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NEWS | Dec. 3, 2019

Army Reserve Medical Support Unit transfers authority of DWMMC in Germany

By Courtesy Story Army Reserve Medical Command

The 7234th Medical Support Unit transferred authority of the Deployed Warrior Medical Management Center mission to the 7230th Medical Support Unit at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, on Nov. 22, 2019.

The 7234th MSU, based at Camp Parks, California, deployed approximately 40 Soldiers to the Deployed Warrior Medical Management Center at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel from March 19, 2019 to Nov. 20, 2019. The 7230th MSU, based in Riverside, California, is set to take over the mission for the next iteration.

The official party for the ceremony included Brig. Gen. Joseph A. Marsiglia, Army Reserve Medical Command's deputy commanding general; LMRC Commander Col. Michael Weber; 7230th MSU commander, Col. Robert McCary; and 7234th MSU commander, Col. Paul Graham.

In his remarks to the Soldiers of the 7234th, Brig. General Marsiglia said, “I can’t emphasize enough the importance of what you do and I can’t tell you how proud I am of the role the Army Reserve plays … it’s so important. “Thank you for what you have done. Thank you for the time away from your families and your civilian employers to come here and do what needed to be done.

And to the Soldiers of the 7230th, Marsiglia said, "Our expectation is that you will … continue to refine what was done, continue to improve the processes and procedures of what we do. Never lose sight of the fact that you are Soldiers in the greatest Army in the world and we need you to continue on taking care of those young men and women who lay it all on the line every single day for us and get them to the care they need in an expeditious seamless manner.”

Since 2001, the DWMMC has been responsible for the care of more than 100,000 medically evacuated patients, and Medical Warriors from the U.S. Army Reserve have filled the majority of the rotations. In the last nine months, the 7234th served more than 1300 patients at the DWMMC from across the globe. They returned 5% of those Soldiers to their respective theaters to continue their mission, and transitioned the remaining Wounded Warriors back to the United States for continued care.

During his formal remarks, Graham, 7234th Commander, said, "I felt we provided the quality of staff needed with the work ethic and drive to do what needed to be done and not quit until the mission was complete. I consider myself very fortunate to have served with the finest Soldiers of the 7234th MSU forward detachment.”

Sgt. Xiomara Ortega, a Soldier in the 7234th, who supported admissions at the DWMMC said, “It’s been a very humbling experience being here working with Soldiers and seeing the aftermath of what happens down range. When you can put a face to a name on paper it can bring back the reality of everything. I feel it’s been a growing experience.”

The 7230th MSU is on-ground at LRMC and ready to take over the mission as the 7234th heads home, just in time for the Holidays. They join the ranks of thousands of combat-ready and highly-skilled Army Reserve Soldiers deployed globally.

Spc. Brittany Harris, a Soldier in the 7234th, who supported outpatient behavioral health at the DWMMC said “While we won’t make it home for Thanksgiving, but hopefully we’re back for Christmas. I have three little children and a fiancé I’m looking forward to seeing their faces. It definitely feels amazing to know I’ll be there for the holidays.”