Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth M. Reed Jr.
Commander of California Medical Detachment
Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth M. Reed Jr. assumed command of the California Medical Detachment on June 18, 2021. His previous assignment was as the medical operations planner for the FORSCOM Surgeon Directorate and medical organizational integrator (sourcing) for SRC-08 units at Fort Bragg, N.C.
A native of Port Norris, N.J., Lieutenant Colonel Reed received his commission as a second lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps through the ROTC department at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. His first assignment was with the 50th Main Support Battalion, 42nd Infantry Division, at Fort Dix, N.J., where he served as a treatment platoon leader and augmented the National Guard for a deployment to OIF in 2005. During tours at Fort Bragg, N.C., he served as battalion medical officer, company commander and brigade medical planner within the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. Additional assignments included chief of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (PTMS) and chief of Information Management at Keller Army Community Hospital, West Point, N.Y.; chief of plans, 44th Medical Brigade, Fort Bragg, N.C.; battalion S3 and battalion executive officer for the 28th Combat Support Hospital and 44th Medical Brigade executive officer.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4OLC), Army Achievement Medal (5OLC), Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign Medals and Overseas Service Medal (numeral 4). He is a recipient of the CPT John R. Teal Leadership Award (2017), is a member of the Official Order of Military Medical Merit (O2M3) and has competed in the CSM Jack L. Clark Best Medic competition. Lieutenant Colonel Reed has earned the Expert Field Medical Badge, the Combat Medical Badge, the Basic Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge. His foreign awards include the Irish Parachutist Badge and German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency (Gold).
Lieutenant Colonel Reed holds a Master of Arts in business and organizational security management. He has completed Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., the Support Operations Officer Course and the Advanced Airborne School’s Jump Master Course at Fort Bragg, N.C. His deployment experience includes tours as a platoon leader (OIF 2005), battalion medical officer, company commander and brigade medical officer (OEF 2007-2009) and battalion S3 operations chief (OIR 2016-2017).
Staff Sergeant Ryan Vanover
Staff Sergeant Ryan Vanover is a native of Radcliff, Kentucky, where he enlisted in the Army in September of 2015 as a Patient Administration Specialist. He attended Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Joint Base Fort Sam Houston, Texas. His first duty assignment was the 501st ASMC, 86th CSH, 101st Airborne Division, at Fort Campbell, Ky. His second duty assignment A Co, 86th CSH, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky., where he deployed in support of the Multi-National Force and Observers (MFO) mission in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt. He was then assigned to HHC, 586th FH, 531st HC, at Fort Campbell, Ky. serving as the Patient Administration NCO for a 148 bed FH. He was then assigned to the California Medical Detachment at the Presidio of Monterey, Defense Language Institute as the Patient Administration NCO. He is currently assigned as the Detachment Sergeant and Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Hospital Commander.
His military education includes the TRANSCOM Regulating Command and Control Evacuation System (TRAC2ES) course, Basic Leaders Course, and the Advanced Leaders Course. His civilian education includes his High School Diploma from North Hardin High School. He is currently working on his Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration.
His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal (x2); Army Achievement Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal (x2); National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Armed Forces Service Medal; Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (#2); Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; and the Multi-National Force and Observers Medal.