JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas – Soldiers and leaders assigned to the 232d Medical Battalion, 32d Medical Brigade signed an Adopt-A-School charter with Veteran’s Memorial High School (VMHS) during a public ceremony during School Red, White, and Blue, Patriot Day Commemoration Football Game, at DW Rutledge Stadium, September 9, 2022.
VMHS Principal Dr. Sue Arredondo and 232nd Medical Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Genna Speed alongside his command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Major Lori Ingram formally signed the charter at the 50-yard line, in front of the hundreds of soldiers, students, and family members in attendance.
232d is the largest medical training battalion within the 32d Medical Brigade, the only training brigade within the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence (MEDCoE). Together they train more than 4,000 combat medics each year.
Each of MEDCoE’s training battalions has participated in the JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Adopt-A-School program, primarily in elementary support schools, for nearly a decade. Beginning in March of this year, MEDCoE, the Army’s medical education and training institution, began adopting local high schools, greatly expanding their reach in San Antonio.
Through the Adopt-A-School program, MEDCoE Soldiers aim to demonstrate what it means to live a life of service to others through shared Army values, while gaining meaningful interactions with students. Through the program, soldiers donate their time through a variety of activities, including mentoring, school beautification, and fundraisers for school supplies.
“It is with great excitement that the 232d Medical Battalion joins Veteran’s Memorial High School as partners in developing the leaders of tomorrow,” Speed said. “At some point in our lives, there has been a trusted advisor, mentor, or guide to help each of us reach our full potential. It is truly an honor for the 232d to be part of this process for Veteran’s Memorial students.
In his remarks, Speed also thanked several people for their support of the Adopt-A-School initiative to include Dr. Jeanette Ball, Judson Independent School District superintendent, Col. Marc Welde, the commander of the 32nd Medical Brigade, retired Army Lt. Col. . John Baker, VMHS JROTC Senior Military Instructor, and Nita Ford-Hightower, JBSA-Fort Sam Houston School Liaison.
“This event wouldn’t have been possible without you,” Speed said. “We are excited to continue working together!”