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Col.(P) Barbara Holcomb was recently promoted to Brigadier General June 6 at Joint Base San Antonio- Fort Sam Houston. Brig. Gen. Holcomb will now serve as the U.S. Army Forces Command Surgeon. Holcomb most recently served as the commander of Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. This is the first time in Army Medicine history that there have been Army Nurse Corps general officers at the three-star, two-star, and one-star grades simultaneously. (Photo by Fran Trachta)

Major General Joseph Caravalho, Jr., Commander, U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command July 2, 2013

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7 Facts About General Hazel Johnson-Brown

Brigadier General Hazel W. Johnson-Brown. The first African American female General and the first Black Chief of the US Army Nursing Corps.

On June 11, 1970, Colonel Anna Mae Hays, Chief, Army Nurse Corps - She became the first woman in the history of the U.S. Army to attain general officer rank.

Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho became the first female and first nurse to become surgeon general of the Army Dec. 7, 2011. On that date she was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general and became the 43rd surgeon general of the Army by U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, in a ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va. Horoho had previously commanded the Army Nurse Corps since 2008, when she received a rare two-grade promotion from colonel to major general...

Col. Patrick D. Sargent was promoted June 14, 2013 to the rank of Brigadier General replacing Brig. Gen. Cho as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, U.S. Army Medical Command. Pictured from left to right are - Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, Brig. Gen. Patrick Sargent and Sherry Sargent. (Courtesy photo)

Sept. 2013 Maj. Gen. Nadja West was honored with the Armed Forces Medical Advocate Award from Essence Magazine and Southern Company in Washington, DC.

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Lt. Annie G. Fox was the first woman to receive the Purple Heart for combat. She served as the chief nurse in the Army Nurse Corps at Hickam Field during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, on December 7, 1941.

A survivor of 2 wars, a prison camp, and near starvation, Colonel Ruby Bradley, (19 Dec 1907 – 28 May 2002), was one of the most decorated women in U.S. military history. Entered the United States Army Nurse Corps as a surgical nurse in 1934. Also served in the Korean War as Chief Nurse for the 171st Evacuation Hospital. In 1951, she was named Chief Nurse for Eighth Army, where she supervised > 500 Army nurses throughout Korea. Promoted to Colonel in 1958; retired from the Army in 1963…

Ora Mae Sorensen Hyatt was in her first year of nursing school when US declared war on Japan. In 1943 the Cadet Nurse Corps was organized as means of encouraging more young women to fill the great need of nurses. 3 years later she volunteered for active duty in the ANC, she was 2nd lieutenant at Fort Douglas. Later she served in the Pacific, she discharged on the 15th of Decembre 1945 at Fort Sheridan. She also married during the war with a serviceman ~

A team of medics led by Cpl. Eric Smith, assigned to the 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, prepare to transport a “casualty” through a culvert during the best medic competition this week. The annual event pits candidates against one another to earn a chance to compete in a national competition held at Fort Sam Houston. Photo by Capt. Michael Greenberger

Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, U.S. Army surgeon general and commander, U.S. Army Medical Command, addresses Tripler Army Medical Center staff during a town hall while on a recent visit to Pacific Regional Medical Command staff and facilities in Honolulu. (Photo by Soraya Robello)

Representatives from the NFL, Under Armour, the Army and General Electric announce the Head Health Challenge II at an event in Baltimore on Sept. 4.

The 26th First Lady of The White House Edith Roosevelt (Theodore Roosevelt's second wife)

Army Lt. Col. Donald Gajewski, director of the Center for the Intrepid, introduces Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta to Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jonathan Stephenson during his tour of the CFI on Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, June 27, 2012. Panetta spent the day visiting with wounded warriors at the CFI and the San Antonio Military Medical Center, thanking each service member and their families for their service and sacrifice. Photo by Elaine Sanchez

Col. Dallas Homas, Madigan Army Medical Center commander, receives a flu vaccination from nurse Cynthia Hawthorne while Command Sgt. Maj. Matthew Brady looks on.

Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, Army Surgeon General, tries on the new tactical vest specifically designed for the female physique. While providing the same high-level ballistic protection, it has an improved quick release system, narrower shoulders, front ballistic plate insertion, more adjustability in the waist area, and a collar that can accommodate the regulation hair styles worn by women in the field. (Photo by Glenda S. Smith)