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The Dragon Dogs family (106th Medical, Veterinary Services and Public Health Activity Korea) held a changing of the guard at Humphreys on June 4, 2021 when outgoing Commandant Dr. (Lt. Col.) Patti Glen’s coat from. handed over responsibility to Dr. (Lt. Col.) Lauren Pecher.
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The ‘Dragon Dogs’ family (106th Medical Detachment-Veterinary Service Support and Public Health Activity Korea) held a changing of the guard at Humphreys on June 4, 2021 when outgoing Commanding Officer (Dr.) Lt. Col. Patti Glen handed the coat over to the incoming commandant (above) Dr. (Lt. Col.) Lauren Pecher.
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The Dragon Dogs family (106th Medical, Veterinary Services and Public Health Activity Korea) held a changing of the guard at Humphreys on June 4, 2021 when outgoing Commandant Dr.  (Lt. Col.) Patti Glen's coat from.  handed over responsibility to Dr.  (Lt. Col.) Lauren Pecher.  Here Col. Dave Zimmerman, left, Commandant of the 65th Medical Brigade, speaks with Glen after her outgoing award ceremony prior to the change of command.








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The Dragon Dogs family (106th Medical, Veterinary Services and Public Health Activity Korea) held a changing of the guard on Humphreys on June 4, 2021 when outgoing Commandant Dr. (Lt. Col.) Patti Glen’s coat from. handed over responsibility to Dr. (Lt. Col.) Lauren Pecher. Here Col. Dave Zimmerman, left, Commandant of the 65th Medical Brigade, speaks with Glen after her outgoing award ceremony prior to the change of command.
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PYEOUNGTAEK, South Korea – The ‘Dragon Dogs’ family (106th Medical Division, Veterinary Service and Public Health Activity Korea) stopped at Humphreys on June 4, 2021 as outgoing Commandant Dr. (Lt. Col.) Patti a changing of the guard from Glen handed responsibility to Dr. (Lt. Col.) Lauren Pecher.

During Glen’s two-year tenure as the commandant of the 106th Veterinary Division and Public Health Activity Korea, her soldiers took advantage of opportunities for self-development and opportunities to help others.

They worked countless hours in various forms of volunteering helping others with no thought of personal appreciation as they continued their mission despite the many COVID-19 constraints and challenges.

As the change of command verification officer, Col. Dave Zimmerman, commander of the 65th Medical Brigade, commented on and praised the department for working diligently and quietly behind the scenes, keeping everyone on the peninsula healthy during this global pandemic.

As a forward-deployed and geographically dispersed Army Veterinary Division, soldiers of the 106th can protect the force every day, inspecting products, validating waterworks, inspecting bakeries and commissioners, running the theater food laboratory, and tending to working dogs and providing compassionate care and travel documents for the myriad pets of family members.

“With ancestry dating back to 1944, the Division continues its meritorious service in supporting United States Forces Korea by caring for over 60 military working dogs and caring for over 6,000 privately owned animals across the peninsula To ensure their well-being and their readiness to evacuate the peninsula during the transition to hostilities, “Zimmerman said.

In addition to looking after pets and four-legged heroes who serve side by side with service members, the team indirectly cares for everyone by inspecting every canteen, dining room, restaurant, and the Army and Air Force Exchange refreshment points on the peninsula to ensure that all food is safe for purchase and human consumption.

“The 106th is part of a strong and growing network of allies, partners and friends across the peninsula,” said Zimmerman. “No unit is more creative, more resilient and quickly adapts to the high pace of its mission with initiative than the ‘Dragon Dogs’.”

In the past two years, under Glen’s leadership, the organization has grown and achieved remarkable results, Zimmerman said.

The 106th has endorsed the Noncombatant Evacuation Plan for Pet Evacuation, advised the Status of Forces Agreement Committee, deployed to naval bases and served on Air Force facilities while maintaining public health in a complex international environment.

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 106th task force was available, who were the only local medical authorities to coordinate with a large number of authorities at hotspots in the installation.

As Commanding Officer, Glen has an agreement with the Seoul National University Veterinary Hospital to provide timely advanced care for military working dogs as well as establishing local emergency MWD treatment with Daegu clinics while reactivating MWD evacuation drills for remote locations without veterinary assistance.

Glen achieved the very first six month internship with the Republic of Korea Veterinary Corps by integrating an officer from the ROK Veterinary Corps into the unit. Zimmerman commended Glen for not only improving the Alliance, but also creating a shared understanding of mission statements and ways to improve interoperability.

“As true evidence and confirmation of her commitment to excellence, she campaigned for the renewed SOFA MOU between the 106th / PHA-K and the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to ensure that all meat and meat imported from the US Fresh fruit and vegetables comply with the regulations. with ROK requirements ”, praised Zimmerman.

“She regularly hired local animal transporters, facilitated the pet PCS process for families, and created a local shelter agreement to enable community programs to provide safe sanctuary for abandoned pets and improve welfare and adoption of unwanted animals,” added Zimmerman .

Glen spoke of her challenging and demanding role as the most rewarding of her career to date.

“The merit of the achievements of this department belongs to every ‘dragon dog’; You all have exceeded my expectations on a daily basis, despite our complex mission, and for that I am proud of each and every one of you, “she said.” We work in a unit where everyone does the work of two people to keep busy and never fail your mission. Be proud of your achievements and the excellent reputation you have earned. “

Glen is leaving Korea with her husband, Lt. Col. David Glen, 65th Medical Brigade S-1, for the east coast where she will serve as the commander of the Public Health Activity Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

The new commanding officer, Dr. (Lt. Col.) Lauren Pecher, joins Team 106 after serving as commandant of the Public Health Activity San Diego, California. She is led by her husband Martin Michel and their children Tristan and accompanies Keara.

“I look forward to the future successes of this department and feel humble to lead and address its many dynamics,” said Pecher.

Zimmerman noted that Pecher was the right choice to take on 106th.

“Lauren’s absolutely the right officer to take command of the Dragon Dogs team,” he said. “As you take command of the Army’s most complex, geographically-deployed veterinary and public health service, I know you will do great things and take both organizations, division and activity to new heights of skill and readiness . “