Immanuel Lutheran School Welcomes Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Douglas J. Robb

by Lee Hernly, Editor
ILS Service Day

Director of the Defense Health Agency Spoke to Students on Service

On Thursday, January 29, Immanuel Lutheran School (ILS) in Alexandria, Virginia, welcomed special guest, Lt. General (Dr.) Douglas Robb, Director, Defense Health Agency (DHA), Defense Health Headquarters, Falls Church, VA, who spoke to students about service in the community as a part of National Lutheran Schools Week. General Robb was joined for his presentation by several other military medical professionals from the United States Army and Navy.

ILS students and faculty celebrated National Lutheran Schools Week (January 25-31) with a week-long focus on the theme of service. Each day during the week, students were introduced to ideas about serving others and showing mercy, from home to school, church to community. The focus on Thursday was service to the community, and General Robb, along with colleagues, spoke to students about their roles serving our community as medical professionals in the military.

“What a wonderful opportunity it was for us to speak to the students of Immanuel Lutheran School,” commented General Robb. “My colleagues and I representing our Nation’s Army, Navy, and Air Force were pleased to have an opportunity to tell our story of having the honor & privilege of serving our Nation in both the Medical and Military Professions. Your students were energetic and bright, clearly an outstanding representation of the young people of America. It was an absolute thrill for us!

We were struck by the level of student participation during our presentation; your students were insightful and so many of them were very proud to tell us about their parents or a relative who were currently serving or had served in our military. We enjoy giving back to the community for all the blessings we have as service members and rest a little easier at night knowing there’s a future Air Force General, Navy Nurse, Command Master Chief and Army Medic in your group of students… we look forward to keeping in touch and making this a routine engagement for years to come!”
“We were so thrilled to have this opportunity to welcome General Robb and his colleagues to ILS,” said Immanuel Lutheran School headmaster, Julia Habrecht. “Throughout last week, our students discussed and learned about the many ways we are called on to serve others, in our families, in our school, in our community and throughout the world. General Robb’s career embodies service in his various roles as a doctor and military officer and now leader of the Defense Health Agency. This was an excellent opportunity for our students to meet and hear from him about his career and experience, as well as learn about the commitment to serving others truly embodied by the men and women of our armed forces. We are deeply grateful to General Robb for his service to our country and also for taking the time to share his perspectives on service with our students.”

Immanuel Lutheran School is a classical, Christian academy located in Alexandria, Virginia, and serving students in grades Junior Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. Originally established in 1870, Immanuel Lutheran School is celebrating its 70th year on the current campus on Russell Road.

Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Douglas J. Robb is the Director, Defense Health Agency (DHA), Defense Health Headquarters, Falls Church, Va. He leads a joint, integrated Combat Support Agency enabling the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps medical services to provide a medically ready force and ready medical force to Combatant Commands in both peacetime and wartime. General Robb entered the Air Force in June 1979 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is board certified in aerospace medicine. He has spent 20 years in the practice of aerospace medicine in support of Air Force, joint, and coalition aviation forces. Clinically, he has held the positions of chief of flight medicine; aerospace medicine squadron commander; and hospital and medical center commander. Additionally, he has held staff positions as the chief flight surgeon for U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Command Surgeon, U.S. Central Command, Command Surgeon, Air Mobility Command, and Joint Staff Surgeon, Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. Prior to his current position, General Robb served as Deputy Director, TRICARE Management Activity. A chief flight surgeon with more than 1,500 flying hours, he has maintained additional crewmember status in the A-7, OV-10, F-16, C-9, C-130, and KC-135 aircraft.

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