ASH(HA)’s Farewell Message

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MHS Team:

As I wind down my last day with the Department, I want to thank everyone throughout the Military Health System (MHS) for the distinct privilege of working with you these past three and a half years. I am grateful for all you do day-in and day-out to support the MHS and advance its mission to ensure the U.S. Military deploys a “Ready Medical Force” and a “Medically Ready Force”. Each day I have watched so many do whatever it takes to complete that mission and to do so with passion, honor, integrity, and an extraordinary work ethic.

Together, we have accomplished incredible things while experiencing the most transformational changes the system has seen in over 30 years. We launched the deployment of a truly enterprise-wide electronic health record. We began execution of the plan to completely overhaul the manner by which DoD operates and manages its hospitals, outpatient facilities, and dental clinics. And, during these past 11 months, we have effectively and quickly marshalled the enormous assets of the MHS to support the Department’s and the Nation’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

I am deeply proud of all that you have accomplished and am truly honored to have been given the opportunity to be part of your MHS team. My time with the Department and with the MHS has been the most fulfilling of my professional life, and I am grateful to each of you for that. Thank you for your service to the MHS, to the Department, and to our Nation, and thank you for the privilege of allowing me to serve with you. I wish you all the best for 2021 and beyond!


Tom McCaffery
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs
1200 Defense Pentagon
Suite 3E1070
Washington, D.C. 20301

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