The commander of the Army Western Regional Medical Command will soon leave Fort Lewis to become the service’s deputy surgeon general, the Pentagon announced this week.
It’s the third assignment for Maj. Gen. Patricia Horoho since July 2008. The man who will replace her, Maj. Gen. Philip Volpe, is no stranger to Fort Lewis: He previously served as commander of the 62nd Medical Brigade.
Horoho arrived at Fort Lewis last July as commander of both the six-state medical region, Madigan Army Medical Center and the Army Nurse Corps.
She relinquished command of the hospital in August amid the region’s expansion to 20 states. Horoho will remain as chief of the Nurse Corps when she takes her new job next year, which is based in northern Virginia.
A region spokesperson did not return a voicemail seeking more information about the timing of the change of command, which is expected in the first half of next year.
Volpe is serving as deputy commander of the Maryland-based Joint Task Force-National Capital Region Medical. The New York native is a family-medicine physician who has served in the Army since 1983.
He has deployed to Panama, Somalia, Haiti and numerous classified special operations missions, according to an online biography.