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As Col. Jeffrey Clark, right, commander of the Europe Regional Medical Command watches, Col. Telita Crosland, commander of Heidelberg Medical Department Activity, and Sgt. Maj. Michael Mullen roll up the HMEDDAC colors at a deactivation command ceremony in Heidelberg Friday. After nearly 70 years as a unit and 67 years at Nachrichten Kaserne, HMEDDAC history came to an end as U.S. Army Europe continues its transformation. On a hot, sunny morning, Clark and Crosland gave speeches, the USAREUR Brass Quintet provided the music and historian Christian F?hrer traced the linage of the unit and its history in Heidelberg.

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As Col. Jeffrey Clark, right, commander of the Europe Regional Medical Command watches, Col. Telita Crosland, commander of Heidelberg Medical Department Activity, and Sgt. Maj. Michael Mullen roll up the HMEDDAC colors at a deactivation command ceremony in Heidelberg Friday. After nearly 70 years as a unit and 67 years at Nachrichten Kaserne, HMEDDAC history came to an end as U.S. Army Europe continues its transformation. On a hot, sunny morning, Clark and Crosland gave speeches, the USAREUR Brass Quintet provided the music and historian Christian F?hrer traced the linage of the unit and its history in Heidelberg. Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

As Col. Jeffrey Clark, right, commander of the Europe Regional Medical Command watches, Col. Telita Crosland, commander of Heidelberg Medical Department Activity, and Sgt. Maj. Michael Mullen roll up the HMEDDAC colors at a deactivation command ceremony in Heidelberg Friday. After nearly 70 years as a unit and 67 years at Nachrichten Kaserne, HMEDDAC history came to an end as U.S. Army Europe continues its transformation. On a hot, sunny morning, Clark and Crosland gave speeches, the USAREUR Brass Quintet provided the music and historian Christian F?hrer traced the linage of the unit and its history in Heidelberg.

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As Col. Jeffrey Clark, right, commander of the Europe Regional Medical Command watches, Col. Telita Crosland, commander of Heidelberg Medical Department Activity, and Sgt. Maj. Michael Mullen roll up the HMEDDAC colors at a deactivation command ceremony in Heidelberg Friday. After nearly 70 years as a unit and 67 years at Nachrichten Kaserne, HMEDDAC history came to an end as U.S. Army Europe continues its transformation. On a hot, sunny morning, Clark and Crosland gave speeches, the USAREUR Brass Quintet provided the music and historian Christian F?hrer traced the linage of the unit and its history in Heidelberg. Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Soldiers of the Heidelberg Medical Department Activity, representing deactivated health clinics under the HMEDDAC, salute during the unit's deactivation ceremony on Nachrichten Kaserne in Heidelberg, Friday. After nearly 70 years as a unit and 67 years at Nachrichten Kaserne, HMEDDAC history came to a end as U.S. Army Europe continues its transformation. 

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Soldiers of the Heidelberg Medical Department Activity, representing deactivated health clinics under the HMEDDAC, salute during the unit's deactivation ceremony on Nachrichten Kaserne in Heidelberg, Friday. After nearly 70 years as a unit and 67 years at Nachrichten Kaserne, HMEDDAC history came to a end as U.S. Army Europe continues its transformation. Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

The U.S. Army Europe Brass Quintet provided the music at the Heidelberg Medical Department Activity deactivation ceremony on Nachrichten Kaserne in Heidelberg, Friday. After nearly 70 years as a unit and 67 years at Nachrichten Kaserne, HMEDDAC history came to a end as U.S. Army Europe continues its transformation. 

Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes

The U.S. Army Europe Brass Quintet provided the music at the Heidelberg Medical Department Activity deactivation ceremony on Nachrichten Kaserne in Heidelberg, Friday. After nearly 70 years as a unit and 67 years at Nachrichten Kaserne, HMEDDAC history came to a end as U.S. Army Europe continues its transformation. Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Soldiers of the Heidelberg Medical Department Activity march off the Nachrichten Kaserne parade field for the final time at the conclusion of the unit's deactivation ceremony, Friday. After nearly 70 years as a unit and 67 years at Nachrichten Kaserne, HMEDDAC history came to an end as U.S. Army Europe continues its transformation. 

Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes

Soldiers of the Heidelberg Medical Department Activity march off the Nachrichten Kaserne parade field for the final time at the conclusion of the unit's deactivation ceremony, Friday. After nearly 70 years as a unit and 67 years at Nachrichten Kaserne, HMEDDAC history came to an end as U.S. Army Europe continues its transformation. Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

HEIDELBERG, Germany — The Heidelberg Medical Department Activity cased its colors at a deactivation ceremony Friday.

After nearly 70 years as a unit and 67 years at Nachrichten Kaserne, HMEDDAC slipped into the history books as U.S. Army Europe continues its transformation.

On a hot, sunny morning Col. Jeffrey Clark, commander of the Europe Regional Medical Command and the unit’s commander Col. Telita Crosland, gave speeches as present and former members of HMEDDAC watched. The USAREUR Brass Quintet provided music for the ceremony and historian Christian Führer traced the lineage of the unit and its history in Heidelberg.

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Mike is a photographer in Kaiserslautern, Germany. He has covered stories for Stripes throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Afghanistan. Born in Peoria, Ill., he graduated from DODEA’s now-defunct Frankfurt American High School.
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