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Andrews and Bolling medical assets to combine in new wing

By LaDonna Bowen | 89th Medical Group Public Affairs | August 22, 2006

BOLLING AIR FORCE BASE, D.C. -- The 89th Medical Group from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and the 11th Medical Group at Bolling AFB are scheduled to combine into the 79th Medical Wing May 12.

Maj. Gen. Robert L. Smolen, the Air Force District of Washington commander, will preside over the wing activation ceremony at Andrews. Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Travis, 89th MDG commander, and Col. Brenda J. McEleney, 11th MDG commander, will relinquish command of their units at the ceremony.

General Travis will take command of the wing, headquartered at Malcolm Grow Medical Center on Andrews, and Colonel McEleney will command the new 579th MDG at Bolling.

This realignment of Air Force medical assets will help streamline processes in daily operations and contingencies.

The changes will not affect medical service on either installation, said Linda Card, AFDW public affairs director.

"Both medical facilities will continue to operate on their respective installations," she said. "If anything, service will improve as medical assets unify their resources within the National Capital Region."