In a ceremony held at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on July 2, Army Maj. Gen. Steve Jones relinquished his command of the Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical (JTF CapMed ) to Navy Rear Adm. Raquel Bono. Jones will take command of the Army Medical Department Center and School at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Special guest speaker at the ceremony, Dr. Karen Guice, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for Health Affairs, passed the JTF CapMed colors from Jones to Bono, signifying the change in leadership.
Prior to assuming command of JTF CapMed, Bono was the command surgeon, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii. She was also deputy director, Medical Resources, Plans and Policy, Chief of Naval Operations.
Additionally, she served as the chief of staff, deputy director Tricare Management Activity of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Health Affairs, commanding officer of Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Fla., and was also the executive assistant to the 35th Navy Surgeon General and Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.
In September 2007, JTF CapMed was established as a fully functional standing task force at Walter Reed Bethesda and reports directly to the Secretary of Defense through the Deputy Secretary of Defense. JTF CapMed is charged with leading the way for the effective and efficient consolidation and realignment of military health care in the National Capital Region, according to the JTF CapMed officials Navy Vice Adm. John Mateczun, initially appointed to lead the mission, retired in March 2012, and Jones, then the deputy commander of JTF CapMed, assumed its command.