U.S. Army Europe Headquarters based on Clay Kaserne welcomed Lt. Gen. Nadja West, Army Surgeon General, June 23, as a part of her visit to select installations in the region.
“This has been a great visit,” said West. “The mission that we have here for Army medicine in Europe is very unique and very challenging but the team here is up for the task. I am very proud of what they do for our Army here in Europe and for our Army in general.”
West, a graduate of the United States Military Academy, is the first female to earn the rank of lieutenant general from West Point.
Additionally, she is the first black female lieutenant general.
While she has undoubtedly set the bar high, it was not above her to spend time at Clay Kaserne’s health clinic, meeting with the Soldiers and civilians working behind the scenes to ensure every patient was cared for with the utmost attention.
One of these Soldiers is Spc. Robert Matson, a health care specialist, who not only met West but had the opportunity to raise his right hand and repeat the Oath of Enlistment led by the general.
West will continue her tour in Europe meeting with other health commands in the area and building relationships with those on her Army medical team.