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JTF-B medical team welcomes new commander

After taking command of the Joint Task Force-Bravo Medical Element here, Army Col. Michael Sigmon addressed those on hand June 25 at the Soto Cano Air Base Fire Department. Colonel Sigmond arrived from Fort Lewis where he served as a resident in preventive medicine. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shaun Emery.

After taking command of the Joint Task Force-Bravo Medical Element here, Army Col. Michael Sigmon addressed those on hand June 25 at the Soto Cano Air Base Fire Department. Colonel Sigmond arrived from Fort Lewis where he served as a resident in preventive medicine. U.S. Air Force photo by Martin Chahin.

Army Col. Michael Sigmon, left, assumes command of the Joint Task Force-Bravo Medical Element by taking the MEDEL guidon from Col. Christopher Hughes, JTF-B commander, June 25 at the Soto Cano Air Base Fire Department. The MEDEL mission is to provide health service support and mobile surgical teams to U.S. Forces deployed in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility and more than 560 airmen and soldiers at Soto Cano Air Base; to conduct medical readiness training exercises (MEDRETES); and to serve as liaison to Honduran Ministries of Health. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shaun Emery.

Army Col. Michael Sigmon, left, assumes command of the Joint Task Force-Bravo Medical Element by taking the MEDEL guidon from Col. Christopher Hughes, JTF-B commander, June 25 at the Soto Cano Air Base Fire Department. The MEDEL mission is to provide health service support and mobile surgical teams to U.S. Forces deployed in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility and more than 560 airmen and soldiers at Soto Cano Air Base; to conduct medical readiness training exercises (MEDRETES); and to serve as liaison to Honduran Ministries of Health. U.S. Air Force photo by Martin Chahin.

SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras -- The Medical Element for Joint Task Force-Bravo here held its change of command ceremony June 25, the fourth of five major supporting command leadership changes this month.

Army Col. Michael Sigmon assumed command from Army Lt. Col. Robert Pero during the ceremony at the Soto Cano Air Base fire station.

Colonel Sigmon arrived from Fort Lewis, Wash., where he served as a resident in Preventive Medicine.

"I'm looking forward to serving here for the next year," said Colonel Sigmon. "I'm excited to set the course for the fine men and women of MEDEL and to build on the successes from the past year."

Colonel Sigmon received his first commission through the Coast Guard Academy. He earned his bachelor's degree in Government. In 1985 he resigned his Coast Guard commission to study medicine on an Army scholarship, graduating in 1991.

Colonel Sigmon's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal and Coast Guard Expert Pistol Medal.

Colonel Pero departs Soto Cano AB and is being assigned as deputy chief of Clinical Services at Fort Polk, La.

The MEDEL mission is to provide health service support and mobile surgical teams to U.S. Forces deployed in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility and more than 560 airmen and soldiers at Soto Cano Air Base; to conduct medical readiness training exercises (MEDRETES); and to serve as liaison to Honduran Ministries of Health.

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