Photo By Laura Almaraz
The official party, outgoing McAfee U.S. Army Health Clinic Commander Lt. Col. Jordan V. Henderson III (left), William Beaumont Army Medical Center Commander Col. Michael S. Heimall (center), and incoming McAfee Health Clinic Commander Elba M. Villacorta, stands before a crowd gathered at a change of command ceremony July 11 at the McAfee Army Health Clinic.
By Adriana Salas
The McAfee Clinic welcomed a new commander to their new state of the art facility. After serving for two years as the McAfee Commander, Lt. Col. Jordan Henderson said farewell to the McAfee Clinic during a Change of Command Ceremony held outside of the clinic July 11. Lt. Col. Elba M. Villacorta assumed command of the WSMR clinic.
“Changes in command are always bittersweet… but we get to welcome a new leader with a fresh perspective who can build upon the foundation that were set by those who came before,” said William Beaumont Army Medical Center Commander and host of the event Col. Michael S. Heimall.
Villacorta was commissioned into the Army in 1997. She holds a master’s degree in nursing administration from the University of Texas Health Science in San Antonio. She is married to Lt. Col. Jason Grant the couple has a daughter, Maria, who is 13.
Villacorta is no stranger to serving at a commanding level in 2004 she assumed command of Brooke Army Medical Center. She was also in charge of over 1,000 lieutenants in 2010 at the U.S. Army Human Resources Command as an assignment officer. Most recently, Villacorta served as the executive officer for the 3rd Medical Recruiting Battalion. During the ceremony, Heimall welcomed Villacorta to her new role and assured the WSMR community that the clinic rests in good hands.
“You’ve got big shoes to fill. I am confident that you are the right leader to take this challenge,” Heimall said of Villacorta.
Heimall also took the time to bid farewell to the outgoing McAfee commander. Henderson oversaw the construction of the new clinic, and an Inspector General and Army Reactor Council Nuclear Surety inspections. Heimall said Henderson fostered a delivery experience that ranks the clinic among the top two within the western regional medical command based on patient surveys. Henderson’s new assignment will be at Joint Base Lewis- McChord as a commander for the 56th Multifunctional Medical Battalion.
“Thank you for all that you have done and congratulations on a tremendously successful tour,” Heimall said of Henderson.
Henderson said his final farewells to the installation during the ceremony. He said a special farewell to the Post Chapel community.
“Thank you for all that you have done to support me and my family,” Henderson said of the Installation Chaplain Lt. Col. Bradley West.
“It’s hard to believe that two years have gone by. You come to work each day striving to be the best,” Henderson said.
The ceremony ended with Villacorta taking to the podium as the new clinic commander then officially taking charge of the clinic.
“Thank you for the warm welcome and the outstanding ceremony. We look forward to our time here,” Villacorta said.
A reception, where the clinic covenant was signed, was held at the front lobby of the clinic after the ceremony.