^ I think that people, generally, assume the President has way too much direct involvement in the operational details of the federal government and it's many, many entities.
I wish someone could/would post the actual chain of command, listing the people or department who were acting as superintendents for the Walter Reed facility, all the way on up to the President - along with each of their tenures and whether or not they were appointees. I think it would become clear exactly how detached the CiC is from something as minute as the condition of any given military facility we operate.
Is this what you are looking for?
Commander in Chief George W Bush
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
Secretary of the Army Mr. Pete Geren
Chief of Staff Gen George Casey
Commanding General Charles Campbell [4Star]
Surgeon General of the Army Lt Gen Kevin Kiley [3 Star]
Army Fires Commander of Walter Reed
By Steve Vogel and William Branigin
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, March 2, 2007; Page A01
The commander of Walter Reed Army Medical Center was fired yesterday after the Army said it had lost trust and confidence in his leadership in the wake of a scandal over outpatient treatment of wounded troops at the Northwest Washington hospital complex.
Army Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman, who assumed command of Walter Reed in August, will be temporarily replaced by Lt. Gen. Kevin C. Kiley
. But the appointment of Kiley, who had earlier been the facility's commander, surprised some Defense Department officials because soldiers, their families and veterans' advocates have complained that he had long been aware of problems at Walter Reed and did nothing to improve its outpatient care.
Army Fires Commander of Walter Reed - washingtonpost.com
It is a VERY short chain of command from Director of Walter Reed [one of two Prime Medical Facilities in the Army to the CiC. At the MOST it is 7 reporting steps with the SecDef and SecArmy being the two civilian appointees.
Prior to Kiley appointment the structure was, from bottom up:
Base Commander of WRMC reports directly to
MedCOM Commander [SGoA] San Antonio directly to
Commanding General of Army
Chief of Staff [part of Joint Chiefs and a dotted line report]
Commander in Chief
Base Commander is going to be a Colonel or higher which means minimum of 20 years in service.