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    The Defense Health Agency Has a New Chief — Another Army Doctor

    The Defense Health Agency Has a New Chief — Another Army Doctor

    An general has taken the helm of the Defense Health Agency, continuing Army leadership of the nearly 10-year-old organization.

    Maj. Gen. Telita Crosland, previously the Army's deputy surgeon general, assumed the directorship of the Defense Health Agency in a ceremony Tuesday at the DHA headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia.

    Crosland succeeds Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Place, who retired last month after three decades of service. Crosland is the fourth director of the agency, established in 2013 to provide administrative and logistical support for the health system, and is now responsible for operating all Defense Department medical centers, hospitals and clinics.

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    Crosland will pin on a third star — the rank reserved for the position — on Jan. 20. She is a family physician by training, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She has held a series of commands with expanding duties, including serving as head of the Army Medical Department at Campbell, Kentucky.

    “General Crosland has shown exactly the kind of perseverance, dedication and excellence that will serve her, and us, so well in her position,” said Seileen Mullen, acting assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, during the ceremony.

    As director, Crosland will oversee a change…

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