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Ronald Ray Blanck
Allegiance: United States of America
Service/ branch: United States Army
Years of service: 1968–2000
Rank: Lieutenant General
Commands held: Surgeon General of the United States Army
Battles/wars: Vietnam War Cold War
Awards: Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2), Bronze Star Medal
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Ronald Ray Blanck, D.O. (born October 8, 1941) was the 39th Surgeon General of the United States Army, from 1996 to 2000. He is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) and is the only such physician ever appointed Surgeon General of the Army. He was also president of the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth from 2000 to 2006. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
Career: He is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and is board certified in internal medicine. He began his military career in 1968 as a medical officer and battalion surgeon in Vietnam. He retired 32 years later as the Surgeon General of the U.S. Army and commander of the U.S. Army Medical Command, with more than 46,000 military personnel and 26,000 civilian employees throughout the world.
During his military career, he also served as commander of Walter Reed Army Medical Center; first commander of the North Atlantic Region Medical Command; and Director of Professional Services and Chief of Medical Corps Affairs for the U.S. Army Surgeon General. Other assignments included Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine; Chief of the Department of Medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center; Commander, Berlin Army Hospital; and Commander, Frankfurt Regional Army Medical Center.
He has held teaching positions at Georgetown University, George Washington University, Howard University College of Medicine, The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
He joined the UNT Health Science Center in August 2000 after his retirement from the U.S. Army and served as president until June 30, 2006. As president, he headed an academic health center that includes the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Public Health and School of Health Professions. He is now is a partner and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Martin, Blanck & Associates. The company, formerly Martin & Associates, does health care consulting for the private sector and the government. He is consulted as an advisor on bioterrorism issues and an expert in preparing the medical community to respond to mass casualty incidents or those involving weapons of mass destruction. He chaired task forces on bioterrorism for both the Texas Medical Association and the American Osteopathic Association.
Honors and recognition: His military honors include Distinguished Service Medals, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Army Commendation Medals.
Vice Admiral Harold M. Koenig Retired
Vice Adm. Koenig is a native of Salinas, California and a 1958 graduate of Salinas Union High School. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy and later received a bachelor of science degree from Brigham Young University in 1962. He received a medical degree from Baylor University College of Medicine in 1966. He was certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in general pediatrics and pediatric hematology-oncology.
Koenig advanced to Diplomate of the American College of Healthcare Executives in February 1995. He received “The 1994 Federal Health Care Executive Award for Excellence” from the American Hospital Association in March 1995.
From 1967 to 1969, Koenig served as general medical officer, Fleet Activities, Sasebo, Japan. Following a Residency in Pediatrics (1969-1971) and Fellowship in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology (1971-1973) at Naval Hospital San Diego, he remained at the hospital serving as the chief, Pediatric HematologyOncology Division (1973-1980). In 1980, Koenig reported to Naval Medical Center Oakland, California, where he served as chief, Pediatrics (1980-1983) and then director of Medical Services (1983-1984).
In June 1984, Koenig became executive officer of Naval Hospital Portsmouth, Virginia. He served in this role until July 1985 when he returned to California, becoming the commanding officer of the Naval Hospital San Diego (1985-1987). He assumed command of Naval Health Sciences Education and Training Command (NMETC), Bethesda, Maryland, in July 1987. This was followed by staff tours as: director, Health Care Operations in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; and Deputy Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) for Health Services Operations. Koenig served as deputy surgeon general of the Navy from July 1994 to June 1995. In June 1995, Koenig was appointed surgeon general of the Navy; he served in this role until his retirement in June 1998.
Koenig’s personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal.
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