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NAME:  Public Health Activity- Rheinland Pfalz


TELEPHONE:  +49 (0)6371-9464-1990

DSN:  314-590-1990

Public Health Activity- Rheinland Pfalz, Unit 20256, APO A 09067-0256
Public Health Activity- Rheinland Pfalz, BLDG 2928, Pulaski Barracks Vogelweh, 
67661 Kaiserslautern, GE

About Public Health Activity-Rheinland Pfalz
Mission:  Provide comprehensive public health and veterinary medical care in order to enable the readiness and conserve the fighting strength of those we serve.

Vision:  We are a premier team of Soldier and Civilian professionals - led by caring and competent leaders; supported by resilient Families - dedicated to our mission and our people; ready to provide first class, timely, and interoperable public health and veterinary medical care in a complex operational environment.

PHA-RP History

U.S. Army Public Health Activity-Rheinland Pfalz has been known by many names. The unit was originally known as Northern Europe Veterinary Detachment. It was activated on January 18, 1995 as a result of the post-Cold War drawdown of U.S. Forces in Europe and merged the Frankfurt-based 110th Medical Detachment (VS) and Veterinary Detachment Europe, headquartered in Giessen, Germany. NEVD provided Veterinary Service support to the military communities of Wiesbaden, Hanau, Giessen, and Darmstadt in Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Iceland. Of these communities, only Wiesbaden, Belgium and the U.K. remain.

In 2007-2008, the Veterinary Service support was restructured in Europe. As a result, NEVD was re-designed Northern Europe District Veterinary Command, incorporating personnel and missions previously belonging to NEVD (to include the 21st, 79th, and 72nd Medical Detachments and the 64th Medical Detachment's community missions). On October 1, 2010 the NEUDVC was activated provisionally as a subordinate command of the U.S. Army Public Health Command Region-Europe in Landstuhl, Germany. With the merger of the U.S. Army Veterinary Command and the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion & Preventive Medicine, the size of the district increased to approximately 100 military and 90 civilian personnel. Its mission scope also greatly expanded.

The unit continues its Title X Veterinary Service support to all military communities in Germany and Belgium, encompassing sanitary audits of commercial food establishments and provision of food safety/defense and animal medicine. To support its mission, the Activity operates eight Veterinary Treatment Facilities in Germany, one in Belgium, and the Veterinary Medical Center Europe - the Army's premier, forward-deployed Role 3 medical and surgical center for Military Working Dogs. On October 1, 2016, the unit was re-designated as Public Health Activity-Rheinland Pfalz.


Lieutenant Colonel Parker M. Hahn

U.S. Army Nurse Corps

Lieutenant Colonel Parker M. Hahn is a native of Glasgow, MT and entered active duty into the United States Army in 2002. He received his commission from the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) through the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets after graduating from Radford University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
His first duty assignment was as a Gold Bar Recruiter for Radford University before reporting to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in Landstuhl Germany in 2003 as a clinical staff nurse. During his assignment at LMRC, he volunteered to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) with the 67th Combat Support Hospital. While assigned to the 67th CSH, he volunteered with a small detachment inside the infamous Abu Ghraib prison and Task Force O.A.I.S.I.S as the Head Nurse of the ICU. After a 15 month deployment he returned to LRMC where he finished his assignment. Following his Germany assignment in 2006. He attended Airborne School in Fort Benning, GA and was subsequently assigned as the Brigade Nurse for the 4/25th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) in Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Anchorage, AK. During this assignment he deployed again in support of OIF-6 and OIF-7 completing another year long deployment in FOB Kalsu, just south of Baghdad. In 2008, he was appointed as the Head Nurse in the Emergency Department for Keller Army Community Hospital located at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. Following his time at West Point, in 2010 he was selected as the Future Readiness Officer for Army Nurse Corps Branch, Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, KY. In 2013, he was selected to attend the Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, KS as a resident student and graduated in 2014. His follow on assignment was the Deputy Commander for Nursing and later, the Deputy Commander for Patient Support for the Dunham Army Health Clinic located in Carlisle Barracks, PA 2014-16. In 2016, he transitioned back to the in-patient medical arena and was assigned as the Clinical Nurse Officer in Charge of the 2-South Step Down and Telemetry Unit for Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Tacoma, WA. In 2017, he was selected over his peers as the Critical Care Department Chief for MAMC. In 2018, he was selected as the new Executive Officer (XO) for the 3rd Medical Recruiting BN, Fort Knox, KY and in August 2019 transitioned to the U.S. Army Medical Recruiting Brigade Executive Officer. In FY21, he was selected for Battalion Command and is currently the Regional Nurse Advisor for Europe while awaiting to assume command of the Army Public Health Activity-Rheinland Pfalz, Pulaski Barracks, Germany.

He is a graduate of the AMEDD Officer Basic and Advanced Course, the Command and General Staff College, the Defense Strategy Course, and the AMEDD Executive Skills Course. He holds a Master of Science Degree from Central Michigan University with an emphasis in Administrative Leadership. He maintains national certification as a Board Certified Medical-Surgical Nurse. 

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (5 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Army Achievement Award (2 OLC), National Defense Service Ribbon, Iraqi Campaign Medal (4 CS), Armed Forces Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and the Army Overseas Ribbon (5). He is authorized to wear the Combat Action Badge, the Combat Medical Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Silver). He is a member of The Order of Military Medical Merit (O2M3).

First sergeant

First Sergeant Casey J. Cole

First Sergeant Casey J. Cole was born in Toledo, Ohio. She enlisted in the United States Army on 25 July 2002 and attended Basic Combat Training (BCT) at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. She completed Animal Care Specialist (68T) Military Occupational Skills Advanced Individual Training at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA), Fort Sam Houston, TX in December 2002.

1SG Cole’s past assignments include the Department of Animal Medicine, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), Silver Spring, MD; Selfridge Veterinary Clinic NCOIC, Selfridge Air National Guard Base (SANGB), MI; Vivarium NCOIC (Joint Activities), Armstrong Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), OH; Bangor Veterinary Treatment Facility NCOIC, Bangor Naval Base, WA; Wright-Patterson Veterinary Treatment Facility NCOIC, WPAFB, OH; Guantanamo Bay Veterinary Treatment Facility NCOIC, Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Travis Veterinary Treatment Facility NCOIC, Travis Air Force Base, CA; Vivarium NCOIC (Joint Activities), David Grant Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base, CA; Operations NCOIC, Public Health Command Europe (PHCE), Landstuhl, DE.
Her civilian and professional military education includes an Associate of Applied Science, Vincennes University. NCO Professional Development Courses: Basic Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, Senior Leader Course, and Master Leader Course. Military Courses: Animal Clinic Care Proficiency (ACCP) Course, Combatives Level 1, Marine Corps Animal Packing Course, Master Fitness Trainer (MFT) Course, Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Course, and Company Commander's and First Sergeant's Course.
1SG Cole’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3rd award), Navy Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (7th award), US Army Good Conduct Medal (7th award), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 4), Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, and Army Superior Unit Award (2nd award).