By Amanda Kim Stairrett

Fort Hood Herald

The Army has a mission of fighting the nation's wars, Dr. Donald Kasperik, deputy chief of staff for the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, said Friday to a group of graduating residents, and "you are one of the warriors that stand tall and defend America."

"Our soldiers would not fight without you," he added.

Thirteen officers graduated from two Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center residency programs Friday afternoon.

The graduation marks the end of one phase for the officers, said Col. Steven Braverman, Darnall commander, but "that learning doesn't stop."

Braverman graduated from an Army residency program 19 years ago, he said, and the last time he watched over a residency graduation was in 2000 when he left Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Everyone in uniform raises their hands and swear to defend the Constitution, and soldiers know if they get hit and go down, someone's going to save them, said Kasperik, who served as Darnall's commander from 2001 to 2003. Those in the Army's medical field are counted on to prepare soldiers to help defend America and care for the family members who support them, he added. Darnall's Emergency Medicine Residency Program, one of three in the Army's Graduate Medical Education System, started in 1980, and its first class graduated in 1982.

More than 70,000 Darnall beneficiaries visit its Emergency Department each year and are "evaluated primarily by our residents," according to information from the Medical Center.

Darnall's Family Medicine Residency Program is one of seven in the Army, according to information from the medical center. The program started at Fort Hood in 2000.

Friday's graduates

Emergency Medicine Residency Program graduates and their upcoming assignments:

Capt. Timothy Borden, 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, Ky.

Capt. Derek Carlson, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Fort Campbell.

Capt. Matthew Curnutte, 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell.

Maj. Bruce Gleason, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Capt. Ren Kinoshita, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii.

Capt. Deanna Klesney, 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment, Honduras.

Capt. Reis Ritz, 101st Sustainment Brigade, Fort Campbell.

Capt. William Wu, 75th Medical Detachment, Camp Walker, Korea.

Family Medicine Residency Program graduates and their upcoming assignments:

Capt. Luke Bloomquist, 4th Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Hood.

Capt. Lindsay Dellavalle, 15th Sustainment Brigade, Fort Hood.

Capt. Deandra Martin, Reynolds Army Community Hospital, Fort Sill, Okla.

Capt. Matthew Rensberry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood.

Capt. Thomas Ronay, Multinational Force and Observers, Sinai.

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