The Western Regional Medical Command welcomed its new commanding general in a ceremony Oct. 31. Brigadier General John M. Cho received the unit colors from the Armys surgeon general and U.S. Army Medical Command commanding general, Lt. Gen. Patricia D, Horoho.
Cho took the reigns from Maj. Gen. Richard W. Thomas, who had led the region since March 2010.
Chos responsibilities include oversight of the 11 Army military treatment facilities and 11 Warrior Transition Units across the entire 20-state region and the Armys health care delivery to nearly 400,000 active, National Guard and Reserve Soldiers, their families, retirees and their family members.
Cho comes to JBLM from U.S. Army Medical Command, where he served as the deputy commander for support. He co-authored the surgeon generals plan to provide world-class health care for the Army of 2020. Cho is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md. His command assignments include Landstuhl Army Medical Center, six Army MTFs across Europe, and Evans Army Community Hospital at Fort Carson, Colo.
During the ceremony, Command Sgt. Maj. Marshall L. Huffman assumed responsibility as the regions command sergeant major. Huffman is the former command sergeant major for Army Medicines southern region and Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas.
Thomas moves on to become director of health operations for the newly established Defense Health Agency in Washington, D.C.