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U.S. Army Europe will soon have a new command surgeon, the Pentagon said Thursday.

Col. Keith W. Gallagher, who currently commands Blanchfield Army Community Hospital at Fort Campbell, Ky., will replace Brig. Gen. David A. Rubenstein, current USAREUR command surgeon, at “a date in mid-January [that is] to be determined,” according to the Europe Regional Medical Command public affairs office.

USAREUR command surgeons are simultaneously commanders of ERMC. Rubenstein, who has held the positions since August 2006, will be moving to Falls Church, Va., to take up new duties as the Army’s deputy surgeon general.

In addition to his present command in Kentucky, Gallagher has served in units at Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Jackson, S.C.; and Landstuhl and Würzburg, Germany.

A Georgia native, Gallagher has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Augusta College in Georgia and master’s degrees in health care administration from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa.

Having held multiple assignments in Germany — at the 30th Medical Brigade, V Corps and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center — throughout his career, Rubenstein also has worked at Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Fort Bragg; Fort Lewis, Wash.; and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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