By Amanda Kim Stairrett
Fort Hood Herald
He led the 13th Sustainment Command’s rear detachment while resetting his own brigade after a year in Kuwait, and on Thursday, Col. James S. Rice relinquished command of the 13th Sustainment Command’s 1st Medical Brigade to Col. Robert D. Tenhet during a change of command ceremony on Thursday morning.
Rice took command of the brigade in June 2005. He led its soldiers during a deployment in Kuwait that ended last fall. Rice served as the 13th Sustainment rear commander and III Corps rear surgeon after returning from Kuwait.
Rice said he didn’t know when he took command of the brigade that he would also serve as the command’s rear detachment command. He went on to say that working with Brig. Gen. Michael Terry, 13th Sustainment commander, was one of the highlights of his career.
The 1st Medical Brigade consists of a Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 61st Multifunctional Medical Battalion, 36th Medical Evacuation Battalion, 21st Combat Support Hospital, 10th Combat Support Hospital and 115th Combat Support Hospital.
More than 4,500 soldiers located at five installations fall under the brigade.
Because of Rice’s leadership and the effort of his troops, soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines are alive, Terry said.
Rice said it was an honor to train, deploy, live and work with the outstanding soldiers of the 1st Medical Brigade, or Silver Knights.
“No commander could be prouder of these soldiers than I am of these Silver Knights,” he said. “It’s redundant to say they look great. They look great every day.”
Rice’s previous assignments include field medical assistant for the 1st Cavalry Division surgeon’s office and medical platoon leader for the division’s 2nd Brigade, 5th Cavalry Regiment. He also served as deputy commander of the 44th Medical Command at Fort Bragg, N.C., where Tenhet also served as chief of staff, operations and plans officer and battalion commander.
Rice will next serve as director of the Army Wounded Warrior Program in Alexandria, Va.
Rice and his wife, Terry, have two children: Molly and Drew.
Brig. Gen. Terry thanked Terry Rice for her contributions to Fort Hood and to the 13th Sustainment Command. Among her work, she was critical in the Officers’ Wives’ Club and made the families of the 13th Sustainment part of her own family, the general said.
Before coming to Fort Hood, Tenhet served as chief of staff/deputy commander for administration at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, N.C. He has previously held positions at Fort Bragg.
He is married to retired Lt. Col. Mary Elizabeth Miller.
Rice said the Tenants really care about soldiers and their families, and he couldn’t imagine a better team to take the reins.
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