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).
Sergeant First Class Kevin Dorrell
Sergeant First Class Kevin Dorrell assumed responsibilities as the detachment sergeant and senior enlisted advisor for the commander of California Medical Detachment at the Presidio of Monterey, Calif., on Dec. 6, 2022. His previous assignment was as the medical platoon sergeant at 46th Aviation Support Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
He is a native of Phoenix, Ariz., where he enlisted into the Army in April 2005 as a health care specialist. He attended Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. His first duty assignment was the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, where he served as a line medic for two Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) deployments in 2006-07 and 2008-09. Additional assignments included serving as the Urology Clinic NCOIC at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and as a medical recruiter at the Akron Medical Recruiting Center in Akron, Ohio.
His military education includes Operation Emergency Medical Services, Basic Leader Course, Army Recruiter Course, Health Care Recruiting Course, Master Resilience Training Course, Advanced Leader Course and Senior Leader Course. His civilian education includes an associate’s degree from Rio Salado Community College and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska.
His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal (5th award), Army Good Conduct Medal (5th award), Iraq Campaign Medal (3 campaign stars); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 3), Overseas Service Ribbon (numeral 3), Recruiter Badge; Combat Medical Badge, Combat Action Badge and the Driver’s and Mechanic Badge–Driver Wheeled Vehicle.