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News | June 29, 2022

Barquist Army Health Clinic welcomes new commander

By Michelle Gonzalez

Barquist Army Health Clinic, a clinic under the Fort Meade Medical Department Activity,  held a change of command ceremony June 14 on Fort Detrick, Maryland.

Lt. Col. Christopher Richelderfer assumed command of the health clinic from promotable Lt. Col. Johnathan J. Evans.

A native of Newport, Pennsylvania, Richelderfer graduated from Mount Saint Mary's University in 2005 and entered active military service as a Medical Service Corps officer. His previous assignment was as the Resource Management Deputy for the Medical Research and Development Command.

" I am so incredibly excited to join this fantastic team and its tradition of excellence," said Richelderfer during his remarks. "I am also humbled by the understanding that this high-functioning organization is just that: really high-functioning."

Earlier in the ceremony, Col. Tracy Michael, the Fort Meade MEDDAC commander and reviewing officer of the change of command ceremony, had a message for Richelderfer.

"Your strong leadership, your professional expertise and your exceptional reputation of always putting people first align perfectly with the culture here at Barquist."

Michael also touched upon Evans' time as commander.

"Lt. Col. Evans is a consummate leader and he has done a phenomenal job commanding Barquist over the past two years," Michael said. "It was John's leadership and steady hand here at Barquist that helped guide this community through the pandemic response, ensureing that we took care of our people so that they can take care of the mission."

In his remarks, Evans cited his pride as his time as commander.

"I am more than proud to say I am now the former commander of the great Barquist Army Health Clinic."
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