GIRL Power: The Army’s First Female Surgeon General – Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho

Talk about girl power! On December 7th Maj. Gen. (P) Patricia Horoho was promoted to lieutenant general and sworn-in as the first female Army Surgeon General, the Pentagon announced last week. She was nominated to the position by President Barack Obama May 10 and was later approved by the Senate.

In addition to being the Army’s first female SurgeonGeneral, she will also be the first non-physician to hold the position. The Surgeon General of the United States Army is the senior-most officer of the U.S. Army Medical Department. The Surgeon General also serves as Commanding General, U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM).  Horoho assumed command of the MEDCOM earlier this week at a ceremony held in San Antonio, headquarters for the Army Medical Command. The office and staff of the Office of the Surgeon General are located in Falls Church, Virginia, with an office also in the Pentagon.

With an annual budget of $13.5 billion, the surgeon general manages more than 480 facilities and 29 executive agencies, many of which lead groundbreaking research efforts. She also oversees 140,000 military and civilian employees, and more than 3.5 million beneficiaries, globally.

Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho we SALUTE YOU! Read more about her here.

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