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22nd Medical Support Squadron changes commanders

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  • By Capt. Brus Vidal
  • 22nd ARW Public Affairs
Lt. Col. Scott Hilmes took command of the 22nd Medical Support Squadron Monday during an assumption-of-command ceremony at 3:00 p.m. in the Robert J. Dole Community Center ballroom here.

The ceremony was presided over by Col. Kerry Dexter, 22nd Medical Group commander, and formally turned responsibility of command over to Colonel Hilmes, who succeeded Lt. Col. Timothy Valladares.

Colonel Valladares departed McConnell earlier this summer.

Colonel Hilmes comes to Team McConnell after serving as the deputy commander, 81st Medical Support Squadron, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.

He was commissioned into the Air Force in 1990 after completing the health services administration course, Sheppard AFB, Texas. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Business Administration, McKendree College, Lebanon, Ill., in 1981 and later completed an internship in Medical Logistics,Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in 1993. He is also a Board Certified Materials and Resource Professional, American Hospital Association.

A proven war fighter, his deployment experience includes tours of duty as administrator, 363rd Expeditionary Medical Group, Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, from April - August 1999, and, most recently, as deputy commander and administrator,
506th Expeditionary Medical Support Squadron, Kirkuk Regional Air Base, Iraq, from January - May 2006.

Colonel Hilmes completed Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala., and Air Command and Staff College by correspondence, and is currently enrolled in Air War College by correspondence.

He told his new squadron he looks forward to working with them and thanked the McConnell senior leadership for the opportunity to command here.

"What I expect from the members of the Medical Support Squadron is to have a positive attitude, be loyal to the Air Force and the 22nd Medical Group, have a passion and energy for the job, mentor co-workers, function as a team and work well with those around you," he said. "To the men and women of the medical support squadron, I am honored
and excited I am to be your commander and proud to be MDG!"