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Col. Carla G. Hawley-Bowland took command of the Army’s Europe Regional Medical Command during a ceremony Thursday at Nachrichten Kaserne in Heidelberg, Germany.

Hawley-Bowland, who becomes command surgeon for U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army, took the reins from Brig. Gen. Elder Granger.

Granger is moving to Fort Bragg, N.C., to become commander of the 44th Medical Command.

ERMC is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Medical Command, headquartered at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. It is responsible for the operation of medical treatment facilities in Germany, Belgium and Italy.

Hawley-Bowland’s previous assignment was as MEDCOM deputy director for Health Policy and Services, chief consultant for MEDCOM and chief of the Clinical Services Division in San Antonio.

She expressed excitement at being in Europe and thanked Granger for presenting her with a “dynamic, growing organization.”

Addressing members of the command for the first time, she said, “As the Army continues to transform to meet the requirements for an ever-changing world situation, we will face many transitions and challenges.

“As we traverse this winding trail, we must care for ourselves and for each other to be ready for the road ahead. Hopefully, we will find some fun along the way to lighten our load. Together, with flexibility and accountability, we will face and conquer the demanding tasks ahead, always doing the right thing for soldiers.”

During his parting remarks, Granger described this day as bittersweet.

“This is a very difficult moment for me,” he said. “My service as a commander, the command surgeon and as the Tricare Europe lead agent has been among the most personally and professionally rewarding experiences of my life.”

Granger told the crowd that he took pride in this command and in serving the European community.

“This great command team has a reputation of never, never forgetting the soldier and for always doing routine things routinely well.”

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