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Command Team

Commander

Colonel Michael S. Mendenhall
Munson Army Health Center


Colonel Michael S. Mendenhall assumed Command of Munson Army Health Center August 5, 2022. He recently served as the Deputy Commander of 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. 
He received his commission in 1996 from Utah State University ROTC program.
 
After graduation from Basic Course in March 1997, COL Mendenhall was assigned as the Executive Officer for the HHC, 62nd Medical Group, at Fort Lewis, Washington. He then served as a platoon leader and the company executive officer for the 514th Medical Company, 85th Medical Battalion, 62nd Medical Group.  In 1998, he attended the United States Army Flight School rating in the OH-58 A/C, UH-1 "Huey" and the UH-60A "Blackhawk” at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Following flight school, he served as the operations officer and flight platoon leader for the 82nd Medical Company (Air Ambulance), Fort Riley, Kansas.
 
COL Mendenhall attended the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Advanced Course in 2001 and then deployed in support of Iraqi Freedom with 82nd Medical Company (AA).  Upon return from Iraq, he served in the Division Medical Operation Center (DMOC), 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York.  As the U.S. Army DMOCs dissolved with the U.S. Army redesign in 2004, he served as the Evacuation Officer in the Surgeon Cell assisting in the Force Design and allocation of medical forces within the Battalions and Brigades throughout the Division.  In 2005, he was reassigned to the newly designed 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, as the Medical Evacuation Officer within the S-3 and served to plan and execute aeromedical evacuation throughout New York under the MAST agreements and upon deployment to Afghanistan.
 
In 2007, COL Mendenhall returned to Fort Rucker, Alabama as the Chief of Warrior Track and the U.S. Army Altitude Chamber at the United States Army School of Aviation Medicine. He oversaw the aviation and altitude physiology training of initial-entry aviators, and then departed to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to attend Intermediate Level Education.
 
In July 2010 until June 2012, he commanded Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.  Following the company's deployment to Afghanistan, he served as the battalion executive officer for the 1-52nd Aviation Regiment. COL Mendenhall commanded the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment at Soto Cano Airbase, Honduras from June 2014 until June 2015, with a follow- on assignments as the Assistant, Chief of Staff for Operations (G3) for Regional Health Command Europe, Sembach, Germany, and Deputy Surgeon, 8th Army at Camp Humphreys in the Republic of Korea.
 
COL Mendenhall's combat and operational deployments include Detachment Commander in Kuwait 2001 and Flight Platoon Leader, 82nd Medical Company (AA) Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003.  Medical Evacuation Officer, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), Bagram, Afghanistan. Commander, C Company, 1-52 AVN Regiment, assigned to 7-101 AVN Battalion, 159th CAB, Kandahar, Afghanistan. Finally, as the Battalion Commander for the 1-228th Aviation Regiment executing Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief, Personal Recovery and Counter Transnational Organized Crime missions across Central America.
 
COL Mendenhall received his Bachelor of Science in Bio-Veterinary Science from Utah State University in 1996. He received his Master of Arts in Public Administration from Troy University in 2010.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Course (ILE) and the United State Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
           
COL Mendenhall's badges and awards include the Master Aviator Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, and awards commensurate with time in service and deployment medals.
             

 

Sergeant Major

Sergeant Major Dagoberto Chapa-Rivera  
Munson Army Health Center


Sergeant Major Dagoberto Chapa-Rivera entered the United States Army on 21 November 1995 as a Dental Specialist.  He attended Basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

SGM Chapa has served as a Dental Specialist Oral Surgery Clinic, Practice Manager and Dental Readiness Non-Commissioned Officer, Squad leader, Platoon Sergeant, Small Group Leader at Senior Leader Course, Senior Dental Non-Commissioned Officer, Operations Non-Commissioned Officer, First Sergeant and MEDCOM G-3/5/7 Dental Directorate SGM.

His past assignments include Fort Bliss Dental Activity; 673rd Medical Company (DS), Fort Lewis, Washington; Army Medical Department Non-Commissioned Officer Academy Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Fort Riley Dental Activity; Medical Command, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; 502nd Dental Company (AS), Fort Hood, Texas; Hawaii Dental Activity; 523rd Medical Company (DS) Giebelstadt, Germany; 618th Dental Company (AS) Korea.  He deployed with the 30th Medical Brigade in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF I) and with the 212th Task Force to MEDFLAG 2005, Humanitarian mission to Angola, Africa.

His military education includes Dental Specialist Course, Air Assault Course, Warrior Leader Course, Unit Armorer Course, Hazardous Materials Transportation Course, Advanced Leader Course, Senior Leader Course, Instructor Training Course, Small Group Instructor Course, Basic Army Combatives Course Level I, Tactical Combatives Course Level II, Battle Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Course, Dental Management Development Course, Physical Readiness Training Leader Course, Army Combatives Instructor Course Level III, Sergeant Major Course, Class 70.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences from Thomas Edison State University, a Master’s Degree in Education from Trident University and is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo. 

His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with 2 Silver Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal (8th award), National Defense Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 3, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with the Numeral 3, Air Assault Badge, Driver’s Badge, German Armed Forces Proficiency Gold Badge.  He is a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.
 
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