LANDSTUHL, Germany — Col. W. Bryan Gamble received command Thursday of Landstuhl Regional Medical Center as Col. J. Murray Francis ended his roughly two-month stint as interim commander.

Gamble comes to Landstuhl from the office of the assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs where he served as assistant deputy for health policy.

Gamble takes command of the largest American hospital outside the U.S., having earned board certifications in both general surgery and plastic surgery.

“I look forward to serving our American and German communities, our warriors, our joint team of Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine and civilian professionals who take on the challenges and opportunities that will follow us in the years to come,” Gamble said.

Francis, who took command of Landstuhl in June from Col. Rhonda Cornum, will remain at Landstuhl, serving as interim deputy commander for outlying clinics.

Under Francis, Landstuhl treated its 25,000th patient in support of operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. In recent weeks, Francis began the process of increasing security measures at Landstuhl.

Francis said his tenure as Landstuhl commander was the highlight of his career. He also praised the Landstuhl staff for its hard work and dedication under his command.

“We’ve upheld the saying, ‘If you make it to Landstuhl, you’re going to be OK,’” Francis said. “One team. One mission. Selfless service.”

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