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In the early 2000s, Colonel Brandon Bowline commanded a medical company of the 10th Mountain Division, teaching soldiers about medical treatment in situations with limited resources.
"We did basically training in the field and all over the place with different organizations, enabling our brigade combat team," Col. Bowline said.
Col. Bowline is now leading the entire U.S. Army Medical Department Activity, or MEDDAC unit, on Fort Drum. He took over for Col. John McMurray, who's retiring after 25 years of service. This is the second change of command ceremony on Fort Drum in August, after Col. Dean Harrison took over as the post's garrison commander last week. Col. Bowline says his goal is to improve the close relationship between Fort Drum and area hospitals.
"We're absolutely excited about the health care model that we've got here and how intrinsically linked it is within the community."
The new MEDDAC commander says he's also happy to return to the North Country.
"So I don't have to worry about navigation or where to make a left or right turn on Route 342 or 11," he said. "I know exactly where it is we're going and I know the people here as well."
Colonel Bowline returns to Fort Drum after serving as operations chief at the MEDCOM Surgeon General's Office at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.