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U.S. Army Europe officially got a new command surgeon Wednesday.

Col. Keith W. Gallagher replaced Brig. Gen. David A. Rubenstein during a change of command ceremony at USAREUR headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany. Rubenstein is being promoted to major general and will serve as the Army’s deputy surgeon general in Falls Church, Va.

Having held the USAREUR position since August 2006, Rubenstein previously served as assistant surgeon general for force protection.

“David came to this command with fire in his belly to take on the challenges of transforming health care in Europe. He’s done that magnificently,” Gen. David McKiernan, USAREUR commander, said of Rubenstein in a news release.

Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker, commander of U.S. Army Medical Command, awarded Rubenstein the Distinguished Service Medal.

Gallagher comes to Germany after serving as commander of Blanchfield Army Community Hospital at Fort Campbell, Ky., and has been nominated for promotion to brigadier general.

Gallagher was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Augusta College in 1978. He holds master’s degrees from Baylor University, Texas, the Army War College and the Army Command and General Staff College.

Like Rubenstein, Gallagher also will act as command surgeon for 7th Army and as commander of the Europe Regional Medical Command.

Employing 7,000 people, ERMC is responsible for ensuring the medical readiness of soldiers and managing health-care services for soldiers, families and other eligible beneficiaries. In addition, the command oversees the 30th Medical Brigade, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity in Bavaria and Heidelberg, and 21 outpatient clinics in Germany, Belgium and Italy.


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