New commander takes reins of Regional Health Command Europe, focus is on readiness
SEMBACH, Germany — Brig. Gen. Ronald T. Stephens assumed command Wednesday of Regional Health Command Europe, replacing Brig. Gen. Dennis P. LeMaster.
LeMaster leaves Sembach for Hawaii, where he will take command of Regional Health Command Pacific. Stephens most recently served as the Army Medical Command’s deputy chief of staff for support.
Stephens told Stars and Stripes at the change-of-command ceremony that his priority would be maintaining operational readiness.
“First and most important is always readiness,” he said. “So we’ll be working hard to make sure we’re maintaining and improving a medically ready force and a ready medical force.”
The regional health command has four subordinate commands — Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Medical Department Activity-Bavaria, Public Health Command Europe and Dental Health Command-Europe. There are also 11 outpatient medical clinics, 14 dental clinics and seven veterinary clinics.
The regional command’s reach includes all of Europe and stretches as far east as Turkey.