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Col. Heather Kness, MRB commander, and Command. Sgt. Maj. Michael Schwab, briefed Lt. Gen. Nadja West

Photo by Gini Sinclair

 

Surgeon General Visits MRB

 

by Gini Sinclair
Medical Recruiting Brigade
July 25, 2016

FORT KNOX, Ky. - The most senior officer in the U.S. Army Medical Department visited the Medical Recruiting Brigade here July 13.

Lt. Gen. Nadja West, who became the Army's 44th surgeon general in December, met with MRB Commander Col. Heather Kness and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Schwab to learn about the roles, responsibilities and accomplishments of the brigade.

West thanked the staff for the work they do every day to provide the Army with quality healthcare professionals.

"It's extremely important what you do every day," West said. "Who you recruit fills our ranks and helps us do our job."

West also recognized and presented coins to Capt. Christopher Foster, Staff Sgt. Randolph Miguel, Roseanna Jessop and Robert Soice.

  • Foster, an assistant operations officer, conducts mission analysis and assists in getting application packets for future Army healthcare providers to the medical board for evaluation.
  • Jessop, a human resources technician, was lauded for her work in ensuring thousands of records were entered into the Soldiers' files as part of a management records review.
  • Soice, a program analyst under Intelligence, develops methodology used by the U.S. Army Recruiting Command in reassigning majors within the command.
  • Miguel, the MRB recruiter of fiscal year 2016, has also been selected for the upcoming Sergeant Audie Murphy Club board at USAREC.
"Gen. [Mark] Milley, [U.S. Army Chief of Staff], said 'priority number one is readiness and [we] need an Army to destroy enemies of our nation,'" she said. "What you do means we have medical professionals who are ready to do what Gen. Milley asks us to do."

Medical Command Sgt. Maj. Gerald Ecker, who traveled with West, said "I have a lot of respect for what you do. You have a hugely important mission. You have a tougher mission."
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