Commander - Richard G. Malish COMMANDER

COLONEL RICHARD G. MALISH, was born in Lufkin, Texas and entered the Johns Hopkins University in 1988. In college, Colonel Malish played 4 years of football and was elected into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. A member of Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society, he graduated from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 1996, receiving a Doctor of Medicine degree.

Colonel Malish then completed a transitional internship at Madigan Army Medical Center before embarking on a career that mixed academic and operational experiences.

Academically, Colonel Malish graduated from the Brooke Army Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Residency in 2001 as the “Most Outstanding Senior Resident.” In future years, Colonel Malish trained in cardiology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, graduating in 2006. Other academic highlights include earning several graduation awards from the residence Command and General Staff College in 2009. Amongst his awards was the General George C. Marshall Award identifying him as the Distinguished Graduate. Colonel Malish also earned a Master’s in Military Arts and Sciences and a Master’s in Business Administration during his resident year at the college.

In operational endeavors, Colonel Malish was the Battalion Surgeon for 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) from 1997 through 1999. He served as the Brigade Surgeon for the 173rd Airborne Brigade from 2001 through 2003. In this role, Colonel Malish accompanied the unit in its combat role in Iraq. Colonel Malish was the Chief of Cardiology Testing at Womack Army Medical Center from 2006-2007. In 2007, he deployed to Honduras as a flight surgeon. Colonel Malish was the 3rd Infantry Division Surgeon from 2010 to 2012, again deploying to Iraq. Colonel Malish served as the Deputy Commander for Clinical Services at the Winn Army Community Hospital from 2012 to 2014. He then commanded the Army Health Clinic – SOUTHCOM before taking command at USAARL.

Colonel Malish is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Nuclear Cardiology. He is the lead author of several articles in operational medicine. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (5 OLC), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), the Joint Service Achievement Medal (1 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), and the Humanitarian Service Medal. His badges include the Combat Medical Badge, Airborne Wings with Combat Jump Bronze Service Star, the Expert Medical Field Badge, Flight Surgeon Wings, Air Assault Wings, and the Dive Medical Officer Badge. He is also a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit.


Master Sergeant Natasha A. Turrell - Lab Senior NCO
Master Sergeant Natasha A. Turrell CHIEF MEDICAL LABORATORY NCO

MSG Natasha A. Turrell, a native of Marks, Miss., entered the U.S. Army in November 1993. She completed basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. and advanced individual training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, earning her MOS as a medical laboratory specialist at Fort Sam Houston.

MSG Turrell's assignments include serving as a medical laboratory specialist, 32nd Medical Battalion, Fort Bragg, N.C.; medical laboratory specialist, 28th Combat Support Hospital, Fort Bragg, N.C.; medical laboratory non-commissioned officer-in-charge, 702nd Main Support Battalion, Camp Casey, Korea; squad leader, 249th General Hospital, Fort Gordon, Ga.; battalion operations non-commissioned officer, 121st General Hospital, Yongsan, Korea; medical laboratory non-commissioned officer, Fort Benning, Ga.; clinical pathology non-commissioned officer-in-charge and sexual assault response coordinator, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii; and most recently United States Army Institute of Surgical Research damage control resuscitation and blood group non-commissioned officer-in-charge and company first sergeant, Fort Sam Houston.

MSG Turrell is a graduate of the Warrior Leaders Course; Advanced Leaders Course; Senior Leaders Course; First Sergeants Course; Total Army Instructor Course; Unit Prevention Leader Course; Equal Opportunity Leader Course; Master Resilience Trainer Course; Blood Donor Center Operations Course; and the Sexual Harassment Assault Response and Prevention Course. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Health Services Management from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

MSG Turrell’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC); Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC); Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC); Humanitarian Service Medal; and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.


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