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Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2011

Martin Army Community Hospital changes command

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The personnel of Martin Army Community Hospital said goodbye to one commander and welcomed a new one Wednesday. Col. Koji Nishimura relinquished command to Col. Timothy E. Lamb in a ceremony officiated by Maj. Gen. M. Ted Wong, commanding general, Southern Regional Medical Command and Brooke Army Medical Hospital, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Military and civilian dignitaries and family and friends of both commanders attended the ceremony at the National Infantry Museum’s parade field.

“I hope to leave you with three thoughts — dream big, pursue those dreams and always remember that we are servant leaders,” Nishimura said.

Nishimura and his wife, Cathy, M.D, graduated from the MACH Family Residency Program in 1991 and continued to serve at Fort Benning in various positions at the hospital and outlying troop medical clinics during the 1990s.

Nishimura developed his vision of “Quality and service above all — give them more than they expect” during his command. His “Family medical home” concept was implemented for all clinics and troop medical clinics Armywide. He was also instrumental in the design and construction of the MACH replacement hospital. Cathy served as a Department of Veterans Affairs physician with the Integrated Disability Evaluation System at MACH. She will continue her work with the IDES at Fort Knox, Ky.

Nishimura will serve as the chief of the Medical Corps Branch at U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Fort Knox.

“I can truly feel the spirit of our warriors today,” Wong said. “We recognize two truly outstanding leaders today.”

Lamb and his wife Cathy came to Fort Benning from Falls Church, Va., where he served in the Office of the Surgeon General as the Director of Logistics. They have two sons, Jordan and Jarrett. Lamb has served in various military positions including commander of U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency in Fort Detrick, Md.

“It’s somewhat surreal for me to now walk in the footsteps of such giants,” he said. “I have two promises: to take care of our people and to continue Col. Nishimura’s legacy."

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