July 11, 2015 –
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - Soldiers, Families and friends of the Medical Support Unit Europe welcomed Lt. Col. Bidemi Y. Olaniyi-Leyimu during a July 11 change of command ceremony at Daenner Kaserne.
Olaniyi-Leyimu, a medical officer who earned her doctor of medicine from the University of Maryland, assumed command of the unit from Col. Jenifer Hug during a ceremony officiated by Brig. Gen. Arlan DeBlieck, commander of the 7th Civil Support Command.
"The MSU-E will be gaining a truly great leader in Lt. Col. Olaniyi-Leyimu. I've heard nothing but great things about her abilities. She respects and values her team," DeBlieck said. "I have no doubt she'll bring great ideas and enthusiasm to the MSU."
Olaniyi-Leyimu thanked Col. Hug for her reception and mentoring. She then spoke words of encouragement to her fellow Soldiers.
"I look forward to working with you to solve to tough problems to take this unit to the next level," Olaniyi-Leyimu said.
Under Col. Hug, the MSU-Europe not only survived, but thrived, DeBlieck said. The MSU's achievements nest with the enduring priorities set by commander of U.S. Army Europe, Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, he said.
The MSU's achievements nest with the enduring priorities set by commander of U.S. Army Europe, Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, he said. Hug oversaw growth in the unit, going from 46 to 93 Soldiers. Unit initiatives that enhanced the readiness of Reserve and active duty Soldiers. MSU-Europe led community outreach for the U.S. Army in Germany by showcasing its capabilities at Rheinland-Pfalz Tag, for the past three years.
Recently, MSU-Europe took part in the 7th CSC exercise DAIMIEL 15 in Spain, working alongside Spanish Army emergency management units. MSU-Europe Soldiers also ran medical clinics for civilians in Africa.
"The unit has accomplished great things during her tenure, especially when viewed in line with the USAREUR commander's 'Strong Europe' priorities," DeBlieck said