Fort Riley Changes Command At Irwin Army Community Hospital

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FORT RILEY, Kan. (WIBW) - Command of the Irwin Army Community Hospital on Fort Riley changed hands Wednesday morning.

During a ceremony at Calvary Parade Field, Colonel Barry Pockrandt passed the reins to incoming commander Colonel Risa Ware.

As commander, Ware will be in charge of Irwin Army Community Hospital, the Warrior Transition Battalion, two clinics in the Custer Hill area, and Veterinary Services.

Ware will also be the first commander to lead the new hospital facility, which is expected to be completed this year.

"I’m excited to be able to continue to provide world-class care in a new facility that will allow our clinicians to stay in practice," Ware said. "To stay right at the forefront, but also to provide a really nice aesthetic area for our patients to come to be seen; to heal."

The command has nearly 2,000 employees including Soldiers, Department of the Army civilian employees, and civilian contractors.

Ware’s most recent assignment was the Deputy Commander for Nursing at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.