***image1***During the last year, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center saw an average of 1,000 patients per month. From tending to the wounds of downrange personnel to the retired and government employees, LRMC never missed a beat. The staff’s hard work and dedication was recognized with the Army Superior Unit Award.
The award was presented to LRMC on April 3 at Heaton Auditorium by Secretary of the Army Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker. He cited the work of LRMC’s staff as the reason for the award.
“You all here at Landstuhl have done such outstanding work in support of the missions in Iraq that I wanted to present you with this award,” said General Schoomaker.
“I am certainly proud to be associated with Landstuhl Regional Medical Center at this point in history,” said U.S. Army Col. Rhonda Cornum, LRMC commander. “I am proud of the Air Force and Army servicemembers who have pulled together to make this as successful as it has been.”
In addition to the award, Soldiers will wear the Superior Unit ribbon on class A uniforms.
“Anyone who was assigned or attached here between Sept. 11, 2001 – Sept. 11, 2003 will wear the ribbon,” said U.S. Army Maj. Carla Price, commander of Troop Command. “Anyone who came after that time will wear the ribbon only while here at Landstuhl.”
LRMC was nominated for the award by U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Elder Granger, commander of the European Comm-and. Once nominated, the Army chief of staff must approve the award. Then it usually takes between six to nine months for the award to be presented, said Major Price.
“We provide an incredible service,” she said. “Everything Landstuhl was asked to do, we did it in an outstanding way and never closed our doors to the beneficiary population. It’s nice to know that our work has been recognized.”
“This award is special to me because it was awarded by the chief of staff of the Army,” said LRMC Command Sgt. Maj. Craig Layton. “That’s something that doesn’t happen every day.”