McAfee U.S. Army Health Clinic changed command from outgoing commander Lt. Col. Elba M. Villacorta to incoming Commander Lt. Col. Brian K. Weisgram July 7 in a ceremony inside McAfee Clinic.
William Beaumont Army Medical Center Commander Col. John A. Smyrski III welcomed guests and Weisgram to White Sands Missile Range and the WBAMC family as he fare welled Villacorta.
“This McAfee team has accomplished much during Lt. Col. Villacorta’s tenure as commander,” Smyrski said.
Smyrski went on to highlight some of McAfee’s accomplishments under Villacorta’s leadership, to include supporting the Bataan Memorial Death March where she led over 400 volunteers.
Smyrski thanked McAfee Soldiers and civilians for their support during Villacorta’s leadership and encouraged them to continue to give their full support to incoming Commander Weisgram.
“I am confident you will continue to excel in all you do,” he said.
“This clinic has a history of exceeding the standards in every inspection. In November 2015 McAfee successfully completed an extremely demanding inspector general inspection with outstanding results. With the lead inspector stating, following the inspections, that this organization was the best he has ever seen. Wow!”
Smyrski wished Villacorta the best of luck as she begins her assignment in California.
Smyrski then moved on to welcome Weisgram and his family. “He is a proven Army Nurse Corp leader with a wealth of clinical operational and combat experience.”
“I’m confident that McAfee U.S. Army Health Clinic, under the leadership of Lt. Col. Weisgram, will continue its strong history of excellence in providing for the health and welfare of the White Sands Missile Range.”
Villacorta thanked her family and WSMR community for attending the ceremony.
“It has been my great honor, privilege and joy to serve as commander here on White Sands Missile Range.”
She thanked Col. Smyrski for providing top cover and for supporting the clinic with its two main missions. “We felt part of the WBAMC System.”
Weisgram thanked Villacorta for leaving him such a great institution and the community for attending.
“I could not ask for a better change of command and I thank you for allowing me into your family,” he said. “We have one mission and that is to be the best at what we do.”