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Douglas Robb to Head New Defense Health Agency

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Maj. Gen. Douglas Robb
Maj. Gen. Douglas Robb

Air Force Maj. Gen. Douglas Robb, former Joint Chiefs staff surgeon, has been appointed to lead the Defense Health Agency that will start operating Oct. 1, Marine Corps Times reported Wednesday.

Patricia Kime writes the new agency will manage health care services such as the Tricare program, pharmacy services, medical education and training, logistics, acquisitions and research and development.

Robb co-chaired a task force that recommended the Pentagon establish the DHA to function as a single health agency within the Defense Department, Kime reports.

The agency will run under the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs and will also receive orders from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs chairman as a combat support agency, according to the report.

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