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Fort Gordon is losing two commanders

Two Fort Gordon commanders will be leaving the post this month.

Brig. Gen. Donald M. Bradshaw, the commanding general of Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center and the Southeastern Regional Medical Command, will retire, and Col. John Holwick, Fort Gordon's garrison commander, will take a new position in Washington.

"Four years went very fast," said Brig. Gen. Bradshaw, who will relinquish command at 8 a.m. July 17 in a ceremony at Barton Field.

Brig. Gen. Bradshaw reflected on the many accomplishments of the hospital.

Last month, the hospital underwent its three-year accreditation with a team a five surveyors visiting. The final report has not been filed, but Brig. Gen. Bradshaw feels confident.

"Three of them had no military experience, and they were extremely impressed with Army medicine and military medicine. Two were with the military. They were very proud of what we could do and continue to do to improve. The survey went phenomenally well," he said.

Brig. Gen. Bradshaw is also proud of the unique partnership between Eisenhower and the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, which operates a wing for active-duty military.

Brig. Gen. Bradshaw said he plans to stay in the Augusta area and spend time with his family. In his current position, he has had to travel often.

Col. Holwick has been at Fort Gordon for three years. The garrison commander is like a city administrator, managing people as well as infrastructure.

Construction projects have abounded during Col. Holwick's tour. Housing upgrades and the construction of new barracks and offices for the Warrior Transition Battalion have highlighted his time. Also, Balfour Beatty, the Army's private housing contractor, has completed 310 new housing units on post.

Col. Holwick will leave to become the inspector general of Installation Management Command. He said he will miss the Augusta community.

"You see the support every day," he said. "It's in the obvious things such as Augusta Cares, the USO Show, Take a Soldier Fishing Day.

''That's just the tip. One-third you see; two-thirds you don't see. They give us support you don't hear about -- from the mayors down to those who say, 'Thank you for your service.' "

Col. Holwick's change-of-command ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m. July 27 at the Signal Towers flagpole.

Reach Charmain Brackett at charmain.brackett@augustachronicle.com.


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