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), in a ceremony July 23 at Fort hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sean McGuire)

news photo
Lt. Col. James Waddick, executive officer for the 1st Medical Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), bows his head during the invocation at the Silver Knight Brigade’s assumption of command ceremony July 23 at Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sean McGuire)

news photo
Brig. Gen. Paul Wentz, the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) commanding general, reestablished command of the 1st Medical Brigade to Col. Bruce McVeigh at an assumption of command ceremony July 23 at Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sean McGuire)