LTG Nadja Y. West currently serves as the 44th Surgeon General of the United States Army and Commanding General, US Army Medical Command.
She is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and earned a Doctorate of Medicine Degree from George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC.
Her previous assignments include deploying to Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm; she participated in a medical mission with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne); she served as Division Surgeon of the 1st AD, Bad Kreuznach, Germany; commander of McDonald Army Community Hospital, Fort Eustis, VA; commander of Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg; Commanding General, Europe Regional Medical Command, and prior to her assignment as the Surgeon General she served as the Joint Staff Surgeon to the Chairman
Senior Advisor, Office of Executive Councils
Josie is an attorney, government affairs professional, and strategic communications expert based in Washington, D.C. She currently serves as Senior Advisor for the Chief Financial Officers Council and President's Management Council, Office of Executive Councils. In this role, she works closely with leadership at the Office of Management and Budget and senior executives from the largest government agencies.
Josie has impacted public policy at the national and state level. At the Tennessee Bar Association, she led the policy team focused on the development of legislation to improve the legal profession. For her work, she was named one of Nashville Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Award Winners.
Josie leads strategic planning and government relations for multiple non-profits, building relationships with government-wide senior staff and c-suite business leaders. In a volunteer capacity, Josie serves on the board of the Military Spouse JD Network (MSJDN), a special interest bar association and non-profit representing over 1,000 attorneys dedicated to supporting our military community. Josie was the founding director of Justice for Military Families, a pro bono project from MSJDN dedicated to serving the legal interests of the families of our fallen service members.
Josie also serves on the Board of Trustees of United Through Reading. United Through Reading’s mission is to unite military families facing physical separation by facilitating the bonding experience of reading aloud together.
Josie is a proud graduate of Sweet Briar College and Brooklyn Law School. While in law school, she was recognized for her public interest work, including an award for her criminal justice work in post-Katrina New Orleans, which landed her in People Magazine.
Director, Defense Health Agency, Medical Corps, United States Navy
Commissioned in June 1979, Vice Adm. Raquel Bono obtained her baccalaureate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and attended medical school at Texas Tech University. She completed a surgical internship and a General Surgery residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, and a Trauma and Critical Care fellowship at the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine in Norfolk.
Shortly after training, Bono saw duty in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm as head, Casualty Receiving, Fleet Hospital 5 in Saudi Arabia from August 1990 to March 1991. Upon returning, she was stationed at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth as a surgeon in the General Surgery department; surgical intensivist in the Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit and attending surgeon at the Burn Trauma Unit at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Her various appointed duties included division head of Trauma; head of the Ambulatory Procedures Department (APD); chair of the Laboratory Animal Care and Use Committee; assistant head of the Clinical Investigations and Research department; chair of the Medical Records Committee and command intern coordinator. She has also served as the specialty leader for Intern Matters to the surgeon general of the Navy.
In September 1999, she was assigned as the director of Restorative Care at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, followed by assignment to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery from September 2001 to December 2002 as the Medical Corps career planning officer for the chief of the Medical Corps. She returned to the National Naval Medical Center in January 2003 as director for Medical–Surgical Services.
From August 2004 through August 2005, she served as the executive assistant to the 35th Navy Surgeon General and chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. Following that, she reported to Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Florida, as the commanding officer from August 2005 to August 2008. She then served as the chief of staff, deputy director Tricare Management Activity (TMA) of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Health Affairs (OASD(HA)) from September 2008 to June 2010. She later served as deputy director, Medical Resources, Plans and Policy (N093), chief of Naval Operations. From November 2011 to June 2013, she served as the command surgeon, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii. From July 2013 to September 2013, she served as acting commander Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical. From September 2013 to October 2015, she served as director, National Capital Region Medical Directorate of the Defense Health Agency, and as the 11th Chief, Navy Medical Corps. She currently serves as director, Defense Health Agency.
Bono is a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and has an Executive MBA from the Carson College of Business at Washington State University. Her personal decorations include Defense Superior Service Medal (three), Legion of Merit Medal (four), Meritorious Service Medal (two) and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal (two).
Director, Family Readiness
Patty Barron is director of the family readiness directorate at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) and as such supports all AUSA family programs and events by providing management and oversight to all directorate activities. Previously, she served as the director of outreach, Military Family Projects, at ZERO TO THREE and also worked as the director of youth initiatives at the National Military Family Association where she oversaw the Association’s Operation Purple camp program. She has served on Zero to Three’s “Coming Together Around Military Children” Advisory Board, the Sesame Workshop “Talk Listen, Connect; Phase Two” Advisory Panel and is currently serving on the National Child Traumatic Stress Network Policy Taskforce, the Child Care Aware of America Advisory Council, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Military Leadership Council. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of San Francisco and her Master of Science degree from Long Island University.
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Patricia M. Barron
Director, Family Readiness
Association of the United States Army
LTG Nadja Y. West
Surgeon General and Deputy Commanding General
United States Army Medical Command
Soldier and Family Wellness Panel
Josie E. Beets
Senior Advisor for the Chief Financial Officers Council and President’s Management Council
Office of Executive Councils
Past President, Military Spouse JD Network
COL Joseph H. Melvin
Fort Belvoir Garrison Chaplain
COL Miguel D. Howe
United States Army, Retired
April and Jay Graham Fellow of the Military Service Initiative
George W. Bush Institute
LTC Amy Beth P. Moore
United States Army, Retired
Army Survivor Advisory Working Group
Marianne L. Campano
Military Caregivers - Heart of Recovery Initiative
Office of the Surgeon General, Army
Rachel M. O'Hern
Returning Heroes Home Inc.
VADM Raquel C. Bono
Director, Defense Health Agency
Medical Corps, United States Navy