Colonel Garrick L. Cramer assumed command of Munson Army Health Center
June 24, 2020. He began his military career as a Combat Engineer in the
South Dakota National Guard; in 1996 he was commissioned through the Army
ROTC program as a second lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps.
Upon completion of the Army Medical Department's (AMEDD) Officer Basic Course, COL Cramer was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he served as an Evacuation Platoon Leader, 782nd Main Support Battalion and Medical Platoon Leader, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82D Airborne Division. He was then reassigned Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy, and served as the Medical Platoon Leader and Brigade Medical Planner, Southern European Task Force Lion Brigade and 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. Afterward, he was assigned to Camp Casey, Republic of Korea, where he served as a Medical Operations Officer in the 2nd Infantry Division Support Command. He then returned to Fort Bragg where he served as the Division Medical Logistics Officer and later as the Commander of Charlie Company (Medical) 82D Forward Support Battalion (Airborne) including two deployments to Iraq during the early phases of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon redeployment, he was selected to the Project Warrior Program and served as the medical platoon trainer, Tarantula Team, National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California. Following this assignment, he served as a Small Group Instructor for the Army Medical Department's Brigade/Division Surgeon Course and Medical Plans and Operations Course. COL Cramer returned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Bamberg, Germany, as the 173rd Brigade Support Battalion Operations Officer and Executive Officer, deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was then assigned to U.S. Army Africa, Caserma Ederle, where he served as the Chief of Medical Plans and Operations, traveling to the African continent multiple times and serving on multiple Joint Task Forces. He was assigned to Mission Command Training Center, Fort Leavenworth, where he served as the Team Lead and Senior Medical Observer, Coach and Trainer, Operations Group Sierra. He moved to Fort Wainwright, Alaska, and assumed command of the 25th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade, U.S. Army Alaska. Following a successful 24-month command he was reassigned to 2D Infantry Division, Republic of Korea, and served as the deputy surgeon.
COL Cramer is a recent graduate of the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Black Hills State University, a Master of Science in Emergency Management from TOURO University and a Master of Strategic Studies. He is a graduate of the Army Medical Department Officer Basic Course; the Combined Logistics Captains Career Course; the Combined Arms and Services Staff School; the NATO Joint Medical Planner's Course; the Support Operations Course; the U.S. Army Command General Staff Officer's Course; and the U.S. Army War College.
COL Cramer's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (three awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (eight awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal (two awards), the Army Commendation Medal (three awards), the Army Achievement Medal (four awards), the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two service stars, the Iraq Campaign Medal with two service stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Medal (6th award), Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, the NATO medal, Combat Medical Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and parachutist badges from Italy and the Netherlands.