Col. Eric S. Edwards, commander, Evans Army Community Hospital, passes the colors to Lt. Col. Cristopher S. Besser as he assumes command of Evans ACH Troop Command during a change of command ceremony June 26. Besser and his wife April and their sons arrived from Fort Meade, Maryland where Besser served as the deputy commanding officer for Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center. (Photo by Alexandra Shea)
Members of the Evans Army Community Hospital bid farewell to the commander of Troop Command in a ceremony on June 26 on the west lawn.
Lt. Col. James S. Morrison relinquished his command to Lt. Col. Cristopher S. Besser as Soldiers, civilians and their Family members looked on.
“The Soldiers in front of you today represent over 450 personnel of almost every military rank, occupational specialty and area of concentration working throughout not only Evans ACH but its outlying clinics,” said Morrison. “It has been my privilege and honor to serve here and consider myself fortunate to have led this amazing organization.”
Melissa Morrison and three daughters attended the ceremony in support of their husband and father. Melissa was presented The Ivy Spouse award for her volunteerism to Troop Command. Morrison’s daughters, Autumn, Emma, and Allyson, were also awarded with the Brat Award for their support of their father before the start of the change of command ceremony.
“I know the demands were great these past months,” said Morrison to his family. “My words can never express what each of you mean to me and the love that I have for each of you.”
Morrison and his family will begin their move shortly to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, where he will become Madigan Army Medical Center’s chief information officer.
Lt. Col. Cristopher S. Besser assumed the role of Troop Command, commander. Along with his wife, April and three sons. Besser was welcomed with refreshments and cake by hospital staff and Soldiers.
“April and I are extremely excited to join the team,” said Besser. “We are excited to become active members of this great community, the Regional Health Command-Central family and to support the vital mission of Evans ACH.”
Besser arrived to Evans ACH from Ft. Meade, Maryland where he served as the deputy commanding officer for Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center.
Besser expressed his plan to continue to support the Troop Command Solders, programs and to continue to promote the high standard of care his Soldiers provide to the patients and staff of Evans ACH.
“Through education, training and experience, we will be ready,” said Besser. “To support our brothers and sisters, America’s sons and daughters …in garrison or combat.”
Besser explained during his speech his and April’s excitement to be stationed at Fort Carson, claiming the installation was one of their top choices and his eagerness to begin working in Troop Command and with the Soldiers.
“Lt. Col. Chris Besser has already displayed throughout his career a commitment to selfless service,” said Col. Eric S. Edwards, commander, Evans ACH. “Chris, our sincerest welcome to the Evans family. You are the right leader to take us to the next level in a very important time for Army medicine.”
The ceremony ended with the singing of the Army Song and a long line of Soldiers, civilians and family members who waited patiently to welcome Besser to Evans ACH and wish the Morrison family farewell as they embark on their next Army adventure.
“It has been my privilege and honor to serve here,” said Morrison. “I will always consider myself very fortunate to have led this amazing organization. Care with Honor …Steadfast and Loyal.”
Lt. Col. James A. Morrison thanks his family, coworkers and Evans Army Community Hospital Soldiers during his farewell speech June 26 on the hospital’s west lawn. Morrison relinquished his command of Troop Command to Lt. Col. Cristopher S. Besser during the change of command ceremony. Morrison, his wife Melissa and their three daughters will travel to Joint Base Lewis McChord where Morrison will become the chief information officer for Madigan Army Medical Center, Washington. (Photo by Alexandra Shea)
Lt. Col. James A. Morrison, outgoing commander of Troop Command, Col. Eric S. Edwards, commander, Evans Army Community Hospital, and Lt. Col. Cristopher S. Besser, incoming commander of Troop Command, participate in a change of command ceremony June 26 on the hospital’s west lawn. Ceremony attendees wished safe travels to Morrison and his family as they begin their next Army adventure and welcomed Besser and his family with cake and refreshments after the ceremony concluded. (Photo by Alexandra Shea)
Melissa Morrison accepts The Ivy Spouse award from Col. Eric S. Edwards, commander, Evans Army Community Hospital, during an award ceremony June 26. Melissa was awarded the honor for her volunteerism to the Soldiers and their Family members of Evans ACH Troop Command. (Photo by Alexandra Shea)