Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Colonel Zach T. Solomon

Commander of California Medical Detachment

Lieutenant Colonel Zack T. Solomon assumed command of the California Medical Detachment on June 20, 2019. His previous assignment was as the chief of physical therapy at Dunham Army Health Clinic, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.

A native of Anchorage, Alaska, he received his Bachelor of Science in exercise science at Northern Arizona University in 1996. He earned a Master of Science in physical therapy from Baylor University in 2000 and a Doctorate of physical therapy from Baylor University in 2008. Lieutenant Colonel Solomon graduated from the U.S. Army War College with a Master’s Degree in strategic studies in 2018.

Lieutenant Colonel Solomon’s previous assignments include the chief of physical therapy services at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, Ky.; assistant program manager, Army Institute of Public Health, U.S. Army Public Health Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.; brigade medical operations officer, 434th Field Artillery Brigade, Fort Sill, Okla.; chief, physical therapy and chiropractic clinics, U.S. Army Health Clinic, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; brigade physical therapist, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; assistant chief, physical therapy clinic, Irwin Army Community Hospital, Fort Riley, Kan.; and staff physical therapist, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, District of Columbia.

His military education includes the AMEDD Officer Basic Course and Advanced Course, United States Army Command and General Staff College, and Senior Service College (Joint Professional Military Education Phase II). He is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and a certified strength and conditioning specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Lieutenant Colonel Solomon’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (fifth oak leaf cluster), the Army Commendation Medal (third oak leaf cluster), the Army Achievement Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, and two awards of the Overseas Service Ribbon. He is also a recipient of the Expert Field Medical Badge.

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