PHOTOS: MND-B surgeon presented top medical honor

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Lt. Col. David Ristedt, of Logansport, Ind., 4ID division surgeon, MND B, presented the Order of Military Medical Merit by Brig. Gen. Joseph Caravalho, from Kaneohe, Hawaii, surgeon general, MNF Iraq.

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq – Lt. Col. David Ristedt, a Logansport, Ind., native, who serves as division surgeon, 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division -Baghdad, is presented the Order of Military Medical Merit by Brig. Gen. Joseph Caravalho, a Kaneohe, Hawaii, native, who serves as surgeon general, Multi-National Force – Iraq, inside division headquarters. The Order of Military Medical Merit recognizes excellence and promotes fellowship and esprit de corps among the Army Medical Department and denotes distinguished service for individuals who have clearly demonstrated the highest standards of integrity and moral character, displayed an outstanding degree of professional competence, served in the Army Medical Department with selflessness, and made sustained contributions to the betterment of Army Medicine. The ceremony was seen by Ristedt’s family back in Fort Hood, Texas, via video teleconference.

Lt. Col. David Ristedt, of Logansport, Ind., 4ID division surgeon, with Brig. Gen. Joseph Caravalho of Kaneohe, Hawaii, surgeon general, MNF I, after receiving the Order of Military Medical Merit.

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq – Lt. Col. David Ristedt (right), a Logansport, Ind., native, who serves as division surgeon, 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, poses with Brig. Gen. Joseph Caravalho, a native of Kaneohe, Hawaii, who serves as surgeon general, Multi-National Force – Iraq, after Caravalho presented him with the Order of Military Medical Merit inside division headquarters. The Order of Military Medical Merit recognizes excellence and promotes fellowship and esprit de corps among the Army Medical Department and denotes distinguished service for individuals who have clearly demonstrated the highest standards of integrity and moral character, displayed an outstanding degree of professional competence, served in the Army Medical Department with selflessness, and made sustained contributions to the betterment of Army Medicine. The ceremony was seen by Ristedt’s family back in Fort Hood, Texas, via video teleconference.

Lt. Col. David Ristedt, 4ID division surgeon, after being presented the Order of Military Medical Merit by Brig. Gen. Joseph Caravalho.

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq – Lt. Col. David Ristedt, a Logansport, Ind., native, who serves as division surgeon, 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, after being presented the Order of Military Medical Merit by Brig. Gen. Joseph Caravalho, a native of Kaneohe, Hawaii, who serves as surgeon general, Multi-National Force – Iraq, inside division headquarters.

The Order of Military Medical Merit recognizes excellence and promotes fellowship and esprit de corps among the Army Medical Department and denotes distinguished service for individuals who have clearly demonstrated the highest standards of integrity and moral character, displayed an outstanding degree of professional competence, served in the Army Medical Department with selflessness, and made sustained contributions to the betterment of Army Medicine.

Lt. Col. David Ristedt, of Logansport, Ind., 4ID division surgeon, videoconferences his family in Fort Hood, Texas.

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq – Lt. Col. David Ristedt, a Logansport, Ind., native, who serves as division surgeon, 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, talks to his family back in Fort Hood, Texas, via video teleconference after being presented the Order of Military Medical Merit inside division headquarters. Brig. Gen. Joseph Caravalho, a native of Kaneohe, Hawaii, who serves as surgeon general, Multi-National Force – Iraq, presented Ristedt with the award. The Order of Military Medical Merit recognizes excellence and promotes fellowship and esprit de corps among the Army Medical Department and denotes distinguished service for individuals who have clearly demonstrated the highest standards of integrity and moral character, displayed an outstanding degree of professional competence, served in the Army Medical Department with selflessness, and made sustained contributions to the betterment of Army Medicine.

Lt. Col. David Ristedt, 4ID division surgeon, thanks Brig. Gen. Joseph Caravalho, MNF Iraq surgeon general, after being awarded the Order of Military Medical Merit.

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq – Lt. Col. David Ristedt (right), a Logansport, Ind., native, who serves as division surgeon, 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, thanks Brig. Gen. Joseph Caravalho, a native of Kaneohe, Hawaii, who serves as surgeon general, Multi-National Force – Iraq, after being awarded the Order of Military Medical Merit inside division headquarters. The Order of Military Medical Merit recognizes excellence and promotes fellowship and esprit de corps among the Army Medical Department and denotes distinguished service for individuals who have clearly demonstrated the highest standards of integrity and moral character, displayed an outstanding degree of professional competence, served in the Army Medical Department with selflessness, and made sustained contributions to the betterment of Army Medicine. The ceremony was seen by Ristedt’s family back in Fort Hood, Texas, via video teleconference.

By Spc. Benjamin Crane