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Hospital welcomes, farewells command sergeants major

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By ANDRE BUTLER

Public Affairs Officer

The 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo., surgeon command sergeant major be- came the senior enlisted advisor of Ireland Army Community Hospital during a change of responsibility ceremony July 29 at Natcher Physical Fitness Center on Fort Knox.

Command Sgt. Maj. Todd Garner replaces Command Sgt. Maj. Iteago Felton, who will retire during a ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., later this summer after 32 years of military service.

“Although bittersweet, it is a great Army day as we witnessed the tradition of passing the unit colors between two outstanding noncommissioned officers symbolizing the transfer of command responsibility,” said Col. Matthew Rettke, MEDDAC commander.

“And as I look out at the Soldiers in formation I see an embodiment of what Command Sergeant Major Felton has meant to the organization,” Rettke said.

“He has been a consummate professional as he coached, mentored and led the Soldiers and civilians of our organization. And after 32 years of devoted service to our grateful nation, he deserves a happy and restful retirement.”

Garner takes responsibility after 23 years of service. He has held assignments ranging from a medical specialist at Basset Army Community Hospital at Fort Wainwright, Ark. and first sergeant of Headquarters Company, 704th Brigade Support Battalion at Fort Carson, Colo., to brigade operations command sergeant major, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Carson.

“I am pleased to welcome the arrival of Command Sergeant Major Garner,” Rettke said. “Once again the Army has gotten it right as we transition key leaders within the MEDDAC. He has a proven record of performance in numerous key leadership positions both stateside and overseas and in both garrison and deployed environment,” the commander said. “I am confident our hospital staff is in good hands as we gain an outstanding leader equipped to take the organization to the next level with whatever challenges lie ahead.”

Garner is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Airlift Planner Course, the Cardiac Life Support and Field Sanitation Course, the Master Fitness Trainer Course, the Battle Staff Course, the Air Assault Course, and the Sergeants Major Course.

His awards and decorations include: three Bronze Star Medals, three Meritorious Service Medals, the Army Superior Unit Award, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals with combat stars, two Iraq Campaign Medals with combat stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Gold German Schützenschnur Badge. Garner is also member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara.

During his speech Garner let those attending the ceremony know his primary focus for his new position.

“Our number one priority is providing world class health care to our nation’s warriors, both past and present, and their families,” he said. “And “I look forward to seeing how our professional staff contributes to this fantastic organization’s mission.”

Garner is married to Kanina Garner of Alexandria, La. They have two children, daughter, Brinkley—14 and, son, Zane—11.