44th Medical Brigade

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44th Medical Brigade
44th Medical Command SSI.svg
Shoulder sleeve insignia
Active 30 December 1965 – 19 March 1973
21 September 1974 – present
Country US
Branch Regular Army
Garrison/HQ Fort Bragg
Nickname(s) Dragon Medics
Engagements Vietnam War
Operation Urgent Fury
Operation Just Cause
Operation Desert Storm
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
COL Paula C. Lodi

BG Hal B. Jennings
BG Spurgeon Neel
BG James B. Peake

BG George Weightman
Distinctive unit insignia 44th Medical Command DUI.svg

The 44th Medical Brigade is a US Army unit located at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, providing health care and medical services to the Fort Bragg community, and continuing training in its combat support mission.

Command Group[edit]

  • Commander: COL Paula C. Lodi
  • Command Sergeant Major: CSM Kristopher A. Rick

Former Commanders[edit]

COL James A. Wier April 1966-June 1966[1]
BG Ray L. Miller June 1966-July 1967[2]
BG Glenn J. Collins July 1967-August 1968[3]
BG Spurgeon Neel August 1968-February 1969[4]
BG Hal B. Jennings February 1969-June 1969[5]
BG David E. Thomas[6]
COL France F. Jordan July 1976-December 1977[7]
COL John W. Lowe July 1980-Jun 1983
COL James R. Wilson III Jun 1983 July 1985
COL Bruce T. Miketinac July 1985-July 1987[8]
COL Thomas C. Scofield July 1987-June 1989
COL Jerome V. Foust June 1989-October 1991[9]
COL Myung Kim October 1991-April 1992
BG James B. Peake April 1992-November 1994
BG Harold L. Timboe November 1994-March 1997
BG Darrel R. Porr March 1997-May 1999
BG Kenneth L. Farmer Jr. May 1999-September 2000
COL Edgar B. "Butch" Murphy (Acting) September 2000-April 2001

Redesignated 44th Medical Command on October 16, 2001[edit]

BG C. William Fox, Jr. April 2001-July 2003
BG George W. Weightman July 2003-August 2004[10]
BG Elder Granger August 2004-December 2005[11]
BG Phillip Volpe December 2005-January 2008[12]
COL Ronald A. Maul -April 2010[13]

Redesignated 44th Medical Brigade on 24 April 2010[edit]

COL Donald R. West April 2010-June 2012[14][15]
COL Jeffrey Johnson June 2012-June 2014[16][17]
COL Michael J. Talley June 2014-June 2016


  • Constituted 1965-12-30 in the Regular Army as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 44th Medical Brigade.
  • Activated 1965-12-30 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas
  • Arrived in Vietnam on 1966-03-18, and was located at Saigon, Vietnam.
  • Brigade became Operational on 1966-05-01.
  • Brigade headquarters relocated to Long Binh, Vietnam.
  • 44th Medical Brigade was Consolidated with the U.S. Army Medical Command, Vietnam (Provisional) at Long Binh on 1970-12-14.
  • Command was reorganized and redesignated the U.S. Army Health Services Group, Vietnam on 1972-04-30 at Long Binh.
  • Inactivated 1973-03-18 at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.
  • Redesignated as the 44th Medical Brigade and Activated 1974-09-21 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
  • Redesignated 1976-06-21 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 44th Medical Brigade.[18]
  • Reorganized and Redesignated 44th Medical Command on 2001-10-16
  • Reorganized and Redesignated 44th Medical Brigade on 2010-04-24


Campaign participation credit[edit]

  1. Counteroffensive;
  2. Counteroffensive, Phase II;
  3. Counteroffensive, Phase III;
  4. Tet Counteroffensive;
  5. Counteroffensive, Phase IV;
  6. Counteroffensive, Phase V;
  7. Counteroffensive, Phase VI;
  8. Tet 69/Counteroffensive;
  9. Summer-Fall 1969;
  10. Winter-Spring 1970;
  11. Sanctuary Counteroffensive;
  12. Counteroffensive, Phase VII[19]
  • Southwest Asia:
  1. Defense of Saudi Arabia;
  2. Liberation and Defense of Kuwait


  1. VIETNAM 1968–1969[20]
  2. VIETNAM 1969–1970[21]
  3. SOUTHWEST ASIA 1990-1991[22]
  4. SOUTHWEST ASIA 2004-2005[23]
  5. SOUTHWEST ASIA 2008-2009[24]
  1. VIETNAM 1969–1970[25][26]


Shoulder sleeve insignia[edit]

  • Description: On a white shield within a 18 inch (0.32 cm) white border 2 inches (5.1 cm) in width overall a four-pointed gold star (with longer vertical points) superimposed on a maroon four-pointed star (points saltirewise and all of equal length) between two maroon flanks.
  • Symbolism:
  1. Maroon and white are the colors used for the Army Medical Service.
  2. The gold star superimposed over the maroon star is symbolic of the unit’s mission of command and control over medical units.
  3. The four points of each taken together allude to the organization’s numerical designation.
  • Background:
  1. This insignia was originally approved for the 44th Medical Brigade on 1966-10-05.
  2. The shoulder sleeve insignia was redesignated for the 44th Medical Command on 2001-08-06.
  3. The insignia was redesignated for the 44th Medical Brigade with the description updated effective 16 April 2010.[27]
  • From 1995 to 2010, members of the brigade wore a blue airborne tab with white lettering above their shoulder sleeve insignia. While sanctioned by the XVIII Airborne Corps, the tab was never approved for wear by the US Army Institute of Heraldry.

Distinctive unit insignia[edit]

  • Description: A silver color metal and enamel device 1 18 inches (2.9 cm) in diameter consisting of a silver saltire (cross), the four arms equal and with straight ends, surmounted by a maroon cross, the four arms equal and with arched ends.
  • Symbolism: Maroon and white (silver) are the colors used for the Army Medical Service and the two crosses refer to the medical and surgical mission of the organization while the four arms of each cross taken together allude to the organization’s numerical designation.
  • Background:
  1. This insignia was originally approved for the 44th Medical Brigade on 1966-08-12.
  2. The distinctive unit insignia was redesignated for the 44th Medical Command on 2001-08-06.
  3. The insignia was redesignated for the 44th Medical Brigade with the description updated effective 16 April 2010.[28]

Beret flash[29][edit]

  • Description: On a maroon shield-shaped embroidered item with a semi-circular base 2 1/4 inches (5.72 cm) in height and 1 7/8 inches (4.76 cm) in width overall and edged with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) white border, a white vertical lozenge on the vertical center line.
  • Background:
  1. This insignia was originally approved for the 44th Medical brigade on 1995-08-01.
  2. The beret flash was cancelled by the Institute of Heraldry effective 2010-08-16.
  3. Colors: White #67101; Maroon #67114
  4. Institute of Heraldry drawing number A-4-163.

Background trimming[30][edit]

  • Description: On a maroon oval-shaped embroidered item 1 3/8 inches (3.49 cm) in height and 2 1/4 inches (5.72 cm) in width edged with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) white border, a white vertical lozenge on the vertical center line.
  • Background:
  1. This insignia was originally approved for the 44th Medical brigade on 1995-08-01.
  2. The background trimming was cancelled by the Institute of Heraldry effective 2010-08-16.
  3. Colors: White #67101; Maroon #67114.
  4. Institute of Heraldry drawing number A-6-181.


The 44th Medical Brigade was formed on 30 December 1965 and was activated on 1 January 1966 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The brigade deployed to Vietnam, where it participated in 12 of the 17 campaigns, including Counteroffensive, Counteroffensive Phases II through VII, Tet Counteroffensive; Summer-Fall 1969; Winter-Spring 1970, and the Sanctuary Counteroffensive.

In March, 1970, the 44th Medical Brigade merged with the United States Army, Vietnam Surgeon’s Office to form the Medical Command, Vietnam (Provisional). The brigade's colors returned to the United States in December 1970. During the brigade’s Vietnam tour, it was awarded two Meritorious Unit Commendation Streamers embroidered "Vietnam 1968-1969" and “Vietnam 1969–1970.” It was also awarded the Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class by the government of the Republic of Vietnam. Additionally, two members of the brigade were awarded the Medal of Honor for their service in Vietnam, Major Patrick Henry Brady and Chief Warrant Officer Michael J. Novosel.

On 19 March 1973, the 44th Medical Brigade was inactivated at Fort Meade, Maryland. The brigade was reactivated on 21 September 1974 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, assigned to the XVIII Airborne Corps. The 44th Medical Brigade deployed in support of XVIII Airborne Corps operations in Grenada, Panama, and Iraq, the last of which earned the brigade another Meritorious Unit Commendation. On 16 July 1993, the brigade became a separate major subordinate command with a general officer commanding. Following the reorganization, the 44th Medical Brigade participated in Operation Uphold Democracy, Operation Enduring Freedom, and most recently, Operation Iraqi Freedom. The brigade has also participated in hurricane relief efforts, including those following Hurricane Andrew, Hurricane Katrina, and Hurricane Rita. The brigade was converted to a Medical Command on 16 October 2001 and became a multi-component unit. While at Fort Bragg the brigade had become an Airborne unit, but as part of its conversion the 44th lost this designation. Only headquarters elements and a very limited number of its subordinate units had actually been on jump status, and the reorganization to a command removed headquarters elements from jump status. The unit was redesignated as the 44th Medical Brigade on 21 April 2010.[31]

Subordinate units[edit]

Vietnam (Incomplete)[edit]

Southwest Asia[edit]

Operation Desert Shield[40]

Operation Desert Storm[41]

Iraq 2004-2005[edit]

  • Headquarters Company, 44th Medical Command
  • 86th Combat Support Hospital
  • 228th Combat Support Hospital
  • 32nd Medical Battalion
  • 36th Medical Battalion
  • 261st Medical Battalion
  • 36TH Medical Company
  • 54TH Medical Company
  • 128TH Medical Company
  • 141ST Medical Company
  • 313TH Medical Company
  • 464TH Medical Company
  • 546TH Medical Company
  • 547TH Medical Company
  • 581ST Medical Company
  • 1065TH Medical Company
  • 1159TH Medical Company
  • 12TH Medical Detachment
  • 43D Medical Detachment
  • 44TH Medical Detachment
  • 55TH Medical Detachment
  • 102D Medical Detachment
  • 155TH Medical Detachment
  • 373D Medical Detachment
  • 555TH Medical Detachment
  • 571ST Medical Detachment
  • 745TH Medical Detachment
  • 793D Medical Detachment
  • 988TH Medical Detachment

Iraq 2008-2009 (incomplete)[edit]

  • Headquarters Company, 44th Medical Command
  • 421st Medical Battalion
    • 165th Medical Detachment
    • 166th Medical Detachment
    • 176th Medical Detachment
    • 207th Medical Detachment
    • 215th Medical Company
    • 256th Medical Company
    • 360th Medical Detachment
    • 4645th Medical Company
    • 507th Medical Detachment
    • 520th Medical Company
    • 601st Medical Company
    • 690th Medical Company


Units of the 44th Medical Brigade:[43]


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  29. ^ U.S. Army Institute or Heraldry drawing number A-4-163 and cover letter dated 1995-08-08
  30. ^ U.S. Army Institute or Heraldry drawing number A-6-181 and cover letter dated 1995-08-08
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