TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — David Grant Medical Center got a new commander Monday when Col. (Dr.) Rawson Wood assumed command of the 60th Medical Group, according to a press release from the Travis Public Affairs Office.
Wood replaces Col. (Dr.) Kevin Connolly, who is going on a one-year deployment as NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan Surgeon General adviser.
Connolly concluded his two-year tour of duty at David Grant by saying he could not have done his job without the help of the military hospital’s entire staff.
“We have endured challenges, but together as a team, we were able to conquer those,” said Connolly in the press release, stressing that the staff’s work has been critical to David Grant’s and Travis’ success.
Wood comes to David Grant from command of the 51st Medical Group at Osan Air Base, South Korea, where his command met the medical needs of the 51st Fighter Wing and its 11,200 service members, dependents and civilian employees.
A New York native, Wood joined the Air Force in 1988 through the Air Force ROTC program after earning a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He was awarded his pilot’s wings in 1989 and in 1998, he earned a doctorate of medicine degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Services.
Wood told his new command that he was “eager to help you take care of our patients and provide for this community and the mission of the 60th Air Mobility Wing,” according to the release.
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