Army Surgeon General, Lt. Gen. Nadja West, recently visited Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital and the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk. The visit, a first for West to Fort Polk, centered on the hospital and the impact it plays here and in the surrounding communities.

Army Surgeon General, Lt. Gen. Nadja West, recently visited Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital and the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk. The visit, a first for West to Fort Polk, centered on the hospital and the impact it plays here and in the surrounding communities.

During a town hall meeting, she stated that everyone contributes to readiness. “Readiness is (Army Chief of Staff) General (Mark) Milley's top priority,” she said to a crosssection of BJACH staff.

“It's a strategic goal. I’ve heard good things about this facility and its Soldiers. You are down at the grass roots level, where things happen. All members of the team contribute to readiness and help meet the mission,” she continued. “BJACH has a good professional reputation and is highly admired on this installation.”

West said the Army Medical Command is transforming and changes can be expected.

“While there are still a lot of decisions to be made, it's a work in progress,” she said. “The military is evolving to meet the future needs of the nation and we too must develop the capabilities to be ready for the future. There are many challenges ahead and we can learn from each other through collaboration and sharing the lessons learned."

West encouraged those in attendance to maximize their potential by ensuring Soldiers are trained.

“That training should be tailored to what's needed,” she said. “Individual competency and team training are great ways to achieve this goal.”

West and MEDDCOM  Command Sgt. Maj. Gerald Ecker, presented five outstanding Soldiers and civilians with a coin: Maj. Megan Riley, sports medicine physician; Capt. Gene Duplantier, patient centered medical home chief nurse; Spc. Tanner Allen, behavioral health specialist; Melissa Box, Health, Education Services Department health system assistant; and Tonya McCartney, behavioral health nurse case manager.