New 8th Medical Group Hawk “takes flight”

by Staff Sgt. Victoria H. Taylor, 8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Stripes Korea

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- U.S. Air Force Col. Joann Palmer relinquished command of the 8th Medical Group to Col. Robert D. Peltzer during a change of command ceremony at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, June 13, 2018.

Col. John Bosone, 8th Fighter Wing commander, presided over the event and noted the accomplishments during the past year and the continuing successes of the medical group.

“In the last year, Col. Palmer, you led the Medical Group to amazing levels of readiness during a time of crisis and you did it exceptionally well,” said Bosone. “I see the passion in your eyes when you talk about your team, and it is apparent how much you care about every Airman in your group.”

Bosone presented Palmer with the Legion of Merit, and afterwards, Palmer expressed her gratitude toward the Wolf Pack for their dedication and commitment to the mission.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the accomplishments of our group,” said Palmer. “It was truly an honor and privilege to be called to serve as the 49th Hawk and be a part of the legendary Wolf Pack.”

The 8th MDG is responsible for the medical care of approximately 2,800 active duty personnel and also maintains a specialty care network partnering with several civilian and military heath care facilities.

“To the men and women of the 8th Medical Group, I thank you for welcoming me as your new commander,” said Peltzer. “Our group is comprised of less than 200 taking care of more than 2,000, therefore we need to remain laser focused on providing trusted care to the remain 90 percent of the base so they are ready to fight tonight!”

Peltzer comes to the 8th FW from the Air Force Medical Operations Agency, Joint Base San Antonio Lackland-Kelly, Texas where he was Chief, Health Benefits Division and Deputy Director.

“We are fortunate to have a fantastic leader, Col. Peltzer to take command of the mighty medical group,” said Bosone.

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