Army Swears in its First Female Surgeon General
“The Army medical community is taking the many lessons learned from 10 years of war to sharpen its focus on prevention, wellness and healing troops’ physical and psychological scars, the service’s new surgeon general said.
Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, first woman and first nonphysician to become the Army’s surgeon general, was promoted and assumed her new duties at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., on Dec. 7.
She took command of Medical Command at a ceremony on Fort Sam Houston, Texas, two days earlier.
She succeeds Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker, who is retiring after more than three decades of service.
“We are dedicated to identifying and caring for soldiers who have sustained physical and psychological trauma associated with a protracted war,” Horoho said at the Dec. 7 ceremony. “A focus on wellness and prevention will ensure that our soldiers are ready to heed the nation’s call.”