As the installation’s Medical Ombudsman, I served with Henri for 15 months; from his initial appointment as the Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Fort Richardson, AK Behavioral Health Clinic in June 2011, until his transition to Veteran status in September 2012.
Almost immediately it became evident that Henri’s broad depth of knowledge and experience, leadership, and guidance were responsible for an overwhelming and positive paradigm shift among clinical providers and staff members throughout the clinic. Most notably, Henri’s impeccable integrity, strong interpersonal skills, unique capacity for empathy, and his ability to naturally motivate a team were evidenced by statements regularly made to this writer by staff members who reported they felt fully supported and empowered by Henri, and felt Henri’s leadership style and respect for all persons, built confidence among the staff, and allowed for enhanced provision of services while simultaneously allowing providers the autonomy to do their jobs unencumbered.
Henri also served as the senior military expert regarding behavioral health issues and provided executive level briefings and reports to the United States Army Alaska (USARAK) Commanding General and other senior installation leaders. Based on this, I regularly consulted with Henri to obtain professional and practical guidance, and to request his support with formal notifications to senior leaders regarding critical, complex, and crisis situations my office was engaged with. Henri was my go-to person for serious situations which required conflict resolution and problem solving in order to diffuse tension and induce compromise in order to mitigate potentially life threatening situations. Henri personally engaged in and assisted with the successful resolution of more than 125 Ombudsman cases during his tenure, for which I am grateful.
Henri’s integrity and trustworthiness are impeccable! He remains focused and oriented on his goal to continue serving his community and his country while simultaneously and steadfastly pursing his higher educational goals. I highly recommend Henri for any position of public trust within the government or private sector.