Defense Health Agency

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Defense Health Agency
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DHA Seal
ActiveOctober 1, 2013
Part ofMilitary Health System (MHS)
Garrison/HQFalls Church, Virginia
DirectorLTG Ronald J. Place
Deputy DirectorDr. Michael P. Malanoski
Distinctive unit insignia worn by U.S. Army element
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Shoulder sleeve insignia worn by U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force elements
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The Defense Health Agency (DHA) is a joint, integrated combat support agency that enables the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Space Force medical services to provide a medically ready force and ready medical force to Combatant Commands in both peacetime and wartime. The DHA supports the delivery of integrated, affordable, and high quality health services to MHS beneficiaries and is responsible for driving greater integration of clinical and business processes across the MHS.

The DHA’s global workforce of almost 140,000 civilians and military personnel is committed to medical excellence, health care improvement and ensuring military personnel are ready to perform combat operations and humanitarian missions at home and abroad.


The United States Department of Defense established the DHA as part of a larger effort meant to reorganize its health care programs and services. The reorganization was based in part on the recommendations of a task force that issued a report on the management of U.S. military health care in 2011.[1] Under the old system, many aspects of military health care were managed by the individual armed services (Army, Navy, and Air Force).[2][3]


The organizational structure of the Defense Health Agency.

The DHA operates under the authority and oversight of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. Assistant Secretary Jonathan Woodson, M.D., established the DHA's organizational structure, including six directorates (see organization chart, right).[4]

National Capital Region Medical Directorate[edit]

The National Capital Region Medical Directorate is a medical directorate within the DHA.[1]

Education & Training Directorate[edit]

Medical Education and Training Campus
See: Medical Education and Training Campus § Academics

List of directors[edit]

No. Director Term Service branch
Portrait Name Took office Left office Term length
Douglas J. Robb
Robb, Douglas J.Lieutenant General
Douglas J. Robb
October 1, 2013November 2, 20152 years, 32 daysMilitary service mark of the United States Air Force.svg
U.S. Air Force
Raquel C. Bono
Bono, Raquel C.Vice Admiral
Raquel C. Bono
(born 1957)
November 2, 2015[5]September 4, 20193 years, 306 daysEmblem of the United States Navy.svg
U.S. Navy
Ronald J. Place
Place, Ronald J.Lieutenant General
Ronald J. Place
September 4, 2019[6]Incumbent3 years, 25 daysMilitary service mark of the United States Army.svg
U.S. Army

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Basu, Sandra. "AF General Named to Head Defense Health Agency in New MHS Governance Model." Archived December 26, 2013, at the Wayback Machine U.S. Medicine. July 2013.
  2. ^ Traynor, Kate. "Defense Health Agency Makes Its Debut." American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. December 15, 2013.
  3. ^ Archived December 13, 2013, at the Wayback Machine on the website
  4. ^ "About DHA" page Archived December 13, 2013, at the Wayback Machine on the website
  5. ^ "DHA Change". November 2, 2015.
  6. ^ Gilbert, Jackie (September 4, 2019). "Lt. Gen. Ronald Place becomes third DHA Director".

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