Gale Pollock

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Gale S. Pollock
Gale Pollock, Major General, military photo portrait.jpg
Maj. Gen. Gale Pollock, RN, CRNA, BSN
BornKearny, New Jersey[1]
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchEmblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
RankUS-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Commands heldCommander US Army Medical Command / Acting The Surgeon General; Chief, Army Nurse Corps Past Commands: Commanding General, Tripler Army Medical Center, Pacific Regional Medical Command; Commander, Martin Army Community Hospital, Fort Benning, Ga.; Commander, U.S. Army Medical Activity, Fort Drum, N.Y.
AwardsDistinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with 2 oak leaf clusters), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with 4 oak leaf clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal

Gale S. Pollock is a retired United States Army major general who served as the Deputy Surgeon General of the United States Army from October 2006 to March 2007, and also as chief of the Army Nurse Corps. She became acting Surgeon General of the United States Army for nine months following the 20 March 2007 retirement of her predecessor, Kevin C. Kiley, due to fallout from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center neglect scandal.[2]

She is the first woman and the first non-physician to hold the position. She has 30 years of service in the Army and is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.[3] She retired from the Army in 2008.

For 2011 she was a Fellow at Harvard's Advanced Leadership Initiative.[4]



Pollock received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She attended the U.S. Army Nurse Anesthesia Program and is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). She received her Master of Business Administration from Boston University, a Master of Healthcare Administration from Baylor University, a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University, and an honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the University of Maryland. She is also a Fellow at the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

Pollock's military education includes the Department of Defense CAPSTONE Program; the Senior Service College at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces; the Air War College; the Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care Executives; the Military Health System CAPSTONE program; the Principles of Advanced Nurse Administrators; and the NATO Staff Officer Course.

Military career[edit]

Pollock's last position was Chief, United States Army Nurse Corps and Commanding General of Tripler Army Medical Center of the Pacific Regional Medical Command. She was also Lead Agent of TRICARE Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Her past military assignments include Special Assistant to the Surgeon General for Information Management and Health Policy; Commander, Martin Army Community Hospital, Fort Benning, Ga.; Commander, U.S. Army Medical Activity, Fort Drum, N.Y.; Staff Officer, Strategic Initiatives Command Group for the Army Surgeon General; Department of Defense Healthcare Advisor to the Congressional Commission on Service Members and Veterans Transition Assistance; Health Fitness Advisor at the National Defense University; Senior Policy Analyst in Health Affairs, DoD; and Chief, Anesthesia Nursing Service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.


Pollock's awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with 2 oak leaf clusters), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with 4 oak leaf clusters), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal. She also earned the Expert Field Medical Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. She received the Army Staff Identification Badge for her work at the Pentagon and earned the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency (Leistungsabzeichen) in gold.


In 2007, an ABC News piece and a story by The Nation journalist Joshua Kors questioned Pollack's involvement in a brewing scandal involving personality disorder discharges from the military.[5] Pollock released a memo claiming that her office had conducted a careful review of a series of personality disorder discharges from Fort Carson, Colorado, a review Kors alleged to be a sham.[5] According to Kors' piece, the Office of the Army Surgeon General had not interacted directly with discharged soldiers, instead relying on the Army officials who made the original diagnoses to confirm their confidence in their diagnoses.[5] Kors article stated that the Surgeon General's office then closed the review, without seeking information from more objective sources, leading to criticism of Pollack by the Iraq War Veterans Organization[6][7] and Veterans for America[6]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-04-02. Retrieved 2007-04-18. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Army Surgeon General Submits Retirement Request
  3. ^ Surgeon General Of Army Steps Down -
  4. ^ Pollock, Gale. "List of 2011 Fellows". Harvard University. Archived from the original on 2013-05-23. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ a b c Joshua Kors on how the U.S. Army "cheats" some veterans out of their benefits
  6. ^ a b Scoop: Pentagon Cheats Iraqi Veterans Out Of Medical Care
  7. ^ Political Affairs Magazine - Pentagon Cheats Iraq War Vets Out of Medical Care and Benefits Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine


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Preceded by
Lt. Gen. Kevin C. Kiley
Surgeon General of the United States Army (Acting)
March 12, 2007–December 11, 2007
Succeeded by
Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker