Fort Benning welcomed a new commander of Martin Army Community Hospital and Army Medical Department Activity during a Tuesday ceremony on York Field in front of McGinnis-Wickam Hall.
Col. Marie Dominguez assumed command from Col. Scott B. Avery, who arrived at the post two years ago during construction of the new Martin Army Community Hospital. Dominguez's most recent assignment was at the U.S. Army War College.
In his new assignment, Avery will become the chief of staff of the Regional Health Command -- Pacific in Hawaii. One of his biggest assignments was the opening the new 84 bed, $500 million hospital to replace the aging Martin Army Community Hospital.
A week ago, the Fort Benning VA Clinic opened at 9214 Santa Fe Road in a 19,000-square-foot facility to serve more veterans in the Columbus area.
Dominguez enlisted in the Army in 1979. She served as a medical laboratory specialist at the Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Colorado and at the 10th Medical Laboratory in Germany.
Five years later, she joined the Texas National Guard to attend University of Texas-San Antonio. She earned a bachelor's of science degree in biology and was the Distinguished Military Graduate.
During her career, she has earned a doctorate of medicine from the Uniformed Services University and served at Tripler Army Medical Center. A board certified family physician, she has served as clinic director, regimental surgeon, commander of the Darmstadt Army Health Clinic and held other positions.
Her overseas tours have included South Korea, Honduras, Haiti, Germany, Egypt, Iraq and Kuwait. She has taken part in military exercises in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Romania and Russia.