Commanding Officer

Colonel Michael L. Place


Commander of Madigan Army Medical Center

Colonel Michael L. Place assumed command of Madigan Army Medical Center on July 15, 2015. His previous assignment was the senior medical advisor in the Army Secretariat, assigned as the Assistant Deputy for Health Affairs in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs).

Colonel Place entered the Army as the Distinguished Military Graduate from Johns Hopkins University where he was also recognized as a George C. Marshall Award recipient. After medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, he completed his internship and family medicine residency as chief resident at Martin Army Community Hospital, Fort Benning, Ga.

His military assignments include regimental surgeon for the 75th Ranger Regiment, deploying to Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti; staff family physician, Evans Army Community Hospital, Fort Carson, Colo.; commander, Medical Task Force 10, Stabilization Force 5, during the Kosovo Air Campaign; instructor and director, medical operations branch, Leader Training Center, Army Medical Department Center and School where he became the first physician director of the Army Medical Department captains career courses, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Division Surgeon, Fort Campbell, Ky., deploying to Operation Iraqi Freedom; and deputy commander for clinical services, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, Ky. He commanded the 10th Combat Support Hospital, Fort Carson, Colo., that included a year-long deployment to Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom as a medical task force commander. Colonel Place worked briefly at the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board after an assignment as the command surgeon, U.S. Army Cadet Command.

Colonel Place is a graduate of the AMEDD officer basic and advanced courses, the Army command and general staff college, and The Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.

His awards and decorations, include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal and Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and the NATO Medal. Colonel Place has been awarded two Meritorious Unit Commendations and proudly wears the Expert Field Medical Badge, Flight Surgeon and Parachutist Badge. He is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit.

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