News>55th Medical Group holds change of command ceremony
U.S. Air Force Col. Stephen Mounts, 55th Medical Group commander, speaks to the crowd during the 55th Medical Group change of command ceremony held outside the Ehrling Bergquist Clinic on Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., July 12. As the new 55th MDG commander, Mounts is responsible for a four squadron, 718-person health care delivery system providing care to more than 47,000 Department of Defense beneficiaries.
U.S. Air Force Col. John Rauch, 55th Wing commander, passes the 55th Medical Group guidon to incoming 55th MDG commander U.S. Air Force Col. Stephen Mounts, during the 55th MDG change of command ceremony held outside the Ehrling Bergquist Clinic on Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., July 12. Mounts is coming to Offutt from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
U.S. Air Force Col. John Rauch, 55th Wing commander, receives the 55th Medical Group guidon from outgoing 55th MDG commander U.S. Air Force Col. Patrick Dawson, during the 55th MDG change of command ceremony held outside the Ehrling Bergquist Clinic on Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., July 12. Dawson has been selected as the Medical Service Corps director, Office of the Air Force Surgeon General in Washington D.C.
7/13/2012 - OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. -- Members of the 55th Medical Group gathered at the Ehrling Bergquist Clinic to welcome a new commander during a change of command ceremony July 12.
Col. Stephen Mounts took command of the 55th MDG from Col. Patrick Dawson during a formal ceremony and immediately recognized the stellar performance of the group in recent inspections.
"Our commitment to excellence in healthcare is tested every day," Mounts said. "And you [members of the 55th Medical group] do it well."
Mounts comes to Team Offutt from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., where he served as the Air Combat Command's chief of the Medical Support Division and Command administrator. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and has experience in strategic planning, resource management, medical logistics, information systems, medical readiness, clinical engineering and force development.
Col. John Rauch, 55th Wing commander, presided over the ceremony.
"Colonel Dawson led a team of four squadrons of over 700 people to provide world-class medical care to our team Offutt Airmen, Sailors, Soldiers and Marines as well as our civilian's, family members and retirees," Rauch said. "He ensured the medical group excelled while providing first-rate medical care and although I heard him say a group's success is a team accomplishment, it is truly a credit to your leadership."
Dawson is leaving Team Offutt and heading to the Pentagon to be the Medical Service Corps director, Office of the Air Force Surgeon General in Washington D.C. In this role, he will also serve as the Chief, Manpower and Organization Division for the Air Force Surgeon General's Force Development Directorate.
"I was assigned here as a young Airman, as a medical technician, early in my Air Force career. This is where our family started, so having the opportunity to be a group commander here, this place is very special in our hearts," Dawson said. "It was this groups great Airmen that accomplished a lot during the last two years, my job was a simple one - I was only the advocate."
While presiding over the ceremony, Rauch introduced Mounts and assured the 55th MDG that with his impressive background, Mounts was more than capable of maintaining the high standards recently set by the medical group.
"Ladies and gentlemen of the 55th MDG, you are getting another first-rate leader and officer to carry-on where Colonel Dawson left off, the many successes and stories of the medical group speak for themselves, this is a proud organization with an incredible record of sterling performance," Rauch said. "I could not be more confident that the medical group remains in excellent hands and I am sure you will continue to perform admirably as you lead the fight."