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Commander - Richard G. Malish COMMANDER

COL McPherson was commissioned in 1991 after graduating from the Citadel, Military College of South Carolina. He received his Medical Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina in 1995 and graduated from residency in Family Medicine in 1998 after serving as Chief Resident at Martin Army Community Hospital, Fort Benning, Georgia. He served as Officer in Charge and Commander of Babenhausen Health Clinic, Germany from 1998-2001. He returned to Fort Benning as Family Medicine teaching faculty and deployed as Battalion Surgeon, 203rd Forward Support, Battalion 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.

McPherson completed his faculty development fellowship at the University of North Carolina in 2004. He deployed as a Subject Matter Expert with the Secretary of the Army Inspector General in support of inspections in Detainee Operations. He served as Assistant Residency Director of Family Medicine at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, from 2006-2007 before deploying as the Brigade Surgeon with 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following his deployment, he served as Director of Medical Readiness and Standards - Office of the Surgeon General. He completed his Master of Public Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center and Aerospace Residency through the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base in 2011. He subsequently served as Chief Review and Disposition at the U.S. Army Aeromedical Activity and Command Surgeon, U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center before appointment as Dean of the U.S. Army School of Aviation Medicine. Subsequently he served at the Office of the Surgeon General as action officer for General Officer Readiness and Executive Health and consultant for Aerospace Medicine.

McPherson is board certified in Aerospace Medicine and Family Medicine, a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a graduate of U.S. Army War College. His honors include Aerospace Medicine Specialist of the year 2013, Family Medicine Teacher of the Year Dewitt Community Hospital 2007, Family Medicine Teacher of the Year Martin Army Community Hospital 2005, and Family Medicine Preceptor of the Year Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences 2004. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal. He is the recipient of the Order of Military Medical Merit, Aeromedical Order of Merit, the Order of Saint Michael, and the Surgeon General’s “A” proficiency designator.

His contributions to Army Medicine include presentations at numerous national meetings, revision of a number of Army Regulations, contributions to Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs clinical practice guidelines, textbook chapters, articles in peer reviewed publications and military medical technical guides. He is the co-developer of the e-SRP system and writes extensively on accident investigation. COL McPherson is committed to improving the system of delivering state-of-the-art care to our Soldiers and Aviators and reducing human error.


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

Master Sgt. Kenneth M. Carey, a native of Salisbury, Maryland, entered the Army on 2 June 1997.  He completed basic training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and advanced individual training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, earning his military occupational specialty as Medical Laboratory Technologist at Fort Sam Houston.

Carey’s assignments include serving as medical laboratory specialist, 86th Combat Support Hospital, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; medical laboratory specialist, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Fort Detrick, Maryland; medical laboratory non-commissioned officer C Company 710th, 3rd Brigade, Fort Drum, New York; instructor/writer B Company 264th Cadre, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; medical laboratory NCO Basset Army Community Hospital, Fort Wainwright, Alaska; laboratory non-commissioned officer, Pentagon Force Protection Agency, Pentagon, Washington, DC; and most recently, First Sergeant, US Army Institute of Surgical Research, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Carey is a graduate of the Warrior Leaders Course; Advanced Leaders Course; Senior Leaders Course; Total Army Instructor Course; Unit Prevention Leader Course; Equal Opportunity Course; Blood Donor Center Operations Course; Air Assault Course; Arbinger Facilitator Course; and Spectrum Instructors Course.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and Masters of Business Science in Organization Development and Leadership.

Carey’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters; Joint Service Achievement Medal; Army Achievement Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal.


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