127th Medical Group changes command

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  • By TSgt. Dan Heaton
  • 127th Public Affairs
Colonel (Dr.) Sidney N. Martin is the new commander of the 127th Medical Group after a change command ceremony was held at Selfridge Air National Guard Base during the 127th Wing's January Unit Training Assembly. 

Martin assumed command from Colonel (Dr.) Arthur B. "Brad" Eisenbrey, during the formal ceremony. Eisenbrey is taking a position at Michigan National Guard state headquarters in Lansing. 

Brig. Gen. Michael Peplinski, 127th Wing commander, praised the past service of both men - both of whom have served medical tours of duty in Iraq - during the ceremony. 

Eisenbrey, a flight surgeon in the Michigan Air National Guard since 1990, served as the commander of the Medical Group since December 2000. Since then, he led the medical group through a number of issues, including standing up for a number of deployments in support of the Global War on Terror, a significant reduction in authorized manpower and a move into a new medical facility. In December, the Medical Group received an overall score of Excellent following a major Health Services Inspection. 

"You proved that not only do we have an excellent new medical facility, you have led a highly skilled group of people who know how to use it," Peplinski told Eisenbrey, who was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal during the ceremony. 

Dr. Eisenbrey told the Medical Group that it had clearly demonstrated its commitment to serving the nation through honor and excellence over the past eight years. 

Martin received his commission as a flight surgeon in 1986 and served in a number of military capacities prior to joining the Michigan Air National Guard in December 2002. He works as an orthopaedic surgeon in the Flint area in his civilian medical practice.
Quoting President Theodore Roosevelt, Martin challenged the Airmen in his command to continue to answer the call to service they have excelled at in the past. 

"Dare to do your best," he told the medical team.