COL Richard G. Malish, CRDAMC Commander
Colonel Rich Malish entered the Johns Hopkins University in 1988. In college, Colonel Malish played 4 years of football and was elected into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. A member of Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society, he graduated from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 1996, receiving a Doctor of Medicine degree.
Colonel Malish then completed a transitional internship at Madigan Army Medical Center before embarking on a career that mixed academic and operational experiences.
Academically, Colonel Malish graduated from the Brooke Army Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Residency in 2001 as the “Most Outstanding Senior Resident.” In future years, Colonel Malish trained in Cardiology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, graduating in 2006. Other academic highlights include earning several graduation awards from the residence Command and General Staff College in 2009. Amongst his awards was the General George C. Marshall (White Briefcase) Award identifying him as the Distinguished Graduate. Colonel Malish also earned a Master’s in Military Arts and Sciences (MMAS) and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) during his resident year at the college. In 2018 Colonel graduated from The Army War College as a Distinguished Graduate and winner of the Army War College Foundation Award for Outstanding Program Research Project.
In operational endeavors, Colonel Malish was the Battalion Surgeon for 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) from 1997 through 1999. He served as the Brigade Surgeon for the 173rd Airborne Brigade from 2001 through 2003. In this role, Colonel Malish accompanied the unit in its combat role in Iraq. Colonel Malish was the Chief of Cardiology Testing at Womack Army Medical Center from 2006-2008. In 2007, he deployed to Honduras as a flight surgeon. Colonel Malish was the 3rd Infantry Division Surgeon from 2010 to 2012, again deploying to Iraq. Colonel Malish then served as the Deputy Commander for Clinical Services at the Winn Army Community Hospital from 2012 to 2014. He commanded the Army Health Clinic – SOUTHCOM from 2014 to 2015. COL Malish commanded the United States Army Aeromedical Research Lab (USAARL) from 2015 to 2017. He then served as Surgeon General’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Quality and Safety through the summer of 2019. COL Malish took command of the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in June 2019.
Colonel Malish is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. A member of the Military Writers Guild, he is the lead author of several articles on operational medicine and healthcare policy. His awards include the Legion of Merit Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (6 OLC), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), the Joint Service Achievement Medal (1 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), and the Humanitarian Service Medal. His badges include the Combat Medical Badge, Airborne Wings with Combat Jump Bronze Service Star, the Expert Medical Field Badge, Flight Surgeon Wings, Air Assault Wings, the Space Badge, and the Dive Medical Officer Badge. Colonel Malish was inducted into the Order of Military Medical Merit in 2013.
Colonel Malish’s proudest achievement is marrying his wife, and together they have an amazing daughter.
CSM Elvin Medina, Senior Enlisted Advisor
Command Sergeant Major Elvin Medina attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, as a Preventive Medicine Specialist in the Army Medical Corps.
Command Sergeant Major Medina has served as Preventive Medicine Technician, Medical Platoon Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Preventive Medicine Section Sergeant, Area Support Medical Company 1SG, Special Forces BN Senior Medical Sergeant, Operations NCO, Chief Clinical NCO, Operations SGM, and BN CSM.
Command Sergeant Major Medina’s stateside assignments include USAMEDDAC Fort Polk, LA; 528th Special Operations (SB) in Fort Bragg, NC; USASOC in Fort Bragg, NC; 36TH Medical Company—Area Support 261ST Medical Battalion (Multifunctional) in Fort Bragg, NC; and CSM, Public Health Command Atlantic in Fort Meade, MD. His overseas assignments include 1st BN /508th PIR Airborne Combat Team in Vicenza, Italy; 1ST BN/10TH SFG (A) in Stuttgart Germany (2 tours); HHC, 30th Medical Brigade in Sembach, Germany; 421ST Medical Battalion (Multifunctional) in Baumholder, Germany. He has deployed to CENTCOM, AFRICOM, EUCOM, and PACOM areas of responsibilities.
His military and civilian education includes the Preventive Medicine Specialist course, the Airborne course, and the Jumpmaster course among others. He has attended to all levels of NCOPDS and he is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Majors Academy (Class #65). CSM Medina has an Associate Degree in Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (2nd award), the Meritorious Service Medal (4th award), the Army Commendation Medal (7th award), the Army Achievement Medal (4th award), the Combat Action Badge, the Combat Medical Badge, the Expert Medical Badge, the Airborne Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and several foreign awards. Command Sergeant Major Medina is a proud recipient of The Order of Military Medical Merit.